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Senior-laden Terriers in first place
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    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Wofford ended last season as one of the hottest teams in the nation, winning its last five games. Due to slow start that contributed to a 7-4 record it was left out of the FCS playoff field.
    Coach Mike Ayers’ team is making amends this season. Currently tied for first place in the Southern Conference race the Terriers are eying not only a league title, but a playoff berth.
    Wofford (7-2, 4-1) can take a giant step toward achieving both goals Saturday with a win over Georgia Southern (6-2, 3-2) at Gibbs Stadium. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
    The Eagles have big aspirations, too. A Georgia Southern win, coupled with an Elon loss at Furman, would give the Eagles a tie for first going into next week’s conference finale with the Paladins.
    There is one common theme in both of the Terriers’ losses:  they lost three fumbles at N.C. State (38-17) and had four turnovers against Elon (35-21).
    Games like that are rarities for the Terriers who are quarterbacked by third-year starter Josh Collier who starred at Houston County. He will be making his 31st straight start.
    Statistically Collier does not measure up to some of the other quarterbacks in the SoCon, but he is ideal for Wofford’s triple option offense which this year has added the shotgun formation to the mix.
    The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Collier has scored seven touchdowns and thrown for three. He has completed 62.5 percent of his passes, hitting 45 of 72 with two interceptions for 706 yards. Collier has 260 yards rushing.
    “He does a great job,” said Ayers. “He understands what we are trying to accomplish, and he executes the offense.”
    Of Wofford’s 50 scoring drives this year — 43 touchdowns and seven field goals — 25 of have been 60 yards or longer. 
    The Terriers will be an obvious favorite, but if they start getting careless with the football it could bode well for the Eagles who lead the league in turnover margin at plus eight. Wofford is third at plus five.
    “If you’re going to win in this league you’ve got to play well,” said Ayers. “You have to limit your mistakes and do it on a consistent basis. We’re trying to get better each week. We have to because we are not where we need to be.”
    The Terriers have one of the league’s more versatile running backs in Kevious Johnson who is from Fitzgerald, Ga. He is one of 22 Georgians on the Wofford team.
    Johnson is fourth in the league in rushing with 827 yards and he has an additional 59 yards receiving and 26 on kick returns. His 912 all-purpose yards is 10th in the SoCon.       
    The Terriers lost Dan Tavani, their all conference free safety, with a knee injury against The Citadel. One of the best players in the conference the Wofford co-captain  bypassed surgery in hopes of rehabilitating it to the point he could play in an FCS playoff game if Wofford gets an invite.    
    “We lost a real good player when we lost him,” said Ayers. “He was a four-year starter. That came in a four week span, a very physical span, where we played some very physical football teams.”
    The stretch of games to which Ayers referred saw the Terriers play N.C. State, Appalachian State, Furman and the Bulldogs.