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2011 MEDIA GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS

GEORGIA SOUTHERN ATHLETICS MISSION Intercollegiate athletics, as an integral part of Georgia Southern University, strives to maintain a strong program involving the most athletically talented student-athletes in the context of the University Mission as a student-centered institution that nurtures a fulfilling college experience. Athletics is controlled through an established set of checks and balances among the President, the Faculty Athletics Representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the University Athletics Committee, and the Athletics Director to assure institutional control of athletics and compliance with NCAA, state and federal rules and regulations. While never relinquishing the institution’s priority as a regional, state university, the intercollegiate athletics program assures NCAA Division I and the Southern Conference of which it is a member, its commitment to student-athlete recruitment, whose scope covers not only the State of Georgia and the southeast United States, but also the nation and world, in an attempt to bring the highest caliber student-athletes possible to the program. The Athletics Department is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of cultural and ethnic differences, engages in affirmative recruitment and retention of women and minorities among its staff and student-athletes, and through programs of its own and through the University in general, offers support to these members of the University community.

GENERAL INFORMATION 1 2 3 4-5 5-6 8 9 10 11-13 14-15 16 17 18

Table of Contents General Information 2011 & 2012 Schedules / 2010 Results Paulson Stadium Gene Bishop Field House Dan J. Parrish, Sr. Football Center Cowart Building / Athletic Foundation Proposed Football Operations Center Georgia Southern University Traditions Iron Works Sports Medicine Student-Athlete Services

PREVIEWING 2011 16-19 20-21 22 23 24 25 26

2011 Season Outlook 2011 Numerical Roster 2011 A-Z Roster, Pronunciation Guide Depth Chart Personnel Analysis Geographical Roster Preseason Notes

MEET THE EAGLES 31-62

Player Profiles

COACHING & SUPPORT STAFF 64-66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82

CREDITS The 2011 Georgia Southern University Football media guide was published by Georgia Southern Athletics Media Relations Department. Layout/Design: Rosemary Carter Contributing Editors, Writers and Researchers: Georgia Southern Athletics Media Relations Department Staff past and present - Matt Brown, Rosemary Carter, Mark McClellan, Tom MeClellan, Pat Osterman, Hank Schomber, Barrett Gilham, Georgia Southern Radio Network (Chris Blair), Georgia Southern Office of Marketing and Communications, Football coaching staff and Director of Athletics Sam Baker and Dr. Zeb Baker. Special thanks to Andrew Agan, Dion DuBose, Charlie Edwards, Carter Jones, Javon Mention, Daniel Sallerson, Roderick Tinsley for countless hours working on research projects to include additional details to several sections.

Head Coach Jeff Monken Coach Brent Davis Coach Jack Curtis Coach Mitch Ware Coach Brett Gilliland Coach C. Ray Gregory Coach Lamont Seward Coach Shawn Quinn Coach Orlando Mitjans, Jr. Coach John Scott, Jr. Coach Victor Cabral Coach Tom Melton Brandon Howard / Robbie Jackson Justin Matlage / Stewart Carter Keith Roughton / Jeff Blythe Director of Athletics Sam Baker University President Brooks Keel

2011 OPPONENTS 84 85 86 87 88 89 90-91 92 93 94 95-96 97 98

Photography: Frank Fortune, Lori Grice, Shawn Pelham, Jinks Durden, Willis Glassgow, Wingate Downs, Paul Barkley, Mike Featherstone and Gil Riggs.

Samford / Tusculum Western Carolina / Elon Chattanooga / Furman Presbyterian / Appalachian State The Citadel / Wofford Alabama / NCAA Playoffs Series Records vs. Opponents NCAA Playoffs SoCon Playoff History SoCon Championship Profile Year-by-Year SoCon Standings Southern Conference 2011 Opponent Composite Schedule

2010 IN REVIEW

100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109

110 111 112 113 114

Game 11 – Furman Game 12 – South Carolina State Game 13 – William & Mary Game 14 – Wofford Game 15 – Delaware

2010 STATISTICS 116 117 117-118 119 120 121-122 123 124 125 126-127 128-129 130-131 132 133 134

Results & Honors Team Statistics Individual Statistics Defensive Statistics Superlatives Game-by-Game Team Statistics Miscellaneous Statistics Game-by-Game Starters Plays of 20-plus Yards Scoring Summaries SoCon Team Statistics SoCon Individual Statistics SoCon Standings / Results All-Southern Conference Teams Eagle Football Alumni Association

THE PROGRAM 136-141 142-143 144-145 146-147 148 149 150-151 152 153-156 157 158 159-160 161-167 168-170 171 172-173 174-176 177 178-179 180-181 182-183 184-185 186-187 188-189 190-193 194-195 196 197 198 199

Individual Records Team Records / Overtime Playoff Records Paulson Stadium Records Annual Leaders Annual Statistical Analysis / Attendance National Statistical Leaders NCAA Records Outstanding Games The Last Time… Coaching Records / Series Records Final Polls Year-By-Year Results All-America Selections All-SoCon Selections Modern Era Roster Numbers Modern Era Lettermen Eagles in the Pros 1985 National Championship 1986 National Championship 1989 National Championship 1990 National Championship 1999 National Championship 2000 National Championship Other Playoff Appearances Erk Russell Tribute Retired Jersey #8 Tracy Ham Retired Jersey #3 Adrian Peterson Walter Payton winner Jayson Foster Paul Johnson Accomplishments

MEDIA INFORMATION

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Media Guidelines Covering the Eagles Georgia Southern Radio Network Eagles in Televised Games Athletics Department Directory Athletics Department Staff Georgia Southern Head Coaches

Game 1 – Savannah State Game 2 – Navy Game 3 – Coastal Carolina Game 4 – Elon Game 5 – Wofford Game 6 – Chattanooga Game 7 – The Citadel Game 8 – Samford Game 9 – Appalachian State Game 10 – Western Carolina

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GENERAL INFORMATION School................................. Georgia Southern University Location................................................... Statesboro, Ga. Founded..............................................December 1, 1906 Enrollment..............................................................19,691 Nickname...............................................................Eagles Colors....................................................... Blue and White Home Stadium...... Allen E. Paulson Stadium (c. 18,000) Playing Surface...................Natural Grass (Bermuda Tift) Conference.........................................................Southern President............................................. Dr. Brooks A. Keel Alma Mater, Year..............................Augusta State, 1978 Athletics Director.............................................Sam Baker Alma Mater, Year........................... James Madison, 1974 Athletics Department Phone....................... 912-478-5047 Ticket Office Phone.................................... 912-478-9467 Web Address..............www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com Social Media.......................... Facebook.com/GSAthletics Twitter.com/GSAthletics for score updates............ Twitter.com/GSScores HISTORY First Year of Football.................................................1924 (no football from 1942-1981) Modern Era Record (Years).......................266-104-1 (29) All-Time Playoff Record............................................41-11 National Championships.................................................6 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000 No. Years in NCAA Tournament/Last....................17/2010 Last Results (2010).....................3-1 NCAA FCS Playoffs vs. #11/12 South Carolina State, W 41-16 at #4/4 William & Mary, W 31-15 at #6/7Wofford, W 23-20 at #5/5 Delaware, L 10-27 TEAM INFORMATION 2010 Record................................................................ 10-5 2010 SoCon Record.......................................... 5-3 (T-3rd) Final Ranking........ 6 FCS Coaches/5 The Sports Network Basic Offense.................................................Triple Option Basic Defense............................................................... 4-3 Letterwinners Returning.... 48 (Off.- 19, Def. - 25, Spec. 4) Letterwinners Lost.................... 12 (Off. 7, Def. 4, Spec. 1) Starters Returning...................23 (Off. 11, Def. 9, Spec. 3) Starters Lost 2 (Off. 0, Defense 2, Spec. 0) ATHLETICS MEDIA RELATIONS Barrett Gilham, Interim Athletics Media Relations Director Main Phone................................................ 912-478-5239 Direct Phone / Cell Phone........912-478-5448 / 678-5051 E-mail address................ bgilham@georgiasouthern.edu Assistant Director.......................................AJ Henderson E-mail....................... ajhenderson@georgiasouthern.edu Media Relations Assistant...........................Charlie Jones E-mail address.........charlesjones@georgiasouthern.edu Fax............................................................. 912-478-0046 Press Box Phone........................................ 912-478-3896

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COACHING STAFF Head Coach.................................................. Jeff Monken Alma Mater/Year............................................Millikin/1989 Record at Georgia Southern (Years)........... 10-5, .667 (1) Career Record (Years)................................10-5, .667 (1) Football Office Phone................................. 912-478-5522 Best Time to Reach Coach........ Contact Media Relations Coaches Teleconference.......Tuesday mornings (SoCon) ASSISTANT COACHES (alpha order) (Alma mater /Year/Responsibilities-Yrs): Vic Cabral (Georgia Southern, 2006) Defensive Line – 2nd Year Jack Curtis (Evangel,1988) Defensive Coordinator/Safeties – 1st Year Brent Davis (Georgia, 1997) Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – 2nd Year Brett Gilliland (West Georgia, 2004) Tight Ends – 2nd Year C. Ray Gregory (Emory & Henry, 1986) Slotbacks – 2nd Year John Scott, Jr. (Western Carolina, 2000) Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator – 2nd Year Lamont Seward (Western Carolina, 2003) Wide Receivers – 2nd Year Orlando Mitjans, Jr. (Northeastern, 1982) Cornerbacks – 2nd Year Shawn Quinn (Carson-Newman, 1995) Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator – 2nd Year Mitch Ware (Southeast Missouri, 1980) Quarterbacks/Fullbacks – 2nd Year with current staff 6th year overall at Georgia Southern SUPPORT STAFF Assistant AD/Performance............................. Tom Melton Video Coordinator...............................Matthew Hammock Football Athletic Trainer...........................Robbie Jackson Assistant Athletic Trainer........................... Justin Matlage Equipment Manager.................................. Stewart Carter Paulson Turf Management...........................Joshua Heidt Administrative Assistant................................Lisa Kingery


2011 SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent (2010 Record)

Location Birmingham, Ala. TUSCULUM (6-5) PAULSON STADIUM WESTERN CAROLINA * (2-9) PAULSON STADIUM at Elon * (6-5) Elon, N.C. CHATTANOOGA * (6-5) PAULSON STADIUM FURMAN * (5-6) PAULSON STADIUM PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE (2-9) PAULSON STADIUM at Appalachian State * (10-3) Boone, N.C. THE CITADEL * (HC) (3-8) PAULSON STADIUM at Wofford * (10-3) Spartanburg, S.C. at Alabama (10-3) Tuscaloosa, Ala.

SEPTEMBER 3 at Samford * (4-7)

10 24 OCTOBER 1 8 15 22 29 NOVEMBER 5 12 19 All times Eastern. Times subject to change

Time Series 7 p.m. Tied 3-3 6 p.m. First Meeting 6 p.m. GS leads 19-2 TBA GS leads 8-3 6 p.m. GS leads 20-4 6 p.m. GS leads 14-8 2 p.m. GS leads 2-0 TBA GS trails 12-13-1 2 p.m. GS leads 16-4 TBA GS leads 10-7 TBA First Meeting

* Southern Conference game

2012 SCHEDULE

SEPTEMBER 1 JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

8 22 29 OCTOBER 6 12 20 27 NOVEMBER 3 10 17

The Citadel * SAMFORD * ELON * at Western Carolina * WOFFORD * at Furman * at Chattanooga * APPALACHIAN STATE * HOWARD UNIVERSITY at Georgia

Times subject to change

PAULSON STADIUM Charleston, S.C. PAULSON STADIUM PAULSON STADIUM Cullowhee, N.C. PAULSON STADIUM Greenville, S.C. Chattanooga, Tenn. PAULSON STADIUM PAULSON STADIUM Athens, Ga.

* Southern Conference game

2010 RESULTS NCAA FCS SEMIFINALIST • 10-5 OVERALL, 5-3 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

Date Rank Opponent (Opponent Rank) RV/RV SAVANNAH STATE 11 RV/RV at Navy 18 RV/RV at Coastal Carolina 25 24/RV ELON * (10/11) OCTOBER 9 13/16 WOFFORD* (25/21) 16 18/21 at Chattanooga * 23 RV/RV at The Citadel * 30 RV/RV SAMFORD * NOVEMBER 6 RV/RV APPALACHIAN STATE * (1/1) 13 RV/RV at Western Carolina * 20 22/20 at Furman * 27 22/20 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE # (11/12) DECEMBER 4 22/20 at William & Mary # (4/4) 11 22/20 at Wofford # (6/7) 18 22/20 at Delaware # (5/5)

SEPTEMBER 4

Location Result Statesboro W 48-3 at Annapolis, Md. L 7-13 at Conway, S.C. W 43-26 Statesboro W 38-21 Statesboro L 31-33 Chattanooga, Tenn. L 27-35 Charleston, S.C. W 20-0 Statesboro L 13-20 Statesboro W 21-17 OT Cullowhee, N.C. W 28-6 Greenville, S.C. W 32-28 Statesboro W 41-16 Williamsburg, Va. W 31-15 Spartanburg, S.C. W 23-20 Newark, Del. L 10-27

Att. 20,430 33,391 8,857 18,302 21,403 17,414 10,385 15,341 20,073 6,244 11,781 11,577 8,243 11,823 10,317

* Southern Conference game

Rankings (Coaches poll/TSN), Georgia Southern had rankings of Coaches 16, Sports Network 19 for the poll dated Sept. 27 and was idle on Oct. 2. The last regular-season poll was released Nov. 22. In the final polls, Georgia Southern was 6th in the Coaches poll, 5th in the Sports Network poll.

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PAULSON STADIUM

Allen E. Paulson Stadium was dedicated on Sept. 29, 1984 with a 48-11 rout of Liberty Baptist. The game was a fitting end to four years of planning and hard work – four years of dreaming of one of the finest football facilities in America. The phrase “The Prettiest Little Stadium in America” was coined by former head coach Erk Russell. Constructed at a cost of $4.7 million, Paulson Stadium currently seats 18,000 spectators while permanent light fixtures were added prior to the 1994 season. The stadium features a prescription athletic turf playing field, special climate controlled VIP boxes with spacious interiors, private restrooms and food service areas. Prior to the start of the 2005 season, a brick façade was built along the walls of Paulson Stadium while the video scoreboard was also surrounded with a brick garden/ façade. Paulson Stadium reflects and enhances the growing importance of Georgia Southern University and Southeast Georgia, an importance symbolized by the area’s economic and educational impact on the state and nation. The stadium is named for the late Allen E. Paulson, who donated more than $1 million toward construction of the facility. In 2007 Georgia Southern University renamed the area surrounding Paulson Stadium as ‘Erk Russell Athletic Park.’

