Oct. 22, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team practiced for about three hours here Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its homecoming contest this Saturday against North Texas.
Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.
The Golden Eagles worked a little longer than they normally do on an average practice day and first-year coach Todd Monken explained that he wanted to see a perfect practice out of his team.
"If you believe that what you see in practice is what you see in the game, then there is no sense in going beyond it," said Monken. "I owe it to the team that what we ask them to get that done in practice and I thought they responded to that. That's all you can do is hold them to a high standard; to the simplest of things that we are doing. We haven't changed what we are doing, but to ask them to show resolve and to show some fight in doing things the right way."
After announcing on Monday that true freshman Nick Mullens of Hoover, Ala., would get the start in Saturday's contest against the Mean Green, Monken said his rookie signal caller got most of the reps in practice and took all the snaps with the first team.
He has liked what he has seen from Mullens and got to see some things from his freshman quarterback against East Carolina that you cannot pickup in practice situations. After throwing an interception against East Carolina last Saturday, Mullens made the tackle on the play. To Monken that showed grit, determination, leadership and some want to from his quarterback.
Tickets remain available for the game on Saturday and can be purchased online at SouthernMissTickets.com, via telephone at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or in person weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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