The win/loss column may not be where the Georgia Southern Eagles wanted it to be at this point before the season started, but with so many question marks entering the year on the offensive side of the ball, first-year coach Jeff Monken has a better feel for his team's capabilities six games in.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - It was all well and good at halftime, as Georgia Southern led Chattanooga 20-14, but early in the third quarter when the Mocs had the ball on 4th-and-21 from the 23-yard line, they had the No. 21 Eagles right where they wanted them.
In Jeff Monken's first stint at Georgia Southern, the Eagles were pretty much guaranteed of finishing no worse than third in the Southern Conference.
This isn't the same Chattanooga team Georgia Southern once defeated nine times in a row.
You can forgive Carson Hill and Darreion Robinson if they show more than a casual interest in NFL happenings on Sunday afternoons.
Despite remaining in the Top 25 since opening week, things haven't gotten off to the start Elon was hoping for.
The transition from the spread passing offense to the triple-option attack has been harder on some positions than it has on others, and that was especially evident in Georgia Southern's 33-31 loss Saturday at home against Wofford, as the offensive line appeared to take a step back after the 38-21 win over Elon on September 25.
Back in the day when this thing was rolling, it usually appeared that the only team that could beat Georgia Southern was Georgia Southern.
Well. That was a tough one.
Whatever could happen, did happen.
Since their first win in Paulson Stadium in 2002, the Wofford Terriers have won three out of four on the road against GSU.
Near the end of the first half of Georgia Southern's 38-21 win over Elon quarterback Jaybo Shaw took a hard hit that knocked the ball loose, and sent his helmet flying.
Appalachian State has won four-straight Southern Conference titles, is currently unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll and coaches poll, and ASU director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced last Thursday a feasibility study about the prospect of playing football at the highest level.
When the Wofford Terriers defeated No. 18 Furman Saturday, the Southern Conference was generally surprised.
Of Georgia Southern's 379 rushing yards in Saturday's 38-21 win over Elon, 218 of them came from three guys - Lee Banks, Tobi Akinniranye and Nico Hickey.
NEW ORLEANS - The one word that was thrown around all day was "unknown."
As the Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day gets underway today in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans - a long, long way from the Southern Conference event in the Spartanburg, S.C., Marriott - there will be many, many more questions than answers for the Georgia Southern Eagles.
NEW ORLEANS - After tying for the regular season championship last year, UL Lafayette and Arkansas State have been picked to finish first and second in the 2014 Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Eric Alonzo (P, GSU)
Georgia Southern announced the hiring of Kelly Carter as the Eagles' new cross country and track and field head coach on Thursday.
Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced Wednesday that six new members will be inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame Oct. 11.
A pancake breakfast benefitting "AJ's Medical Fund" will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Sunday at Chops on Main.
Georgia Southern basketball player Eric Ferguson has been suspended from the team indefinitely following a June 26 arrest.
Did you notice anything different in the air when you woke up Tuesday morning? Was there a sense of newness, wonder and anticipation that wasn't present on Monday?
It's been long anticipated, but as of today, Georgia Southern is officially an all-sports member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Eric Alonzo (P, GSU)
Freshman quarterback Monteo Garrett enrolled in classes at Georgia Southern on Monday and will join the Eagles on scholarship as a part of the 2014 recruiting class, an official in the athletics department confirmed Tuesday.
Georgia Southern football player Kentrellis Marquis Showers, and a woman, Jomeshia Jquana Slaughter, were arrested at their Cambridge Pines apartment early Saturday morning after Statesboro police responded to a call about a verbal altercation that turned physical, according to an incident report.
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