USM Gears up for Black and Gold Game

USM Gears up for Black and Gold Game

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss football team held their second to last practice before they will take the field in the Black and Gold game on Saturday, April 23rd.

Head Coach Jay Hopson said, "We've had a good spring. It's always good to finish and watch them compete in the stadium to finish things up. We accomplished a lot this spring but we need to continue to grow as a team. Overall, I'm very happy with how spring has gone so far."

When describing senior quarterback Nick Mullens, Hopson referred to him as NFL material.  "He's a football player. I can't say that any other way. I have told a lot of guys that I have had the opportunity in the past to be around guys like Byron Leftwich and Chad Pennington. Nick Mullens throws the ball as well as any quarterback that I've ever been around. He is a tremendous football player. He is all that he is advertised to be and more."

"They are all a great bunch of kids. They work really hard and they are just a joy to be around. We know what our goals are and what we have to do to get there," Hopson said.  "We know we have a lot of work to do but that's just football. We have had a great spring but we still have room to grow. We still have a lot of things to work on but that's what spring is all about. We are going to have to correct the mistakes and get better. That's our journey."

Defensive Lineman Dylan Bradley described the Spring game atmosphere.

"It's always good to go against your own teammates. You see who the dogs are. You get to see who is going to bring it and who is not. I think Saturday is going to be a good outing for us," said Bradley.

Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. in M.M. Roberts stadium.