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As a first year head coach hitting the field for spring ball, Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken immediately felt a difference from his years as a coordinator and position coach.

"It was weird." Monken told reporters.

"I messed up a lot of stuff. It's amazing the types of things that you look past. Managers are in different spots and wondering where they're supposed to be. Everywhere else I've been it's just kind of worked out, now all of a sudden people are looking at me like 'What do we do?'"

Then Monken, who's also in charge of the quarterbacks, added something that really stuck out to us.

"The most fun that I have is coaching the players. That's the most fun that I have. If I ever have to get rid of that, than I can't be a head coach anymore because I love coaching the players."

That one on one interaction with his players, and being able to witness their progress is what really motivates Monken. The "head coach" title has nothing to do with it.

Plenty more quality material from Monken below, including more than a few one liners worth writing down. Don't worry, we've included a few of them below.

- "You've got to do it better than they defend it."
- "They (players) don't have a choice, if they walk around they get kicked off the field."
- "You can always slow down, but if you don't train to go fast, you can't ever go fast."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.