Southern Miss football holds first scrimmage of the spring

Today marked the sixth spring practice for the Golden Eagles football team and the first scrimmage head coach Todd Monken has set for his squad.

The team held the scrimmage at M.M. Roberts Stadium this morning due to heavy rains in the area yesterday and early this morning.

Monken's message to his team throughout the spring has been about their toughness and said there were signs of that from the defensive side of the ball.

"I thought the defense had more energy. I thought it started off pretty even," Monken said to the media.

"Thought the offense moved it a little bit the first couple of times and then after that, I just thought the energy was more towards the defensive side."

Sophomore quarterback Nick Mullens said today was something his unit can build on.

"[We] always can make improvements. Just take this as a building block to our success and just trying to improve everyday and every scrimmage."

True freshman and former Oak Grove star Picasso Nelson Jr., said he's getting a hold on the next level of football.

"The speed really isn't a problem from high school to college. It's really about the same."

"As far as the plays and just getting with the different terminology and being with a whole new group of guys. So that's the only thing that's different.

Southern Miss resumes practice Monday.