April 11, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi football team completed its fourth week of practice on Friday afternoon by going through its third scrimmage of the spring at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
The high-energy scrimmage saw big plays by both the offense and the defense. The scrimmage, which lasted the final 90 minutes of practice, ended with a lot of energy on both sides of the football.
"The best was at the end, our guys having fun," head coach Todd Monken stated. "I like enthusiasm; I like excitement; I like guys talking. At the end of the day, they have to get back and go play."
Defense had a slight edge in the early goings. The defense started the scrimmage with a stop and also Jacorius Cotton hauled in an interception off of a tipped ball. The defense also forced a fumble early in the scrimmage.
The offense notched a couple of big plays by running backs Jacob Carmouche and Jalen Richard. Carmouche busted a pair of long touchdown plays, one on a screen and the other on a designed run. Richard was able to pull in a couple of deep wheel routes out of the backfield.
"[Carmouche] has done a nice job," Monken said. "He is athletic and has some quickness to him."
"Jalen is a smart football player," Monken stated of his other running back. "He has a nice feel for what we ask him to do. He is getting better. He wants to be a tough player and he wants to be a smart player. Those are two good attributes to have."
Monken remarked that his team continues to improve and that he and the coaching staff continue to emphasize consistency, effort and being physical. The Golden Eagles have three spring practices remaining, including the annual Black and Gold Spring Game which will be held next Saturday at The Rock.
"I just know I like our guys," commented Monken of his team. "This is a good group of guys. Their attitude, their energy, their body language is all really good. Our locker room is full of guys who want to be here and do it the right way. They want to go to class. They want to work hard. They want to excel at every part of their lives. I am excited about our team. We are going to continue to get better."
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