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Blue-White Saturday at Paulson


    Georgia Southern will hold its annual Blue-White scrimmage today at Paulson Stadium, the centerpiece of a major day in Eagle athletics.
    Head coach Chris Hatcher is hoping for around 10,000 fans to check out his team — one that should be closer to emulating his patented ‘Hatch Attack’ which was so successful at Valdosta State.
    With Walter Payton Award winner Jayson Foster gone to graduation, all eyes will be on redshirt Freshman Lee Chapple who was named the starter after Thursday’s practice. The Greater Atlanta Christian product jumped ahead of sophomore Kyle Collins and injured sophomore Billy Lowe to top the depth chart.
     “It had been a real tight battle all the way through the spring practice,” said Hatcher. “If we had to play right now, Chapple would be the quarterback going into the game versus the University of Georgia on August 30.”
    The Eagles (7-4, 2006) were three points away from claiming a Southern Conference championship and playoff bid in Hatcher’s first season. That team was centered around the elusive Foster, who set an NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback and was named SoCon Offensive Player of the Year.
    Today, fans will likely see more of Hatcher’s passing attack with pro-style Chapple at the helm.
    “The game will be vanilla on both sides of the ball,” said Hatcher. “We want to go out there and let those guys have a good time, hopefully in front of a nice crowd.”
    Prior to the scrimmage, there will be a Skills Challenge for members of the Little Eagles starting at 10 a.m. and then a pre-game concert by the band Waycross one hour later.
    “It’s a big deal,” said Hatcher of today’s events. “It’s something that we talked about back before the spring started that we wanted to make an event out of it — wanted to try and get 10,000 folks there or more. Hopefully we’ll do that and hopefully our guys will look sharp out there and put a good show on.”
    Outside of quarterback play, fans will also be honed in on the running back position and offensive line play. GSU lost rushers Lamar Lewis and Mike Hamilton and fantastic freshman Zeke Rozier is still nursing a torn up knee from last fall. Up front, Lewis Brooks and Dio Herrera are the team’s only seniors.
    The team’s defense has been stellar all spring with familiar faces in Chris Covington, Chris Rogers and Larry Beard.
    Admission to the game is free.
    
    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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