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Football Practice Report: August 25

Aug. 25, 2015

Venue: Joe P. Park Practice Facility
Format: Full Pads
Upcoming: Practice (4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26)

Report: Southern Miss held a closed practice on Tuesday afternoon as the Golden Eagles continue to prepare for the 2015 season. The Black and Gold host the Mississippi State Bulldogs in just over 10 days at The Rock with kickoff slated for 9:00 p.m. The team worked out in full pads for just over two hours. The team benefited from cooler temperatures for a spirited workout.

Head Coach Todd Monken
On having an edge...
"I think our team has a little bit more of an edge. It starts with your big guys. Those are the guys up front on both sides of the ball that need that edge. I think we have more of an edge than we have ever had and we need to play like it. We aren't the only ones that have to play with an edge. The game is about mental and physical toughness. Then you have to give great effort and play with an edge."

On receivers stepping up...
"If you have a special player you're going to get it to them more often. You want other guys to at least be a threat and when they get the right look be able to win. D.J. Thompson has really come around and is a much better player now than when he first got here. He has worked awfully hard. We are anticipating Marquise Ricard also playing at that position and some of our young players have played well. Ultimately when you have good players you have to find ways to get them the ball."

Defensive Back Picasso Nelson Jr.
On playing against former high school teammates...
"I talked to Brett once and he told me, `regardless of where you play it is still football.' I'm not worried about the fans or how loud it's going to be. I'm just going to play my game, read my keys and have a great game."

Defensive Back Cornell Armstrong
Less than two weeks from kickoff how are you feeling?
"It's going good. I'm feeling confident reading the keys and running to the ball. Just staying with the right mind set while keeping in mind that we are working towards one goal."

Next Game: vs. Mississippi State (9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, Fox Sports 1)

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