Preview 2018: Georgia Southern Eagles. A Change Did Them Good

Preview 2018: Georgia Southern Eagles. A Change Did Them Good

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Preview 2018: Georgia Southern Eagles. A Change Did Them Good

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Best Georgia Southern Offensive Player

RB Wesley Fields, Sr.
The team’s leading rusher didn’t blow up – running fro 811 yards and five scores, averaging 4.7 yards per carry – but with good speed and 6-0, 205-pound pop, he can work inside and out.

An all-star in the classroom and on the field, he’s a three-year key part of the puzzle and the veteran leader in the backfield. Now he needs more room to move – the line has to do its job to get him into the open. He only had two 100-yard games last year, but it should be a regular occurance if he’s getting the ball more with room to move.

2. QB Shai Werts, Soph.
3. C Curtis Rainey, Sr.
4. PK Tyler Bass, Jr.
5. OT Jeremiah Culbreth, Sr.

Best Georgia Southern Defensive Player

DT Logan Hunt, Sr.
Whether he’s a defensive end or operating on the nose, the 6-2, 270-pounder can get behind the line. The All-Sun Belt performer made 32 tackles, but was the team’s best pass rusher with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss, doing a good job of generating constant pressure. No, he’s not a true Coke machine who can hold his own if getting repeatedly beaten on, but he’s too quick for most blockers.

2. CB Monquavion Brinson, Jr.
3. DE Raymond Johnson, Soph.
4. S RJ Murray, Sr.
5. DT Ty Phillips, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Shai Werts, Soph.
It was rocky at times, but when he was on as a passer, the offense was terrific. He was a 56% passer overall, but he just wasn’t consistent and he didn’t connect on the deep plays needed in an offense that has to take advantage of its home run opportunities. But as a runner and a conductor for the offense, he’s growing into the gig.

The 5-11, 200-pounder is an academic all-star who’s got the upside to be among the Sun Belt’s most effective quarterbacks. But to get there, he has to come up with more big runs. There were way too many plays made behind the line – he has to be a bit more decisive, and that comes with more experience – and he has to average more than 3.5 yards per carry.

Key Game To The Georgia Southern Season

UMass, Sept. 8 
Every team has measuring stick games and moments. Last season, the Eagles were rocked in a 55-20 embarrassment to the Minutemen – the most points the team gave up all season – and that was it for the Tyson Summers era. Georgia Southern will beat South Carolina State to open the season, and if it beats UMass, it’ll equal last year’s win total by September 8th.

2017 Georgia Southern Fun Stats

– Time of Possession: Georgia Southern 33:59 – Opponents 26:01
– Touchdowns: Opponents 52 – Georgia Southern 29
– Fumbles: Georgia Southern 36 (lost 13) – Opponents 11 (lost 6)

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