Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken and Wofford coach Mike Ayers have put the first two weeks of the 2013 season behind them.
When Monken was asked at Tuesday’s Southern Conference teleconference how it feels to be averaging 68 points per game so far this season, he made that point clear. The Eagles (2-0) have a lot of work to do after scoring a combined 136 points in wins against Savannah State and St. Francis.
“It doesn’t feel like anything,” Monken said. “It feels like we’ve been playing like garbage. I’m not happy with the way we’ve been playing. All you've got to do is be around after a ballgame and hear me talk about our team. We’ve got a team that is capable, we’ve just been playing sloppy — missing tackles, missing assignments, missing opportunities, dropping interceptions, missing blocks. The two teams we’ve played are not the two toughest teams on our schedule. If they were the two toughest teams on our schedule, we’d feel pretty confident. Right now, I have no idea what kind of team that we have.”
Ayers felt the same way after Wofford (1-1, 1-0 SoCon) lost its season opener 69-3 at Baylor.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of warm and fuzzy feeling coming out of the Baylor game,” Ayers said. “We really didn’t know what kind of a team that we had. We didn’t know if we were as bad as we looked at Baylor or a decent team that just ran into a buzzsaw.”
The Terriers rebounded in the SoCon opener last Saturday with a 21-10 win at The Citadel. They host GSU on Saturday at 7 p.m., in Spartanburg, S.C.
Ayers looks at the game as the last meeting of a good rivalry, not a conference game. He said that even though the game counts in the SoCon standings, the Eagles are moving to the next level, so the game’s Football Championship Subdivision playoff implications aren’t on his mind.
“We’re not going to worry about that other stuff,” Ayers said. “We’re going to worry about them guys that show up here with that dark blue helmet with the number on the side, and see if we can’t find one more point than they can.”
App looking for answers
Appalachian State (0-2) finds itself without a win heading into this weekend’s bye week after losses on the road to Montana and at home to North Carolina A&T.
Fans of the Mountaineers are unsure who the quarterback will be when the Mountaineers return to action on Sept. 21, at Elon.
Jamal Londry-Jackson threw a pair of interceptions against A&T, and sophomore Kameron Bryant nearly led a comeback in the 24-21 loss, going 21 of 31 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
“Kam has really practiced well and has really outplayed Jamal in the first two games,” first-year ASU head coach Scott Satterfield said. “We’re looking at that position really hard. Jamal is obviously a great leader for us and has done a lot of great things for us here. It is open. Jamal has been our guy for the last two years now, but you can’t deny the fact that Kam has definitely come in and sparked the offense, really played well for us.”
There are also questions about the return of wide receiver Sean Price, the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year who was suspended in the offseason after an arrest for being “intoxicated and disruptive,” according to an Associated Press report.
“He’s still doing community service and the other things that we’ve asked him to do,” Satterfield said. “He’s doing exactly what we want him to do at this point, and we’re going to continue to see where he’s at. There’s still not any timeline on when he will be back.”
On the rebound
After a stunning 31-21 loss to Tennessee-Martin to open the season, Chattanooga (1-1) rebounded with a 42-14 win in Atlanta against Georgia State. The Mocs rushed for 401 yards while holding the Panthers to just 30 yards on 17 carries.
“When you’re not playing Wofford and Georgia Southern and The Citadel that are running the football so effectively, you kind of hope that you play good run defense,” Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman said. “It was good to see after the debacle that was Tennessee-Martin that we could come back and stop the run.”
Chattanooga hosts Austin Peay on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Around the league
Elon (1-1) got into the win column with a 49-7 win over West Virginia-Wesleyan last Saturday. The Phoenix are off this weekend. The Citadel (0-2, 0-1) and Western Carolina (0-2) will look for their first win when they face off Saturday at 3:30 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C.
Coming off a 31-21 loss at Arkansas, Samford (1-1) will hit the road for the third-straight week when it faces Florida A&M on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Furman (0-2), coming off a 35-28 loss at Coastal Carolina, hosts Presbyterian on Saturday at noon.
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