"It's good," said Jason of adjusting to life in Hattiesburg. "Everything is lovely here. I stayed right down the road in New Orleans, so I am used to the heat and being in the south. I love it."
Weaver believes that the Golden Eagles are off to a strong start in fall camp. He believes some early momentum will help their preparations for the season opener against SEC foe South Carolina.
"Everything is going good," said the talented offensive lineman. "It's our first day in pads today. We're getting ready for South Carolina now. We're all working hard to get ready.
"Everybody makes some mistakes, but you always have another day to get better and correct yourself. Being a newcomer, I am beginning to learn my assignments."
Jason will have to be a quick study if he plans to start when the Golden Eagles visit South Carolina before a nationally televised audience.
Weaver reports he is pushing himself to show the USM coaching staff that he is a player they can count on when the game is on the line.
"I see myself starting and that is my expectation for myself," said Jason. "I don't see myself as a 2nd string or 3rd string type of guy. I have never been like that. I am always going to come out and work hard to have that top spot. That's just how I am."
The New Orleans native is beginning to adjust to the Southern Miss system and the coaching style of the staff.
"The coaches are going to stay on you to get you better," said Jason. "They might chew you out on the field and when we get in the film room they help you correct your mistakes.
"Out on that field they stay on you and that's making us better. They are doing their jobs and getting us ready."
Expectations are high for Southern Miss this fall and Weaver reports he welcomes the demands those lofty goals bring.
"I feel like we have a good chance to play for the conference championship," explained Jason. "We have an explosive offense. I think we have some great backs and some great receivers and we have a great defense.
"I feel like if we work hard, we can do it."