HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The first afternoon practice for the Southern Miss football team here Thursday could almost have been considered a two-a-day session.
The Golden Eagles, dressed in shoulder pads and shorts, went through the first hour, 15 minutes of the session at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility, before a heavy thunderstorm sent the Golden Eagles inside for 90 minutes, delaying the continuation of practice.
When the practice finally resumed, Southern Miss transitioned on to the game field at Roberts Stadium to finish the final 45 minutes that included a pair of live periods, where the focus was on its Aug. 30, season-opening foe.
"We started preparations today for Mississippi State (today)," said second year Golden Eagle coach Todd Monken. "We dedicated the back half of practice with two team periods being based on Mississippi State."
Throughout the 19-day fall camp, the Golden Eagles practiced in the morning and during the evening hours, but fall classes are now underway at Southern Miss, prompting the switch to the afternoon schedule accommodate their players' classes.
Southern Miss will return to the practice fields for a closed practice on Friday afternoon and then go through a final game-situation walkthrough on Saturday, before transitioning into its game-week mode on Sunday.
The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs will open the season next Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and can be heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network.
Single-game and season tickets can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, or by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office (W. 4th St.) weekdays from 8 a.m, - 5 p.m.
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