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Practice Report: Sept. 21

Sept. 21, 2016

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

Report: Southern Miss continued preparations for its Conference USA opener with a two and a half practice Wednesday afternoon in full pads on the Golden Eagle campus. The team worked through another hot afternoon as they continued to get ready to travel to UTEP this weekend. The Golden Eagles play the Miners at 7 p.m., CT at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The game will be streamed live for free through

DL Xavier Thigpen, RJr.
On his transformation into a start this season:
“I just try to put in extra every day. The days we don’t lift, I’m in the weight room. Before practice, I just try to come out and work on my hands. I just try to do extra because I know somebody (else) is out there doing it, so I try to get ahead of them.”

On getting a bigger stature:
When (strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin) got here, I was around 210 (pounds). I was well undersized. He was telling me ‘We’ve got to get weight on you.’ He told me ‘Everything you see, eat it.’ I called it a seafood diet. I took that to heart.”

DB Justin Abston, RJr.
On his season thus far:
“I’m ready to practice. Go hard, or harder than usual. Hopefully I can keep going hard and stay on.”

On increased playing time:
“I think just it is because of giving great effort. (I’m) trying hard every day. I’m finally getting a shot and trying to maximize my potential and embrace my role.”

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