HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Jay Hopson opened his first spring football practice as the head coach of Southern Miss on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles are looking to continue the success that coach Todd Monken built in 2015 with a 9 win season before leaving for the NFL and Tampa Bay.
Hopson is the 21st head coach at Southern Miss and previously served six years as an assistant with the Golden Eagles.
His first head coaching job was at Alcorn State where he guided the Braves to 32 wins and 17 losses.
The first spring football practice is in the books.
Hopson said, "It's good I tell you practice is the good the bad and the ugly the first day of spring I thought we played hard there was good effort certainly there's always a lot to correct on the first day of practice."
Quarterback Nick Mullins is back for his senior season and says this is the time you get to know the new coaching staff and the way they do things.
"I think the thing is just feel the coaches different personalities that's something that you embrace over the off season and we've gotten really close with those guys, "stated Mullins. "Coach Hop lives by eleven brothers a heart of beat and we get what we deserve. So if we stick to those two two mottos moving forward we're going to be a pretty darn good football team."
Southern Miss spring football hits the practice field each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon with scrimmages slated for Saturday beginning April 2.
The Annual Black and Gold Scrimmage is set for April 23rd beginning at high noon.