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Football Holds First Scrimmage of Spring Drills Saturday

March 29, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team finished its second week of spring football drills here Saturday by ending its sixth practice with a controlled scrimmage at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.

The scrimmage was supposed to be held Friday, but rainy weather forced the program to move the practice back a day.

For Southern Miss coach Todd Monken, the offense started off pretty well but the defense took over the scrimmage as the practice progressed.

"The offense moved it the first couple of times they had the ball, but after that I thought the energy shifted towards the defensive side," said Monken. "It's obvious that the offensive is always going to be behind (the defense)."

Still Monken praised the play of the defense as a whole during the scrimmage.

"The defense, as a whole, had a lot more energy," said Monken. "I like the way they approached it today with a lot more aggression. We didn't take advantage (on offense). We didn't get any big plays. We did early on, but then we kind of stalled. We have to take a look at it. That's why you practice."

The Golden Eagles return to practice Monday afternoon to start their third week of spring drills. Practice starts at 3:45 p.m., and is open to the public. Spring practice will conclude with the team's annual Black and Gold Spring Game, Saturday, April 19. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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