Football season has arrived. The Southern Miss football team hit the practice field to begin fall camp Tuesday morning at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
After the first full practice of the fall period, head coach Todd Monken said he likes what he has seen so far. “It was good. A lot of energy, a lot of guys moving around, but that's every first day. I've never been anywhere where the first day isn't that way, but now it's a matter of how we sustain it and continue to build on that every day. Everybody has to continue to raise their level every single day. That is part of what we do is continue to get better.”
The Golden Eagles have seen improvements over the last couple of years with coach Monken winning one game in 2013 and three games in 2014 after an 0-12 campaign in 2012 under former head coach Ellis Johnson. Some of the players say this is a better team that is hungry for success. Senior running back Jalen Richard said, “This is the best we've looked since my freshman year, since I've been here as being together as being deep at every position of guys that can come in and play.” Sophomore cornerback Cornell Armstrong added, “We’re on a mission. We’re ready to shock everybody in the nation.”
Southern Miss opens the season at home September 5 against Mississippi State.