HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team continues to prepare for the 2014 season as the squad begins its second week of practice here Monday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
Last week, second-year Golden Eagle coach Todd Monken said he has enjoyed his team's sense of urgency and its continued improvement over the first three practices that really began over the final month of the regular season which culminated in a season-ending 62-27 victory over UAB in Birmingham. Monken feels his team is learning quicker because this is the first time in four years that they have gone through the same schemes during spring drills.
"It just felt like we knew what we were doing," said Monken. "And it felt that way the last few weeks of last year. But we are one step ahead of last year because we have had an offseason. We will have that again each day we are out here."
The Golden Eagles will utilize the same schedule each week over a five-week period for their NCAA-allowable 15 practices. Southern Miss will work each Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next four weeks - except the final week when the Friday practice will instead be used as the annual Black and Gold Spring Game, April 19, at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium. The game time will be announced at a later date.
Practice typically begins at 3:45 p.m., and runs until about 6 p.m. The Golden Eagle workouts are open to the public. Fans wishing to gain access to practice will have to show a valid identification to sign in. Cameras, cell phones and note pads are not permitted at any of the practices.
The Golden Eagles open the 2014 season Aug. 30, at Mississippi State.
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