PAULSON STADIUM FACTS

Layout: East-West Capacity: 18,000 Initial start date: First shovel – 1983; Opening Game – Sept. 29, 1984 Surface: Prescription Athletic Turf with special Tift Bermuda on a clay, sand and gravel base over an elaborate drainage system. Miscellaneous: 26 private booster boxes, film deck and a 50-seat working press area. First Opponent: Liberty Baptist, Sept. 29, 1984 First Win: 48-11 vs. Liberty Baptist, Sept. 29, 1984 First NCAA FCS Playoff Win: 27-0 vs. Jackson State, Nov. 30, 1985 First Loss: 35-10 vs. Middle Tennessee State, Sept. 14, 1985 First NCAA FCS Playoff Loss: 24-17 vs. Furman, Dec. 15, 2001 All-Time Record: 157-31 (.835) / 133-21 afternoon, 24-10 night All-Time Playoff Record: 30-3 (.909) First Score: 36-yard run by Tracy Ham vs. Liberty Baptist (13:44, 1st quarter) First 100 Yard Rusher: 104 by Melvin Bell vs. Liberty Baptist First Shutout: 34-0 vs. Tennessee Tech, Oct. 5, 1985

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BISHOP FIELD HOUSE

Dr. Gene Bishop addressed the Eagle fans gathered for the dedication of the Gene Bishop Field House in September 2006. Thanks to the generous contribution from Gene Bishop, former Athletic Foundation Chairman of the Board, Georgia Southern University finished construction on the Bishop Field House at Paulson Stadium prior to the start of the 2006 football season. Bishop’s affiliation to Georgia Southern goes back more than

20 years and his loyalty to the University and athletics department provided for two showcase landmarks on campus - the Gene Bishop Field House and the Eugene M. Bishop Alumni Center. Bishop passed away in March 2011. Construction of the Gene Bishop Field House took place in the west endzone of Paulson Stadium. The Field House measures 13,600 total square feet and includes: new locker rooms, meeting and hospitality space. The home locker room can accommodate 90 players while the visitor locker room has space for 75 players. Around 400 members socialize in the Field House prior to home football games, and the pep rally luncheons were a big hit last year. The Field House can hold any type of meetings, socials or luncheons – including recent Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. On December 7, 2009, members of the media and fans filled the Bishop Field House as Director of Athletics Sam Baker introduced Jeff Monken as Georgia Southern’s football coach. The building also houses the Athletics Hall of Fame display. With his generous contribution, Bishop now holds the distinction as the single largest contributor to the Georgia Southern Athletics Department and is one of the

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largest contributors to the University. The Eugene M. Bishop Alumni Center opened summer of 2009 on Akins Boulevard, just a short distance from Erk Russell Athletic Park and the epicenter of gameday Saturdays. In 2003 the Southern Conference began the Distinguished Service Award program to recognize individuals who have made a great impact on their respective conference institution. Dr. Bishop was the first from Georgia Southern to receive the award. “Gene Bishop has made great contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University and the Department of Athletics, both financially and through his leadership as the Athletic Foundation’s Chairman of the Board. He truly loves Georgia Southern,” said Sam Baker, Director of Athletics. “This Field House will stand as a great tribute to Gene Bishop, symbolizing his much appreciated friendship with the University and Athletics Department. The Field House certainly enhances Paulson Stadium.” Those interested in being part of the game-day festivities inside Bishop Field House can contact the Athletic Foundation at (912) 478-5520 for more information.


GENE BISHOP FIELD HOUSE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY (From Left-Right) John Lavender, University President Dr. Bruce Grube, University Vice President Joe Franklin, Nancy Addison, Dr. Gene Bishop, Gray Bishop, Traci Bishop, Robert Hagan and Richard Hinman.

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PARRISH CENTER

En tr ance The Dan J. Parrish, Sr. Football Center, completed in November 2000, was among the first new facilities on a list of impressive additions for Georgia Southern Athletics. The nearly 12,000 square foot building sits between Hanner Fieldhouse and the practice fields. The Parrish Center houses 10 coaches’ offices, state-of-the-art XOS video system, staff meeting rooms, team meeting rooms, staff locker room, memorabilia from past championships, pictorial displays commemorating all-conference and all-America honorees, reception and recruiting areas, and, of course, six national championship trophies. The hallways of the Parrish Center are lined with All-America honors and images of former Eagle greats in action. Located near the team meeting room is a tribute to Coack Russell, the father of Georgia Southern Football, which includes some of his personal coaching items, photographs, rare memorabilia and cigar boxes.

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mee ting Room


COWART BUILDING ATHLETIC FOUNDATION & TICKET OFFICE

JOHN MULHERIN

Opened in June 2000, the Troy A and Mozelle Cowart Building serves as the headquarters for the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation and for the Athletics Ticket Office. Located at 203 Lanier Drive in Statesboro, fans can purchase season and singlegame tickets in person during the week or on game days or call (912) 478-9467 or 1-800-478-9467 for assistance. Helping provide scholarship and fundraising support for the Athletics Department, the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation wants to fulfull the goal of every Eagle student-athlete winning a championship ring and earning their degree. For more information on how to donate to the Eagle Fund, contact (912) 478-5520 or visit ringsanddiplomas.com.

President, Athletic Foundation

DAVID BEAUBIEN Executive Director, Eagle Fund

GORDON HUNTER Eagle Fund Special Projects Coordinator

FRANK HOOK

Director of Donor Relations

DEE PARKER

Records Manager Athletic Foundation

CAROLINE BEVILLARD

Eagle Fund Program Coordinator

JOHN RAMFJORD Ticket Manager

KATHRYN BRYANT Office Manager Athletic Foundation

LINDSEY RANDOLPH

Atlanta Regional Development Director

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s tadium side PROPOSED Football Operations Center

L anier Drive side

Discussions to expand the operations center for the Eagle Football program began in 2010.The proposed new facility, a landmark project for Georgia Southern Athletics, would provide space for the essential functions for the program in one central building – locker rooms, meeting rooms, coaches offices, athletic performance, athletic training and equipment. In addition to furnishing the day-to-day needs of the program, the building will would provide ample space to honor Georgia Southern Football legends and history with Hall of Fame exhibit area with artifacts and images.

Project specifications 53,000 total square feet

First Floor Locker rooms, athletic performance area and weight room, athletic training room, equipment room and laundry room.

Second Floor Coaches’ offices, players’ lounge, team meeting rooms, video production area, lobby and hall of fame area.

Outdoor components Viewing veranda, scoreboard on stadium facade, walkway/terrace on Lanier Drive.

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For more information on gift opportunities for the Football operations center, please call the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation at 912-478-5520.


GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University provides a unique educational experience where students are able to take advantage of all of the benefits of a large university without sacrificing the personal touches of a smaller college.

• 2011 enrollment of 20,000+ • Economic impact of more than $700 million for region • A Day for Southern raised more than $1.4 million • Students volunteer more than 26,000 service hours Rendering of new biological sciences building to open spring 2013

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This is Georgia Southern

Both Forbes and U.S. News and World Report consistently include Georgia Southern in their annual reports on America’s best colleges. The University’s Graduate School was selected in its category by U.S. News and World Report.

Ranked the fourth-most popular university in the country by U.S. News and World Report, Georgia Southern joined Harvard, Stanford and others in the rankings that featured the top 20 most popular universities based on yield, calculating the number of students who apply and then decide to enroll.

Georgia Southern University has been approved to offer three new engineering degrees this fall, making it one of the only institutions in the state to offer Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Georgia Southern was presented with the University System of Georgia’s Regents Facilities Award for Excellence, recognizing the campus’ longterm commitment to campus design and master planning. The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council both named Georgia Southern University one of the nation’s top eco-friendly campuses.

The Princeton Review cited the College of Business Administration as one of the “Best 300 Business Schools” in the nation for the fifth straight year. The publication also recognized the MBA program as one of the best in the country.

Chick-fil-A CEO and Georgia Southern alum Dan Cathy delivered the Commencement address to more than 2,200 graduating seniors and an over-capacity crowd at Paulson Stadium this past spring. Cathy inspired the Class of 2011 to be a proponent of change and encouraged the graduates to continue to be students throughout their life.

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As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, Georgia Southern University continues to set the bar for academic excellence. During the past decade, Georgia Southern has shown growth in size and scope that has led to recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five most popular universities in the nation. Georgia Southern continues to be one of the top choices in the state for new freshmen and HOPE scholars, with a record enrollment of approximately 20,000 students, celebrating a diverse population from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 100 nations from around the world. The University offers 115 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels through eight colleges, as well as a variety of online classes in business, education, liberal arts, science, technology and healthcare, including an array of advanced degree programs. Without a doubt, Georgia Southern boasts one of the most picturesque and iconic college campuses in the country. Among the magnolias and classic Southern red brick buildings, you will find relaxing parks, lakes and the Pedestrium, a walkway that stretches through the heart of the nearly 700-acre campus. During the past decade, almost $300 million in construction and renovation projects have been completed, including stateof-the-art classroom and recreation facilities and a number of modern apartment-style residence halls like the upscale housing at Centennial Place, which includes Cold Stone Creamery, Einstein Bros. Bagel restaurant and more. The University recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $37 million Biological Sciences Building that will open in Spring 2013. As a Carnegie Doctoral-Research University, Georgia Southern’s hallmarks focus on teaching, an increasing emphasis on research and a student-centered approach that give the University the feel of a much smaller private college. Students are at the center of everything Georgia Southern does, and the University has created an environment where students can thrive, learn, and prepare for their future. From the moment students step on campus, they are immediately challenged by the academic curriculum, while also having the opportunity to take part in an incredible amount of activities that rival larger universities. The University Honors Program attracts high-achieving students and the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement encourages students to make leadership a part of their college resumes. Students are engaged in community volunteerism, campus theatre productions, academic organizations and recreational athletics, just to name a few of the opportunities offered in this well-rounded collegiate atmosphere. The University has received recent national recognition from Forbes Magazine and The Princeton Review, setting Georgia Southern apart from its peers. Georgia Southern has once again been recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges and one of the “Best 301 Business Schools” in the nation. The University’s business and nursing programs have also been recognized among 2012’s Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, Georgia Southern has been recognized as one of Forbes’ top universities in the nation for minority science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Georgia Southern continues to focus on its future as a national comprehensive institution and is adding new degree programs that are attracting interest from around the world. This fall, the University began offering bachelor’s degrees in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering providing another in-state option for engineering. As a center for learning and discovery, Georgia Southern also provides unique opportunities through its’ public outreach facilities – the Botanical Garden, the Georgia Southern Museum, the Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center, the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center and the Performing Arts Center. Every day, someone, somewhere in the world is touched by the work of a Georgia Southern student, alumnus, staff, or faculty member — making the reach of this University truly global. With nearly 70,000 alumni, the Eagle Nation features a strong network that continues to grow with each graduating class. Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, country music singer Luke Bryan, former Metlife Principal of the Year Molly Howard, business and healthcare professionals, professional athletes and more are all graduates of Georgia Southern. No matter the field, the University is increasingly becoming the first choice for the next generation of leaders.

NO tABLE ALUMNI Tony Arata

Jerry Franklin

Grammy Award-nominated Songwriter

President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc.

Diane Bailey Owner/clothing designer of Bailey Boys

Eric Lee Beddingfield Country music artist

Lee Berger National Geographic Explorer and Paleoanthropologist

Luke Bryan

Tracy Ham Quarterback (former), CFL

James W. Kennedy Kennedy Space Center Director (Ret.)

Lea Anne McBride Served as Chief Spokesperson for former Vice President Dick Cheney

Hala Moddelmog President of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

Country music artist

Thomas Bryant CEO and President of TempurPedic

Jodie Mudd

Dan Cathy

Member Professional Golfers’ Association of America, Champions Tour

Mark Collier Stage/television actor

Michael Curry

Running Back, NFL & UFL

Gene Sauers

Philadelphia 76ers, NBA

Hugh Darley

Tony Townley

Founder/President, International Design & Entertainment Association (former Walt Disney executive)

Mike Davis

Adrian Peterson

Member, PGA Fred Stokes, Defensive end (former), NFL

Associate Head Coach,

Defensive Back (former), NFL

International (retired)

President and COO, Chick-fil-A

For more information, visit georgiasouthern.edu

Earthwind Moreland

Co-founder, Zaxby’s Restaurant

John Tudor Pitcher (former), MLB

Executive Director,

David Young

United States Golf Association

Safety (former), NFL and CFL

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TRADITIONS Alma Mater

A tradition started in 2010, the Georgia Southern Football team gathers by the student section at the end of the game and sings the alma mater with the fans.

Beau tiful E agle Creek

Former head coach Erk Russell convinced players and fans that this old drainage ditch was “Beautiful Eagle Creek,� a creek of water with magical powers. Water from the creek is bottled up and taken on road games when deemed appropriate.

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Yellow Buses The Georgia Southern Eagles arrive at Paulson Stadium each home game in the traditional yellow school buses. This tradition originated in 1981 when the team used the buses as a means of affordable transportation.


Traditional Uniforms The traditional plain football uniforms are a tribute to the re-start of the football program when fiscal issues were of concern. Sports Illustrated ranked Georgia Southern uniforms as one of the ‘Top 10’ college football uniforms in the country.

Bumping heads wi t h a legend Legendary coach Erk Russell was known to head butt players as a way of getting them fired up on the field. To honor Coach Russell, players touch or butt the forehead of the bronze bust located near the West Endzone.

Freedom

Freedom, Georgia Southern University’s live American bald eagle mascot; soars from the top of the press box to the field before each home football game at Paulson Stadium.

Figh t Song

One More t ime “One More Time” became a tribute to Coach Erk Russell, who often used the phrase as a motivational tactic. Fans shout the phrase “Gooooo Blue, One More Time” after every kickoff.

Georgia Southern’s fight song was an honorable mention by bleacherreport. com as one of the nation’s best college fight songs. Renowned band director Richard Bowles composed the fight song for the new football program in 1981 when the marching band was formed.

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IRON WORKS Away from the playing fields, the cameras and the game day excitement is Iron Works, the heart of GSU’s strength and conditioning for all 15 intercollegiate teams. Here, athletes enhance their physical capabilities through the training leadership of certified coaches, and the end results are usually displayed in the win column. A renovation to Iron Works included the addition of offices and a new entrance and interior. Nearly $50,000 worth of new weight equipment including multi-squat racks, two Olympic platforms complete with bumpers plates and bars, free weights, hammer machines and body weight scale were added. Georgia Southern Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Melton, who has the dual title of assistant athletics director/athletic performance, provides a direct strength training leadership role to the Eagle football program while coordinating and supervising off-season and in-season applications for the other 14 GSU teams. Thanks to donations received from former Georgia Southern football athletes, Iron Works is also home to two Vertimax Jump Trainers.

TOM MELTON Assistant AD/ Performance

BRANDON HOWARD

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

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SKYLER PYLES

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach


BRANDY PETTY CLOUSE Director of Sports Medicine

ROBBIE JACKSON Head Football Athletic Trainer

JUSTIN MATLAGE Assistant Athletic Trainer

JOHN ERWIN

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Georgia Southern Sports Medicine provides optimal care for student-athletes as they prepare for practice and competition. Full-time and graduate assistant athletic trainers work with all Eagle teams during their competition seasons and off-season workouts to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. The Athletic Training room underwent an impressive re-modeling phase within its Hanner Fieldhouse location and features state-of-the-art equipment for the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. The facility incorporates the latest advances and resources in sports medicine as staff constantly research technology to benefit the student-athlete. A complete hydra-therapy area and a large collection of student-athlete treatment stations are housed in the training area. A separate rehabilitation room provides specialized care for sessions specific to the treatment of injuries and for post-surgery recovery. Partnering with one of the top athletics training programs in the nation at Georgia Southern, student-athletes receive excellent care and attention both on the field and off.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SERVICES KEITH ROUGHTON

MATT LOMBARDI

LAUREN DELUCA

DARYL EVANS

JESSICA CALLIHAN

TOM VANLANDINGHAM

Associate AD/ Academics & Compliance

Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor

Learning Specialist

Academic Advisor

Tutor Coordinator

Cone Hall is the home to the Academic Enhancement Center in the Office of Student-Athlete Services. The former mid-century residence hall was completely refurbished to provide individual and group study areas, a computer lab, meeting rooms for tutorial work, a lecture room, conference room and offices for support staff. The Division provides academic services for all 15 Eagle teams. Ten Georgia Southern sport programs improved their multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the most recent reporting period (2009-2010). Two squads earned perfect single-year scores of 1000 as well.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

MONKEN AND EAGLES LOOK TO IMPROVE ON A SUCCESSFUL FIRST SEASON

One year can make a very big difference. For the 2011 edition of the Georgia Southern Football team, the last year and this past spring helped the Eagles make great progress. Coach Jeff Monken reiterates that the expectations for the Georgia Southern coaching staff are high, and even with a 10-win season a year ago, many improvements need to be made before those expectations can be met. While year one focused on the fundamentals as Georgia Southern transitioned to a new offense and defense, the second spring for Georgia Southern allowed for teaching and technique and less terminology. “The second year is going to make a world of difference,” said second-year Coach Jeff Monken. “We have some guys who have played and that will help us in the transition, not having any changes, having the same guys in there. That will make all the difference in the world -- the speed, the tempo and all those things that you have to teach, and have to be learned, won’t have to be learned. It’ll have to be reinforced, and there are times you coach the little things, the fundamentals, the footwork and the hand placement, as well as the tempo and the effort and the speed of practice that you expect, but our guys should at least know the expectations. Now they know how to get there, they know the speed and the tempo we’re looking for and that’s going to help.”

