Bolden Ready for Next Challenge

The 8-3 Southern Miss Golden Eagles enter this weekend's match-up with the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa needing some help to get into the Conference USA title game. Coach Larry Fedora and his squad will look to take care of business on Friday and then root for the Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon as they host division leading Central Florida.

"It's like Coach Fedora says we know we have at least one more game to play, so we are getting ready to go play it," said junior wide receiver Kelvin Bolden. "We need some help to get into the conference championship game, but we know we have to win our game before any of that matters."

Bolden and the rest of the Golden Eagles are happy to be settling back into a bit of normalcy after a very emotional week last week.

With the news of the tragic events surrounding the shooting of teammates Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones, the team had more than enough on their minds besides football.

The team bonded together last weekend and put together one of the best offensive outputs of the season in the 59-41 win over Houston.

"It's good to get back out here," said Bolden after practice on Tuesday. "It's a chance for us to continue to work hard and get better.

"We're all just helping each other and doing the best we can."

The Golden Eagles are currently third in Conference USA in total offense and fourth in the league in scoring offense averaging just over 36 points per contest.

Kelvin is quick to give credit to the entire offensive unit for their success, but the big boys up front get a large share of the Ocean Springs native's compliments.

"The main thing for us is that our offensive line does such a great job of protecting Austin Davis," said Bolden. "That's the whole key to our team.

"They keep him standing up and then he can get the ball to somebody else. It doesn't matter if it's me, Johdrick Morris, William Spight, Quinton Pierce, DeAndre (Brown) or whoever.

"It all starts with our offensive line and they make our team go."

Film study is a big part of the college game and Kelvin has learned a lot about what to expect from Tulsa in this week's film sessions.

"Their DBs play a lot like Louisiana Tech," said Kelvin. "They play a lot of man and a lot of press coverage.

"We got off to a slow start against Louisiana Tech, but now that we have seen this all before it should helps us get off to a better start against Tulsa."

Southern Miss will at least have one other game after the season finale on Friday. The Eagles will have to wait and see how all of the bowl scenarios shake out, but fans of the Black and Gold are assured of another post season trip.

"We're just going to work hard and go out and try to get us a win this week and then see what happens with everything else," said Bolden. "All we can do is play our game."

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