HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken says his team is still a work in progress as the team keeps the same primary focus since he took over the program prior to the 2013 season after the squad finished its fifth spring practice in full pads here Wednesday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
Monken's mantra has been that his team has got to do it better than anyone else in all areas from practice to recruiting to coaching. The team established five principles to try and achieve that primary goal each and every day.
"The things we talk about is toughness, effort, discipline, no excuses and finish," said Monken. "And the first part is physical and mental toughness and the second thing is effort. The rest doesn't matter if you do not get the discipline, both mentally and physically, and then if you don't give great effort."
That toughness and effort for Monken holds the key for the Golden Eagles and that is something that he and his coaches continually stress to their team.
"You have to figure out a way to push yourself and know where you have to get to for each other," said Monken. "That is selfish to not find a way to push oneself to find a way to do it better than they do it. Everybody does the same things - seven-on and team and some form of individual and they teach and they run good plays. It comes down to how do we do it better than they do it and that starts with us as coaches."
The Golden Eagles continued to work on those skills for over two and a half hours as they completed a third of their 15 allowable spring practices. The Golden Eagles now sets on their first scrimmage as part of Friday's workout, which begins at 3:45 p.m.
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