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            Friday at Beautiful Eagle Creek, it was finally time to get into the pads.

            It was the first time Georgia Southern has seen full-contact, 11-on-11 drills this fall, but that wasn’t the only first on the day.

            E.J. Webb worked out with the linebackers for the first time at full speed, Jawaun Luckey saw his first looks in pads as a slotback, and it was the first time all the freshmen saw full-contact action.

            Practice was delayed as it was on Monday with lightening and rain, but until that point things weren’t quite up to speed.

            “I think that we probably need to collectively be a lot better,” said first-year coach Jeff Monken during the rain delay. “I know I talked to the defensive coaches after the first opportunity to get together. They weren’t happy. I saw some guys playing, but there weren’t enough of those real hard striking licks, those real hits you like to see when those guys get in pads. Those will come, but we’re just not playing fast. When you aren’t playing fast the collisions aren’t as violent. We’ve got to play faster, and I think the hits will get better.”

            The ball was kept predominantly on the ground, where a bulk of the yards gained came from the fullback dive and the slotback pitch.

            The now three-quarterback rotation of Jaybo Shaw and true freshmen Ezayi Youyoute and Jerick McKinnon took turns in passing drills after the 11-on-11 drills, and each of the three showed signs of getting comfortable in the pocket.

            “Jaybo’s got some rust to knock off still, but he’s throwing the ball well at times,” Monken said. “The two younger guys are very sporadic. At times, they throw it really well, and at times it’s landing over there in Eagle Creek. They’ve got to get more consistent.”

            The team will get more work during its first two-a-day session today, practicing again in full pads at 9 a.m. and again in shells at 4:33 p.m.

NOTES: Sophomore offensive guard Ryan Byrne, a transfer from Western Michigan, suffered a concussion during practice and is expected tentatively to miss as much as a week. … Sunday’s practice takes place at 3:55 p.m., and the second two-a-day will take place Monday at 9 a.m. and 4:33 p.m. The Eagles will get their first break of fall camp Tuesday before returning to the practice field Wednesday for the third two-a-day.

 

            Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

 

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