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Monken Era Begins with Start of Spring Practice

Head Coach Todd Monken

March 19, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If the weather for the opening of Southern Miss' spring football practice Tuesday afternoon is to be any indicator, the Todd Monken Era looks to be one that Golden Eagle fans will enjoy for years to come.

With not a cloud in the sky and a day in the upper 70s, the Golden Eagles went through a brisk two-plus hour workout at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility in helmets and shorts.

For Monken, it was a long time coming since being introduced as the school's 20th head coach in December of 2012.

"It was a lot of fun," said Monken on his first practice. "That's what we like to do. I like to coach. I like to have high energy, get-after guys. We're going to play hard and we're going to get after them. I thought it was great. There's always going to be mistakes, but the defense flew around and I saw smiles on their faces; I saw guys bringing other guys with them."

A total of 49 returning letterwinners return from last year's roster, including 23 on offense, 24 on defense and two specialists.

The practice is the first of 15 allowable workouts by the NCAA for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss returns to action Thursday. Practice will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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