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Former USM Running Back Gears Up for NSFL OTA's

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 For former Southern Miss running back Tim Blackwell, the clock keeps on ticking.

"Time flies, but like I said I still feel good," Blackwell.

The 31-year-old scat back is already 10 years removed from his last season with the Golden Eagles.

But a decade later, Blackwell still refuses to walk away from the game.

"Just came home this summer and played a little semi-pro football, and we did pretty well with that, and now we're moving onto another league to see what we can make happen out of this," says Blackwell.

The league Blackwell refers to is the National Spring Football League, a first-year feeder system for the NFL and CFL. 

After attending an invitation-only super regional combine in Atlanta, Ga. about a month ago, Blackwell says he earned a roster spot with the Georgia Blaze.

The Mize-native heads to OTA's next weekend, an opportunity he describes as the beginning of the end.

"Now that I know this is probably - this is it - it ain't no probably the last chance," says Blackwell.

But Blackwell is not embarking on his journey alone.

"James Hobson is going to be coming to OTA's with me," says Blackwell.

Hobson was Blackwell's teammate this summer with the Forrest Co. Spartans, a semi-pro football team right here in Hattiesburg.

Now the 36-year-old wideout gets the chance to play with Blackwell once again at the next level.

"I sent them some game film and they've liked what they've seen so I'm going to come with him, so I'm just going to pray about it and see where it goes," says Hobson.

Blackwell mimics that same day-to-day approach for the remainder of his football career.

"Like I said, it's still not over with," says Blackwell. "I still don't know the ending of the story, but we're just going to keep living it and see what happens."

Blackwell is also back at USM working on the last year of his sport coaching degree.

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