HATTIESBURG,Miss. - Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken said after his team's fourth spring practice here Monday afternoon that the Golden Eagles needed to become a more physically tougher team in 2014.
Monken said that one of the keys this spring is that anytime that the team was going to be in pads for a practice then they were going to try and come up with something physical to go through for the practice.
"There will be days when we are in shorts and days you scrimmage, but you are never going to get away from that," said Monken. "It is hard as a coach, how physical do you get? It is the one sport where you are scared to death, but if you don't do it...You may lose somebody, but you might hurt the rest of the team because they are not as physical or tough-minded.
"The game is a physical game. It is the way it is played. That is why you put the pads on."
Monken also went on to say the senior offensive lineman Taylor Peterson got some work at center during the Monday workout that went 2 hours, 45 minutes.
"He ran with the ones today," said Monken of the Auburn, Ala., product who started at left guard for a couple of games last season. "We are going to try him out at center. We've got to find the guy. [Randal] Agee has done a fine job, along with Devin Farrior, but we are going to see if Taylor can do it. He is really smart so we are going to see if he can do it."
Of course Monken had not idea that Peterson was left-handed.
"I had no idea," laughed Monken. "I had never seen it until today."
The Golden Eagles return to the practice fields on Wednesday when they go through a 3:45 p.m., practice.
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