QUARTERBACKS

Georgia Southern will have a full complement of quarterbacks in the fold for 2011 with senior Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) directing the offense with sophomore Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) now possessing a full year of practice and experience under his belt. Ezayi “Izzy” Youyoute (Wauchula, Fla.)saw action only in the season opener before a foot injury hampered him for the rest of the season. Youyoute has picked up the triple option offense quickly considering he was sidelined for part of spring 2011. Shaw was the second-leading scorer for the Eagles in 2010 with 16 rushing touchdowns, and, as a true option quarterback, subjecting his body to some punishing blows. He ran for a program-record 36 attempts in a single game in the Furman victory, eclipsing McKinnon, who took over the record from Adrian Peterson and Charles Bostick, with 35 against The Citadel. Shaw started all but one game last year and the field general helped lead the Eagles to wins at William & Mary and Furman with a career-best three touchdowns. McKinnon’s career day came in the win at The Citadel with 182 yards rushing and one of his three touchdowns in 2010. “Jaybo has the most experience in terms of the time in the offense, but now we have guys who have played in games, and that makes a huge difference,” said Monken. “Last spring we started the installation, but we were searching for someone who could help us. This spring, with Jaybo out for the first part, Jerick and Izzy were able to get more reps, and in the end, all that is going to do is help us.” Georgia Southern may also benefit from McKinnon and Youyoute, two of the best athletes on the team, playing at different positions while Shaw is under center. After a few injuries late last season left the Eagles with two healthy slotbacks, McKinnon, who started at quarterback against Samford, practiced at the slotback position and rushed for 101 yards in the Delaware game from that spot. McKinnon is penned in as the No. 2 quarterback behind Shaw with Youyoute at number three. Prince McJunkins (Wagoner, Okla.) comes into camp as a true freshmen looking to gain experience in the option offense.

would remain for the rest of the season. A walkon who hadn’t played a single collegiate snap, Brett Moore (Warner-Robins, Ga.) returns to claim his starting spot at right tackle. The current senior approached Monken and the coaching staff and asked if he could try another position and finished the 2010 season with third-team Associated Press All-America honors. Senior Brandavious Moore (Forsyth, Ga.) returns at center as the three-year letterwinner starting in every game but one a year ago. Mann, Mawell and Moore, and true freshman Dorian Byrd (Macon, Ga.) were three fixtures on a line that still needed tweaking during the course of the season. Byrd started every game at left tackle while Blake DeBartola (Fayettevile, Ga.) saw starts at left guard but also logged snaps at center and right guard. One of the biggest projects for the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Brent Davis is to build depth and tutor the underclassmen so they are ready for game action. In addition to the returning starters, the Eagles can look to senior Josh Petkovich (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and redshirt freshmen Trevor McBurnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Matt Gilbert (Marietta, Ga.) and Logan Daves (Blue Ridge, Ga.), who joined

OFFENSIVE LINE

Jaybo Shaw led the Eagles with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

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In front of every good quarterback and every good offense, is a solid offensive line. Making a wholesale change to the offense last year also meant the coaching staff would have to transition players to new roles and new assignments. Senior Willie Maxwell (Quitman, Ga.), who made his first career start in 2009, was just one of the parts of the O-line puzzle in 2010. Maxwell would make his first start in the new offense at left guard, but moved to right guard where he

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A former third-string long snapper, Brett Moore wanted to try another position and fit right in as an All-America at right tackle.


son-ending leg injury in the opener against Savannah State. Bryant had a solid spring and had four carries in the Blue-White game for 13 yards to go along with a reception for 26 yards.

TIGHT ENDS

Georgia Southern adds the tight end position to the depth chart for 2011. Juniors Tyler Sumner (Pooler, Ga.) and Willie Burden, Jr., (Statesboro, Ga.) moved to tight end and are learning the nuances of that position with Sumner moving his now-240-lb. frame from wide receiver and Burden shifting from a pure offensive line position where he played in the spring. Sumner averaged nearly 15 yards on 10 catches last year with nine the year before. Joining Burden and Sumner will be junior Jacob Bagley (Waycross, Ga.) and freshman Wilson Hudgins (Loganville, Ga.)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Robert Brown, shown scoring the game-winning touchdown over top-ranked Appalachian State, ran for more than 1,000 yards last year becoming the first true freshman to accomplish that feat since Joe Ross in 1987. and could do the same at Georgia Southern. Senior Zeke Rozier returns for his final season of eligibility after injuries kept him off the field in 2010. Rozier started in three games in 2009 after starting in nine as a redshirt freshman in 2008. Brent Thomas (Tampa, Fla.), a contributor on special teams, put in yeoman’s duties this spring at the position and scored a touchdown for the White team in the spring game.

the Eagles for preseason camp last year. To shore up the numbers, Georgia Southern welcomes eight true freshmen to camp, including seven signees who committed to the Eagles in February. “Hopefully we’ll get the veterans who’ve played settled into a position where they can play and that’s their position and they feel comfortable,” Monken said. “We will still have some swing guys who can play center and guard, like Blake DeBartola, and we’ve got some experienced guys who will help us. Our younger players like Zach (Lonas) and Dorian (Byrd) have some game experience now. It’s nice to have guys like that, players we will have for three more years.”

SLOTBACKS

Georgia Southern’s productive slotbacks helped move the chains last year as Wilcox was involved in 12 plays of 20 yards or more and scored nine touchdowns for the Eagles with six on the ground and three passing scores. The junior from Cairo, Ga., connected with Shaw for the longest pass play of the year and his 25-yard per catch average set the single-game standard, topping Teddy Craft’s mark of 24.1 from the 2004 season. Wilcox averaged 38.7 yards receiving a game with an average of 32.3 rushing yards per game. The Eagles’ leading rushing behind Brown, Shaw, McKinnon and Wilcox, junior Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.) averaged 7.5 yards per carry in 2010 and lost only five yards off his total gain for 460 rushing yards on the year. He ran for three touchdowns, including a 78-yard score against Wofford in the fourth quarter. Robinson’s big 21-yard catch against Appalachian State helped the Eagles convert on a third-and-11. Injuries to juniors Johnathan Bryant (Cairo, Ga.) and Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) reduced the number of slotbacks available for the Eagles. Hickey would start in five games, but be knocked out of the rest of the postseason after breaking his collarbone against South Carolina State. Healed up and ready to play, Hickey had two touchdowns in the 2011 spring game, one on the ground and one through the air in addition to a pass completion of his own. Bryant returned to the field in spring of 2011 after suffering a sea-

B-BACKS

Sophomore Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) made a quiet statement in 2010 during his first season with the Eagles looking for a reliable backup or two this year. Brown rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2010, crossing the milestone against Delaware in the semifinals to become the first freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Adrian Peterson and the first true freshman to accomplish that feat since Joe Ross in 1987. Brown also shared the honor of racking up more than 100 rushing yards (122) in his collegiate debut with Peterson and Ross. Brown would lead the team in rushing on five other occasions including his best effort, a 178yard game at William and Mary in the playoffs which included one of his seven touchdowns. He put up the longest run from scrimmage for the season as well, an 80-yard gallop in the Western Carolina game that resulted in a touchdown. The Eagles could use some depth at this position and freshman Dominique Swope (Buford, Ga.) brings impressive credentials from high school and could make an immediate impact. He and teammate Seon Jones (Flowery Branch, Ga.) played in the same backfield in high school

While the Georgia Southern receivers might get a limited number of touches in this run-heavy offense, they try and make the most of those opportunities. Shaw’s efficient passing, to both slotbacks and wide receivers, yielded five passing touchdowns. Veteran Mitchell Williford (Atlanta, Ga.), who started in 11 games last year, had 12 receptions for an average of 12.6 yards per catch and Sumner had 10 for 149 yards on the season, including a long of 40 in the Coastal Carolina game. Patrick Barker (Ponte Vedre, Fla.) made four starts. Sophomore Tray Butler (Stockbridge, Ga.) had the second-most number of catches behind Wilcox with 13 and had two touchdown receptions, both for 25 yards. Redshirt-freshman Kentrellis Showers (Dublin, Ga.) added depth to the position after joining the Eagles in preseason camp last year. Showers had two catches in the Blue-White game for 118 yards, a total that included a 73-yard pass from McKinnon. A highlyproductive wide receiver in high school, Zach Walker (Wrightsville, Ga.) could make a difference at this position as well.

With an average of 25 yards per catch last season, J.J. Wilcox wrote his name in the single-season record book.

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all 15 games. Gebhardt stepped up admirably to fill in the void left by the injury to junior defensive end Dion DuBose at Western Carolina. DuBose will spend the 2011 year healing from off-season surgery and will rehabilitate the injury with hopes of returning for 2012. Junior Terico Agnew, who joined the Eagles last fall, provided depth and saw action in 10 games. He posted two sacks in the postseason win at William & Mary. Rashad Williams (Roswell, Ga.) , a redshirt freshman, is slated to back up Douglas at end.

LINEBACKERS

Buck Buchanan Award finalist Brent Russell, shown talking to Josh Gebhardt, is one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation, earning numerous All-America accolades in 2010 for his efforts.

DEFENSIVE LINE

A stronghold for the Eagles, the defensive line returns a veteran group with three of the four projected starters combining for 43 starts – and all four linemen who started all the postseason games last year. All-American Brent Russell with Southern Conference second-team selection Roderick Tinsley defend the middle while senior John Douglas (Augusta, Ga.) and sophomore Josh Gebhardt (Douglasville, Ga. ) return as starters at defensive end. Russell, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award and selected for numerous All-America honors last year, had eight sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2010. He recorded 71 total tackles, good for third on the team, and had five quarterback hurries. Russell had two sacks in two different games last year with a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss coming at Western Carolina. Tinsley had a career-best nine tackles in the playoff game at Wofford with his career-best 3.5 tackles for loss also coming in that game. While the defensive line shows signs of dominance, Monken and new Defensive Coordinator Jack Curtis want to develop the depth needed for a long season. Transfer Korentheus Bailey (Lula, Ga.), and sophomores Blake Riley (Crescent, Ga.), who played in 14 games in 2010, and Javon Mention (Tampa, Fla.), who started one of his 15 games, will work with the second string. Redshirt freshman Justice Ejike (Covington, Ga.) will continue to learn and work his way up at tackle. Making a switch to the defensive side of the ball, Douglas methodically went about learning his role at the defensive end position and started

Gritty representatives of the aggressive defense, the linebacker corps returns at full strength and with added depth in 2011. Junior Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) and Darius Eubanks (Thomson, Ga.) hold the starting positions with sophomore Carlos Cave (Macon, Ga.) slated at outside linebacker. Rowe led the Eagles and was 11th in the conference in tackles with 104 (56U, 48A) and had 9.5 tackles for loss. Eubanks registered 56 total tackles (35U, 21A) on the year with four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Sophomore Kyle Oehlbeck (Gainesville, Fla.), whose forced fumble and recovery for a touchdown gave the Eagles a key score against Coastal Carolina, stands behind Cave at outside linebacker. Seeing playing time and earning two starts, Michael Spaulding (Fayetteville, Ga.) enters 2011 behind Rowe with senior John Stevenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) making contributions at the buck linebacker spot. Senior Marcus Duvall (Griffin, Ga.) earned his stripes and a letter as a member of special teams, seeing action in 11 games and redshirt junior K.R. Snipes (Opelika, Ala.), who missed the entire 2010 campaign with an injury, returns to challenge for a spot back on the field. Freshmen Antwione Williams (Lovejoy, Ga.) and Quaun Daniels (Moultrie, Ga.) could also contribute.

The Eagles’ leading tackler last year, junior linebacker Josh Rowe posted 104 total and 9.5 tackles for loss.

SECONDARY

A mix of veterans and youth, the Georgia Southern secondary includes seniors Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) at safety and Laron Scott (Warner-Robins, Ga.) at cornerback patrolling for the Eagle defense . Heyden finished as the team’s second-leading tackler last year with 98 (62U, 36A) and registered 7.5 tackles for loss. His totals included five passes broken up. Scott led the Eagles with 10 passes broken up and he had 44 tackles on the year (34U, 10A). He tied

Veteran safety Derek Heyden finished the 2010 season as the second-leading tackler for the Eagles with 98 total.

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rent streak of 95 consecutive PATs. He broke the previous Georgia Southern record after his 68th PAT against Wofford surpassed Reed Haley’s 67 (1992-94). Mora also broke the single-season record for field goals with 19. Senior Charlie Edwards (Tifton, Ga.) was the key factor in the Eagles leading the nation in net punting yardage in 2010. His 41.0 yards per punt average was at the top of the Southern Conference chart and he finished the year ranked 17th individually in that category. Senior long snapper Carter Jones may not be the center of attention for most fans on a critical kicking play, but the coaching staff relies on Jones’ consistency. The Edwards-Jones-Mora collaboration has been in place for every single snap for their field goals or punts. Beginning his second year with the Eagles, transfer Billy Greer handled kickoffs in 2010. The senior from Crosby, Texas, had eight kicks of 70 yards last season with 35 of 60-plus yards. He averaged 60.3 yards per kickoff. Greer is always ready if called upon for field goals. To say Laron Scott made an impact as a kickoff returner would hardly do his performances justice. He took over the single-season marks for kickoff returns (44) and kickoff return yards (1,161) and also set the Georgia Southern record for kickoff return yards in a single game with 173 (6 returns) and the single-game playoff record with 134 against Delaware. His 59-yard kickoff return against South Carolina State added his name to the record book again, this time for longest return in a playoff game. Darreion Robinson took over the punt return duties after Bryant was out for the year, but Bryant will likely be back in that role. Bryant returned six Savannah State punts in the first game and averaged 7.8 yards per attempt.

One of the most electrifying players on the field, senior cornerback and kick returner Laron Scott is a game-changer. the program record for interceptions in a season with six and scored a touchdown on his pick against Elon, the second of his career. Senior Michael Butler (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and sophomore Lavelle Westbrooks (Riverdale, Ga.) return with experience from a year ago. Butler took over the starting spot in the seventh game of the year and had 36 (23U, 13A) tackles. His fourth-quarter interception against Appalachian State ended a dangerous drive and gave the ball back to the Eagles. Westbrooks, who started six games at cornerback last year, will move from corner to safety but has the versatility to play both positions. Redshirt freshman Deion Stanley (Dry Branch, Ga.) missed the 2010 season with an injury, but a good spring put him behind Heyden at safety. Senior Hudson Presume (Bradenton, Fla.) looks to have an impact as he returns healthy to the field and classmate A.J. McCray (St. Marys, Ga.) works to increase his playing time. Redshirt freshman Connell Reddick, Jr., (Hephzibah, Ga.), senior Deonté Watkins (Walkersville, Md.) are also expected to contribute. Georgia Southern’s signees for 2011 included five freshmen, Antonio Glover (Atlanta, Ga.), Riyahd Jones (Columbus, Ga.), Josh King (Stockbridge, Ga.), Emmanuel Orange (Naples, Fla.) and Nick Wright (Lithonia, Ga.) who will come up through the system.

2011 SCHEDULE

A late winter schedule change altered the 2011 slate and Georgia Southern was forced to scramble for a home game replacement. For the first time ever, the Eagles will open the season with a Southern Conference game when they

SPECIAL TEAMS

In terms of the kicking game, Georgia Southern’s slew of experience is at a level few other teams can match. Adrian Mora, who completed his undergraduate degree in May and is now attending graduate school at the University, led the Eagles in scoring for the third consecutive year (102 points). Mora, honored as an Associated Press third-team All-American, owns the cur-

Adrian Mora enters the 2011 season with a perfect mark of 95-95 in PATs. He now owns the Georgia Southern career record for consecutive PATS made.

travel to Samford on September 3rd. Tusculum filled the opening on September 10th as former Furman quarterback Frankie DeBusk brings Harlan Trophy candidate Bo Cordell and the Pioneers to Paulson Stadium. After a bye week, SoCon play continues with Georgia Southern playing host to Western Carolina on September 24th. The Eagles have had a decided advantage over the Catamounts at home with a 10-0 mark at Paulson Stadium. The month of October and three straight home games are bookended with road trips at Elon on October 1st and at Appalachian State on October 29th. In a series that has been tightly contested as of late, Coach Russ Huesman and Chattannooga meet Georgia Southern on October 8th followed by a BLUE OUT date with new Coach Bruce Fowler and the Paladins on October 15th. Both the Chattanooga and Furman games will be televised as part of the new SoCon broadcast package. Eagle fans will see a familiar face when former assistant coach Harold Nichols returns to Statesboro with his Presbyterian team on October 22nd. Preseason publications made note that winning the Southern Conference might be as difficult as winning a national championship with prognosticators pinpointing the SoCon matchup on October 29th featuring Georgia Southern at Appalachian State. The Eagles begin November with Homecoming against The Citadel on November 5th and close Southern Conference play at Wofford a week later. The regular season ends in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as Georgia Southern will play in the largest stadium in its history when the Eagles and Tide square off in Bryant-Denny Stadium with a capacity of 101,821.

