Georgia Southern Eagles
Location: Statesboro, GA
Coach: Chad Lunsford (12-7 @ GSU & overall) 2nd season at GSU
Stadium: Paulson Stadium (Capacity 25,000)
2018 In a Sentence: Georgia Southern closed the year on a high note when K Tyler Bass hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Georgia Southern to a dramatic 23-21 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl to finish 10-3 overall.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: RB Wesley Fields became the first player in Georgia Southern history to lead the team in rushing (1,050) and receiving (237) yards in the same season a year ago. Fields signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers this past spring.
Key Player: QB Shai Werts is now the clear offensive leader with Fields gone. He was named MVP of the Camelia Bowl after rushing for two touchdowns and leading the game-winning drive. He set a new school record for consecutive passes without an interception (118) and also proved he not only can run the option but also can throw the ball as he completed nearly 60% of his passes last year. The key will be how he performs with a number of new supporting cast this year.
Fearless Prediction: Georgia Southern has the ingredients to once again be one of the top teams in the Sun Belt and should challenge for the East Division title. Expect the Eagles to duplicate its results from last year but fall just short of the Sun Belt championship game but will get another solid bowl bid.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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