Georgia Southern Eagles College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Georgia Southern Eagles Offensive Player
OG Aaron Dowdell, Sr.
The running backs will be the stars, and QB James Graham is going to be outstanding – assuming he’s back and gets the job – but it takes the offensive front to make it all go.
Four starters are expected to be back around Dowdell, a super-senior going into his sixth season. He’s a 6-4, 305-pounder who can move, and he’s not the only Eagle blocker who’ll likely end up earning all-star honors.
2. RB JD King, Sr.
3. QB Justin Tomlin, Jr.
4. RB Logan Wright, Sr.
5. RB Amare Jones, Sr.
Best Georgia Southern Eagles Defensive Player
CB Derrick Canteen, Soph.
One of the nation’s most productive corners, he saw a little time as a redshirt freshman and then last year he blew up in a second-freshman season with six interceptions and 48 tackles.
An all-around playmaker, the 5-11, 185-pounder returned a fumble for a score against Army, came up with two picks in the close win over Troy, and was a steady tackler. He’s the star in what should be one of the Sun Belt’s best secondaries.
2. S Anthony Wilson, Soph.
3. LB/DE Randy Wade, Sr.
4. DT CJ Wright, Sr.
5. DE Justin Ellis, Sr.
Top Incoming Georgia Southern Eagles Transfer
QB/WR James Graham, Jr.
Former Tulane running back Amare Jones and a few linebackers will be factors, too, but the team has a versatile playmaker in Graham who was brought in to work at quarterback, but appears to be ready to step in at receiver.
Assuming all is fine and he’s all back fine in fall camp after missing time this spring …
He’s not all that accurate a passer – hitting just 45% of his throws in his time at Georgia Tech, but he has the arm to hit the deep throw – he threw 12 touchdown passes in 2019 – and is a good, tough runner. At the very least, he’s a talented veteran who’ll be used in a variety of ways.