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GSU to scrimmage Saturday at Paulson

    Paulson Stadium. Referees. Full contact.
    Sounds a bit like a game day.
    The Georgia Southern Eagles will scrimmage for the first time in fall camp today at 10 a.m., and while they'll go full speed, the coaching staff is just looking for the opportunity to see what the team does when the coaches aren't involved every step of the way and the team puts together some drives.
    "If they aren't blocking the right guy, or lining up in the right gap, or covering the right receiver and just kind of running around lost, it's hard to evaluate them," said GSU coach Jeff Monken.
    The full team won't participate in the scrimmage, as several players are nursing injuries.
    "We've got some shoulder injuries, we've got a guy with a knee injury, we've got a couple guys with concussions -- we've got camp stuff -- more than I wish we had," said Monken.
    Perhaps all eyes will be on the quarterback position, where junior Jerick McKinnon and sophomore Ezayi "Izzy" Youyoute are both currently at the top of the depth chart.
    The scrimmage will see starters on offense playing against the defensive starters, but wherever the quarterbacks line up won't mean much.
    "I don't know who will be the first one to trot out there," Monken said. "If Izzy's the first one tomorrow, then Jerick will go with the twos and one of those young guys will go with the threes. Then when we come back to the ones, Jerick will probably be with the ones and Izzy with the twos."
McKinnon has spent time in camp with the running backs, too, and will likely see snaps with the A-backs.
    Rain has taken its toll so far during fall camp, and Friday was the first time the Eagles practiced a full two-a-day for the first time.
    "It wasn't a hot two-a-day like we'd hoped for. We really do hope for warm weather. It helps our team get prepared," said Monken. "We got two practices in, and I'm looking forward to (the scrimmage)."
    This morning's scrimmage is open to the public.
    The Eagles will play out each series and also work punting, field goals and extra points on special teams.

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