HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team went through its second day of spring practice here Wednesday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
After enduring weather in the mid-40s for the first workout, the Golden Eagles enjoyed more seasonable weather as the gauge reached the low 70s during the 2 ½ hour workout in shorts and helmets.
Second-year coach Todd Monken liked the energy and sense of urgency from his team as they continue through their five-week, 15-practice spring schedule.
Monken this spring has had to adjust to coaching a new position, the outside wide receivers, after overseeing the quarterback spot last season, but he said the separation has not been too tough.
"It has been fine," said Monken. "It has been a lot easier actually. There is so much that goes on with that position that wears on you. We put so much on them. It is easier because the meeting time and preparation. It is a lot easier preparing for practice. There is so much more individual time."
Although he doesn't directly oversee the team's quarterback anymore, Monken did saw he liked what he has seen from rising sophomore and Hoover, Ala., native Nick Mullens.
"In terms of getting it, he gets it," said Monken. "He is tough-minded, accurate and has been in this system. He leads and he understands when it is not right. He doesn't look to others for reasons why he is not successful. All the things you want in a quarterback."
The Golden Eagles will return to practice Friday afternoon when they finish their first week of drills with their third workout.
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