The Georgia Southern Eagles have spent the fall learning a new offense, a new defense and a lot of new techniques installed by Jeff Monken and his first-year coaching staff.
By MATT YOGUS
Brent Pry likes to keep things simple.
Jeff Monken has watched Paul Johnson call the plays from the sidelines since 1997.
Georgia Southern middle linebacker Josh Rowe has been a man on a mission throughout fall camp, finding his way into the backfield and helping the defense stop the triple-option offense before it starts.
Despite marked improvement in Saturday's scrimmage at Paulson Stadium, Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken still doesn't feel like the team is where it needs to be with two weeks to go until opening kickoff.
Things didn't go as planned for Georgia Southern in 2009 - that much goes without saying.
The season opening contest for the Georgia Southern women's soccer team against Winthrop was cancelled due to consistent lightning strikes in the area of Eagle Field.
If you say the word "wideouts" around Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken, you may just get corrected.
The Georgia Southern fullbacks lost what little in-game experience they had when junior Zeke Rozier went down with an injury early in last Saturday's scrimmage.
Georgia Southern's offensive linemen know that they're supposed to be somewhere on the line before the ball is snapped, but with less than three weeks to go until opening day, that's about as far as it goes.
There are only a handful of guys in Georgia Southern's offense who have any real, in-game experience playing college football, fewer that have played their current position before and, by the way, only one quarterback has any in-game experience at all.
Hundreds of Georgia Southern fans turned out to Paulson Stadium Saturday to show support for their school as the fifth annual "Meet the Eagles" day offered the community a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite team.
Despite a pair of offensive touchdowns and a pair of field goals by Adrian Mora (45 yards) and Billy Greer (47), the defense looked to be in charge Saturday morning as the Georgia Southern Eagles scrimmaged at Paulson Stadium.
When Georgia Southern suits up for the last session of fall camp -- a scrimmage today at 10:05 a.m. at Paulson Stadium -- one more familiar face will be on the roster.
The consensus seemed almost unanimous last month at the Sun Belt Football Media Day in New Orleans - whoever has a quarterback and plays defense will win the Sun Belt.
Georgia Southern men's soccer opened preseason training camp Monday with a pair of practices at the Fair Road Training Complex.
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It's fair to say that after Georgia Southern's first fall scrimmage, there's competition for the quarterback spot.
During Jeff Monken's four years as Georgia Southern's head coach, the Eagles didn't shy away from contact in practice.
Once toe meets leather and the Georgia Southern Eagles play N.C. State on Aug. 30, one of the more interesting storylines to follow will be who trots out there to play defensive line.
Any time a new coach inherits a wide receiver coming off a 1,000-yard season, it's a good reason to be excited. When the entire team barely cracked 1,000 receiving yards, one might think it would be a cause for concern.
Edwin Jackson, Georgia Southern's leading tackler in 2013, was named preseason second-team, All-Sun Belt and its a good thing, because he's really the only linebacker in the mix that played a lot of football last year.