Southern Miss opens practice

Southern Miss opens practice

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLBT) - Press release from Southern Miss. 

Year three of the Jay Hopson era got underway on the Southern Miss campus Friday morning as the Golden Eagles went through its first practice session of the summer.

The 110 Golden Eagles that reported for practice went through two and a half hours of mostly individual drills in shorts and helmets.

While Hopson was a little disappointed in the effort at the end of the workout, he still was excited about the team and the different competitions for playing time as they got their first preparation in for its season opener, Sept. 1, against Jackson State in M.M. Roberts Stadium at 6 p.m.

One of those battles involves the quarterback spot the includes redshirt senior Kwadra Griggs (Greenwood, Miss.), redshirt sophomore transfer Jack Abraham (Oxford, Miss.) and redshirt freshman Marcelo Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.).

"It will be a fun battle," said Hopson. "Kwadra was looking good today as he has gotten healthy and made some good throws and Jack made some good who delivered the ball well. And Marcelo made some nice chunks. That is a position that keeps battling it out every day."

For one of the quarterbacks battling for a starting spot, he says it helps to have such a talented receiving group in which to throw.

“We are stacked with speed,” said Abraham, the Northwest Mississippi Community College transfer. “With guys like Tim Jones, Quez Watkins, Trevor Terry, we are loaded everywhere. It makes our jobs a lot easier.” 

For other Golden Eagle players, it was great to get back to work, which included the 2018 Conference USA All-Freshman selection from Bassfield, Miss., native, Racheem Boothe.

“It felt pretty good as I have been waiting on this for a good amount of time,” said Boothe. “After last season, we took a little break (before spring ball) and we were ready to get back out there on the field. I'd go back and watch old film because I missed it so much. It's a wonderful feeling to be back on the field.”
The Golden Eagles return to practice Saturday as they continue to get ready for the 2018 campaign.

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