Offense Continues To Gain Confidence

Offense Continues To Gain Confidence

Southern Miss went back to work Tuesday as they prepare for Marshall and look to get into the win column for their Homecoming game. The offense has seen improvement and had its best game against UCF last Saturday. We talked with Anthony Alford after practice today about those improvements and where he sees the offense headed the rest of the way.

The quarterback position has without a doubt been one of the most highly talked about positions thus far amongst Golden Eagle fans. The position has been in flux since day one, and not much has changed since.

The coaching staff went with Anthony Alford for the entirety of the UCF game, and it seems he impressed enough to earn another start against Marshall at home this Saturday.

Alford took a few minutes after practice to talk about the season so far, and where he thinks the Golden Eagles are headed in the future.

Alford said has practice has gone well so far this week for both himself and the team.

"Practice has gone really well," Alford said. "For offense, defense, and special teams, it's just gone really well."

As for the UCF game, Alford laments the loss, but saw improvement in his game. "We went in to win, and didn't, so we didn't get the job done." Alford said.

"As far as my play, I got more comfortable as the game went on. I did make a couple of bad decisions that hurt us at the end. That's part of the quarterback's job is to take care of the ball, and I didn't do that."

Alford said he does not know much on the Marshall defense, since he has just now started watching film.

"I don't know much on their defense yet," Alford said. "I know they are doing something right, and have a great offense. I'll know more on the defense once I get in the film room more during the week."

The Southern Miss quarterback noted that the offense will need to score quickly to build confidence, but Alford believes that success in all three phases of the game will be critical.

"I know we'll probably have more possessions simply because they move faster," Alford said. "But we have to execute in offense, defense, and special teams to be successful. We have to be prepared mentally."

Alford acknowledges that the season has been frustrating, but thinks there is reason for optimism for the team.

"We just need to get on the same page," Alford said. "We have been improving. You can see it in the UCF game. Things are starting to click."

Alford said that he knows the quarterback situation has been difficult, but he is glad the coaching staff has always stuck with him.

"I know the coaches have always had confidence in me," Alford said. "I just needed to gain confidence in myself, and they know that. I'm gaining confidence , and I know they see that."

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