Southern Miss completed day five of the Golden Eagles football camp as the players practiced in full pads for the first time during a two-hour, 45-m minute morning workout at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.
Head coach Todd Monken said,"We finally had a little 'live' at the end during the goal line." He added,"That was good. It is harder when you put the pads on. It's a lot hotter. Our guys did a really good job. And the majority of them who fought through it had a really good day."
Monken continues to like what he sees in the improvement of redshirt freshman quarterback Parker Adamson, who is fighting for the No. 2 quarterback job behind incumbent starter Nick Mullens.
"He continues to get better,"said Monken. "The biggest thing with Parker is confidence, believing in yourself. It is hard, I know. You've got to be better. You're our back up. I want to see him lead our guys."
The Golden Eagles return to practice Wednesday and will go through their first two-a-day practices beginning at 8 a.m., and return to the practice fields at 7:30 Wednesday night.
Mississippi State went through two practices at "The Farm" on Tuesday, the first chance to work out in full pads away from the Seal Complex.
Head coach Dan Mullen said,"They know what it means to be out there, the attitude our guys take that you have to attack it out there. So it's that mental toughness that they learn out there. They know that is how it's going to make us stronger."
Former Long Beach High School standout Richie Brown is entering his sophomore season and has made an impact.
Mullen said,'Going into this year, he's a starter. As I view things, a starter is a guy who I am going to feel great about being in the game and is going to play as many reps as anyone else, not the guy that plays the first play of the game."
Coach Mullen is expecting junior quarterback Dak Prescott to pick up his mental game.
"It's just about decision making, the processing of information,"stated Mullen. "That's something to constantly be working on. When I work with Dak, I know he's going to have good leadership skills. I know he's going to be tough. He knows what we're going to be doing."
So how is John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales doing sharing the offensive coordinator job?
Mullen said,"Basically, it's them taking care of a lot of the little details, all the details of things that need to get done. It's great that we've been together and those guys are very responsible to take care of that stuff and get that done."
Mississippi State will have one practice session on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before another two-a-day on Saturday that will feature a partial scrimmage. The SEC Network will be filming segments on the Bulldogs for an all-access show slated to run later this month.
Ole Miss continued preparations for the 2014 season with a spirited practice Tuesday morning.
Head coach Hugh Freeze knows his team must have mental toughness throughout fall camp. He said,"I challenged the team today after practice to make up their minds that they're going to get through the tough stuff, and if at all possible, get their pads on and get out with their team."
Freeze had made several position changes and moved Quincy Adeboyejo to slot receiver.
"I expect Quincy to have a breakout year,"stated Freeze. "I think he gives us a threat there and can do things with the ball in his hands that are a little different than what we've had. He's a quick twist and can run, but has to continue to improve his ball catching."
Freshman Sammie Epps, who is listed as a tight end, has also moved to slot receiver to give the Rebels additional depth.
Ole Miss will open Saturday's practice session at 9:45 in the morning to the public in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the only practice that will be opened for the public this fall.
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