If he wasn’t coaching football, Larry Fedora says he’d love to work as a builder. Many football prognosticators believe he’s done just that with the 2011 edition of the Golden Eagles, constructing a team that should vie for this year’s Conference USA title.
The head coach of the Southern Miss football team took a few moments recently to discuss the upcoming season.
Q: How is the team looking going into the 2011 campaign?
A: This is probably the most mature team we’ve had since I’ve been here. They are a seasoned bunch, and they don’t blink in the face of adversity. Our goal is always to win Conference USA, and I feel like we’ve got the team in place to do that this year. And of course, another goal is to make it to a BCS bowl game, and to do that we need to win them all but we’ve got to take them one game at a time.
Q: Who has really impressed you in practice lately?
A: On offense quarterback Austin Davis, running back Kendrick Hardy, offensive lineman Lamar Holmes and on defense defensive back Jacorius Cotton, defensive lineman Kyrhi Thornton and linebackers Jamie Collins and Korey Williams.
Q: Going into your fourth season as head coach, how do you feel about the program overall?
A: I really believe we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve got great support from the students, administration and alumni. Our fans do a great job of firing up our players, especially when they get loud during our games. We’ve got excellent facilities in place to help us succeed, and our administration does a super job of promoting the football program and all our athletic programs.
Q: If you weren't coaching football, what do you think you would be doing instead?
A: Probably building homes, or doing something involving construction. I’ve always been fascinated with how things are built and I enjoy working with my hands.