Southern Miss is talented at the linebacker position this season.
Four upperclassmen return with game experience – but it’s sophomore Racheem Boothe who turned heads last year.
Boothe was USM’s second-leading tackler with 79 stops. The Bassfield grad would be named to the 2017 All-freshman team by the Football Writer’s Association of America.
The challenge for Boothe in year two is to not become complacent – but rather become an even better football player.
"Racheem's a player,” said USM head coach Jay Hopson. “He's a football player to the core. Tough, physical, fights through things. He's what football players are built of, so I think he's going to have a great career. I do think he's a special talent. I think he's a next-level talent."
"Racheem had a great freshman year,” said USM defensive coordinator Tim Billings. “I've been around a lot of good linebackers. [Boothe’s] as good a freshman year as I've been around. It's like anything else, you can't be complacent. He worked hard to get there and he worked hard to be the player he was last year. Right now, he's having a great camp. Racheem's smart enough to know if he's not doing what he's supposed to do, there's guys that will be able to get playing time from him."