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Optimism, offense about at Southern Miss practice

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi's football program hit rock bottom just four months ago, finishing as the only winless team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

But first-year coach Todd Monken — who led a prolific offense at Oklahoma State before coming to Southern Miss in December — is confident a quick rebound is not just possible, but realistic.

The 47-year-old Monken said "the reality is we've got good players here" after spring practice on Thursday, and is in the process of installing his up-tempo, no-huddle offense.

Monken's encouraging words carry weight because he knows about talent and winning. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State the past two seasons, helping the Cowboys average more than 45 points per game and win 20 games during that span.