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Football Practice Report: August 9

Aug. 9, 2016

Venue: Joe P. Park Practice Facility
Format: Shoulder Pads and Shorts
Upcoming: Practice (8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10) 

Report: Southern Miss practiced during the morning hours for the second-straight day in shorts and shoulders pads as the Golden Eagles completed their fourth practice day of camp with an almost three hour workout. The overcast skies that the Golden Eagles enjoyed the previous day eluded the squad on this day as they continue to work toward their season opener at Kentucky, Sept. 3.

Head Coach Jay Hopson
Getting back into the heat:
"It was good to get back into the heat today. I was glad the sun came out so that was good. I thought we had some pretty good work. Again, still installing, saw some good things, some players making some good plays but still have to keep correcting, mental errors and things like that and that nature but thought it was a pretty good day today."

A lot of competition between coaches and players:
"It always makes it fun to compete and a good chance to come out there. It's good to compete and get a little hot weather. It was good. 

Speaking of running the ball, how has George Payne doing:
"You know what, George is running the ball really well. Real happy with his progress even though we haven't done pads yet. We'll put the pads on and get after it here tomorrow. I think George has had some good runs." 

How are the offensive lines and defensive lines playing?
"It's going good. I think we have good competition at the offensive line. I think that always helps, competition helps. At the end of the day, we have Wil, Oliver, Jacob, Brandon and all of those guys battling around. Cam, I think has had an outstanding summer. We've create a little bit more competition which always is a good thing, makes the world go round. Ii think those guys came out and competed well, we just have to keep building."

How are you liking your depth out at receiver?
"Well we got guys out there that it's their time to step up. At the end of the day, it's their time and I think guys have done some good things. Korey Robertson had some good plays today, too. Some guys have stepped up and made plays, we just got to keep building. We're in that state of progress, building up to the season and guys are doing big things." 

Defensive back Cornell Armstrong
On the team's expectations and how they will proceed...
"We have some big goals. All of us want to be leaders and we know we have big shoes to fill. With guys like Kalan (Reed) being gone, we all have to step right up and compete." 

On what he can focus on as the season comes...
"It's going well, just taking it one day at a time and not trying to think too far ahead. I'm just going ot keep staying humble and trying to make plays when they come my way." 

Wide receiver Isaiah Jones
On how the team has meshed...
"I've been doing well. All the practice has been paying off as we've been connecting on plays. It feels good. We all compete, from the new guys to the old guys. Everyone wants a spot. I feel like that will transfer to the games."

On what he brings to the table...
"I bring a bunch of hard work. I would say I bring speed, but our whole team does that. I just want to make good plays."

Wide receiver Allenzae Staggers
On his position shift at Southern Miss...
"When I was in junior college I played mostly outside receiver, and then when I got here they moved me to the slot. That was a big leap for me, because I hadn't played it since my first year of high school. I had to adjust to that. I had to make certain cuts and even block linebackers. That's a big step." 

On coming from East Mississippi CC, featured on the popular Netflix show...
"It kind of made us feel like superstars, like we were somebody. It boosted our level of people knowing us. You have to carry yourself differently now." 

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