Georgia Southern ranked first in the nation in net punting on the leg of All-American Charlie Edwards.

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* Jerick McKinnon QB ** A.J. McCray FS *** Derek Heyden S Prince McJunkins QB * Robert Brown FB ** Zeke Rozier FB ** Darreion Robinson SLOT Zach Walker WR ** Josh Rowe MLB Ezayi Youyoute QB Russell DeMasi QB ** Darius Eubanks LB * Jaybo Shaw QB * Carlos Cave OLB Antonio Glover FS * Billy Greer K CB * Lavelle Westbrooks ** J.J. Wilcox SLOT *** Nico Hickey SLOT * Hudson Presume CB Seon Jones FB * Johnathan Bryant SLOT CB Emmanuel Orange * Tray Butler WR CB Josh King Riyahd Jones CB * Javonte Martin CB SLOT Devin Scott Deion Stanley SS ** K.R. Snipes OLB Dominique Swope FB Nick Wright CB DE *** Dion DuBose ** Laron Scott CB * Miguel Gilmore SLOT * Michael Spaulding MLB Connell Reddick CB OLB Antwione Williams * Kyle Oehlbeck OLB DeVonte Lewis SLOT FS * Michael Butler ** John Stevenson OLB * Boyd Sasser SS Quaun Daniels OLB PK *** Adrian Mora * Brent Thomas FB Omari Jones DE P *** Charlie Edwards Brandon Lane CB Garrett Brewer OL OL *** William Maxwell * Javon Mention DL * Marcus Duvall OLB Korentheus Bailey DL Austin Hagan OL Luke Cherry PK * Brett Moore OT/LS Garrett Frye OL

5-9 5-8 6-1 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-9 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-9 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-5 5-9 5-9 6-0 6-0 6-1 5-9 5-8 5-11 5-8 6-3 5-10 5-8 5-9 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-8 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-10 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-3 6-5

198 187 199 171 203 215 190 176 219 184 188 222 200 208 180 190 178 215 191 168 196 168 194 190 188 170 167 170 190 198 209 182 235 179 183 232 182 221 200 157 182 197 198 201 181 194 220 208 173 244 294 246 219 315 264 206 255 245

So Sr Sr Fr. So Sr. Jr Fr. Jr RFr Jr Jr Sr So Fr Sr So Jr Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So Fr. Fr. So So. RFr Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. RFr Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Gr Sr RFr Sr Jr Fr. Sr. So Sr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr Fr.

Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry) St. Marys, Ga. (Camden County) Atlanta, Ga. (Marist) Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner) Macon, Ga. (Macon-Westside) Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County) Bishop, Ga. (Clarke Central) Wrightsville, Ga. (Johnson County) Opelika, Ala. (Opelika) Wauchula, Fla. (Hardee County) Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Christian) Thomson, Ga. (Thomson) Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch/Georgia Tech) Macon, Ga. (Macon-Westside) Atlanta, Ga. (Douglas County) Crosby, Texas (Crosby/Blinn College) Riverdale, Ga. (Riverdale) Cairo, Ga. (Cairo) Columbus, Ga. (Pacelli Catholic) Bradenton, Fla. (Southeast) Flowery Branch, Ga. (Buford) Cairo, Ga. (Cairo) Naples, Fla. (Naples) Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland) Stockbrige, Ga. (Mt. Zion) Columbus, Ga. (Carver-Columbus) Tampa, Fla. (Plant) Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) Dry Branch Ga. (Twiggs County) Opelika, Ala. (Opelika) Buford, Ga. (Buford) Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Norcross, Ga. (Norcross) Warner Robins, Ga. (Warner Robins/Butler CC) Orlando, Fla. (Ocoee/Huntington) Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek) Hephzibah, Ga. (Hephzibah/Georgia State) Lovejoy, Ga. (Lovejoy) Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz) Dacula, Ga. (Mill Creek) Stone Mountain, Ga. (Shiloh) Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson) Millen, Ga. (Jenkins County) Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt) Dalton, Ga. (Dalton) Tampa, Fla. (Plant) Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy’s Mill) Tifton, Ga. (Tift County) Marietta, Ga. (Harrison) Dixie, Ga. (Colquitt County) Quitman, Ga. (Brooks County) Tampa, Fla. (Plant) Griffin, Ga. (Spalding) Lula, Ga. (East Hall/Western Kentucky) Dacula, Ga. (Mill Creek) Jacksonville, Fla. (Providence) Warner Robins, Ga. (Northside) Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth)

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59 Zach York MLB 60 * Chris Gray OT 61 Jacob Bagley TE 62 * Zach Lonas OG 63 *** Brandavious Mann C 64 Hunter Lamar OL 66 ** Brent Russell DT 67 Matt Mills OL 68 Matt Gilbert OL 69 Cole Peeples OL 70 Raymond Klugey OL 71 * Dorian Byrd OT 72 * Zach Reckers DT 73 Maurice Hunt, Jr. OL 74 Logan Daves OL 75 Manrey Saint-Amour OL 76 Trevor McBurnett OL 77 ** Blake DeBartola OL 78 ** Josh Petkovich OL 79 Oliver Kraemer OL 80 Kentrellis Showers WR 81 ** Mitchell Williford WR 82 Wilson Hudgins TE 83 Martin Weatherby WR 84 ** Patrick Barker WR 85 * Brian Wilcher SLOT 86 Markus Farmer WR 87 ** Willie Burden TE 88 ** Tyler Sumner TE 89 Barry Davis LS/TE 89 *** Carter Jones LS 90 * Josh Gebhardt DE 91 Justice Ejike DT 92 * John Douglas DE 93 Rashad Williams DE 94 *** Roderick Tinsley DT 95 Edwin Jackson OLB 96 * Blake Riley DT 97 George Osunde DE 99 * Terico Agnew DE

6-0 6-5 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-7 6-3 5-11 6-4 6-1 5-9 6-1 5-7 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-2 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-0 6-1 6-2 6-4

204 278 245 267 268 260 291 293 249 292 253 265 243 263 293 246 284 271 270 247 168 203 218 184 190 174 163 241 229 235 215 235 258 245 253 284 213 278 ??? 218

Jr. Jr. Jr So Sr Fr. Jr. Fr. RFr Fr. So. So Jr. Fr. RFr Fr. RFr. Jr. Sr. RFr RFr Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr Jr Jr Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr So RFr Sr RFr. Sr RFr So. Jr. Jr.

Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County) Landrum, S.C. (Landrum) Waycross, Ga. (Dutchtown) Acworth, Ga. (Etowah) Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons) Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro) Comer, Ga. (Madison County) Johns Creek, Ga. (Chattahoochee) Marietta, Ga. (Walton) Cobyers, Ga. (Heritage) Norcross, Ga. (Norcross) Macon, Ga. (Westside Macon) Atlanta, Ga. (Pope) Lyons, Ga. (Toombs County) Blue Ridge, Ga. (Fannin County) Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge) Fayetteville, Ga. (Starr’s Mill) Palm Harbor, Fla. (East Lake) Marietta, Ga. (Walton) Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens) Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge) Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) Roswell, Ga. (Fellowship) Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Nease) Dublin, Ga. (Dublin) Savannah, Ga. (Windsor Forest) Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro) Pooler, Ga. (Savannah Christian) Grovetown, Ga. (Harlem/Georgia Military College) Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County) Douglasville, Ga. (Landmark Christian) Covington, Ga. (Newton County) Augusta, Ga. (Aquinas/Auburn) Roswell, Ga. (Dunwoody) Soperton, Ga. (Treutlen) Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake) Crescent, Ga. (McIntosh) Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta) Stockbridge, Ga. (Eagle’s Landing)

Garrett Blaxton OL Allen Lee WR Kyle Stroud OL Michael Wallace, Jr. SS Caleb Watkins CB * Deonté Watkins CB Kendrick Wilson CB A.J. Wright MLB

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258 197 250 189 184 168 181 207

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Reidsville, Ga. (Pinewood Christian) Savannah, Ga. (North Gwinnett) Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) Norfolk, Va. (Ramstein American/Germany) Ellenwood, Ga. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Walkersville, Md. (Walkersville) Augusta, Ga. (Greenbrier) Montrose, Ga. (West Laurens)

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NAME

POS

Terico Agnew.................. DE Jacob Bagley...................TE Korentheus Bailey........... DL Patrick Barker................ WR Garrett Blaxton................OL Garrett Brewer.................OL Charlie Brower............... WR Robert Brown...................BB Johnathan Bryant....... SLOT Willie Burden...................TE Michael Butler..................FS Tray Butler..................... WR Dorian Byrd..................... OT Carlos Cave.................. OLB Luke Cherry.....................PK Quaun Daniels.............. OLB Logan Daves...................OL Blake DeBartola...............OL Russell DeMasi............... QB John Douglas.................. DE Dion DuBose.................. DE Marcus Duvall............... OLB Charlie Edwards................ P Justice Ejike.....................DT Darius Eubanks............... LB Markus Farmer.............. WR Josh Gebhardt................ DE Matt Gilbert......................OL Miguel Gilmore........... SLOT Antonio Glover.................FS Chris Gray...................... OT Billy Greer.......................... K Aaron Griffin................... QB Austin Hagan...................OL Derek Heyden.................... S Nico Hickey................. SLOT

NO.

73 95 89 *** 47 24 22 98 26 70 64 49 85 62 * 63 *** 27 * 51 *** 76 2 ** 4 1 * 52 * 67 57 * 45 *** 38 * 25 97 69 78 ** 21 * 72 * 36 96 * 7 ** 10 ** 6 **

NAME

POS

Maurice Hunt Jr...............OL Edwin Jackson.............. OLB Carter Jones.................... LS Omari Jones................... DE Riyahd Jones.................. CB Seon Jones......................BB Forrest Kelleher.............. DE Josh King........................ CB Raymond Klugey.............OL Hunter Lamar...................OL Brandon Lane................. CB Allen Lee........................ WR Zach Lonas......................OL Brandavious Mann.............C Javonte Martin................ CB William Maxwell...............OL Trevor McBurnett.............OL A.J. McCray.....................FS Prince McJunkins........... QB Jerick McKinnon............. QB Javon Mention................. DL Matt Mills.........................OL Brett Moore................ OT/LS Adrian Mora.....................PK Kyle Oehlbeck.............. OLB Emmanuel Orange......... CB George Osunde.............. DE Cole Peeples...................OL Josh Petkovich................OL Hudson Presume............ CB Zach Reckers..................DT Connell Reddick............. CB Blake Riley.......................DT Darreion Robinson...... SLOT Josh Rowe.................... MLB Zeke Rozier.....................BB

NO.

75 66 ** 42 * 28 34 ** 14 * 88 80 30 ** 35 * 29 41 ** 65 88 ** 31 46 * 94 *** 9 39 83 18 * 85 * 19 ** 37 93 81 ** 32 59 11

NAME

POS

Manrey Saint-Amour........OL Brent Russell...................DT Boyd Sasser....................SS Devin Scott................. SLOT Laron Scott..................... CB Jaybo Shaw.................... QB Trevor Shaw.................... DL Michael Shealy............. MLB Kentrellis Showers......... WR K.R. Snipes................... OLB Michael Spaulding........ MLB Deion Stanley..................SS John Stevenson............ OLB Kyle Stroud..................... DE Tyler Sumner...................TE Dominique Swope...........BB Brent Thomas..................FB Roderick Tinsley..............DT Zach Walker................... WR Michael Wallace, Jr..........SS Caleb Watkins................. CB Deonte Watkins.............. CB Martin Weatherby.......... WR Lavelle Westbrooks........ CB Brian Wilcher.............. SLOT J.J. Wilcox.................. SLOT Kendrick Wilson.............. CB Antwione Williams........ OLB Rashad Williams............. DE Mitchell Williford............. WR A.J. Wright.................... MLB Nick Wright..................... CB Zach York...................... MLB Ezayi Youyoute............... QB

* indicates letters won

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Names

Korentheus Baily...................Core-in-THEE-us Blake DeBartola....................... DEE-bar-tah-la Quaun Daniels........................................KWAN Justice Ejike....................................e-GEE-kay Miguel Gilmore.............................meh-GWELL Derek Heyden.................................. HIGH-den Nico Hickey........................................KNEE-co Omari Jones................................... OH-mar-ee Riyahd Jones...................................Ree-YAHD Seon Jones.......................................... SEE-on Raymond Klugey..............................CLUE-gee Zach Lonas........................................ LOW-nas Brandavious Mann.............. BRAN-day-vee-us Javonte Martin.........................JAH-vaughn-tay Jeff Monken........................................MUNK-in

Kyle Oehlbeck.................................. OHL-beck George Osunde.................................O-sunday Josh Petkovich........................... PET-koh-vitch Hudson Presume....................... PREH-su-may Zeke Rozier........ROE-zeer (rhymes with deer) Lamont Seward................................ SEA-ward Laron Scott.......................................... La-RON Dominique Swope................. rhymes with rope Antwione Williams...............................AN-twon Ezayi Youyoute...................... IZ-eye YOU-yute

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Hometowns Albany............................................ALL-Binney Bleckley...........................................BLECK-lee Cairo.................................................... CAY-roh Dacula......................................... Duh-CUE-lah Etowah...........................................ette-o-WAH Guyton.................................................GUY-tun Opelika, Ala.............................. O-pah-LIKE-ah Joliet............................................ joe-lee-ETTE Kissimmee, Fla........................... Kuh-SIMM-ee Lithonia.................................Ly-THOWN-ee-uh Soperton.......................................SOAP-er-ton Treutlen.......................................... TROOT-len Vidalia......................................Veye-DALE-yuh Wachula.......................................WUH-choo-la Wagoner............................................... Wagner


PRESEASON DEPTH CHART DEFENSE

OFFENSE Pos. No. Player (Ht., Wt., Year)

Pos.

LT

DE

* 71 DORIAN BYRD (6-1, 246, SOPH) * 60 Chris Gray (6-5, 275, Jr)

LG 76 74 C ** 77 *** 63 RG RT

TREVOR McBURNETT (6-1, 285, R-Fr) Logan Daves (6-2, 288, R-Fr) BLAKE DEBARTOLA (6-0, 261, JR) Brandavious Mann (6-2, 258, Sr)

*** 51 WILLIAM MAXWELL (6-1, 283, SR) * 62 Zach Lonas (6-1, 270, Soph) * 57 BRETT MOORE (6-3, 253, SR) ** 78 Josh Petkovich (6-7, 259, Sr)

No. *** 33 * 90 94 52

RODERICK TINSLEY (6-3, 259, SR) Javon Mention (6-2, 245, So)

66 96

BRENT RUSSELL (6-2, 287, JR) Blake Riley (6-1, 252, So)

92 93

JOHN DOUGLAS (6-2, 230, SR) Rashad Williams (6-1, 240, R-Fr)

BUCK ** ** MLB ** *

13 41

DARIUS EUBANKS (6-0, 207, JR) John Stevenson (5-11, 186, Jr)

10 35

JOSH ROWE (5-11, 218, JR) Michael Spaulding (5-11, 225, So)

JAYBO SHAW (6-0, 190 , SR) Jerick McKinnon (5-9, 195, So) Ezayi Youyoute (5-11, 173, R-Fr) ROBERT BROWN (5-11, 194, SOPH)

OLB

SLOT ** 19 ** 7 SLOT * 23 *** 20

J.J. WILCOX (6-0, 197, JR) Darreion Robinson (5-9, 177, Jr)

CB

Jonathan Bryant (5-9, 164, JR) Nico Hickey (5-10, 191, Sr)

TE/WR ** 88 80 or ** 87 WR ** 81 80

TYLER SUMNER (6-2, 215, JR) Patrick Barker (6-1, 183, Jr)

FS * ** SS ***

MITCHELL WILLIFORD (6-4, 192, JR) Kentrellis Showers (5-11, 169, R-Fr)

* indicates letters won

Dion DuBose (6-0, 234, Sr) Josh Gebhardt (6-2, 222, So)

DT *** * NT ** * DE *

QB * 14 * 1 11 FB * 5

Willie Burden (6-0, 236, Jr)

Player (Ht., Wt., Year)

* 15 * 38

CARLOS CAVE (5-10, 185, SO) Kyle Oehlbeck (5-10, 193, Jr)

** 34 * 21

LARON SCOTT (5-9, 175, Sr) Hudson Presume (5-9, 172, Sr)

40 2

MICHAEL BUTLER (5-9, 177, SR) A.J. McCray (5-8, 184, Jr)

4 29

Derek Heyden (6-1, 193, SR) Deion Stanley (5-9, 190, R-Fr)

CB * 18 36

LAVELLE WESTBROOKS (5-11, 166, SO) Connell Reddick (5-8, 182, R-Fr)

Pos.

