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Football Practice Report: September 7

Sept. 7, 2016

Venue: Joe P. Park Practice Facility
Format: Full Pads
Upcoming: Thursday (No media availability)

Report: The Southern Miss football program continued its preparation for its home opener this Saturday against Savannah State with a 2 ½ practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Eagles, dressed in full pads, continued installation of its game plan and continued to preach focus to its opening opponent, Savannah State. Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Southern Miss Coach Jay Hopson
On the ability of coming back in a game…
“We did a good job. But like everything, we have to keep plugging and keep getting better but we did a good job and have done a good job this week. We just have to keep pressing and keep getting better.”

On big defensive plays in the opener…
“Big pick by Trae (Collins). I think Picasso (Nelson, Jr.) had a really good game. I think Cornell (Armstrong) had a really good game and then have a game-saving tackle right there on that one. But it’s just been a group that’s really gelling. We had a couple little things and some miscues in the first half but I thought they played a really good game in the second half.”

Secondary Coach Dan Disch
On what you saw from the defensive backs…
“It took a minute for us to adjust. We settled in. Early on we didn’t play great. We had a few busts and gave up a couple plays. I think we settled in and played well obviously in the second half. Hopefully that’s how we continue to play but we have a lot to iron out. Ultimately we fought and didn’t quit playing. I think we played well.”

On if it was cohesiveness or coaching…
“It was a little bit of everything. We had to get adjusted to their speed. They were real quick and had some talented receivers. We had to get used to each other. We missed some things that left a guy open one time. Then they made one catch that we had the guy blanketed real good and made the catch but that’s going to happen sometimes. Sometimes on a call you wish you ran something different but I think it was just the first game and getting used to each other. We had to get used to the speed of the game. We’re not playing the scout team guys. I thought we settled in and showed we could compete a little bit.”

On what he says to the guys in practice…
“We have a Monday rule. You come out on Monday and the whole game is gone. You can’t talk about it, you can’t think about it. We can talk about it when we’re at the banquet at the end of the year. We’ll tally it all up at the end of the year, because coach Hopson is really good about letting them know you really haven’t done anything yet. All it means is that you can go 1-11 instead of 0-12. It doesn’t mean anything. If you start getting ahead of yourself and thinking you’re any good, you’re going to get embarrassed. That’s our mindset. It’s one day at a time and keep playing because otherwise you’re back to square one.”

On the goals for the season for the secondary…
“Play hard every game. Don’t give up big plays, which we have a long way to go on that. I don’t like seeing those balls being thrown downfield. Just play together and play hard and continue to improve.”

Tickets: Season tickets for the 2016 Southern Miss home season as well as the home opener this Saturday against the Tigers can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) as well as visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Center on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Pat Ferlise Ticket Office will also be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and will then reopen at the Roberts Stadium Box Office at 3 p.m., until halftime of the game.

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