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Notebook: Eagles banged up after CCU game

Notebook: Eagles banged up  after CCU game

Notebook: Eagles banged up after CCU game

    The Georgia Southern Eagles escaped with the win Saturday against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., but they left a little worse for the wear.
    Among the injuries suffered in the 43-26 win, starting fullback Robert Brown, a true freshman, left the game in the third quarter and didn’t return.
    Brown sat out of practice Monday through Thursday, but coach Jeff Monken is hopeful Brown will be ready for Saturday’s game against No. 10 Elon, the Southern Conference opener at Paulson Stadium at 6 p.m.
    Backup fullback Tobi Akinniranye carried the ball six times for 49 yards, fumbling away his last carry. He sat out Monday with an injury also against CCU
    In the meantime, senior Lee Banks, junior Brent Thomas and true freshman Aaron Fisher have been taking the snaps in practice.
    “I think Robert’s a very talented kid, and we have high hopes that he’ll be back on Saturday, but if he’s not, the game’s got to go on,” said Monken. “We’ll play with the guys we’ve got. I’m sure they’ll be excited, and they’ll be ready mentally.
    Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw said he is comfortable with whoever lines up at B-back.
    “I’ve taken snaps with everybody,” said Shaw. “Whoever is going to step in and play, they’ll play. I’m not too worried about it, it’s not like they havn't been running [the playbook] with us, so I don’t think it’ll be that big of a problem.”
    Linebacker Darius Eubanks sat out Monday after missing Saturday’s game against CCU, but is expected to return to practice today and play against Elon.

Let’s get physical
    Bumps and bruises are part of the game, and Shaw took his fair share of hits against Coastal Carolina, too.
    He makes sure to be specific when asked what position he plays.
    “That’s one thing I take a lot of pride in — being an option quarterback,” Shaw said. “When people ask me what position I play, I definitely say, ‘Option quarterback,’ instead of just, ‘quarterback,’ because I take a lot of pride in taking a hit and getting back up.”

Getting close to a record
    Junior kicker Adrian Mora has been Mr. Consistent in the extra point department, going a perfect 61 for 61 so far in his career.
    This season, he is 4 for 4 in field goals and 11 of 11 on PATs. He is eight extra points away from the career mark of 69 set by Chris Chambers in 1999.
    But he doesn’t get caught up in the numbers.
    “We live in a world with so much technology you catch wind of it somehow or another,” Mora said. “But it really doesn’t effect me, because when I’m on the field, all I visualize is kicking the ball and making it.
    “As kickers, we just don’t have that many jobs, so the few jobs we do have, we have to do them right.”

A little bit off
    After a pair of touchbacks by Billy Greer, GSU’s junior-college transfer kickoff man, in the season opener against Savannah State, the Eagles haven’t found the end zone again. Punter Charlie Edwards and Greer have both been put out there to kick it where it’s supposed to go on kickoffs this season.
    “We brought Charlie in to kick a sky kick, and he didn’t do it very well,” said Monken. “He kicked it deep. Then we brought in Billy to kick a sky kick, and he kicked it deep. He didn’t kick it very well either. But they both kicked off good (Monday at practice), about five, six yards in the end zone. But you’ve got to do it in the game.”

Thinking positive
    Georgia Southern allowed 314 passing yards to the Chanticleers Saturday, so with Elon and record-setting quarterback Scott Riddle coming to town for the SoCon opener, it may just have been the wakeup call the Eagles needed.
    “It was a great challenge for us. I was disappointed with the way we played, but I really believe and trust we’re going to grow from it, we’re going to learn from it and we’ll be a better coverage defense for it,” said defensive coordinator Brent Pry. “I’m hoping we gained some valuable experience by giving up 300. If that’s the case, it’s worth it. We got the win and that’s what counts.”

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

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