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Eagles Enjoy Perfect Weather through Spring Practice No. 5

March 28, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Blue skies, perfect spring temperatures, a fast-moving offense and a hard hitting defense were all out on display on Thursday as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles worked through their fifth practice of the 2013 spring season inside the confines of the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.

Though as fast as the offense was moving the ball around the field, it wasn't fast enough for first-year head man Todd Monken, who directs the offense and the quarterbacks.

"In some moments, I feel like we're further ahead than I thought we'd ever be," said Monken following the practice. "In other moments though, I feel like we're (still working through a lot of issues). There's some days when I think we are going to be really good and other days that I think we must have just had tryouts."

To the team following practice, Monken talked about mental toughness, a key ingredient required to succeed in his high-flying system and shared some of that insight in his post-practice media session.

"I've always said, I think our guys like to play. They are out there working their butts out and I think they are having fun, and (the coaches) try to make it that way," Monken added. "We try to explain what it is to have mental toughness, to be excellent. We want our players to be able to see the positives, move forward and have success. That's here and that's in life."

Southern Miss will be back on the fields of the Joe P. Park Practice Facility on Friday morning for their sixth 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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