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Football Practice Report: September 22

Sept. 22, 2015

Venue: Joe P. Park Practice Facility
Format: Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Shorts
Upcoming: Practice (4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23)

Report: The Golden Eagles returned to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon fresh off of their first back-to-back victories since 2011. Southern Miss worked at cleaning up mistakes from Saturday's game as well as preparing for the upcoming road contest at Nebraska. The practice lasted two and a half hours with the team working with position groups, as well as offense vs. defense drills. Once again, special teams and ball security was an emphasis during practice.

Head Coach Todd Monken
Yards after catch and yards after contact have drastically improved over the first three games. What has led to that? How important will that be against a team like Nebraska?
"Some of it has to do with who you are playing and some of it has to do with getting guys older. Guys like D.J. (Thompson) getting a little older and I can't say I saw that coming from Jordan Mitchell. It is just guys getting more comfortable and creating space. Also, getting guys good with the ball in their hands like Ito (Smith) who is a good space player."

When you look at a player like Jordan Mitchell how critical is it for him to build on his early success?
"It's critical. At times during the spring, he was dinged up and then early at camp. We don't have a lot of depth there so it has been critical that he has come along like he has. The same thing goes for Korey Robertson. He stepped up when Mike (Thomas) went down for a little bit with the ankle. D.J. Thompson has really stepped up. Thank God Casey (Martin) has stayed healthy so those guys by committee did a great job until we got Mike back so it's been great."

Offensive Lineman Devin Farrior
With the great chemistry of this experienced o-line, was there any time where you just looked at the guys around you then the play just popped?
"There were a couple of times. Norman (Price) knows what I'm going to do so he trusts what I'm going to do and I trust what he does. It's a big communication thing and trust. We just trust that the other guy will do his job."

Offensive Lineman Rashod Hill
You have had several different o-line coaches in your time here. What makes Coach Luke Meadows different?
"He is just a smart guy. He loves you when you're doing right and corrects you when you're doing wrong like a father. He will break down an entire defense and make it so easy to understand. He is a big technique guy and since I have been around, he has probably been the best offensive line coach I have ever had."

Next Game: at Nebraska (11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, ESPN News)

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