April 13, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team used a perfect Saturday morning to go through its second scrimmage of spring practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility on the Golden Eagle campus.
The great weather the last two days allowed the Golden Eagles to stay on their practice fields for the morning workout as the game field at Roberts Stadium has been unavailable due to debris that fell on it following the Feb. 10 tornado that hit part of the Southern Miss campus.
"A beautiful morning for a scrimmage," Southern Miss first-year coach Todd Monken said. "We didn't have to go anywhere. We could stay right here, so it was good."
The Golden Eagles went through an hour and 15-minute scrimmage which finished with a two-minute drill at the end of the practice.
Monken said he enjoyed the effort that his team gave in the second scrimmage and that the defense continues to excel through the team's first 12 practices.
"Obviously, we have a ways to go offensively against our defense, which I think is normal," said Monken. "They (the defense) got after us pretty good today. We've got to play better, but I've been pleased - and I keep saying it - with our energy and enthusiasm. Our guys enjoy playing."
Monken continued with his enthusiasm of the defense.
"I think we have the right mentality on defense, the right attitude and we have some really good players with experience over there and it shows.
The Golden Eagles return to practice Tuesday afternoon to start the team's final week of spring practice. The program's annual Black and Gold Spring game is set to take place next Saturday, April 20, at Petal High School. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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