HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Head Coach Todd Monken is ready to turn things around in Hattiesburg and bring back "pride" to Golden Eagles football.
Trying to bring a winning attitude back to Southern Miss players and the fans is target number one, following an 0 and 12 season in 2012 under former head coach Ellis Johnson.
Monken and his coaching staff got the ball flying in the right direction during spring drills and the spring game.
Linebacker Alan Howze of Ocean Springs says the coaches succeeded.
"It's definitely our attitude, being with our strength and conditioning coaches. We're with them more than with the regular coaches. You know they came in and set a difference in attitude and we're taking on that same role."
Last season the Southern Miss offense was down right bad. The Golden Eagles ranked 112th in the national passing statistics, generating 168.3 yards per game and 112th in points scored, bagging only 19.7 points per game.
Howze quickly noticed during spring drills that Monken's up tempo offensive attack brings a new impressive look to the Golden Eagles offense.
Howze said,"They picked up the playbook pretty fast. The temp is back, they've got a real fast tempo. There are times at practice I'm huffing and puffing, about to fall out. It's definitely a major improvement."
Rebuilding a football program that failed to lock-up one game under the win column last season, won't be an easy task, but the Golden Eagles have the right man in adding life back to Southern Miss football in Todd Monken
The Golden Eagles hit the practice field in Hattiesburg Friday morning at 8:30, preparing for the season opener on August 31st. hosting Texas State.