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Football Practice Report: August 8

Aug. 8, 2015

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Venue: Joe P. Park Practice Facility
Format: Full Pads
Upcoming: Practice 6 (9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10)

Report: Southern Miss football dressed out in full pads for the first time during the 2015 fall camp. The practice was highlighted by the "nasty drill," which pits players against each other 1-on-1. In addition, the players did several team periods in the two and a half hour practice. With the full pads, the players were able to tackle to the ground for the first time during camp.

Head Coach Todd Monken
On the first day in pads...
"It was a little bit longer practice because we had some physical stuff. The guys fought through it and it was good. It was a good day to get started. We have had a good week (of practice). We are off tomorrow. We will just meet. We will sleep in a little bit and get back after it on Monday."

On improvement areas from the spring through the first week of fall camp...
"It is up front (on defense), just with adding some talented guys to the group and in the front-seven at the linebackers spot. Bringing Anthony (Swain) and Sherrod Ruff in, along with the guys up front, that is where we have helped ourselves lately."

On the quarterback battle...
"Both of them are doing well. They are both alternating. We haven't scrimmaged yet. Today was close because we had some live stuff, but we will know a lot more next Saturday."

On any transfers that standout through the first week of camp...
"They are all doing well, thank goodness. All of the four-year transfers have been good and the junior college guys have been good. It has really changed our team."

Quarterback Tyler Matthews
On first week of practice...
"We are looking really good. We have a bunch of new guys that have come in. They are making a big impact on our team. There is a lot of competition out there. All around, we are looking really good. We have done some new things on offense. Coach (Todd) Monken and Coach (Chip) Lindsey have done a good job of teaching us and getting things rolling."

Linebacker Sherrod Ruff
On first week of practice...
"The first week was really good. We have a good team here. It is a whole another level from JuCo. Everything is much faster, but we have a good team here. I think we have a team that can go all the way to the top."

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