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USM scrimmage notes: QB, battle at bandit, TE added to offense

The Southern Miss football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday night, and here are some notes from post-scrimmage interviews:

* Head coach Todd Monken was mostly happy with what he saw out of the team Saturday.

"It went fine," Monken said. "There were a lot of good things. I don't think we got anybody hurt so that's the No. 1 thing. We did some good things on both sides of the ball took the ball. We took the ball away a couple of times on defense. We didn't give up a lot of big plays. We executed a little bit better on offense. It seemed to be a little bit more balanced than it was the other day. It's never as good as you think or as bad as you think."

* Saturday's scrimmage was closed to the media and no stats were made available.

* Monken said that the quarterback battle isn't down to one player yet, but it sounds like he will probably be relying heavily on Saturday's film to start moving in that direction.

* According to how practice snaps were shared before Monken closed practice, it's down to three players - Allan Bridgford, Cole Weeks and Nick Mullens.

* Monken said that he is trying to incorporate the tight end into the offense to help out in short yardage situations.

* Defensive coordinator Dave Duggan said the toughest competition on his defense is at the bandit between Vancleave's Jerry McCorvey and Octavius Thomas are looking for snaps.

* Senior receiver Francisco Llanos said that the offense is really starting to pick up the tempo as younger players adjust to the system.

* Here is a USM press release on an event for USM season ticket holders - USM AD Bill McGillis announced a Football Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Lunch from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 24) at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.

Free food and soft drinks will be provided for the first 500 season ticket holders and their families and the afternoon will also include inflatable jumps, music, a chance to visit with athletic department staff members including McGill, as well as get an opportunity to see the new field turf up close for the first time.