This is a news release from Southern Miss Athletics
– The Southern Miss football team enjoyed its first practice in full pads here Thursday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
The Golden Eagles went through the two and a half hour workout on a sunny south Mississippi afternoon, their first week of three practices. The team is allowed 15 practices by the NCAA and spring drills will culminate, April 18, at 1 p.m., with the school's annual Black and Gold Spring game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
As the Golden Eagles continue to build their system under coach Todd Monken, the third spring practice has helped with the players and their familiarity into the team's preparation over the first week of spring drills.
“I think the majority of them are back, especially offensively, and they have a better idea of what we are trying to do,” said Monken on his team. “(Newcomer) Tyler (Matthews) is coming from basically the same system at TCU, so that makes us further ahead in that regard because you are always ahead when have you experienced quarterbacks (along with Nick Mullens) that can function in your offense.”
Still, Monken knows that this time is to help with the improvement of his program as they get continue to get ready for the 2015 season.
“I think we have a lot of improving (to do) on both sides of the ball and in the special teams, but I like where we are headed and we have a ways to go,” said Monken. “We have a lot of new guys that are taking reps and they just have got to get better.”
Southern Miss returns to the practice fields on Sunday with a 3:45 p.m., workout. Practice is open to the general public. Fans are asked to show ID to gain admittance to practice.
The Golden Eagles open their 2015 season at home on Sept. 5, against in-state foe Mississippi State. Season tickets for the upcoming football season can be purchased by going online at