The Golden Eagles worked for almost three hour in full pads in the rising temperatures at the Joe P. Park Practice facility Friday morning before finishing the day's activities with a 90-minute workout on the Roberts Stadium game field during the evening in helmets and shorts.
Over the first eight days, much of the talk has been centered on the improvements of different position groups and players, but second-year coach Todd Monken was posed with the question on what he wasn't pleased with thus far in camp.
"I don't know if there is a lot that I am not pleased with," said Monken after the first Friday workout. "Every year is the same. The hardest thing is getting guys to push through discomfort and focus when they are tired, because that is when they mentally go dead. That is the hardest part.
"Nowadays with how fast football is becoming; the faster it is, the quicker decisions you have to make to get lined up and then just catch your breath. The mental part comes into it. That is the biggest thing, but we are fine and the energy has been good. Guys have been carrying the message."
Monken also addressed the defensive line, which has seen continual improvement each day during camp.
"(Redshirt freshman) Draper Riley on the inside has really come on," said Monken. "We have Adam Williams, Rakeem (Nunez-Roches), Wil Freeman, Draper and I am still hoping Chris (Robinson) and Rod (Crayton) are going to keep pushing. On the outside, Das (McCullum) is coming back from a little bit of an injury with Michael Smith. In three weeks we will have a pretty good rotation."
As the Golden Eagles enter the weekend, they will turn their attention for the first part of Saturday with its annual media day as well as the 19th annual Fanfare, which will be held from 2-4 p.m., at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.
Southern Miss will then return to the practice field during the evening hours as they will conduct a closed scrimmage to the general public and media, their first of the fall.
Monken's team will then take their first practice day off on Sunday, before returning with a pair of practices on Monday, Aug. 11.
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.
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