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Southern Miss Offense Takes Day-to-Day Approach in Fall Camp

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The Southern Miss offense maintains a familiar focus at practice number six of fall camp.

"It's really no different than days one through five as far as getting the fundamentals down and trying to polish everything, and make less mental errors - finding ways to continue to get better," says Arroyo.

USM's first-year play caller expects more offensive production in 2013, but emphasizes the means over the end result.

"We've got to build, build, build and those points and all of that stuff will take care of itself if we do things right," says Arroyo.

Arroyo instills that mentality in his players before they even take the field.

"He's working hard with us everyday to make sure we do the little things right from film room - things we learn in the film room he just wants us to take them to the field and see us compete when we're tired," says Southern Miss senior wide receiver Dominique Sullivan.

But Arroyo is not the only coach working players like Sullivan into game speed.

"That's Coach Monken - [he] pushes me everyday to go full speed every rep, every rep, so when game time comes I'll be so used to it, it will just come natural," says Sullivan.

"Mental toughness, not walking from drill to drill, not allowing the heat to get to you, getting up off the ground - that's how you'll win," says Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken.

When Arroyo sees a similar sense of urgency from his players, he will know the offense is ready for Aug. 31.

"When we can come out and have a day with very, very few minimal mental errors, take care of the football, know the critical situations, finish late in practice, then I'll say we're getting to where we need to be because those are the things that win games," says Arroyo.

But until then, the team's home opener against Texas State is not even on the radar.

"That calendar's a one day calendar, so today's a day, tomorrow's a day - when that gets here it will get here," says Arroyo. "We don't put anything that far out."

The players return to practice tomorrow for their first two-a-day of fall camp.

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