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GSU Notebook: Wayne has a rare case of the nerves

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Posted: October 14, 2006 11:47 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2006 4:18 p.m.
    One of Georgia Southern’s most reliable players, senior center Lance Wayne, will become a father this evening when his wife, Ashley, is scheduled to be induced into labor. Ashley will give birth to the couples’ first child, Layla.
    “I’m more nervous for that than I ever am for a football game,” Wayne said. “I really don’t get nervous for football games beforehand. I’m scared to death and excited. It’s changed my life. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Both of our families will be here.”
    Heading into Saturday’s 28-21 win over Elon, Wayne led the team in knockdown blocks with 84. The Lake Worth, Fla., native has started every game of his Georgia Southern career and holds the distinction of never missing a practice or game because of an injury. He recorded a career-high 28 knockdowns against Furman last year.

Jackson, Beard grab INTs
    Sophomore cornerback Brandon Jackson recorded his team-leading fourth interception in the third quarter.
    Sophomore defensive end Larry Beard intercepted a Wes Pope pass early in the second quarter, his first pick this season. The play set up Georgia Southern’s first touchdown, a 10-yard run by Lamar Lewis. It was Beard’s second career interception.
    The Georgia Southern defense has recorded a pick in 15 of the last 17 games.
Reddick suffers concussion
    Junior fullback Dusty Reddick suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff and saw limited action in the game. His backup, sophomore Sean Gray, played most of the snaps.

Jordan kicks season-high

    Junior Dan Jordan kicked a season-long 56-yard punt late in the third quarter, sticking Elon inside its own 20. He averaged 45.4 yards on five kicks Saturday.

Early yellow flags
    Georgia Southern was flagged for five penalties, though two were declined, in the first seven minutes of the game. Elon moved 33 yards on its first drive, and 25 of those came on a pair of Eagle penalties.

Bolen kicks two
    Sophomore placekicker Patrick Bolen nailed two field goals (21 and 39 yards) Saturday, accounting for the Eagles’ first multi-field goal game since senior Jonathan Dudley hit a pair in the 2005 season-opener at Northeastern.
    Bolen also missed a 36-yard attempt.

Heads or tails
    Elon won Saturday’s coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Georgia Southern hasn’t won a coin toss yet this season.
    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.
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