The first words out of Stump Mitchell's mouth after the first practice of fall camp were "Things are great. I only had to pick up one rock today off this field."
If you are Southern fan that may be music to your ears.
But the biggest thing Mitchell, the third year Southern head coach, is worried about heading into the season is naming a starting quarterback.
Two guys, junior Dray Joseph and sophomore J.P. Douglas, are fighting to be the leader of the offense. Mitchell said neither Joseph nor Douglas has an edge heading into fall camp. Mitchell said neither guy was accurate after the first day but Joseph did have more spunk.
However, Mitchell did comment on that Joseph freelanced a little bit and needs him to stay within the rules. Both guys will get the same amount of reps with the same receivers as camp goes on.
Douglas and Joseph are friends on and off the field but understand that this a competition and both guys thrive off each other.
Joseph feels the conditioning test pushed him even harder entering camp. Douglas said if he has questions about the playbook or which receiver should get the ball, he would ask Joseph.
According to Mitchell, a starter will be decided the week leading into their season opener with New Mexico, which will be played on September 1st in Albuquerque, New Mexico.