HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — It's been a brutal two seasons of football for Southern Mississippi.
The Golden Eagles finally had some success in last season's finale, beating Alabama-Birmingham 62-27 to end a 23-game losing streak. The win brought some positive energy to a program that desperately needed it.
And after getting a long-awaited taste of victory, the Southern Miss players say they crave success more than ever.
Second-year Southern Miss coach Todd Monken says his program has a much better foundation for preseason camp, and a nucleus of young players should help the Golden Eagles be much improved.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Mullens returns after throwing for 1,776 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as a true freshman.