March 22, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It was a welcome sound for first-year head coach Todd Monken and his Golden Eagles on Friday as the team donned the pads and got them cracking in their third practice session of the spring.
Due to expected poor weather conditions and tornado damaged turf on Carlisle-Faulkner Field, the Golden Eagles worked out in chilly temperatures at nearby Petal High School.
According to Monken, the sudden change of venue didn't affect his squad.
"They adjusted well to it - we didn't hear a lot of complaining from them at all," Monken said. "I thought practice went well. I haven't been disappointed at all in the first three days with their energy and enthusiasm."
Earlier in the week, Monken, who also serves as the team's quarterback coach, said he would like to have "about 80 percent of what (the team is going to do)" installed through this point in the spring. On Friday, he alluded to that end.
"It's hard when you're learning a new system," Monken said. "(The quarterbacks) are developing as throwers in their mechanics and yet they are still trying to learn a new system. We're not even working mechanics or reads yet - just trying to get everyone lined up right now."
Southern Miss will have the next three days off and will be back on the fields of the Joe P. Park Practice Facility on Tuesday for their fourth practice of the spring. Practices are open to the public but require a valid ID to gain access. Phones, cameras and notepads are prohibited during the session.
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