Austin Davis has seen dozens of talented players come and go at Southern Miss.
Some of them achieve their potential. Many don't.
The fifth-year senior quarterback has little doubt receiver Chris Briggs will succeed.
''I knew the first time I saw him he had a chance to be a really good player,'' Davis said. ''But like all freshmen, he had a lot to learn. What I didn't know was how badly he wants to be a good player. He wants to be really good. He asks me all the time to stay late and work with him.''
That persistence has paid off.
The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder has forced his way into a prominent role and made a key touchdown catch during Saturday's 30-29 victory over UCF. It gives Davis yet another offensive weapon as the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles try for their 10th victory on Thursday when they visit Alabama-Birmingham.
It would be just the third 10-win season in Southern Miss history and first since 1988.
Briggs caught four passes for 67 yards against UCF, none bigger than a 4-y...