Southern Miss football opens fall camp

Under some rainy conditions, Southern Miss football opened fall camp this morning at the Joe P. Park practice facility.

The Golden Eagles are coming off a productive spring and summer, welcoming several newcomers to the program.

Even with the loss of defensive leader Ed Wilkins right before the start of fall camp, the team had a positive mindset after their first practice.

Head coach Todd Monken said, "this is the most fun you have in coaching, being able to be with your team. I don't know why else you do it if you don't like being with your players. Prying and pulling and getting them to go beyond what they think they are capable of."

"It's a lot better the second year. I think our guys have an idea of where to go, where to be, the tempo."

Sophomore quarterback Nick Mullens said, "it was great to be out there. Running routes, just playing the game. It was really good."

"I thought the timing with receivers was pretty good. The o-line is working hard. It's just all the hard work from the summer. It's really important that we apply it out here in fall camp."

USM has 28 practices remaining before their season opener August 30 against Mississippi State in Starkville.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.