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Injuries limiting Eagles in practice

Injuries limiting Eagles in practice

Injuries limiting Eagles in practice




    Georgia Southern's annual Blue/White spring scrimmage may as well be called the Black and Blue game.
    Or the Red, White and Blue game.
    Roughly 25 Eagles wearing red jerseys will be unavailable to play due to various injuries when GSU suits up for the spring scrimmage Saturday at 1 p.m., in Paulson Stadium.
    The format will be simple. Everybody on offense versus everybody on defense.
    "We just don't have enough guys to split it into a draft," GSU head coach Jeff Monken said. "We were down to two healthy guards (on Tuesday). We're pretty limited."
    The Eagles will try the new format for the first time. The offense can score points in the traditional sense -- touchdowns, extra points and field goals -- as well as a handful of other situations that warrant a reward.
    Run plays of 12-plus yards (1 point), pass plays of 16-plus yards and (1) three-consecutive first downs (1) will also score points for the White team.
     Defense, the Blue team, can score points with three-and-outs (1), turnovers (3), sacks (2), red zone stops with no points allowed (4, red zone stops resulting in a field-goal try (3) and defensive touchdowns, as well as blocked kicks and punts (3) and blocked extra points (1).
    Scout-team players will represent the opponent on special teams.
    Only two quarterbacks, redshirt freshmen Vegas Harley and Kevin Ellison, will be available for the offense, and the Eagles will likely focus on the new shotgun plays that were added to the offense in the offseason, out of the single-back shotgun set, due to both the need for reps and the injury factor.
    Quarterbacks will be ruled down by contact.
    "We'll mix the traditional stuff we've done and the new stuff," Monken said. "It's a little harder to be all under center an have hands off the quarterback when you're under center, because they're going to run the ball and they're going to get tackled.

Making a movie
    Shooting for a motion picture about legendary Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell will begin at the spring game. The filmmakers are encouraging fans attending to dress in 1980s attire to add realism to the film.
    Monken will not dress like Russell.
    "No, I'm not going to shave my head and wear the bike shorts," he said with a laugh. "But it's exciting. It's great for the university and a great tribute to coach Russell."

Before and after     the game
    Saturday at 11 a.m., GSU will host the Little Eagles Camp. The camp is free and children aged 4-12 are encouraged to attend.
    Prior to Saturday's baseball game against The Citadel at 5 p.m., at J.I. Clements Stadium, GSU football juniors and seniors will be available to sign autographs.
    Monken will be on hand to throw out the game's first pitch.

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

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