Dan Disch out to change mindset of Southern Miss defense

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Southern Miss defensive coordinator Dan Disch is eager to start rebuilding the Golden Eagles’ defense.

Disch told the Sun Herald, “To have a great defense, you need a couple of things. First, a great defense has great players. I know we have good players here now. Secondly, a great defense is an attitude -- plain and simple. Swagger comes from hard work, not talk. I can assure the fans that we’re going to work hard to be successful.’’

In 2010, Southern Miss allowed 29 points per game (81st nationally). Five opponents scored at least 40 points including South Carolina, Houston, East Carolina, UAB, and Tulsa. Larry Fedora’s team went 1-4 in those games, but finished 8-5 overall.

The people in Hattiesburg would like to get back to the old days when the Southern Miss defense was the consistently tough defense.

“We (players) have already started talking about putting a product on the field that will make people proud,” explained Disch. “With the spread, they have turned the game into a marathon. Our goal is to bring a physical defense back.’’

Southern Miss opens with LA Tech. The remaining non-conference schedule includes Southeastern Louisiana, at Virginia, and at Navy.