HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss continued to put in preparations for its season opener at Missis-sippi State, Aug. 30, with an hour and 45 minute practice in shoulder pads and shorts here Friday after-noon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
The last two days have seen the Golden Eagles transition to late afternoon practices following the start of the fall semester on Wednesday. While Monken was not sure if he saw any advantage of switching to an afternoon practice schedule to get a jump on game week following the afternoon workout, he did like his team's energy in the session on Friday as they continued their game preparations for the Bulldogs.
The Golden Eagles went through a sunny practice that saw the temperature readings reach the mid-90s. It proved to be a lot better than the previous day's workout that saw the team endure a 90-minute rain delay due to a heavy thunderstorm passing through the area.
Now with just one week to go before the start of the season, Southern Miss returns to the practice field on Saturday to hold a run through of situational aspects that play into a game. The team will go through this drill at Roberts Stadium, but is something that is necessary heading into the season and Southern Miss is not the only school that will utilize this type of practice.
"Every school in the country uses the Saturday (before the first game) to go through situations that come up during a game," said Monken. "You go over everything from substitutions, to how you run on to the field and how you go about all the systems of game day."
Following the hot workout on Friday afternoon, the Golden Eagles were treated to movie night at a local Hattiesburg theater. Monken said that they were going to do that last week, but the movie that they wanted to see did not come out until today.
The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs will meet at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in a 6:30 p.m., kickoff next Saturday. The game will be televised on the SEC Network (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Andre Ware, analyst; Laura Rutledge, reporter) and also heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network.
Golden Eagle tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased online at SouthernMissTickets.com, or by the phone at 800-844-TICK (8425) as well as in person weekdays during normal business hours at the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office.
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