Southern Miss Ready to Rebound

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi's football program endured a disastrous freefall last season.

First-year coach Todd Monken is confident the turnaround can happen just as quickly.

The former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator says the Golden Eagles have the talent to win quickly, despite a 0-12 record last season. Now Monken's charge is installing a new offense and defense and finding the most talented players to execute his plan regardless of experience level.

Monken is still trying to find a quarterback who can run his high-tempo offense. The three main candidates are spring starter Cole Weeks, California transfer Allan Bridgford and returner Ricky Lloyd.

Whoever wins the job will lead Southern Miss through a treacherous September schedule. The Golden Eagles have road games against Nebraska, Arkansas and Boise State.

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