2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Georgia Southern Offense
Get the third down conversion percentage to over 40%. With this offense, the team is almost always in a 3rd-and-short situation and needs to control the game and control the clock. Normally, Georgia Southern is well over that 40% mark on third downs, but it was at 30% last year and going under 40% seven times. All three losses – and the close call against Eastern Michigan in the bowl – came when the O didn’t have total control of the games.
Biggest Key To The Georgia Southern Defense
The tackles for loss have to come. The Eagle defense isn’t on the field all that often because the offense usually controls the time of possession, but the plays in the backfield have to be there. GSU doesn’t usually dominate the stats, but it only came up with 63 tackles for loss last season and didn’t generate enough steady pressure. If the D can get to 75 or more tackles for loss, look out.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OG Jake Edwards, Sr.
The offensive line is going to be fine in time – it takes something different to be a blocker in this system. The 6-4, 280-pound Edwards was a decent prospect for Georgia, but transferred to Georgia Southern early on. He hasn’t been able to establish himself as a starter, but the Eagles could use him as a key part of the puzzle at one of the guard spots.
Key Game To The Georgia Southern Season
at Appalachian State, Oct. 31
The Eagles rocked the Mountaineers last season 34-14, but didn’t take advantage of the moment with two straight losses to follow. This year, they have to face Troy on the road, but that comes after a week off. Get by ASU again, and the Sun Belt East race might be on the line with the trip to Troy to follow.
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2018 Georgia Southern Fun Stats
– Turnovers: Opponents 27 – Georgia Southern 5
– Rushing Yards: Georgia Southern 3,716 – Opponents 2,080
– Field Goals: Georgia Southern 19-of-21 – Opponents 12-of-17