Southern Miss Opens Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Preparations Tuesday

Southern Miss Opens Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Preparations Tuesday

Press Release from Southern Miss Athletics

DALLAS – The schedule picked up Tuesday for the Southern Miss football team as they enjoyed their first practice here on the campus of Highland Park High School.

The Golden Eagles, 9-4 overall and the C-USA West Division champions, enjoyed their second day in the state of Texas and third-year coach Todd Monken has been pleased with how things have progressed thus far early in the week.

"It's been good," said Monken. "I thought the guys handled their business yesterday as we had no one late for curfew. We started off with really good meetings yesterday and this morning's practice was good."

Southern Miss worked for two hours in shoulder pads and shorts and continued to prepare for this weekend's opponent, Pac-12 foe Washington.

Monken wants his team to have fun and enjoy the experience this week, but also remember the reason for the trip and that is to take care of their bodies over the days leading up to the game.

"It's all about how our guys take care of their body, that's the biggest thing on how you handle the week," said Monken. "This is a reward for the year that we have had and I am fired up for our players and our fans that get a chance to come see us play one last time, but it is more about how we take care of our bodies as we continue to eat, hydrate, get to bed and prep ourselves for a really good Washington team."

Following practice, both teams were slated to attend a team welcome dinner in downtown Dallas.

"Their team will be there and we will be there and it is going to be a fun event," said Monken.

The Golden Eagles return to the practice fields on Wednesday and will also tour the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium.

The Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl takes place this Saturday, Dec. 26, at 1:20 p.m. (CT), at the historic Cotton Bowl.