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Georgia Southern wide receiver Kentrellis Showers, a redshirt freshman, gets behind the defense for a touchdown reception from quarterback Jerick McKinnon during Saturday's scrimmage at Paulson Stadium.

    Is it a practice? A scrimmage? An exhibition?
    Call it what you will, but the Georgia Southern Eagles are concluding spring camp today at Paulson Stadium in the annual Blue/White spring game when they suit up for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
    It’s part practice and part scrimmage.
    “It’s an opportunity for our guys to go out and execute our schemes without having a coach standing there telling them what to do or where to line up,” said GSU coach Jeff Monken. “If he gets misaligned, he’s getting help from his teammates, and it’s a little more of a game-type deal.”
    It’s even got a little exhibition sprinkled in, though not a whole lot.
    “It isn’t just a thing where we show everybody that comes to the spring game, ‘Look, here’s what we’ve got so far.’ I hope we improve and get better,” said Monken. “I don’t know what you call that.”
    The quarterbacks will wear red jerseys and avoid contact in the game, which will pit starters vs. starters and backups vs. backups.
    The No. 1 defense will play for the Blue team, and the No. 1 offense will dress in White.
    Possessions will start on the 30-yard line at the beginning of the game and after scores, and special teams will work on punting, field goals and extra points without a defensive rush.
    With the Blue/White game signifying the end of spring camp, things didn’t quite go to plan.
    The Eagles practiced without Brent Russell, Dion DuBose, Laron Scott, Josh Rowe and Darius Eubanks throughout spring camp, due to injuries, and all four quarterbacks spent at least some time on the sidelines battling injuries.
    Fullback Robert Brown did not take contact in the final three weeks of camp.
    “With having guys injured, it’s made it difficult for us to really get as well in sync as we’d like to — as a defensive unit and an offensive unit — and hopefully we’ll get there before the first game,” Monken said. “We’ve gotten a lot of guys who haven’t played some work, and that’s been valuable for us.”
    Following the Blue/White game will be the annual EFAA Reverse Raffle and Auction Saturday at
6 p.m. in the Bishop Field House at Paulson Stadium.

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

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