Statesboro, GA – Tyson Summers and the Eagles took to the newly turfed field at Paulson Stadium on Saturday, April 16th for the annual Eagles Spring Game. The Summers era has officially begun, as the blue team took on the white team. Quarterback, Kevin Ellison lead the blue team while Favian Upshaw lead the white. The white team would strike first with a hand off from Upshaw to Chaz Thornton. The white team would defeat the blue team, 27-7. After the game the Eagles 2015 Championship team, received their rings from the GoDaddy Bowl win.
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STATESBORO, Ga. – Chaz Thornton scored two touchdowns, including a 45-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, to lead the White Team to a 27-7 victory over the Blue Team in the Georgia Southern football Blue-White Spring Game Saturday afternoon in Paulson Stadium.
Favian Upshaw connected with BJ Johnson III for an 18-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth for the Blue Team’s lone score. Ironhead Gallon picked off a pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown, while Younghoe Koo and Tyler Bass each knocked in field goals for the White Team.
Many of the offensive lineman played for both the Blue and White Teams, and the Eagles’ top two quarterbacks, Upshaw and Kevin Ellison, split time with both teams.
The defensive line was very productive with Ryan George and Bernard Dawson each recording two sacks, and Nardo Govan posting another. Jamal Johnson, J.B. Kouassi and Darrius Sapp all had tackles for loss.
For the student-athletes, the game was a chance to go live in a game-like environment for the first time since last December.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Upshaw. “We got to play football again. It’s fun to be out there playing football with the guys. Everybody loves to be out in Paulson and playing as fast as possible.”
“Playing in an environment like this with the fans out here in game-like situation kind of amps it up a little bit and gets the juices flowing,” added Johnson III. “It just makes everybody compete a little harder.”
Head coach Tyson Summers went into the day thinking the Eagles would have an opportunity to work on their one-back looks, inside zone, outside zone and the passing game.
“I thought we did an okay job of that,” said Summers. “The defense came out with a lot of energy, and they played like they had some swag and some confidence. Offensively, we’ve got to be able to get something going, and all it takes is one explosive play to get us going and headed in the right direction. The thing that I’d like to see a better job of is our leadership. I thought we lacked that and have a ways to go with that – when something poor happened, us not being able to stand up and rally the troops and being able to make something happen off of it.”
The Eagles have four more practices scheduled before the end of spring ball. For Summers, those sessions will be about refinement.
“Our install is in so now, it’s about us tightening up what we’re going to do, what we are and what our true identity is,” he said.