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GSU has too many threats to cover
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When it comes to defending the triple-option, there are a few theories.

Some teams get ultra aggressive or conservative, some get crazy with their alignments, and others preach good old "assignment football".

But no matter what other teams have been trying, there simply hasn’t been an answer for Georgia Southern’s attack. As impressive as it was to watch the offense develop last season, the 2011 campaign has seen the Eagles take things to the next level and has left all comers wondering what just happened to their defense. Saturday was no exception as Presbyterian — which had already struggled to defend the run — was all but helpless in watching GSU rack up 353 rushing yards and 504 total yards in a 48-14 Eagle victory.

Georgia Southern’s game plan isn’t the perfect one — no offense is. No matter the talent level or abilities of the players, a lack of execution or even some tough luck can thwart a team on any given day. That being said, the Eagles have faced their fair share of adversity and are still perfect on the season.

The biggest reason for the success of GSU has be the multitude of players that can become huge playmakers at any moment.

Heading the charge is quarterback Jaybo Shaw. Far from just a game manager, Shaw has mastered the art of running the triple-option — distributing the ball to running backs and gaining tough yards himself when necessary.

But it goes so much farther than that.

Robert Brown and Dominique Swope have formed a relentless, pounding duo at fullback and Jerrick McKinnon, J.J. Wilcox and Jonathan Bryant are hurting teams on the ground and through the air. Combine that with electrifying freshman Ezayi Youyoute and the Eagles are capable of fielding too much talent for opponents to keep track of.

The roster is a bit deeper this season and the triple-option is certainly more polished. If things are clicking for the Eagles, it will be a long day for anyone who gets in their way.


Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.