IRVING, TEXAS (ConferenceUSA.com) - After leading his team to a spot in the Conference USA Championship Game as West Division Champions and a return to bowl play, Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken has been named C-USA Coach of the Year, as selected by a vote by the league’s 13 head coaches.
In this third season at the helm of the Golden Eagles, Monken guided Southern Miss to the largest improvement in the FBS this season, increasing its win total by six games from 2014. He led the program back to the C-USA Championship game after a three-year absence by winning the West Division with a 7-1 record during conference play. The Golden Eagles won six consecutive games to close the regular season to win the West Division title and head into the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl with a 9-4 overall record.
The Golden Eagles lead Conference USA in total defense (364.1 yards per game) and are second in total offense (519.8 yards per game). The Southern Miss offense has gone from scoring 19 points per game in 2014, to 40.6 points per game this season, scoring 50 points or more a school-record five times. That’s an increase of more than 21 points. The Golden Eagle defense is allowing nearly 13 fewer points per game on average this season than it did a year ago at 24.2 per game.
Under Monken’s tutelage, Southern Miss placed a league-high 10 players on the C-USA All-Conference team, including four first-team and six second-team selections. Golden Eagles junior QB Nick Mullens was voted the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Monken will lead Southern Miss in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26 at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium against Pac-12 foe Washington. Kickoff is slated for 1:20 p.m. CST on ESPN.
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