Player (Ht., Wt., Year)

No.

SPECIALISTS

KO

* 17 *** 48

BILLY GREER (5-11, 200, SR) Charlie Edwards (5-11, 211, Sr)

FG

*** 45 * 17

ADRIAN MORA (5-11, 209, GR) Billy Greer (5-11, 200, Sr)

P

*** 48

Charlie Edwards (5-11, 211, SR)

H

*** 48

Charlie Edwards (5-11, 211, SR)

LS

*** 89

CARTER JONES (5-11, 220, SR)

KOR

** 34

LARON SCOTT (5-9, 173, SR)

PR

** 7

DARREION ROBINSON (5-9, 177, JR)

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EAGLE PERSONNEL

EAGLES BY CLASS

2010 STARTERS RETURNING (23)

TRUE FRESHMEN (19)

Offense (11): (RB) Robert Brown, (OL) Dorian Byrd, (OL) Blake DeBartola, (OL) Brandavious Mann, (OL), William Maxwell, (OL) Brett Moore, (SLOT) Darreion Robinson, (QB) Jaybo Shaw, (TE) Tyler Sumner, (SLOT) J.J. Wilcox, (WR) Mitchell Williford

Garrett Brewer, Quaun Daniels, Garrett Frye, Antonio Glover, Austin Hagan, Wilson Hudgins, Maurice Hunt, Riyahd Jones, Seon Jones, Josh King, Hunter Lamar, Prince McJunkins, Matt Mills, Emmanuel Orange, Manrey Saint-Amour, Dominique Swope, Zach Walker, Antwione Williams, Nick Wright

Defense (9); (CB) Michael Butler, (DE) John Douglas, (LB) Darius Eubanks, (DE) Josh Gebhardt, (FS) Derek Heyden, (LB) Josh Rowe, (NT) Brent Russell, (DT) Roderick Tinsley, (CB) Laron Scott Special Teams (3): (P) Charlie Edwards; (Snap) Carter Jones; (PK) Adrian Mora

STARTERS LOST (2)

REDSHIRT FRESHMEN ( 14) Logan Daves, Justice Ejike, Matthew Gilbert, Edwin Jackson, Omari Jones, Trevor McBurnett, Connell Reddick, Jr., Kentrellis Showers, Deion Stanley, Kyle Stroud, Rashad Williams, Kendrick Wilson, Ezayi Youyoute

Offense (0)

SOPHOMORES (18)

Defense (2): (DL) Carson Hill, E.J. Webb

Robert Brown, Tray Butler, Dorian Byrd, Carlos Cave, Luke Cherry, Josh Gebhardt, Raymond Klugey, Zach Lonas, Javonte Martin, Jerick McKinnon, Javon Mention, Kyle Oehlbeck, Blake Riley, Devin Scott, Michael Spaulding, Michael Wallace, Jr., Caleb Watkins, Lavelle Westbrooks

Special Teams (0)

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING (48) Offense (19): Patrick Barker; Robert Brown, Wille Burden*; Tray Butler; Dorian Byrd; Blake DeBartola; Miguel Gilmore; Chris Gray; Nico Hickey; Zach Lonas; Brandavious Mann, William Maxwell; Jerick McKinnon; Brett Moore; Darreion Robinson; Jaybo Shaw; Tyler Sumner*; Brian Wilcher; J.J. Wilcox; Mitchell Williford Defense (25): Terico Agnew; Michael Butler; Carlos Cave; John Douglas, Dion DuBose; Marcus Duvall, Darius Eubanks; Josh Gebhardt, Derek Heyden; Javonte Martin; A.J. McCray; Javon Mention; Kyle Oehlbeck; Zach Reckers; Blake Riley; Josh Rowe, Brent Russell; Boyd Sasser; Laron Scott; Michael Spaulding; John Stevenson; Roderick Tinsley; Deonte Watkins; Lavelle Westbrooks Special Teams (4): Charlie Edwards (P); Billy Greer (PK), Carter Jones (Snap); Adrian Mora (PK)

JUNIORS (31) Terico Agnew, Jacob Bagley, Korentheus Bailey, Patrick Barker, Johnathan Bryant, Willie Burden, Blake DeBartola, Russell DeMasi, Darius Eubanks, Markus Farmer, Chris Gray, Brandon Lane, Allen Lee, A.J. McCray, George Osunde, Zach Reckers, Darreion Robinson, Josh Rowe, Brent Russell, Boyd Sasser, K.R. Snipes, John Stevenson, Tyler Sumner, Martin Weatherby, Brian Wilcher, J.J. Wilcox, Mitchell Williford, A.J. Wright, Zach York

SENIORS (21)

LETTERWINNERS LOST (12)

Garrett Blaxton, Michael Butler, John Douglas, Dion DuBose, Marcus Duvall, Charlie Edwards, Miguel Gilmore, Billy Greer, Derek Heyden, Nico Hickey, Carter Jones, Brandavious Mann, William Maxwell, Brett Moore, Josh Petkovich, Hudson Presume, Zeke Rozier, Laron Scott, Jaybo Shaw, Brent Thomas, Roderick Tinsley, Deonte Watkins

Offense (7): Tobi Akinnirayne; Lee Banks; Ryan Byrne; Jared Flowers; Paul Gourdeau; Jawaun Luckey, Michael Veal

GRADUATE (1)

* indicates played different position last year.

Defense (4): Carson Hill, Brett Layson; Evan Mattingly; E.J. Webb, Calvin West Special Teams (1): Chris Rogers (PK)

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Adrian Mora


GEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS GEORGIA Acworth: Alpharetta: Atlanta: Augusta: Bishop: Blue Ridge: Buford Cairo: Cochran: Columbus: Comer: Covington Crescent: Cumming: Dacula: Dalton: Dixie: Douglasville Dry Branch: Dublin: Duluth: Ellenwood: Fayetteville: Flowery Branch: Forsyth: Griffin: Hartwell Hephzibah: Jonesboro: Johns Creek: Lawrenceville Lithonia Loganville: Lovejoy Lula: Lyons: Macon: Marietta: Millen: Montrose: Moultrie Norcross: Pooler: Quitman: Reidsville Riverdale: Roswell: Savannah:

Zach Lonas (Etowah) George Osunde (Alpharetta) Antonio Glover (Douglas County) Derek Heyden (Marist) Edwin Jackson (Westlake) Zach Rekkers (Pope) John Douglas (Aquinas/Auburn) Kendrick Wilson (Greenbrier) Darreion Robinson (Clarke Central) Logan Daves (Fannin County) Dominique Swope (Buford) Jonathan Bryant (Cairo) J.J. Wilcox (Cairo) Zeke Rozier (Bleckley County) Nico Hickey (Pacelli Catholic) Riyahd Jones (Carver-Columbus) Brent Russell (Madison County) Justice Ejike (Newton County) Blake Riley (McIntosh) Garrett Frye (South Forsyth) Austin Hagan (Mill Creek) Adrian Mora (Dalton) Garrett Brewer (Colquitt County) Josh Gebhardt (Landmark Christian) Deion Stanley (Twiggs County) Kentrellis Showers (West Laurens) Brian Wilcher (Dublin) Mitchell Williford (Peachtree Ridge) Caleb Watkins (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Blake DeBartola (Starr’s Mill) Michael Spaulding (Sandy Creek) Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch/Georgia Tech) Seon Jones (Buford) Brandavious Mann (Mary Persons) Marcus Duvall (Spalding) Zach York (Hart County) Connell Reddick (Hephzibah/Georgia State) Omari Jones (Mundy’s Mill) Matt Mills (Chattahoochee) Trevor McBurnett (Peachtree Ridge) Nick Wright (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Wilson Hudgins (Grayson) Antwione Williams (Lovejoy) Korentheus Bailey (East Hall/Western Kentucky) Maurice Hunt (Toombs County) Robert Brown (Westside Macon) Dorian Byrd (Westside Macon) Carlos Cave (Westside Macon) Matthew Gilbert (Walton) Brandon Lane (Harrison) Jerick McKinnon (Sprayberry) Boyd Sasser (Jenkins County) A.J. Wright (West Laurens) Quaun Daniels (Colquitt County) Carter Jones (Colquitt County) Dion DuBose (Norcross) Raymond Klugey (Norcross) Tyler Sumner (Savannah Christian) William Maxwell (Brooks County) Garrett Blaxton (Pinewood Christian) Lavelle Westbrooks (Riverdale) Martin Weatherby (Fellowship) Rashad Williams (Dunwoody) Russell DeMasi (Savannah Christian)

Soperton St. Marys: Statesboro Stockbridge: Stone Mountain: Suwanee Thomson: Tifton: Tucker: Warner Robins: Waycross: Wrightsville

Markus Farmer (Windsor Forest) Allen Lee (North Gwinnett) Roderick Tinsley (Treutlen) A.J.McCray (Camden County) Willie Burden (Statesboro) Hunter Lamar (Statesboro) Terico Agnew (Eagle’s Landing) Tray Butler (Woodland) Josh King (Mt. Zion) Michael Butler (Shiloh) John Stevenson (Stephenson) Manrey Saint-Amour (North Gwinnett) Darius Eubanks (Thomson) Charlie Edwards (Tift County) Devin Scott (Tucker) Kyle Stroud (Tucker) Brett Moore (Northside) Laron Scott (Warner Robins/Butler CC) Jacob Bagley (Dutchtown) Zach Walker (Johnson County)

OTHER STATES Alabama Opelika:

Josh Rowe (Opelika) K.R. Snipes (Opelika)

Florida Bradenton: Gainesville: Jacksonville Naples: Orlando: Palm Harbor: Ponte Vedra Tampa: Wauchula:

Hudson Presume (Southeast) Kyle Oehlbeck (Buchholz) Luke Cherry (Providence) Emmanuel Orange (Naples) Miquel Gilmore (Ococee/Huntington) Josh Petkovich (East Lake) Patrick Barker (Nease) Javonte Martin (Plant) Brent Thomas (Plant) Javon Mention (Plant) Ezayi Youyoute (Hardee County)

Maryland: Walkersville:

Deonte Watkins (Walkersville)

Oklahoma Wagoner:

Prince McJunkins (Wagoner)

South Carolina Landrum:

Chris Gray (Landrum)

Texas Crosby:

Billy Greer (Crosby/Blinn College)

Virginia Norfolk

Michael Wallace, Jr. (Ramstein American)

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PRESEASON NOTES 30TH YEAR IN MODERN ERA

Georgia Southern begins its 30th year of playing football in 2011 after the program was restarted in 1981 and competed in its first contest in 1982.

SEASON OPENER, SOCON OPENER... SAME THING

Georgia Southern opens the season with a Southern Conference opponent for the first time in history when it plays at Samford on Saturday, September 3rd. The Eagles and the Phoenix met in the first game of the 1998 season, but Elon was not a member of the SoCon until 2003.

BACK IN THE POLLS

Georgia Southern returned to the final polls after the 2010 season, earning a ranking of fifth from The Sports Network and sixth from the FCS coaches. The Eagles were ranked 17th in the last poll in which they appeared, the 2007 Sports Network poll. The 2002 final poll was the last time Georgia Southern was ranked higher in a final tally, checking in at third.

KNOCKING OFF NUMBER ONE

Georgia Southern has defeated the number-one team in the nation on three occasions, most recently during the 2010 season when the Eagles topped previously undefeated Appalachian State 21-14 in overtime. In 1985, Georgia Southern upset topranked Middle Tennessee State 28-21 in Murfreesboro to spoil the Raiders’ undefeated season and title hopes in an NCAA quarterfinal game. With a last-minute touchdown against Furman in 2005 at Paulson Stadium, the 14th-ranked Eagles brought down the nation’s No. 1 team 27-24.

WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS

In addition to the victory over top-ranked Appalachian State, the Eagles picked up wins against four other top-25 teams in 2010. Georgia Southern also defeated #10/11 Elon and then picked up wins over #11/12 South Carolina State, #4 William & Mary and #6/7 Wofford in its return to the playoffs.

ADDING TO THE PLAYOFF WIN COLUMN

With those three wins in the 2010 NCAA FCS playoffs, Georgia Southern continued to distance itself from other competition with an all-time FCS-best 41 playoff wins. Montana, the next closest team in that category, has 30 wins. The Eagles also lay claim to the most NCAA FCS National Championships with six.

HOME ATTENDANCE

A record number of fans attended home games during the regular season in 2010. Paulson Stadium witnessed its highestever game attendance average of 19,110 with three of the top-20 attendance figures in program history. The 2010 season opener welcomed 20,430 fans to Paulson for the return of the option for 15th on the all-time list. Breaking into the top 10, the attendance for Wofford on October 9th saw 21,403 enter the game. Georgia Southern’s homecoming game against Appalachian State gave the Eagles their 20th 20,000-plus attendance in history as 20,073 packed into Paulson.

LAST ONE STANDING FROM SOCON

Three Southern Conference teams advanced to the FCS quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 with Georgia Southern the only SoCon team to continue onto the semifinals. The Eagles, with their last appearance in the semifinals in 2002, were picked to finish seventh in the league by both the coaches and media in the 2010 preseason polls.

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STREAKY TEAM

After ending Appalachian State’s 26-game Southern Conference win streak at the beginning of November, the Eagles came back to win 31-15 at William & Mary’s Zable Field and break the Tribe’s 11-game home winning streak. Georgia Southern also ruined Wofford’s perfect 5-0 mark at Gibbs Stadium in their NCAA quarterfinal playoff game.

SHUTOUT AND SHUTDOWN

Behind the efforts of a stingy defense and freshman quarterback Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern shut out its first opponent since 2003 with its 20-0 win over The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., last October. The Bulldogs contributed to the end result with seven fumbles, six recovered by the Eagles, both program records, to go along with three Citadel interceptions.

OVERTIME

After not playing in an overtime game for nearly 20 years, Georgia Southern has made up for it with nine OT games since the 2005 season-opening overtime win against Northeastern. The Eagles participated in two overtime games in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons and then played an NCAA record four overtime games in 2008. With win over Appalachian State last year, GSU is 6-5 in overtime games and winners of three straight.

RECORD-SETTING EFFORTS IN 2010

Cornerback and return specialist Laron Scott etched his name in the Georgia Southern record books in two categories in 2010. Scott tied the Georgia Southern single-season record for interceptions in a season with 6 with one returned for a touchdown against Elon, also tying a record. Scott’s six kickoff returns against Wofford (10-9-10), also tied a Georgia Southern record, while his 44 kickoff returns for 1,161 yards set program records for returns and yardage in a single season. His 173 kickoff return yards against Wofford (10-9-10) put his name next to a single-game record. With 134 kickoff return yards against Delaware and his 59-yard kickoff return versus South Carolina State added his name to the Georgia Southern record book two more times, now in the playoff section. Placekicker Adrian Mora and Georgia Southern set the individual and team record for most field goals in a season with 19 while Mora took over the career consecutive PAT record with 95 headed into the 2011 campaign. Jerick McKinnon briefly held the record for most rushing attempts in a game with 35 against The Citadel until Jaybo Shaw had 36 carries against Furman. The record was previously held by Adrian Peterson and Charles Bostick, each with 34 attempts. J.J. Wilcox’s 551 yards on 22 catches in 2010 put him at the top of the list for yards per catch a single season with an average of 25.0.

