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My Take: Two-deep taking shape

A look at the Georgia Southern coaches' two-deep (a work in progress)

Kevin Ellison, So.
Alfred "LA" Ramsby, R-Fr.
Chaz Thornton, R-Fr.
Ken Thomas, Jr.
Nardo Govan, Jr.
Cody Rediger, Jr.
B.J. Johnson, Jr.
Keigan Williams, So.
Tray Butler, Sr.
Montay Crockett, So.
Kentrellis Showers, Sr.
Zach Walker, Sr.
Garrett Frye, Sr.
Maurice Hunt, Jr.
Darien Foreman, Jr.
Jeff Ward, Jr.
Manrey Saint-Amour, Sr.
Andy Kwon, So.
Trevor McBurnett, Sr.
Cole Peeples, Jr.
Raymond Klugey, Sr.
Diego Rodriguez, So.


Valdon Cooper, Sr.
Clifford Saggus, Jr.
Matt Dobson, Jr.
Steve Williams, Jr.
Robert Brice, So.
Antonio Glover, Jr.
Nick Wright, Sr.
Darius Jones, So.
Darius Jones, So.
Tay Hicklin, Jr.
Edwin Jackson, Sr.
Patrick Flowe, Jr.
Antwione Williams, Sr.
Deshawntee Gallon, Jr.
Rashad Williams, Sr.
Ryan George, R-Fr.
Johnathan Battle, Jr.
Jamal Johnson, So.
Jay Ellison, So.
Justice Ejike, Sr.
Bernard Dawson, So.
Quaun Daniels, Jr.

It’s way, way, way too early to be talking about Georgia Southern’s starting lineup for the upcoming 2014 football season, so let’s talk about it.
    The Eagles have a working two-deep that was used on Tuesday at practice, may be used for Saturday’s Blue/White game at Paulson Stadium and could be different as of, well, today.
    But, it’s what we have to work with.
    There are some familiar faces and some surprises. First off, Kevin Ellison is listed as the No. 1 quarterback. Aside from Vegas Harley taking some snaps in 2013 during mop-up duty and Ezayi Youyoute, a quarterback-turned-slotback-turned-wide-receiver who hasn’t taken contact since an injury suffered before the 2013 season, Ellison is the only QB with any experience.
    His arm looked good (great at times) last season before his throwing shoulder got dinged up, and, well, he beat Florida (in a 118-rushing-yards-and-two-touchdowns performance that included a 45-yard score that happened while UF defenders were either tackling the wrong guy or desperately trying to avoid getting cut-blocked).
    He also famously completed zero of his three passing attempts in that one.
    But, unless someone really — and I mean really — takes the job from him, it’s his to lose.
    Alfred “LA” Ramsby is listed as the No. 2 at the moment, and while he spent his freshman year recovering from a preseason injury, he looks bigger than Jerick McKinnon as a freshman, he can run, and he throws darts, so he’s got that going for him. It’s still too early to count Harley and Florida International transfer Favian Upshaw out of the mix, either.
    The running back position gets interesting. The Eagles had a seemingly endless stream of backs in 2013, and none of them find themselves currently on the two-deep.
    Chaz Thornton spent last year in a red shirt, and Ken Thomas is a junior-college transfer who showed some flash in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
    Tray Butler moved from running back to wide receiver, where he joins a bunch of familiar faces.
    The offensive line doesn’t have any real surprises and is anchored by upper classmen.
    Nardo Govan leads the tight end group. The 6-foot-2, 252-pounder could probably start at running back, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, defensive end, safety or left tackle, so I guess that’s not too surprising.
    Speaking of defense, the linebackers have a ton of talent and some familiar faces, though Patrick Flowe and Antwione Williams missed last season with injuries. Rafael Hardee isn't getting work on the defensive line (injury), so that pretty much leaves Johnathan Battle with the most experience there. Sophomore Jay Ellison and senior Justice Ejike played a good bit last season, and will be asked o do a lot more, picking up where Blake Riley left off.
    The defensive backfield is interesting, too. Valdon Cooper, Matt Dobson and Nick Wright bring experience, but incoming freshmen and transfers, as well as injuries, could mean changes down the road.
    Oh yeah, then there’s the incoming freshman class, which has been highly-touted as the best signing class in Georgia Southern history.
    So maybe just forget everything you just read, and we’ll talk about this again in the fall.

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