The Tyson Summers era at Georgia Southern has begun, but coming off of a win at the Godaddy.com bowl, GS is looking to make an even bigger statement to kick off the season. On Saturday, Southern will be hosting Savannah State University in Paulson Stadium.
GS is expected to have a high powered offense this season with two new co-offensive coordinators and veteran leadership at every position. The offense this year is led by Running Back Matt Breida, who was named to the preseason Doak Walker Award candidate list. If anything this GS vs SSU game should prove as a measuring stick for how the season for the Eagles will go.
The Eagles are probably one of the few teams across the nation who have multiple people at the most important offensive positions that could start. This matchup against Savannah State will pretty much be an experimental game. Summers will have the opportunity to figure out how the reps at Quarterback will be split. Seniors Kevin Ellison and Favian Upshaw will be splitting the reps under center throughout the season and in this game, we will have a chance to see exactly how it will be divided.
The defense is another thing that Eagles fans will have an eye on. This defense will see some differences at the Linebacker and Safety positions. Fans will have a chance to see the Florida State transfer Ukeme Eligwe play in his first game as the Eagles starting Outside Linebacker. There will also be a switch at the safety position. Former GS Quarterback Vegas Harley switched to the defensive side of the ball permanently in the spring and will be the starter at the Free Safety position. The defense will be coached by new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Constantini.
The game this Saturday will be a military appreciation game and eagle nation will paint the town blue all week. There will be different events this week in honor of painting the town blue that students should keep an eye out for.