ARTICLE FROM GEORGIA SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
STATESBORO, Ga. – The work the Eagles have spent in the passing game last spring and during the preseason showed during Saturday’s scrimmage in Paulson Stadium.
On the first series after special teams work, Kevin Ellison dropped back and threw a perfect ball over the top to Myles Campbell for a 70-yard touchdown. Favian Upshaw came on as quarterback for the second series and promptly found Malik Henry for a 25-yard gain.
“We always work technique and I used the technique that our coaches teach us, attacking the man,” Campbell said about getting free for the long grab.
The Eagles showed they could still run the ball and scored three times on 1st-and-goal situations from the 5-yard line. Vegas Harley scored one on a 5-yard run, and Wesley Fields took it in from the 1-yard line on 4th-and-goal. Monteo Garrett then hit Ryan Longoria with a 5-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone.
Garrett also connected with Henry for a 43-yard touchdown pass late in the scrimmage before Demarcus Godfrey ripped off a 75-yard run.
“Our pass protection was pretty good today, and we had some young backs make some nice plays,” said Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz. “We have 15 practices left before we go up to Morgantown to play West Virginia, and we’re going to use every one of them. We’ll go another week where we really work on the Eagles and drill the fundamentals and evaluate and see where we’re at, and then for two weeks, we’ll work hard on West Virginia.”
The defense made its share of plays as well. Robert Brice had an interception off a tipped pass, and Jacob Schofill picked off a pass and ran it in from the 21-yard line. Darrius White broke up a pass on his own 1-yard line, and Jalen Green-Stewart made a tackle in the backfield on a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line situation. Tre Griffin had a quarterback hurry and made a couple tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
“We just need to clean up a few things,” Brice said about the defense. “I think we’re going in a great direction and moving forward, and we need to come through and make sure everything is perfect.”
Following the scrimmage, the Eagles went up to the North Concourse to join the men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball teams for Meet the Eagles Fan Fest. Fans were able to get photos and posters signed by the student-athletes and coaching staffs of all four squads.
Hop on the Bus
Join the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation for its football bus trip Sept. 4-5, and watch the Eagles take on the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Click here for more info and to register online.
Aug. 17 – Day 1 – Paulson Stadium – 9 p.m. – Students will fill up the entire student section in Paulson Stadium for Day One to learn our traditions, chants, fight song and alma mater. Coach Fritz and Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein will speak at the event.
Aug. 22 – Erk Russell Classic – Paulson Stadium – 5 p.m. – The fourth annual Erk Russell Classic has North Oconee High School taking on Coffee County at 5 p.m. and Statesboro facing Burke County at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
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