Southern Miss

Monken sticking with Bridgford, other USM notes

Here are some quick takeaways from Monday's Southern Miss football press conference after Saturday's 56-13 loss to Nebraska:

* When asked if freshman quarterback Nick Mullens may see some this week against Arkansas, head coach Todd Monken described quarterback Allan Bridgford as the team's "best offensive player" and said that he is still the unquestioned quarterback. Monken said Mullens is the backup.

Bridgford threw for 222 yards, one touchdown and three costly interceptions against Nebraska. Mullens took the field late in the game and didn't complete his two passes.

* The lack of a running game continues to haunt Monken, and he's very frustrated by a lack of production there.

"It's been terrible," Monken said. "We obviously haven't schemed it up right."

Southern Miss has just 85 rushing yards through two games.

* Defensive coordinator Dave Duggan said that he believed playing against Nebraska's power ground game will help the defense prepare for Saturday's road opponent, Arkansas.

* Arkansas actually trailed in the second half to Samford on Saturday before pulling away with a 31-21 victory.

* Duggan singled out sophomore cornerback Kalan Reed as a player who played well against Nebraska on Saturday.

* Monken doesn't discuss injuries, but he described his team as "beat up" after two games.

* Senior linebacker Dylan Reda is obviously dealing with some type of injury after leaving Saturday's game while senior offensive tackle Vincent Brown didn't play at all on Saturday. Safety Emmanuel Johnson also didn't start against Nebraska after starting in the season opener.