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Spring Practice for Football Starts Fourth Week

Southern Miss defensive line drill
April 7, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team opened its fourth week of spring practice Monday afternoon inside Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.

The heavy rains from Sunday and early Monday morning necessitated the change but did not stop the Golden Eagles from practicing in helmets and shorts for almost 2 hours, 45 minutes in their first workout since last Friday's scrimmage.

The time off over the weekend may have accounted for a slow start to practice on this day, but second-year coach Todd Monken said that the team went through a good workout.

"It was a little bit sluggish early," said Monken. "You don't have the 1-on-1 drill or the 3-over-3 drill to kind of amp it up a little bit and there was nothing live, but it was (a) good (day)."

Now two-thirds through spring drills, having gone through 10 of its 15 allowable practices, players use this time to vie for starting jobs, like at the spur spot on the defensive side of the ball. One of those in the chase for that spot is rising senior Justin Penn of Bassfield, Miss.

"Justin is a guy who has been here three years and has been a heck of a special team's player," said Monken. "We are just trying to find a role for him. He is a great kid who loves to play. We just need to figure out where we can play him."

The Golden Eagles return to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.

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