The offensive line has an entirely different look.
As Coach Monken told us at C-USA media day, the entire offensive line needed a face lift. That's exactly what happened at the start of last spring, and the addition of Coach Meadows started the much needed change.
After a great summer, the offensive line is off to a fast start this fall and the new look is really starting to pay off for the Eagles.
As senior Rashad Hill puts it, it feels like a brand new start.
"The first two practices have really gone well and we are getting after it," Hill told GoldenEaglePride.com after practice today.
"We are working on coming together as a line and I'll tell you this, yesterday and today things just seem a whole lot better. This is the best I've ever felt about where our offensive line is and its only the 2nd day of practice."
Several things have happened for the Eagle offensive line since last season that has really served to boost the entire line. Cameron Tom has been moved to Center, the addition of two talented JuCo linemen, and the addition of a new coach.
"I believe the difference is first of all because of our O-line coach," Hill said.
"He really has taken the time to break everything down for us and really has taught us what we need to know to make this offense run.
"Also, we've taken steps to really get to know each other better like going out to eat every week as a unit. All that together has really made me ready for the season."
Hill had a great summer in his own right.
"Last year I was at 285 and I gained weight, I put on 20 pounds and I spent a lot more time in the weight room this summer," he said.
"I also just ate a lot, to be honest and that's what offensive linemen do."
Hill, a veteran presence at Left tackle, was quick to heap praise on the sophomore Center Cameron Tom.
"Cameron came in last year and played as a true freshman," he said.
"He knows everything and knows how to make the calls. We older guys have put our pride to the side and are listening to him because he really knows what he's talking about.
"It is not easy listening to a younger guy at times but he's earned all of our respect by the way he's playing."
Norman Price and Thomas Collins of Hinds also are coming around well.
"Norman is starting the right tackle spot for us and is catching on real good," Hill said.
"Him and TC had some work to do with the conditioning aspect, but once those guys got it they have been growing and getting better every day. T.C. is going to provide a lot of depth for us and Norman, the sky is the limit for him too."
The Golden Eagles return to practice Sunday morning at 8:00 AM.
Southern Miss went through day two of practice Saturday morning at the Joe P. Park facility. After practice, we caught up with Golden Eagle left tackle Rashod Hill to talk about the growth of the offensive line and his early thoughts on practice.