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GSU looks to stop SSU's 2-headed QB

GSU looks to stop SSU's 2-headed QB

GSU looks to stop SSU's 2-headed QB

    The Savannah State Tigers have gone through a lot of turmoil this past offseason.
    They’ve seen arrests, racial discrimination lawsuits from former coaches and players and a boatload of attrition.
    But when the Tigers (2-9 in 2009) come to Paulson Stadium for Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff against Georgia Southern, they won’t be without a gameplan.
    For GSU defensive coordinator Brent Pry, it all starts with the SSU quarterback position, where he expects to see a two-quarterback rotation to utilize the arm of A.J. Defilippis and the legs of redshirt freshman Antonio Bostick.
    “It’s a dual-threat position,” Pry said. “They’ve got a real accurate passer who’s got experience and is efficient. Then they’ve got an unknown guy that red-shirted last year who, from talking to people in the Florida area, is an extremely athletic running quarterback.”
    The defense of GSU (5-6, 4-4 Southern Conference in 2009) has been seeing the scout team for the last couple of weeks, and they expect things to be different under the lights Saturday.
    “Oh, it’s definitely different,” said John Douglas, a junior defensive end transfer from Auburn. “You’ve just got to be ready to take that and roll with it. The speed’s going to be different, that’s just how it is. But you get those first two or three plays under your belt and go from there.”
    With Julius Dixon taking over the Tigers as interim head coach, Pry feels like the Eagles like the Eagles need to be prepared for anything.
    “They’ve got a great screen package. They do a good job with wide receiver screens and slip screens,” he said. “We need to be prepared for anything. Being the first game, not knowing what formations they’ll line up in, we’ve kind of had to work through all phases of personnel groups and formations to make sure that we can line up and play out there.”
    Offensively, as the Eagles prepare to unveil the Jeff Monken edition of the GSU triple-option attack for the first time, one stat will be on top of everyone’s minds – turnovers.
    “We know as a team that’s the one thing that’s going to get us beat faster than anything else,” said junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw, a transfer from Georgia Tech. “The number one priority is taking care of the ball. … We’ve been working on [the game plan] the past two weeks now, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t know it.”
    Monken’s game plan will involve running the football and running it some more, and although the option offense is new to most of the team, he doesn’t intend to dumb it down. He’ll just rely heavily on Shaw’s experience to make the right decisions when running the option.
    “You’ve got to take what they give you,” Monken said. “If it’s a pitch, you pitch, and if it’s not, you don’t.”

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

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