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Evaluation time for Eagles at Blue/White game
Yost INT ff 4-5-2014
Georgia Southern safety Zander Yost intercepts a pass on Saturday, April 5, at the Eagles first scrimmage of the spring in Paulson Stadium. - photo by FRANK FORTUNE/Special to the Herald

Georgia Southern Blue/White Spring Game
Noon, Saturday
Paulson Stadium

    Georgia Southern’s spring game isn’t just a dress rehearsal for the players, or a showcase for the fans.
    For some Eagles, you could call it an audition.
     “We’re still evaluating our guys,” first-year GSU coach Willie Fritz said about the Blue/White game, which is open to the public and takes place at noon today at Paulson Stadium. “There’s some spots we have depth, some we don’t, and I want to give everybody a chance to play. There’s going to be some guys who we’re going to be determining if they’re going to start, some guys if they’re going to be a backup or a squad guy, and some guys we’ll determine whether they’re coming back or not.”
    It’s also a dress rehearsal for the coaching staff, which will assume spots in the booth and on the sidelines as it it were a game. They’ll use headsets to communicate for the first time this spring.
    “We’re going to use the headsets this time,” Fritz said. “Normally I’ll do a lot more headset work (during camp), but because we’re teaching and learning things, we haven’t been able to do that.”
    Playcalling responsibilities fall on the coordinators — Doug Ruse on offense and Jack Curtis on defense — but Fritz will be involved on both sides.
     “Occasionally I’ll give (Ruse) some advice on some play call,” Fritz said. “Defensively, I’ll maybe have some advice over there too. But the coordinators will make a majority of the play calls.”
    The scrimmage will be structured with the team’s offensive players on the white team and defensive players on the blue team. Starters will run six plays against starters, and the groups will rotate six plays at a time, as opposed to five at last Saturday’s scrimmage.
    The game will also begin with special teams and two-minute offense situations.
    “It’ll be similar to what we did last weekend,” Fritz said. “The only difference is we’re going to work on the mechanics of doing two-minute. I think the only way to get something out of two-minute is to have some officials out there.”

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