Dorbeck, Harris earn spots on All-Conference USA team

Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Drake Dorbeck has added one more accolade to a solid college football resumé.

The Southern Miss offensive lineman and former St. Aloysius star was named to the All-Conference USA second team on Tuesday, capping a career in which he started 32 consecutive games over three seasons at both left and right tackle.

It’s the second All-Conference USA nod for Dorbeck. The redshirt senior made the honorable mention list in 2017. This season he earned the Kent Hull Trophy as the top college offensive lineman in Mississippi.

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Dorbeck was one of nine Southern Miss players selected to the All-Conference USA team on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Quez Watkins, defensive back D.Q. Thomas and kick returner Jaylond Adams were all picked for the first team.

Watkins led C-USA at 102.4 receiving yards a game as he posted a league-high 1,024 total yards in the air, including a team-high five touchdown catches. Thomas ranked second on the team in tackles with 68, but was first in tackles for loss with 14.0 and tied for second in sacks with 5.0.

Adams registered two touchdowns to tie school records for most kickoff return touchdowns in both a season and a career.

The second team included Dorbeck; wide receiver Tim Jones; defensive lineman Demarrio Smith; and Adams at punt returner.

Golden Eagles on the All-Freshman squad were offensive lineman Coker Wright, linebacker Hayes Maples and place kicker Andrew Stein.

DeMichael Harris

Eleven Golden Eagles earned honorable mention honors, including quarterback Jack Abraham and running back De’Michael Harris.

Abraham finished second in C-USA in passing yardage, with 3,329, and also threw 18 touchdown passes.

Harris, a former high school teammate of Dorbeck’s at St. Aloysius, moved from receiver to running back this season and led the Golden Eagles with 541 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns, and scored one touchdown on a kickoff return.

Southern Miss (7-5) will play Tulane (6-6) in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Jan. 4 in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 139-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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