Gore. Jr and Maples named to All-Conference USA team

Southern Miss freshman running back Frank Gore, Jr. and sophomore linebacker Hayes Maples have both been named All-Conference USA second teamers.

Gore, Jr., who was also a member of the C-USA All-Freshman team, finished the season with 805 total yards and three touchdowns.

The Miami native’s 708 receiving yards were the most by a Golden Eagle since Ito Smith rushed for 1,415 in 2017 and the most by a Southern Miss true freshman since Damion Fletcher rushed for 1,388 in 2004.

Maples, a Hattiesburg native, led the team with 94 tackles, 34 of them being solo. He also added a half sack, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Maples posted double-digit stops in five different games, including a 15-tackle performance versus Tulane, and his 9.1 tackles per game ranked eighth across the conference.

Ten other Golden Eagles received honorable mention honors: OL Arvin Fletcher, OL Khalique Washington, WR Jason Brownlee, DT Tahj Sykes, LB Santrell Latham, DB Tyler Barns, DB Natrone Brooks, DB Malik Shorts, K Briggs Bourgeois, and LS T.J. Harvey.

To view the full 2020 All-Conference USA teams, click here.

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