He has 4,227 all-purpose yards, third on the school's all-time list, and he could become the first Eagle to gain 1,000 yards by rushing, receiving, kickoff return and punt return. He needs 34 rushing yards and 153 on punt returns, so the latter will be the tough one.
As usual, Lampley's No. 1 jersey can show up anywhere in a formation, and he can get the ball in any manner. It has to make for one of the most unusual - and frightening - video montages found in a defensive coaches' room.
"Aw, sheesh!" Rippon exclaimed. "I could have sworn he snapped the ball once. He's been everywhere, and we know that. Numbers-wise, it's not showing up [but] it'll show up Saturday."
The biggest question mark, and the most overflowing fountain of youth, is at quarterback. Anthony Alford has the lowest passer rating among the three QBs auditioned, but he's the team's No. 2 rusher after gaining 71 yards and scoring twice at UCF.
That he can throw and run won't surprise those who know he is under contract - and a lucrative one at that - with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was picked in the third round of the Major League Baseball entry draft, even after he made his intentions to play football known to all. He plans to play minor-league ball next summer.
Coach Johnson hired Alford's high school coach, Steve Buckley, to coordinate the offense, so that raised Alford's comfort level. In addition to his running at UCF, Alford fired some clutch passes into tight spots.
His third-down passing caught the eye of Herd coaches - he was 6 of 9 for 65 yards on that down, converting a third-and-11 in the first overtime. Southern Miss scored a touchdown in that period, but Alford threw an interception to end the game in the second overtime.
"He'll settle down - if he stays settled down, it's just football," Lampley said. "Being a freshman, he'll make mistakes, he's not aware. That will come with experience. If he keeps playing, he'll probably be one of the better guys in the league by the time he's a senior."
Rippon said, "He made some great throws - timing routes, pinpoint throws, really good presence in the pocket, really doesn't get flustered. But you're concerned the second he pulls the ball down, and he gets outside."
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