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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 118 Georgia Southern Eagles

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 118 Georgia Southern Eagles


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Georgia Southern Eagles


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No. 118: Georgia Southern Eagles

Georgia Southern Eagles Prespring Status

The coaching change ended up resulting in a disappointing year for the offense that wasn’t as explosive and wasn’t as effective as it was in the Willie Fritz era. That doesn’t necessarily mean that head coach Tyson Summers did a bad job, but the Eagles should’ve been in the mix for the Sun Belt title, but blew it with a 5-7 season. Now it’s rebuilding time, but Summers has a chance to put more of a stamp on this year’s squad with some massive changes.

Georgia Southern Eagles Biggest Issue

Most of the rushing stars are gone. Quarterbacks Kevin Ellison and Favian Upshaw are gone along with top back Matt Brieda. The passing game wasn’t anything special to begin with, but now the Eagles have to come up with a competent quarterback to go along with decent backs Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby. That means the pressure now falls on …

Georgia Southern Eagles Biggest Positive

New offensive coordinator Bryan Cook. Summers canned the old offensive coordinators, is scrapping the old rushing style and going with more of a quick-paced attack that still relies on the ground game, but will be more diverse. There’s a lot of starting over with this team on both sides of the ball, but three O linemen are back and plenty of young players who were waiting in the wings are about to learn a new offense all at once.

Really, Why Are The Georgia Southern Eagles Ranked Here?

There’s a whole lot of building to do. No one’s going to give anyone a break or expect anything less than a winning season, but with seven starters gone off the offense and six off the D, it’ll be tough to make a major boost up without a slew of key breaks. Obviously it’s way early, but consider this a stepping-stone season to a potentially massive 2018.