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Football Opens Fall Camp

Football opened practice for the 2014 season.

Football opened practice for the 2014 season.
Aug. 1, 2014

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The 2014 football season officially kicked off in rainy and cool conditions as the Southern Miss football team took to the field for the first day of fall practice. Overcast skies and rain were not enough to deter the young squad as it began preparation for the upcoming season.

"It was great," head football coach Todd Monken said after his team's practice. "This is the most fun you have as coaches, being out here with your team."

The team worked out in jerseys, shorts and helmets for two hours and 45 minutes at the John P. Park Practice Facility. Despite the weather, the energy level of the team was high. The team opened up preparations for the 98th season of Southern Miss football on the heels of a 62-27 victory on the road against UAB last year, a win that snapped a 23-game losing streak.

"Nobody likes to be reminded of something that's not a positive," Monken said. "Negative thoughts produce negative results. Positive thoughts produce positive results. It is a fact. The reality is you don't have to think about (the streak). We saw for a half of what it could look like. Good football wins."

As the team started its opening day of work for its season opener, Aug. 30, at Mississippi State, the Golden Eagle head coach thought his team has a ways to go, but liked his squad's start in its first practice.

"We have a bunch of young guys," Monken said. "You are trying to get lined up. You are trying to go no huddle. Just having to process and make decisions quickly is not easy when you are tired and when you are new. The faster you go; the harder it is to process. It is all going to come. It's just a matter of time. I like the young guys we've got. I like where we are headed as a team and with recruiting.

"I thought some of the new additions (looked good). Guys that have the ability to help us win a lot of games."

Southern Miss opens the 2014 season in Starkville, Miss. The Golden Eagles renew a rivalry with in-state foe Mississippi State on Aug. 30 at Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and tickets to the game are available on SouthernMissTickets.com.

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