The Eagles were back at work Tuesday as game preparations for East Carolina and the home opener continued with an afternoon practice.
One area that the offense knows must step up is the wide receivers. Looking at the statistics, there were only three passes caught by receivers in the opener. Tracey Lampley caught two, and Dominique Sullivan caught one that he took in for a Touchdown.
This is something that everyone on the Eagle's offensive side of the ball know they must improve upon.
"We talked about as a unit getting to know the quarterbacks better and since we didn't throw the ball much in the first game we have put it on ourselves to show the coaches that we can make the plays," Sullivan said in an interview after practice with GoldenEaglePride.com.
"We have worked hard to make the plays in practice and we all know that we have to be the ones to make plays for the quarterbacks."
Now that Anthony Alford has been named the starting quarterback, the Eagles know they have a weapon in the run game. This, Sullivan says, can only benefit the passing game as well.
"The running game is great," he said. "If we can get our passing game down then we can be a huge threat. We will be very tough to stop.
"Again, we know the opportunities to throw the ball will be there. We just have to be the ones to step up and make those plays. If we do that, we'll have some huge threats."
Sullivan showed that he can be one that can step up and make things happen at the WR position. He talked about that catch and touchdown run against Nebraska.
"I knew the ball was coming to me," he said. "Chris Campbell signaled me the route. I knew if I could catch the ball that I had an advantage. When I caught it, I just made him miss and took it in.
"I want to carry over things that started last year. I have been eliminating my drops in practice and I'm just trying to make plays the best way that I can."
Sullivan said the bye week was huge for the Eagles to find some continuity on offense and get back to the intensity they had in fall camp.
"Man, we worked hard during the bye week," he said.
"We had three very hard practices. We did everything to get better. We did more conditioning, worked on our offense hard, and just started getting ready for ECU."
Speaking of the game against ECU, the Eagles are very excited about the opportunity to be in front of their home fans again.
"We had a game away, then a bye week, so we've all been itching to get in the Rock," he said. "We haven't lost a game there in a long time. We know that it is a huge game and we are going to bring the intensity."
Southern Miss is coming off an important bye week early in the season where they had a chance to regroup after an opening loss to Nebraska. The wide receivers must step up and help newly named starting QB Anthony Alford if the Eagles hope to break out offensively. We caught up with WR Dominique Sullivan after Tuesday's practice to hear about their preparation.