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SoCon Notebook: Bye week puts focus on Georgia Southern

    Both Chattanooga and Georgia Southern have a bye this weekend before the teams meet on Saturday, Sept. 28., in Paulson Stadium. With an extra week to prepare for one another, both teams will have very similar goals.
    “When you play Georgia Southern with the things they do offensively, I think we’re going to spend the next few days here trying to get lined up, get our scout team personnel familiar with what they’re doing,” Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman said on Tuesday’s Southern Conference teleconference.
    After the Eagles lost 30-20 to Wofford on Saturday, GSU coach Jeff Monken’s goal is the same.
    “We’d better work on Georgia Southern,” he said.
    The Eagles (2-1, 0-1 SoCon) started the 2012 SoCon schedule with a loss at The Citadel, and similarly followed that with a bye week.
    Despite the parallels, it didn’t make the loss to Wofford (2-1, 2-0) any easier to swallow.
    “The credit goes to Wofford. Those guys did a great job, they had their team ready, and our team wasn’t. That falls squarely on me. I’m embarassed and extremely disappointed about the way we played,” Monken said. “They outplayed us and outcoached us, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
     Huesman, on the other hand, was encouraged after Chattanooga (2-1) got a sound 42-10 win over Austin Peay.
    “It was a good win for us,” he said. “I don’t know if we’re doing back flips, but it was a good, solid win.”
    Despite GSU’s sloppy play against Wofford, Huesman has no reason to think the Eagles’ option offense is any less threatening.
    “Defensively, we’ve got to jump in feet first, full speed ahead, to try to defend the option, try to slow them down,” he said. “I don’t believe you stop Georgia Southern, I think you try to slow them down and not make the big mistakes that are going to cost you big hits.”

Still no answers       at App
    Winless Appalachian State (0-2) had a bye week to sort out a developing quarterback controversy between three-year starter Jamal Londry-Jackson and sophomore Kameron Bryant, who nearly led a comeback in the Mountaineers’ shocking, week two upset at home against North Carolina A&T.
    First-year head coach Scott Satterfield still hasn’t made a decision. He expects to name a starter for Saturday’s 6 p.m., game against Elon (1-2) by Thursday.
    “Last week and this week we talked to both of them about practicing as hard as you can possibly practice, and we’ll see where you are at the end of the week,” Satterfield said. “We listed both of them on there, and we’ll see which one of them takes charge.”
    Also unknown is the potential return of 2012’s SoCon Freshman of the Year, wide receiver Sean Price, who has been suspended since an arrest during the preseason. Price continues to work with the team, but no announcement has been made on when or if he will return to see game action.
    “Nothing’s changed at this point in time,” Satterfield said.

Around the league
    Western Carolina (0-3, 0-1) mounted a second-half comeback after trailing The Citadel 21-0 at the half last Saturday, but didn’t make it all the way back, losing 28-21. The Catamounts will look for their first win on Saturday against Mars Hill at 3:30 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C.
    The Citadel (1-2, 1-1) faces FCS Independent Old Dominion (1-2) on the road Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
    Wofford plays host to Big South opponent Gardner-Webb (2-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Samford (2-1) remains out of conference facing the Southland Conference’s Southeast Louisiana at home at 3 p.m.

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