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GSU Notebook: Kicking remains a problem
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    CONWAY, S.C. — Georgia Southern appeared to have solved a major question mark last week in its season opener with the successful debut of placekicker Jesse Hartley.
    The junior transfer was flawless against West Georgia, going 6-for-6 on point-after attempts and nailing his only field goal try in his first game in Blue and White. But unfortunately for the Eagles, Hartley wasn’t as successful Saturday at Coastal Carolina when he missed back-to-back field goal attempts of 39 and 32 yards.
    Both tries sailed wide left and came with less than four minutes remaining in the first half and GSU looking to build on a 21-14 lead. Hartley was 6-for-6 on point-after attempts on the night.
    The Eagles desperately need stability at the position after finishing last in the Southern Conference in field goals and PATs made in 2006, converting 9 of 18 field goals and 20 of 25 PATs.
    Other options at placekicker are sophomore walk-on Sean Mayo and junior Patrick Bolen.

Chanticleers vs. the SoCon
    Saturday’s game marked Coastal Carolina’s eighth matchup with a Southern Conference team in the last two years. Coastal is 3-5 in those games with wins over Elon, Wofford and Furman. The Chanticleers, three-time defending Big South Conference Champions, have lost to Elon once and Georgia Southern and Appalachian State twice. Coastal’s most recent loss to the Mountaineers came in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.

Hamilton out
    Junior running back Mike Hamilton didn’t play Saturday as coaches opted to rest the sprained ankle he endured in GSU’s season opener. Hamilton was questionable for Saturday and wore a protective boot during the week. He rushed for five times for 21 yards against West Georgia after transferring from Oklahoma State this spring.
    True freshman Zeke Rozier started in Hamilton’s place.

This and that
    Jayson Foster recorded his 15th career multi-touchdown game and 13th 100-yard rushing game. He rushed for 106 yards and two scores on nine carries in the first quarter alone…A scout from the Indianapolis Colts attended the game and said he was checking out several seniors from both teams…GSU junior cornerback Henry Chubb left the game late in the third quarter with an injury. He walked off the field under his own power and didn’t return. GSU wouldn’t release his injury….Junior middle linebacker Quentin Taylor left the game before halftime and didn’t play again. He was on crutches on the sideline.

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.