Southern Miss Athletics news release
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Day five of the 2014 Southern Miss football camp saw the Golden Eagles move into full pads for the first time during a two-hour, 45-minute morning workout here Tuesday at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
The Golden Eagles limited the full contact until the very end of practice, but second-year coach Todd Monken enjoyed what he saw out of his team.
"We finally had a little 'live' at the end, (during the) goal line (period)," said Monken. "That was good. It is harder when you put the pads on. It's a lot hotter. Our guys did a really good job. And the majority of them who fought through it had a really good day."
After practice Monken also said that the team was experimenting using senior linebacker Alan Howze at the Will spot instead of at Mike, a position he has played for most of his Golden Eagle career.
"He is really smart," said Monken on Howze. "This is his fifth year. That is what happens when you get fifth-year guys. With the older guys, it doesn't sting as much. The younger guys have a hard enough time learning one spot, let alone when you are bouncing them (around). You get a guy that is intelligent and been around a while who understands football, been in that same room can adjust. That's what Alan has done."
The Golden Eagles worked junior college transfer Brian Anderson (Little Rock, Ark./Butte [Calif.] CC) at the Mike spot during the Tuesday workout.
"When you take a junior college guy, you hope he is going to come in and start," said Monken. "At the very least, be a backup. Whenever you get a guy in his first year that comes in and starts, that says a lot about him, his preparation coming in and Coach (David) Duggan getting him ready in a hurry. He will be a really good player.
"Now it is early, just five days (into camp). I'm the first to overreact after one practice, but the body of work will really tell itself. You really only have a two, two and a half week period, then you have to settle in on who you are going to settle in with (to play)."
Monken also said that he was encouraged by the improvement of redshirt freshman Parker Adamson, who is fighting for the No. 2 quarterback job behind incumbent starter Nick Mullens.
"He continues to get better," said Monken. "The biggest thing with Parker is confidence - believing in yourself. It is hard, I know. You've got to be better. You're our back up. I want to see him lead our guys.
"When the team believes in you, you have a chance. He is working to do that and he is doing a good job. Parker is going to be a good player. Just have to keep coming."
The Golden Eagles return to practice Wednesday when they go through their first two-a-day practices. The Golden Eagles will work in the morning at 8 a.m., and then return to the practice fields during the evening at 7:30 p.m.