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Eagles set for one last dress rehearsal

Eagles set for one last dress rehearsal

Eagles set for one last dress rehearsal

    The Georgia Southern Eagles have spent the fall learning a new offense, a new defense and a lot of new techniques installed by Jeff Monken and his first-year coaching staff.
    Today at 4 p.m. in Paulson Stadium, GSU will practice one thing it hasn’t gotten around to — what happens when the game starts?
    The Eagles will simulate game situations, not only on the field, but in the press box where the coaches will be reading the field and relaying calls, as they hold a scrimmage, or more accurately, a dress rehearsal.
    “I think it’s important for our guys to feel comfortable coming out of the locker room, where they line up when we stretch, where they line up when we do our individual drills before the game,” said GSU coach Jeff Monken. “All of those things are important.”
    The Eagles have put a lot of work into learning the triple-option offense Monken began installing in the spring, as well as defensive coordinator Brent Pry’s 4-3 defense.
    Today’s scrimmage will focus on in game situations — short yardage, goal line, two-minute drill and any other number of situations that can come up during the course of any given game.
    “We want to make sure we’re prepared for anything that will happen next Saturday,” Monken said. “There are some different scenarios that can come up in a football game. Usually not all of them do in one game, but we want to be prepared if any of those do.”
    Until now, scrimmages have taken place with the starters on offense facing off against the starters on defense and on down, but each side of the ball will face the scout team today.
    The scout team has been giving the travel squad looks it expects to see Saturday, September 4 when it kicks off the season against Savannah State at Paulson at 6 p.m.

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

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