The Golden Eagles practice lasted just under three hours at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility and second-year coach Todd Monken stressed afterwards that as his team continues through camp, preparation for the season is not limited to the meeting rooms and practice fields.
"It's the third day and it was not really hot, but it felt hot," said Monken. "The toughest thing is young kids today in understanding how to hydrate, how to eat, how to stay off their feet. They are just not used to doing it.
"They don't think about it. They don't process how hard it is going to be that anything you do in the summer, nothing is like this. Nothing with the pads, the weight and the mental anguish. The tough thing is there is a physical part of it and then there is the install and the coaches being out there."
The Golden Eagle head coach, though, also talked about his receiving corps after practice as far as their progression from last spring.
"They have all improved tremendously," said Monken. "Obviously, Jarell Aaron has improved greatly, but he probably had the farthest to go because he hurt his knee. They have all improved. Having Coop (Cooper Harrington) back has helped. Just having more guys that can run and catch and run for a long time. We didn't have enough guys last year. We tried to makeshift and then play all of those young guys. It is a lot more fun these days because it feels like we have depth."
Another receiver who Monken mentioned after practice was redshirt sophomore D.J. Thompson, who sat out last year with an injury and Monken said that it gives the position another person to compete to make everyone better in that group.
Monken also highlighted another youngster following practice, this one on the defensive side of the ball in redshirt freshman Jomez Applewhite.
"Jomez is really coming on," said Monken. "He is a guy who played quarterback some in high school. He is an athlete. He is still probably learning to play corner. Jomez is a great kid who loves to compete and he really rounds out that group well. He has a chance to compete for some playing time."
Southern Miss football single game and season tickets are also available by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, as well as calling 1-00-844-TICk (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Athletic Center weekdays from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.
The Golden Eagles return to practice Monday at 8 a.m.
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