HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - How tough is that road trip? First up... Nebraska on Saturday followed by Arkansas on September 14 and at Boise State on September 28th.
That will not be an easy task for the Golden Eagles who have dropped 13 straight games dating back to last season.
Coach Todd Monken said Southern Miss has put the Texas State loss behind them and they are ready to move on.
"Now it;'s time to turn on to Nebraska, a really good football team, "Monken stated. "I've worked with Bo Pelini who is a tremendous football coach. They've been in either a Big 12 or Big 10 championship game three of the last five years."
Monken said the emergence of redshirt senior wide receiver Rickey Bradley has been amazing, since he started working with the Southern Miss football team in the spring.
Monken added,"He walked-on here and didn't play last year and we saw it in the spring. He was in a green jersey for about three weeks after suffering a shoulder sprain in fall game and we just got him healthy." "You saw some flashes of what he can be. He's still not healed yet, but showed some of the big-play potential and what we thought we had when we got here."
Bradley, a former Oak Grove High School and Pearl River Community College standout, hauled in seven passes for 193 yards. He's playing without a scholarship.
Monken had high praise for starting quarterback Allan Bridgford, a transfer from Cal.
"What an unbelievable job Allan Bridgford did, when you think about a guy who wasn't here in the spring, wasn't here in the summer. He came a week before camp and then had just fall camp to really try to understand what we're doing and to move forward.
Bridgford completed 28 of 53 pass attempts, tossed one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Southern Miss rushing game accumulated only 23 yards on 24 attempts.
Monken said,"We've got to be a little more creative with it. We've got to find out if any of the tight ends that we do have can block and play. We've got to get our fullback play up to speed."
He said the coaching staff is still trying to figure out and piece together what they have and that's what they are paid to do and to keep moving forward.
The Golden Eagles face three more stumbling blocks in Nebraska, Arkansas and Boise State before the 2013 schedule gets a little easier.