UPCOMING FBS GAMES

In addition to a first-ever meeting with Alabama this season, Georgia Southern continues its series with Georgia in 2012 and travels to Florida for a 2013 contest. The Eagles have played FBS opponents in recent years will face an FBS opponent in each of the next five seasons, listed below. Date..................... Opponent.............Location................... Mtgs Nov. 19, 2011....... Alabama...............Tuscaloosa, Ala...........First Nov. 17, 2012...... at Georgia.............Athens, Ga........................4 Nov. 23, 2013...... at Florida...............Gainesville, Fla.................2 Sept. 13, 2014..... at LSU...................Baton Rouge, La.........First Sept. 5, 2015....... at Georgia Tech....Atlanta, Ga...................First Nov. 19, 2016...... at Georgia.............Athens, Ga........................5


Right after paying homage to the bronze Erk bust, the Eagles run through the GATA banner and head onto the field at Paulson Stadium.


TERICO AGNEW DE 6-4 213

99

Jr.

Stockbridge, Ga. (Eagle’s Landing) JUNIOR (2010)¬: Saw action in 10 games… Sacked William & Mary quarterback for a loss of 12 yards in Eagle playoff win… also had a quarterback hurry against the Tribe… totaled four solo tackles and six assisted tackles… had two assisted tackles at Western Carolina and in Wofford playoff game… picked up a half of a sack vs. Elon… registered a pass broken up at Furman. HIGH SCHOOL: lettered three years in football, and two each in lacrosse and basketball… played for Joe Teknipp… team captain as a junior and senior… school record for sacks in a game (6) as a senior… All-Region and All-Southern Crescent pick… named to inaugural Southern Crescent All-Star team and recorded 12 tackles with three tackles for loss and four sacks… MVP of lacrosse team as a sophomore at Terry Parker High School (Jacksonville, Fla.)… PERSONAL: Born April 7, 1991 in Anderson, S.C. … middle name Suave is after the song titled “Rico Suave”… son of Felicia Morgan… Business student of the year at Eagle’s Landing High School… Newspaper/Yearbook Sports Editor… most treasured possession is his Bible… favorite movie is “Remember the Titans” because of the way the team overcame adversity… favorite thing about Georgia Southern is the involvement of the crowd at Paulson Stadium and hearing fans yell “Georgia… Southern…” … would want to see Gustavo Dudamel and the New York Philharmonic because he has developed a passion for classical music… Grandmother had the biggest influence on his life because of her unrelenting effort to provide for her family while going to earn her bachelor’s degree… aunt Tammy William played four years of basketball at USC... was invited to Disney to learn from professional performers. MAJOR: Biology with a minor in music (vocal). AGNEW’s career defensive stats U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH Year G-S 2010 10-0 4 6 10 2.5 3 0 1 0 1 1 10-0 4 6 10 2.5 3 0 1 0 1 1 Career-high tackles – 3 at William & Mary, 12-4-10 (3U) Career-high sacks – 2 at William & Mary, 12-4-10 Career-high tackles for loss – 2 at William & Mary, 12-4-10 Fumble recovery – at Wofford, 12-11-10

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KORENTHEUS

BAILEY DT 6-2 315

Jr.

Lula, Ga. (East Hall/Western Kentucky) Transferred to Georgia Southern from Western Kentucky in January 2011… started at defensive tackle for Blue team in 2011 spring game… registered one solo tackle…SOPHOMORE (2010): Earned a letter for the Hilltoppers, appearing in eight games… had seven total tackles on the year (5U, 2A) and a tackle for loss… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): In first active season, recorded 12 total tackles in nine contests at Western Kentucky...Had one interception, one sack and three tackles for loss on the year...Posted a season-high five tackles at Florida

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International, notching one and a half tackles for loss...Had one solo sack in a home contest against Troy...Intercepted first career pass and collected four tackles in week 10 against ULM… FRESHMAN (2008): Earned the Scout Defense Award while sitting out as a redshirt... HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters, starting two seasons, at East Hall HS ... played for Bryan Gray… finished his career with 213 total tackles, 52 stops behind the line of scrimmage including 21 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries and nine forced fumbles ... As a senior, was honorable mention all-state and first-team all-county while earning region Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors after posting 107 stops including eight sacks ... Efforts helped the Vikings finish 7-4 ... Also earned team MVP accolades as a senior ... Lettered three times in football and baseball and once in basketball… PERSONAL: Full name is Korentheus Jerome Bailey… born August 30, 1989 in Gainesville, Ga. … parents are Kevin and Laura Bailey.

PATRICK BARKER WR 6-1 183

84

Jr.

Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Nease) SOPHOMORE (2010): Played in 12 games, starting the first four games of the season… 15-yard pass reception set up Eagle touchdown against Savannah State, the first TD of the 2010 season… two catches for 12 yards in Navy game… caught two passes for 85 total yards in 2011 Blue-White spring game…recognized for SoCon All-Academic Conference honors… FRESHMAN (2009): Top receiver with 40 catches for 255 yards and a TD… started in seven games and played in all 11… caught at least one pass in every game last year… named to the SoCon All-Freshman team for offense… earned first start at Elon and responded as the top receiver vs. Phoenix with then-career best five catches for 46 yards and his first collegiate touchdown... caught season-high six passes for 25 yards at Appalachian State… tied career-best total with six receptions and 36 yards at Samford… totaled 35 yards at UNC as top target with five catches… caught only twopoint conversion of 2009 from Chapple in fourth quarter vs. Furman… had four receptions vs. Paladins for 18 yards… started drive for Eagles first touchdown vs. Western Carolina with 10-yard catch… registered two receptions for 2 and 8 yards in fourth quarter touchdown drive vs. WCU… finished game with 4-22… one catch vs. The Citadel… had eight-yard reception in season opener vs. Albany… two receptions for 27 yards at South Dakota State… recorded one tackle at Elon on an interception. HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Florida Times Union ‘Super 24’... St. John’s County ‘Player of the Year’... ranked as the number one wide receiver prospect in Florida... First Team All-State in 2008... All-First Coast and twice named All-County (junior and senior year)... made 81 catches for 1,301 yards (16.1 ypc) and 14 touchdowns his senior year... also averaged 19 yards per punt return and twice returned a kick for a touchdown... helped Nease HS make the state playoffs three consecutive years... was the 2006 and 2007 Region champ and eventual state runner-up.. played for Coach Danny Cowgill. MAJOR: Construction Management. Barker’s career receiving stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2009 11-7 40 225 5.6 1 2010 12-4 3 27 9.0 0 23-11 43 252 5.9 1

APG 23.2 2.2 10.9

LONG 24 (ELON) 15 (SSU) 24 (ELON)

Barker’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 46 at Elon, 9-26-09 Career-high receptions – 6 on two ocassions (at Samford, 11-7-2009, at App. State 10-24-2009) Career-high touchdowns – 1 at Elon, 9-26-09 (24 yards)


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BLAXTON OL 6-3 261 Sr.

Reidsville, Ga. (Pinewood Christian) JUNIOR (2010): Injured and did not participate in games or practice. SOPHOMORE (2009): Did not see game action. FRESHMAN (2008): Joined the team as a walk-on after attending East Georgia College… redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and track… earned All-State honors in football three years… played for coach Keith Wasson… member of the 2005 and 2006 state basketball championship squads… PERSONAL: Born June 29, 1988… No. 1 sports highlight was making it to the state football championship game… his family has been a major influence, “They have always been there for me.”… most admires coach John Buck Cravey… enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends… Atlanta Falcons is his favorite professional team… son of Gary and Barbara Blaxton… MAJOR: General Studies.

ROBERT BROWN

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MVP following 2009 season... selected to play in the 2009 Georgia Coaches North-South game... gained 770 yards in junior season... coached by Cedric Risper. PERSONAL: Full name is Rinaldo Robert Brown… born October 13, 1990 in Macon, Ga., … most treasured possession is a photo of his mother who passed away when he was 13 years old… cites his mother and his uncle as having the biggest influence on his life because “they both passed when I was young, making me appreciate and be thankful for the people and things that I have in my life… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is the pre-game chant… MAJOR: pre-Exercise Science. r. brown’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 13-12 213 1004 4.7 7 13-12 213 1004 4.7 7

APG 77.2 77.2

r. brown’s career highs Career-high rushing yards –178 on 24 attempts at William & Mary, 12-4-10 Career-high attempts – 24 attempts at William & Mary, 12-4-10 Career-high TDs – 1 vs. Sav. State, 9-4-10, at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10 at The Citadel, 10-23-10, Appalachian State, 11-6-2010, at Western Carolina, 11-13-10, at William & Mary, 12-4-10 at Delaware, 12-18-10 R. BROWN’s career receiving stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 13-12 5 48 9.6 0 13-12 5 48 9.6 0

APG 3.7 3.7

FRESHMAN (2010): Became the first freshman since Adrian Peterson (1998) and first true freshman since Joe Ross (1987) to rush for more than 100 yards in his collegiate debut with 122 yards on 20 carries and a TD against Savannah State… finished the season with 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns to become the first true freshman to total more than 1,000 yards since Joe Ross in 1987… ran for his career-best total of 178 yards on 24 attempts in playoffs against William & Mary... one of six different Eagles with a rushing touchdown against Tigers… scored dramatic four-yard overtime touchdown against Appalachian State that would prove to be the gamewinner against the previously undefeated team… recorded a career-best 178 yards against William & Mary with the Eagles’ first touchdown of the game… ran for a thencareer-best and then-game-high 153 yards against Western Carolina, which included the longest rush of the season with 80-yard touchdown gallop in the third quarter… ran for team-best 66 yards against Coastal Carolina… one-yard run gave Eagles their first touchdown of the game against Chanticleers… scored on three-yard rush for first TD of game against The Citadel… scored on a six-yard up-and-over for a touchdown vs. the Blue Hens in the playoffs, finishing the season with his 1,004 yard total… led the Eagles in rushing in six games with 91 yards on 19 carries in Furman game and 77 yards vs. South Carolina State… named to the SoCon All-Freshman team… also won Freshman of the Week honors on back-to-back weeks for efforts against Appalachian State with game-winning touchdown and against Western Carolina (17 carries, 153 yards, 1 TD)… HIGH SCHOOL: Region I AAAA Offensive Player of the Year... first-team All-Region selection as a senior... helped lead Seminoles to 11-2 record and Elite 8 appearance... rushed for 1,917 yards 274 carries and 22 touchdowns as a senior... averaged 6.99 yards per rush and 147.5 yards per game... had six receptions for 80 yards and one TD... 2009 Macon Touchdown Club Back of the Year and earned "Back of the Week" honors three times... named one of "Middle Georgia's 12 to Treasure" by the Macon Telegraph... All-Middle Georgia first team selection at running back... Westside-Macon team

LONG 16 (ASU) 16 (ASU)

R. BROWN’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 17 vs. Samford, 10-30-10, Career-high receptions – 2 vs. Samford, 10-30-10

FB 5-11 194 So.

Macon, Ga. (Macon-Westside)

LONG 80t (WCU) 80t (WCU)

JOHNATHAN

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BRYANT SLOT 5-9 164 Cairo, Ga. (Cairo)

Jr.

Solid effort in 2011 Spring game with one reception for 26 yards and four carries… SOPHOMORE (2010): Started at slotback, but broke leg in season opener vs. Savannah State and missed the rest of the 2010 season… game yielded four carries (15 yards) and a reception (20 yards)… returned six punts against Tigers (6-47, long 14). FRESHMAN (2009): Started three games and played in 10… registered 10 catches for 129 yards… had highest average per catch on team… caught last-second 16-yard pass from Kyle Collins vs. Furman for first career touchdown… tied career-best with three receptions in that game and had season-best total of 52 yards including long of 31… had three catches vs. Western Carolina… converted Lee Chapple pass, gaining 15 yards on 3rd-and-7 during Eagles’ opening drive vs. Catamounts… finished game with 33 yards… made first career start at Appalachian State… two receptions for 27 yards vs. The Citadel… totaled three total tackles for the year on special teams, including two unassisted at Appalachian State… joined the program in January after gray-shirting during fall 2008… caught three passes for 13 yards in the Blue-White game… HIGH SCHOOL: Earned All-Region honors three years in football… placed at state track meet all four years… lettered in basketball, track and football… played football for coach Tom Fallow… PERSONAL: Born October 6, 1989… his family has been a major influence, “The excitement I give them by playing these sports.”… most admires coach Tom Fallow… enjoys basketball and video games… favorite professional team is Atlanta Falcons… son of Charles Bryant and Maxine Smiley… MAJOR: Business Management.

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Bryant’s career receiving stats Year G-S ATT. YDS APC TD 2009 10-3 10 129 4.0 1 2010 1-1 1 20 20.0 0 11-4 11 149 13.2 0

APG 0.7 20 2.6

LONG 31 (FUR) 20 (SSU) 31 (FUR)

BRYANT’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 52 vs. Furman, 11-14-09 Career-high receptions – 3 on two occasions vs. Western Carolina, 9-19-09, vs. Furman, 11-14-09 Career-high receiving touchdowns – 1 vs. Furman, 11-14-09 (16 yards) BRYANT’s career rushing stats Year 2010

G-S 1-1 1-1

ATT. 4 4

NET 15 15

APC TD 3.8 0 3.8 0

APG 15.0 15.0

LONG 6 (SSU) 6 (SSU)

BRYANT’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 15 on 4 attempts vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Career-high attempts – 4 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Career-high rushing touchdowns –

WILLIE BURDEN TE

6-0 236

87

Jr.

Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro) Makes switch to tight end for 2011 campaign… SOPHOMORE (2010): Saw action in eight games as an offensive lineman… FRESHMAN (2009): made two tackles at UNC… added a solo tackle at Appalachian State… had unassisted tackle in season opener vs. Albany… appeared in six games. HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter for the Blue Devils... twice named Region 2-AAAA All-Region... recorded 81 tackles, six sacks and nine tackles for a loss last season... helped SHS advance to the state playoffs all four years... was on the 2005 State Championship team... during his senior year Statesboro finished 11-2 and advanced to the state quarterfinals... two-year member of the baseball program... played for coach Steve Pennington… PERSONAL: Father, Willie Burden, Sr., played football at N.C. State and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2009... MAJOR: Sport Management.

MICHAEL

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BUTLER FS 5-9 177 Sr.

Stone Mountian, Ga. (Shiloh) JUNIOR (2010): Made first career start at The Citadel and started at safety for nine games, playing in 13 contests… recovered Bulldog fumble near midfield to give ball back to Eagle offense… had key interception vs. Appalachian State with return of 22 yards… recorded five unassisted tackles for total of five in against Mountaineers… had career-best seven tackles against Western Carolina… made the tackle in the endzone for Eagle safety vs. South Carolina State… posted six tackles (3U, 3A) in semifinal playoff game at Delaware… SOPHO-

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MORE (2009): Worked with scout teams… did not see game action… joined the program as a walk-on after attending North Greenville University… HIGH SCHOOL: Earned the Gwinnett County ‘Athlete of the Month’ award… received the Golden Helmet Award… team captain… lettered in football and track… played for Coach Nick Davis… PERSONAL: Born December 31, 1988… his mother has been a major influence, “She has supported me since day one and never has stopped believing in me. And last but not least, God.”… most admires his relative Byron Parker, “He played only one year of college football and made it to the NFL because of hard work and dedication.”… enjoys lifting weights, playing video games and spending time with family and friends… favorite professional teams are Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles… lists Fly and Gucci Man as favorite musicians… son of Charles Butler and Sherry Delaney… MAJOR: Exercise Science. MICHAEL BUTLER’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2010 13-9

23

13

36

0

2.5

1

1

1

3

0

23

13

36

0

2.5

1

1

1

3

0

13-9

MICHAEL BUTLER’s career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 7 at Western Carolina (3U, 4A), 11-13-10 Career-high TFL – 1 at Western Carolina 11-13-10, vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 Career-high interception – 1 vs. Appalachian State, 11-6-2010 (22 yd ret) Forced fumble – at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 Fumble recovery – at The Citadel, 10-23-10

TRAY BUTLER

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WR 5-9 190 So.

Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland) FRESHMAN (2010): Played in all 15 games with starts against Savannah State and Delaware… first career reception with 7-yard catch against Savannah State… play set up field goal for 27-0 Eagle lead over Tigers… picked up a tackle after Savannah State recovered a fumble… made first career touchdown catch and his longest of the year (25 yards) at Coastal Carolina… had two of the Eagles’ five touchdown receptions, including 25-yard catch to start the scoring against Wofford in the playoffs… stat line against the Terriers showed a tie for a career best with two receptions and with a career-best 39 yards… HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to 2009 4AAA All-Region team... 71 career receptions for 1,525 yards... scored 25 career touchdowns for Wolfpack... earned second-team All-Region honors as a junior... named Woodland High School Player of the Year as a junior and senior... played for Coach Scott Schmitt... earned three letters in football and one each in baseball and track and field… named first-team all-region in baseball and led team in batting average… 2010 Georgia state meet qualifier in the 200 meter Dash… selected for numerous offensive player of the week honors… PERSONAL: Born Rotravis Lakwan Butler in Miami, Fla., on January 5, 1992… son of Leartis Butler… two favorite movies are “Taken” and “Don’t Be a Menace to Society”… favorite food is steak…favorite Georgia Southern traditions are the chant before the game and touching the Erk statue… if he could have a ticket to any game, would want to attend the Super Bowl because of the intensity and feel for the game by being there… names his mother as having the biggest influence in his life because “without her, none of this would have happened and I am truly blessed to have her in my life”… MAJOR: Justice Studies.


TRAY BUTLER’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 15-2 2 13 6.5 0 15-2 2 13 6.5 0

APG 0.9 0.9

LONG 19 (SCSU) 19 (SCSU)

TRAY BUTLER’s career highs Career-high rushing yards –13 on 1 attempt vs. S.C. State, 11-27-10 Career-high attempts – 1, on two occasions at Chattanooga, 10-16-10, vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 Career-high TDs – TRAY Butler’s career receiving stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 15-2 13 168 12.9 2 15-2 11 168 12.9 2

APG LONG 11.2 t25(CCU,Wof) 11.2 t25(CCU, Wof)

TRAY butler’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 39 at Wofford, Playoffs, 12-11-10 Career-high receptions – 2 on four occasions vs. Elon, 9-25-10, at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 at Wofford, 12-11-10, at Delaware, 12-18-10 Career-high touchdowns – 1, at Coastal Carolina (25 yards), 9-18-10, at Wofford, playoffs, 12-11-10 (25 yards), 12-11-10

DORIAN BYRD

All-Region, All-County, and All-State… voted by team as "Spirit of the Defense" as a senior... as a junior, recorded 112 tackles and four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown... won team's Most Improved Award as a junior … selected as lineman of the week vs. Jones County in 2008 with two interceptions, including one a touchdown... two-year letterwinner in football … also lettered in track and field with participation in the 110 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles, as well as a member of the 4x100 relay team... PERSONAL: Born September 1, 1992 in Brooklyn, N.Y.… full name is Carlos Ricardo Cave, Jr. … son of Renita Tate… influenced greatly by his family because “they pushed him to become one of the best”… favorite Georgia Southern Tradition is the pre-game chant… MAJOR: General Studies. CAVE’s career defensive stats U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH Year G-S 2010 15-2

20

13

33

0

4.5

0

0

0

1

0

20

13

33

0

4.5

0

0

0

1

0

15-2

CAVE’s career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 10 at Delaware, 12-18-10 (8U, 2A) Career-high TFL – 1 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10, vs. Elon, 9-25-10, vs. Samford, 10-30-10, at Delaware 12-18-10 blocked punt at Coastal Carolina

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LUKE CHERRY PK 6-3 206 So.

OL 6-1 270 So.

Macon, Ga. (Macon-Westside) FRESHMAN (2010): Started all 15 games at left tackle… named to the SoCon All-Freshman team. HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-Region as a senior... graded out an average of 90 percent during senior season... three-time "Lineman of the Week" for Westside-Macon as a senior... named Macon Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week (2009)... coached by Sheddrick Risper. MAJOR: pre-Business Administration.

CARLOS CAVE

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OLB 5-10 206 So.

Macon, Ga. (Macon-Westside) FRESHMAN (2010): First collegiate tackle pulled down SSU quarterback for a one-yard loss… posted three assisted tackles at Navy… blocked punt at Coastal Carolina to position the Eagles at the Chant five-yard line and eventual TD for 10-0 Eagle lead… finished the season in the top 10 in tackles with 33.… made first start vs. Elon and had a then-career-best seven tackles… registered a career-best 10 tackles in starting role in playoff game at Delaware…played in all 15 games… HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-Region pick at inside linebacker as a senior following first-team All-Region selection at outside linebacker as a junior... recorded 85 tackles and six sacks as a senior for the Seminoles... also had one fumble recovery and one interception, scoring touchdowns on each... played for Coach Sheddrick Risper... named

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Jacksonville, Fla. (Providence) REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2010): Saw action against Western Carolina… joined the team as a walk-on after attending Florida State as a student, but did not participate in athletics. HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-State kicker as a senior and second-team all-city selection at kicker… played in two all-star senior bowls… went 9-10 in field goals and had a long field goal of 50 yards as a senior… also had 40 touchbacks that year… played for Coach Paul Peterson… earned three letters in football and two in basketball… captain of nationally ranked Providence basketball team as a senior… PERSONAL: Born Luke Wynton Cherry on April 8, 1990 in Jacksonville, Fla…. mom, Reina, played basketball at Texas Tech… cousin Skip Cherry played basketball at Valdosta State… has made several mission trips to Haiti in the past year… lists Messailler, Haiti, as his favorite place… favorite color is blue… favorite food is his mother’s chicken parmesan… would most want tickets to the World Cup final match because “that tournament carries more bragging rights than all other tournaments”…favorite movie is “Shawshank Redemption”… older brothers Jay and Elliott have had the biggest influence on his life because “they have showed me how to live this life well and do it with great character, passion and joy”… MAJOR: pre-Business Administration. Year

GP

No

Yds

Avg TB FC

60+

Long

2010

1

2

108

54.0

0

0

1

61 (WCU)

1

2

108

54.0

0

0

1

61 (WCU)

Career-high kickoffs – 2 at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 Long: 61, at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 2010 Western Carolina: (2) 61, 47

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LOGAN DAVES

(3), baseball (3) and basketball (2)… played football for coach Donald Chumley… PERSONAL: Born April 20, 1990… No. 1 sports highlight was earning All-City honors twice… his dad has been a major influence, “He coached high school football and that’s what I want to do.”… most admires Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, “He’s always ready for his opponent week in and week out.”… favorite professional teams are the New York Yankees and New York Jets… son of Karl and Deirdre DeMasi… MAJOR: General Studies.

92

OL 6-2 293 RFr.

Blue Ridge, Ga. (Fannin County) FRESHMAN (2010): Joined squad for fall practice… HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Clark Drennan at Fannin County High School… won Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive lineman awards for the Rebels as a junior and senior… started on varsity as a sophomore… PERSONAL: Full name is Logan Prescott Daves… born December 10, 1991… son of Ricky and Sonya Daves… has two brothers, Weston and Chase and one sister Candace… lists his parents as the people he admires most… lists economics as most interesting class he has taken so far at Georgia Southern… MAJOR: Athletic Training.

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BLAKE

DEBARTOLA OL 6-0 261

Jr.

Fayetteville, Ga. (Starr’s Mill) SOPHOMORE (2010): Fixture on the offensive line playing in all 15 games with nine starts… played at center, guard and tackle… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): Joined the team for fall camp roster… was voted “Lineman of the Week” by Eagle fans after making his first collegiate start against Wofford… played in five games… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track… played for Coach Mike Earwood… PERSONAL: Born September 15, 1989 in Atlanta… No. 1 sports highlight was getting a strip and score during one of his high school football games… his father has been a major influence, “He always influences me to do better.”… most admires former Alabama head coach Paul Bear Bryant, “He was a winner.”… enjoys spending time with family and friends… favorite professional team is the Atlanta Braves… son of Frank and Debbie DeBartola… MAJOR: Economics.

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RUSSELL DEMASI QB 6-0 178

Jr.

Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Christian) JUNIOR (2010): Came in at quarterback and scored a one-yard touchdown against South Carolina State in the playoffs… rushed three times for 13 yards against Bulldogs… also saw action in playoff game at Wofford… SOPHOMORE (2009): Joined the team as a walk-on… turned in a memorable performance for the Blue team in the annual spring game… completed 5-of-6 passes for 119 yards during the fourth quarter, including a 56-yard pass to Leander Barney… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Named preseason WTOC-TV ‘Super 11’… twice was named First Team All-Savannah… lettered in football

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Augusta, Ga. (Aquinas/Auburn) JUNIOR (2010): Started at defensive end in 14 games… saw action in every contest… Scooped and scored on Terrier fumble in the playoffs to give Eagles a 14-0 lead… registered six tackles (2U, 4A) at Navy in defensive battle… had seven tackles against Wofford in first meeting, total was his career best… had tackles for loss at Coastal Carolina and versus Appalachian State… forced fumble at Western Carolina to go along with two pass breakups and quarterback hurry… AUBURN: Started at fullback in 2008 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe and suffered injury… missed all but two games the remainder of the season… redshirted in 2007… HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Coach Jim Conner at St. Aquinas… Named Class A All-State honorable mention by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2006… Selected to the 2006 All-Star football team by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association… Played in Georgia NorthSouth All-Star game following senior season… was fifth-ranked fullback nationally and No. 27 overall recruit in Georgia by Rivals.com… ESPN.com ranked Douglas 8th nationally at his position… Selected to the Augusta Chronicle’s “Dream 16” before the 2006 season… PERSONAL: Born June 14, 1989… has five brothers and three sisters… son of Pat and Maggie Douglas… Father, Pat, wore number 9 while playing for the Eagles… he also served as an assistant coach for the Blue and White for three years, including the 1985 season when the Eagles stunned the I-AA world with their first National Championship. MAJOR: General Studies. DOUGLAS’ career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT TFL SKS FF FR INT PBU QH 2010 15-14 15-14 .5

12 12

21 21

33 33

2.5 2.5

0 0

2 2

1 1

0 0

2 2

2 2

DOUGLAS’ career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 7 vs. Wofford (3U 4A) 10-9-10 Career-high TFL – 1 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10, 1 vs. Appalachian State,11-6-10 Career-high PBU - 2 at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 Career-high fumble recovery - 1, at Wofford, 12-11-10, returned for 20y TD Career-high touchdown - 1, at Wofford, 12-11-10, 20-yard fumble recovery


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DUBOSE’s career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 15 vs. Albany, 9-5-09 (5U, 10A) Career-high TFL – 3 at Samford, 11-7-09 Career-high sacks – 2 at Furman,11-15-08 Career-high fumble recovery - 1 on two occasions, at Citadel, 10-23-10; vs. Western Carolina 9-17-09 (57 yd return) Career-high rushing attempts – 1 for 12 yards vs. Wofford, 10-9-10

DE 6-1 235 Sr.

Norcross, Ga. (Norcross) Will miss the 2011 season as he rehabilitates a leg injury. JUNIOR (2010): Moved to starting role at defensive end after solid year at linebacker in 2009… started 10 games at defensive end until season-ending injury to leg in Western Carolina game… Recorded a tackle for loss (2 yards) with Carson Hill against Savannah State… forced a fumble on Tiger QB keeper… one of four Eagles with six tackles (3U,3A) in tight defensive contest at Navy … set a career best with two tackles for loss, including a 10-yard loss on sack of Navy QB Ricky Dobbs… ran for 12 yards from punt formation on fourth-and-three to pick up the Eagle first down against Wofford…had a tackle for loss against Chattanooga, The Citadel and Samford…had a fumble recovered at The Citadel… registered 3.5 sacks on the year… SOPHOMORE (2009): Eagles’ top tackler with 85 and made a permanent move to D-line in spring 2010… played in all 11 games, starting 10… Opened the season with career-high and team season-best 15 tackles with five solos and 10 assists vs. Albany… also split a tackle for loss in that contest… Three double-digit performances in tackles on the season… Top tackler vs. Chattanooga with 10… Had 11 tackles at Appalachian State to tie for game-high total… also had 1.5 tackles for loss against Mountaineers… Three tackles for loss along with share of team-high total 8 tackles at Samford… Recorded game-high eight tackles at UNC which included six unassisted… Paced defense with nine tackles at South Dakota State… had nine stops at Elon and one tackle for sevenyard loss… two tackles vs. Western Carolina, but picked up a fumble in second quarter and ran it back for 57 yards… recovery led to Georgia Southern touchdown drive… had three tackles for loss against Samford… FRESHMAN (2008): SoCon All-Freshman Team… worked way into a starting role by the season’s end… capped his rookie year with season-high 10 tackles (nine solo stops), including two sacks, in the win at #14 Furman… that performance earned him the SoCon ‘Defensive Player of the Week’ award… recorded a team-leading eight tackles at Western Carolina, playing every snap… made his first collegiate start the week before against Appalachian State and would start four of the final five games… three tackles at The Citadel… 3-yard tackle for loss against Samford… began career with two assisted tackles at Georgia… also recorded two tackles against Northeastern, Wofford and Chattanooga… made a tackle against Elon and App State… HIGH SCHOOL: Named Gwinnett County’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’… Honorable Mention All-State… First Team All-County… recorded 174 tackles during his senior year, including 23 tackles for a loss and six sacks… helped Norcross HS win the Region 7-AAAAA titles in 2006 and 2007… selected to participate in the GACA and Gwinnett County All-Star game… played for coach Pat Standard and Keith Maloof… PERSONAL: Born November 4, 1989 in Grady… No. 1 sports highlight was playing in the Furman game… his family and coach Standard have been a major influence, “They keep me going.”… most admires Ray Lewis, “He’s a beast holding down the middle.”… favorite professional team is the Atlanta Falcons… enjoys southern music, rap, T.I., Jeezy and Gucci… son of Anthony and Julia Dubose… MAJOR: Sport Management. DUBOSE’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2008 11-4 2009 11-10 2010 10-10 32-24

16 47 16 79

16 38 13 67

32 85 29 146

2 0 3.5 5.5

4 8 6.5 18.5

0 0 1 1

0 1 1 2

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0

0 0 2 2

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OLB 5-10 213 Sr. Griffin, Ga. (Spalding)

JUNIOR (2010): Played in 11 games for Eagles… recorded tackles in three games… led White defense with seven total tackles as starting OLB in 2011 Georgia Southern spring game… added 1.5 tackles for loss for four yards… HIGH SCHOOL: Inducted into the Spalding High School National Honor Society… member of the Beta Club… All-Regional honorable mention selection at defensive end for Tommy Gilstrap… earned three letters in wrestling with a fifth-place finish in area meet as a senior… also won three letters in track with a secondplace finish in the shot put as a junior to help squad to region title… PERSONAL: Full name is Marcus Bernard Duvall… born December 12, 1989… son of Carolyn Jefferson and J.C. Allen… has a sister, Melissa… most admires his mother, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Barack Obama… his mother has had the greatest influence on his life because “she has shown me how hard work and perseverance pays off”… listens to Renegade by Jay-z to get ready to play or practice… favorite food is hot wings… favorite sports team is the Atlanta Falcons… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is the flight of Freedom to the field… MAJOR: Communication Studies.

