Tracey Lampley profile
The Golden Eagles returned to the practice field on Sunday evening in what would normally be an extremely short game prep week.
With a large focus of fall camp being directed towards week one, Coach Larry Fedora's troops are not experiencing any undue anxiety normally associated with an abbreviated work week.
"We're really not doing anything different this week," said Tracey. "We're just picking up the intensity and just trying to get everything right."
Monday is normally the first day of the practice week after a weekend of film study, but due the shorter schedule things get moved around.
"Tomorrow will pretty much be a polish day for us," said Lampley. "We'll work on special teams and really start getting our focus down.
"We'll be out there for about an hour and a half and we'll go through the game plan and get ready to execute."
Tuesday brings the normal Thursday activities and routine.
"This Tuesday, Coach Fedora will take us through a walk through," said Tracey. "We'll go over everything one more time and just clean everything up.
"Once we do all of that it's about getting all of the mental parts down. It will really be time to get ready mentally and get right for the game."
Prior to leaving campus, Lampley will handle some personal things and check in with those close to him before departing for Columbia, South Carolina.
"Wednesday will be a travel day, so I'll get everything together and make some phone calls," said Tracey. "I'll call my family and some friends before I get on the plane.
"I'll just listen to music and just chill with everybody. We'll probably have a little joke time and just be together."
Come Thursday it will be time to put the ipods, phones and jokes away as the Golden Eagles take on South Carolina in the season opener before a nationally televised audience.
"We feel real good about where we are," said Tracey. "Nobody wants to lose on national TV. It's going to be a good game and I know we're looking forward to it.
"We're just going to go over there, execute the game plan and try to pull the upset."
Tracey Lampley made some great things happen for Southern Miss last season. The Waynesboro native earned Conference-USA All Freshman honors for his play last fall for the Golden Eagles. With a year of college now under his belt, Tracey is anxious for the 2010 season to begin. The wait ends for Lampley and his teammates this week as USM takes on South Carolina on ESPN Thursday night football.
Southern Miss spark plug talks about what the team will do this week heading into the season opener.