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Todd Monken Privately Names Starting QB; No Public Announcement

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Today marks the first Southern Miss weekly media conference.

With USM's home opener only five days away, just how close is head coach Todd Monken to naming a starting quarterback?

"Oh I'm comfortable with one guy - I'm just not going to announce it," says Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken. "We're at that point. It does us no good to announce it and I don't even know if it does us good to announce it. I can't tell you if it's good or bad - I'm just not going to do it."

Redshirt junior Cole Weeks, redshirt senior transfer Allan Bridgford and true freshman Nick Mullens all sit atop the depth chart, with the word "or" separating their names.

So why wait until gameday to publicly announce a starter?

"I don't think they're going to change what they do against us - I wouldn't think so - but there's no sense in divulging who that is or what their skill set might be," says Monken.

The depth chart also lists three running backs without indicating a first stringer.

To the coaches, it's all about situational football.

"We've got some talented guys - some that are really good in space, some that are downhill runners - so we'll have to do a good job of getting the right guys on the field at the right time," says Monken.

"They've got a lot of experience," says Southern Miss offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "We feel strongly about them and their skill set, so finding ways to do things with them will be important."

On the flip side of the ball, defensive coordinator Dave Duggan looks for seniors Alan Howze and Jerrion Johnson to make the biggest splashes on Aug. 31. 

"They're smart, they work at it, the game's important to them, they have a passion for being really good and it's showed, so I'm excited to see everybody come together, but specifically those two," says Duggan.

Southern Miss kicks off its season at home against Texas State on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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