Georgia Southern AMR
Matt Breida, Andy Kwon, Jay Ellison and Bernard Dawson were named First-Team All-Sun Belt, while Darrius Sapp earned Second-Team honors in the league's Preseason Coaches Poll, announced today. The Eagles were picked to finish third in the league in the coaches' team poll, which was announced Thursday.
A 2016 Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award candidate, Breida led both the nation and Sun Belt in rushing yards per carry the past two seasons. Kwon is a Rimington Award candidate, which is given to the nation's top collegiate center. He was a big part of the nation's leading rushing offense a year ago and returns for his final season.
Ellison was a Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection last year, after tallying 33 total tackles (12u, 21a) with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks and one interception. Dawson (Sr., DE), was a Second-Team All-Sun Belt selection along the defensive line a year ago, registering 28 total tackles, including 6.0 for loss and 4.0 sacks for a loss of 36 yards. Sapp totaled 23 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, last year.
Georgia Southern won the 2014 Sun Belt title in its first season in the league and won the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl last year in its first year of bowl eligibility.
Breida, linebacker Ironhead Gallon and coach Tyson Summers will participate in the Sun Belt Media Day on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The day officially opens with Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson's State of the Sun Belt address at 9 a.m. (CT). The Eagles open camp on Monday, Aug. 1 in Statesboro and will open their season on Sept. 3 at home against Savannah State.
Media Day Coverage
ESPN3 will air two hours of live commercial-free coverage, including interviews with Benson and each of the conference's 11 head football coaches along with Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia. Matt Stewart and John Gregory, the play-by-play and color announcers of the Sun Belt Network on ESPN3, will anchor the live telecast, which begins at 1 p.m. (CT).
In addition, the GS radio crew of Danny Reed and Terry Harvin will be live from New Orleans, broadcasting from 11-noon (CT) on GSEagles.com/watch. The audio broadcast, which will be free, will feature Coach Summers, the two players and other guests.
The Sun Belt Digital Network live coverage of media day will be available for free on media day central and on SunBeltSports.org. Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. (CT) with the State of the Sun Belt Conference address with Commissioner Benson. Coverage will continue all day as host Danielle Jenkins visits with coaches and student-athletes from all teams. The broadcast will feature live look-ins on coaches and student-athletes at the podiums throughout the day.
Fans have the opportunity to have their questions asked live to coaches and student-athletes and are encouraged to use the hashtag #FunBelt on social media. Click here for the Sun Belt Media Day Central. http://www.sunbeltsports.org/custompages/fb_media_day/2016/
Periscope users will be able to login and view coaches and student-athletes answering fan-submitted questions in real time. Each guest on Periscope will be available to solely answer questions submitted through the app. The handle for Georgia Southern is GSAthletics. Fans are also encouraged to follow the entire trip on Twitter (@GSAthletics_FB).