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First GSU scrimmage today at Paulson

            Fire up the grills and dust off the camping chairs, because this one’s for real.

            Sort of.

            The Georgia Southern Eagles will hold a scrimmage – the first of three during the spring - at Paulson Stadium today at 9 a.m. and for the players, there’s nothing wrong with a change of scenery.

            “Any time you say the word scrimmage, that’s always exciting,” said weak-side linebacker Josh Rowe.

            The players will get the chance to take the home field for the first time since November.

            “You hope whether it’s the stadium or the practice field or the parking lot, they’re always ready to compete,” said linebackers coach Shawn Quinn. “But when you go to the stadium, there’s a lot of tradition there. Obviously it’s more of a game-day atmosphere so naturally guys may find themselves more charged up in more of a game-like situation. I’m always excited to get in the stadium, because that’s where you win and lose your games. You play your games out here, so it’s always fun.”

            The fans will get the opportunity to see how the depth chart is shaking up, as it will be ones versus ones and twos versus twos on down the line. The coaching staff will get the chance to get some tape of everything it has installed so far this spring.

“Whatever we got in so far, we want to get on tape,” said first-year GSU coach Jeff Monken. “We added some stuff (Thursday at practice), so (today) will be the first time we’ve run it, and we’re not going to be real polished. We won’t be real polished on the stuff we put in the first day. Slowly but surely, we’ll get there.”

The session will focus mainly on offense and defense. With the exception of extra points, there won’t be any special-teams work yet, and this early in the spring, there won’t be any winners or losers.

            “If we stop them on defense, we get excited about it, and if we score on offense we get excited about it,” Monken said. “We coach some mistakes, but we don’t keep score. We just try to give an opportunity to compete and see who will play.”

            The scrimmage will be open to the public.


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