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CHARLIE EDWARDS P 5-11 209 Sr. Tifton, Ga. (Tift)

JUNIOR (2010): All-SoCon first-team pick at punter by Coaches and Media Association… main factor in Eagles’ top national ranking in net punting (39.16 average yards per game)… led the SoCon with 41.0 punting average, good for third on the Georgia Southern single-season list… ranks 16th nationally in NCAA in career punting average (40.2)… 56 punts during 2010 campaign put him seventh on the Georgia Southern single-season total… averaged 40.4 yards per punt (7-283) at Navy, twice pinning the Middies inside their own 10-yard line… had a long punt of 53 yards to put Navy at its own three… registered a tackle at Navy after a short punt… boomed a 50-yard punt to back Chanticleers up in their own territory after stalled GS drive at start of fourth quarter… duplicated the effort late in the fourth quarter against Coastal to start drive on the 10… also handled kickoffs at start of year, had eight against Coastal Carolina for average of 57.6… put Terriers on their own one-yard line where the Eagle defense was able to pop the ball loose for a defensive score… best game average came at The Citadel (4157) for 47.2 per punt average… threw 14-yard pass to longsnapper Carter Jones to pick up an Eagle first down against South Carolina State with the drive ending in a Mora field goal… tied season high with seven punts in Appalachian State game… also had two kickoffs in that

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contest… long punt of the 2010 campaign came at Western Carolina (62)… SOPHOMORE (2009): Ranked 34th nationally in average yards per punt at 39.62… launched a 49-yard punt in season opener vs. Albany… punted four times in first quarter, averaging 44.8 yards per punt at Elon… season high nine punts at Elon… punted eight times at UNC for an 40.0 average… pinned three punts inside the 20-yard line… one was downed at the 1-yard line… averaged 48.2 yards on four punts, including two over 60-yards into the wind vs. Chattanooga… had a 68-yard punt in first quarter of Appalachian State game for long career long… had seven kickoffs for 2009 taking over those responsibilities in last two games… averaged 63.5 yards per kick in six tries… had 70-yard kickoff vs. Furman… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): SoCon All-Freshman Team… won the starting punting duties in spring 2008 after transferring from UAB… ranked most of the year as one of the top punters in the SoCon but slipped to fifth in the final rankings averaging 40 yards per punt… still good enough to finish 45th nationally and ranked seventh among the GS season ‘Top 10’ leaders… in his Eagle debut at Georgia punted six times for a 44 yard average, including a long of 55 yards in his first kick… that was one of two kicks he booted for 50-plus yards and put one inside the 20-yard line… put two of his four punts versus Austin Peay inside the 20-yard line… two weeks later against Northeastern averaged 43.7 yards on three punts… in the Elon game called upon six times for a 46-yard average, including three kicks of 50-plus yards and three inside the 20-yard line… booted a season-long 59-yarder in that game… three punts against Wofford and 39-yard average… four punts at Chattanooga for 43.8 average, including a 53-yard kick and put one inside the 20… had two kicks at Western Carolina, including a 56-yard and put one inside the 20… six kicks at The Citadel averaging 38.3 yards… booted a 56-yarder but also had one blocked (only blocked kick all year)… put one of his three punts against Samford inside the 20… matched season-high of seven punts at Furman but placed five of those inside the 20… displayed a strong, accurate leg to beat out the competition during the spring drills… averaged 43 yards on three kicks during the Blue-White game, including a long of 51 yards and put one punt inside the 20-yard line… AT UAB: Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and baseball… earned all-state honors as both a kicker and punter… member of the 2006 regional championship… voted team captain… played for coach Jay Walls… PERSONAL: Born May 28, 1989 in Louisville, Kentucky… No. 1 sports highlight was winning the regional championship… his family has been a major influence, “They push me every day to do my best.”… most admires Brett Favre, “He never gives up.”… his sister Ashley plays soccer at Georgia State and his brother Joe plays at Western Kentucky… enjoys music and hanging out… favorite professional teams are the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons… enjoys listening to anything country… son of Steve and Laura Edwards… MAJOR: Public Relations. EDWARD’s career PUNTING stats Year GP No Yds Avg I-20 FC 2008 2009 2010

11 11 15 37

48 61 56 165

1918 2417 2298 6633

40 39.6 41.0 40.2

14 18 19 51

6 18 24 48

50+

Long

8 8 13 29

59 (ELON) 68 (ASU) 62 (Wcu) 68 (ASU)

EDWARDS’ career HIGHS Career-high punts – 9 at Elon, 9-26-09 Career-high passing attempts – 1 (1 completion, 14 yards to LS Carter Jones), vs. South Carolina State, playoffs, 11-27-10 EDWARDs’ career KICKOFF stats Year GP No Yds Avg TB FC 2008 2009 2010

11 11 14

0 7 17

0 429 963

0 61.3 56.6

0 0 0

0 0 0

36

24

1392

58.0

0

0

60+

Long

0 5 70 (FUR) 5 66 (CC-Elon) 10

70 (FUR)

Career-high kickoffs – 8 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10 Long: 70 vs. Furman, 11-14-2009 2009: Elon: (1) 48 Furman: (2) 70, 58 The Citadel: (4) 62, 62, 65, 62 010: Coastal: (8) 66, 59, 66, 60, 56, 50, 58, 46 Elon: (7) 66, 59, 56, 65, 54, 55, 44 Appalachian State: (2) 59, 44

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DT 6-1 251 RFr.

Covington, Ga. (Newton County) FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted… Two tackles recorded for loss of 10 yards (3, 7 sack) for White defense in 2011 Spring game… had three tackles total. HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Coach Nick Collins at Newton High School… honorable mention at offensive tackle for all-state honors as a junior and senior… selected to first team All-Region and All-County as an offensive and defensive lineman … also tabbed as first-team All-Newton County Offense and Defense... three-year letterman in football and served as team captain his junior and senior years… also lettered in track and field… served as Rams defensive captain with 65 tackles and team-leading eight sacks... also recorded 21 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 10 quarterback pressures... played for Coach Nick Collins… PERSONAL: Born in Columbia, S.C., on December 5, 1991… son of Joe and Angy Ejike… goes by the nickname of “Jik”…has three other siblings Nancy, Kingsley, and Chris… most admires his mother… favorite song to listen to before games or practice is Vice Versa by Pastor Troy… MAJOR: pre-Exercise Science.

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DARIUS EUBANKS OLB 6-0 207

Jr.

Thomson, Ga. (Thomson) SOPHOMORE (2010): Forced an Appalachian State fumble in overtime to secure Eagle victory over then-top-ranked Mountaineers… ranked fifth in tackles among all Eagles with 56 (35U, 21A)… tallied four solo tackles against Mountaineers… also had four solo tackles against Savannah State as well as a pass breakup… one assisted tackle at Navy… recovered fumble at Furman to go along with two passes broken up at Furman… … had career-best and team-high 11 (7U, 4A) tackles in Wofford playoff game… had eight tackles against Terriers in the first meeting… recorded six tackles at The Citadel and five each at Western Carolina and William & Mary… registered 13 starts and missed only the Coastal Carolina game… FRESHMAN (2009): Selected to SoCon All-Freshman team… second on team in tackles with 58… Played in all 11 games with 10 starts… third among returners with 4.0 tackles for loss… Posted season-high nine tackles at Wofford… also forced a fumble against Terriers… led the Eagles with five tackles vs. Western Carolina… had one tackle for a five-yard loss vs. Catamounts and one sack for a loss of five yards… tallied eight total tackles at Appalachian State… grabbed first career interception at Samford and returned it for 10 yards… recovered fumble vs. The Citadel after delivering the hit on the receiver… Recorded eight tackles to tie for game-high honors vs. The Citadel… total vs. Bulldogs included seven solos… averaged 6.0 solo tackles per game in last two contests… had two forced fumbles for 2009, one at Wofford and one vs. The Citadel… two pass breakups, one in season opener vs. Albany, one vs. Chattanooga… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years for coach Luther Welsh... played mainly wide receiver until midway through his junior year when injuries to the team forced a move to free safety... twice named First Team Augusta Chronicle/WJBF All-Area at defensive back... two-time All-State pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, earning First Team honors his senior year and was Honorable Mention


in 2007...recorded six interceptions in just five games in 2007, for 128 return yards and one touchdown... finished with 23 tackles... recorded 55 tackles and four interceptions his senior year... set up game-winning touchdown against rival Washington-Wilkes after returning a fumble 18 yards... averaged 24 yards on three punt returns... caught 11 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns in limited time at wide receiver... also lettered in track and basketball... clocked a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. MAJOR: Sport Management. eubanks’ career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2009 11-10 2010 14-13 25-23

30 35 65

28 21 49

58 56 114

1 0 1

4 4.5 8.5

2 2 4

1 1 2

1 0 1

2 4 6

0 1 1

EUBANKS’ career highs Career-high tackles – 11 at Wofford, 12-11-10 (7U, 4A) Career-high TFL – 1 on seven occasions Career-high sacks – 1 vs. Western Carolina, 9-19-09 Career-high PBU – 2 at Furman, 11-20-10 Career-high INT – 1 at Samford, 11-7-09 Career-high fumble recovery – 1 on two occasions vs. The Citadel, 11-14-09, at Furman, 11-20-10

MARKUS FARMER WR 5-10 165

win… also had an interception against Bulldogs late in Paulson playoff game to put the Eagle offense back on the field and add a touchdown… had seven games with three total tackles… posted 6.5 tackles for loss, including two during S.C. State playoff game, during freshman campaign… HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Kenny Dallas at Landmark Christian Academy… Atlanta Journal-Constitution First-Team All-State selection as senior... Offense-Defense All-American in 2009... Region 5A Defensive Player of the Year... three-time member of Region 5A first team as a sophomore, junior and senior... earned Region 5A honorable mention recognition as a freshman... Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State honorable mention… lettered all four years… named team captain as a senior… also played basketball for three seasons… PERSONAL: Born in Douglasville, Ga., on October 23, 1991… son of Aron and Marianne Gebhardt… Father played football at West Georgia and mother played basketball at Valdosta State University… he cites his parents as having the biggest influence in his life because “they never gave up on him and have pushed him to many limits, making him a better person”… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is riding the yellow buses… MAJOR: pre-Communication Arts. GEBHARDT’S career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH

86

Jr.

Savannah, Ga. (Windsor Forest) HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Coach Mike Martin at Windsor Forest High School… totaled 700 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns for Knights as a senior… recorded 55 tackles and had three interceptions and a fumble recovery… threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns as a junior as Windsor Forest went 7-4 and served as host for a 3-5A playoff game… PERSONAL: Born Markus Deon Farmer on July 26, 1990 in Tacoma, Wash… has five brothers and sisters… son of Tanzania Butler and Larry Farmer… most admires his mother and says she has had the biggest influence on his life because” she has always been there for me and has my best interest at heart”… enjoys playing basketball and video games… favorite movie is “Remember the Titans”… most interesting class taken so far at Georgia Southern is Intro to Sport Management… MAJOR: Sport Management.

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JOSH GEBHARDT

2010 15-6 15-6

17 17

16 16

33 33

1.5 1.5

6.5 6.5

0 0

1 1

1 1

1 1

1 1

GEBHARDT’S career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 4 vs. Samford, 10-30-10 (2U, 2A) Career-high TFL – 2 vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 Career-high sack – 1 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Career-high interception – 1 vs. South Carolina State (4 yards), 11-27-10 Recorded safety vs. Wofford, 10-9-10 Career-high fumble recovery – 1 vs. S. Carolina St. (34-yard return for TD) Career-high touchdown – 1 vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 34-yard fumble return

MATT GILBERT C

6-2

249

Marietta, Ga. (Walton)

35 RFr.

FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-Region 6-5A... first-team All-Cobb County... Cobb County Senior Bowl participant...three-year starter for Raiders...coached by Rocky Hidalgo... PERSONAL: Parents are Jimmy and Rhonda Gilbert. MAJOR: Undecided.

DE 6-2 222 So.

Douglasville, Ga. (Landmark Christian) FRESHMAN (2010): Played in all 15 games and started six games, replacing injured Dion DuBose for the Furman game and four playoff games… also started at Chattanooga… picked up first career sack (10 yards) against Savannah State… registered three solo tackles versus Tigers… three tackles at Navy (1U, 2A)… named to the SoCon AllFreshman team… scored safety for Eagles by tackling Wofford quarterback in the endzone for first GSU points… picked up South Carolina State fumble and ran 34-yards for an Eagle touchdown in playoff

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MIGUEL GILMORE

first one by the school in 20 years… his brother has been a major influence, “He pushed me to have a good work ethic.”… enjoys fishing, basketball, golf and spending time with friends… favorite professional team is the Carolina Panthers… lists George Strait as his favorite musician… son of Robert and Beverly Gray… MAJOR: Business Administration (Logistics).

SLOT 5-8 178 Sr.

JUNIOR (2010): Set up final Eagle score in Savannah State win with 43-yard rush… carried twice for 46 yards in that game… saw action in seven games… ran for 38 yards on seven carries for White team in 2011 Spring game… JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., for Mike Turk… ran for seven touchdowns and 402 yards as a sophomore for the Hawks… averaged 21.9 yards as a kick returner… all-conference pick as a kick returner… HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain for Ocoee High School as a junior and senior… named athlete of the year… had 400 yards rushing and 66 tackles as a junior… followed up that season with 503 yards and 8 touchdowns for the 8-3 Knights… also pulled down 12 receptions for 270 yards… listed in the record book three times for receiving single-game marks… averaged 38.5 yards per kick return… played for Coach Greg Dailer… won leadership award his senior season… won three letters in football… also ran track and field winning two letters… competed in weightlifting… PERSONAL: Full name is Miguel Lamar Gilmore…. Born July 27, 1989 in St. Petersburg, Fla…. youngest of five children… son of Teresa Richardson and Feron Gilmore, Sr., … most interesting class taken so far at Georgia Southern is Sports Psychology… most treasured possession is his Bible… MAJOR: Sport Management. GIlmore’s CAREER rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 7-0 3 44 14.7 0 7-0 3 44 14.7 0

APG 6.3 6.3

LONG 43 (SSU) 43 (SSU)

GIlmore’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 46 on 2 attempts vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Career-high attempts – 2 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-2010

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CHRIS GRAY OT 6-5 278

Jr.

SOPHOMORE (2010): Played in seven games including appearances vs. S.C. State and at Wofford for playoffs…REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): Appeared in four games… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… signed with the Eagles in February 2007… enrolled at Georgia Southern in January 2008… HIGH SCHOOL: Missed the first part of his senior year with an injury… earned Associated Press Class A All-State honors as an offensive lineman… ranked among The State’s ‘Top 50’ list… twice earned All-Region accolades… registered 48 knockdown blocks in just eight games… team won the 2006 regional championship… participated in the 2006 SCADA North-South All-Star game… team advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs… played for coach John Cann… three year starter… lettered in football, basketball and golf… PERSONAL: Born January 13, 1989 in Landrum, South Carolina… brother Sean lettered in football for the Eagles… No. 1 sports highlight was winning region championship his junior year, the

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PK 5-11 200 Sr.

Crosby, Tx. (Crosby/Blinn College) Launched three 70-yard kickoffs in the Savannah State game and averaged 63.0 yards on career-best nine kickoffs… forced Savannah State to start at its own goal line for two of its first three drives… had long of 70 yards on eight occasions during season… on-side kick against Wofford was recovered by Georgia Southern… had eight kickoffs in S.C. State playoff game… saw action in 13 games… BLINN COLLEGE: Member of 10-1 national championship team in 2009… team won back to back Southwest Junior College Football Conference titles in 2008 and 2009… Made 10-10 PATs in freshman year for Buccaneers… had a 37-yard field goal against Cisco College… named first-team All-Conference in sophomore season asCam Newton was a member of the 2009 team… HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Kevin Flanigan at Crosby High School … named first-team All-District and thirdteam All-Region… PERSONAL: Full name is Charles William Greer… born October 31, 1987 in Jacksonville, Fla.… son of Jeff and Debbie Greer… one of five children… married December 2009 to wife Lauren, a current Georgia Southern student… most interesting class taken so far is Business Legal Environment… most admires Blinn College Coach Brad Franchione… favorite color is blue… favorite meal is steak and potatoes… plays soccer and would want a ticket to the World Cup final because “it’s the biggest game on earth,” … most treasured possession is his national championship ring… favorite tradition at Georgia Southern is riding the yellow school buses to Paulson Stadium… MAJOR: Finance. GREER’s career KICKOFF stats Year GP No Yds Avg TB FC

60+

Long

2010

13

57

3437

60.3

6

0

35

70 (mult)

2010

13

57

3437

60.3

6

0

35

70 (mult)

Career-high kickoffs – 9 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Long: 70 on 8 occasions, last in game at Wofford, 12-11-10

Landrum, Sc. (Landrum)

40

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BILLY GREER

Orlando, Ga. (Ocoee/Huntington)

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SSU: (9) 70, 70, 70, 60, 64, 49, 57, 58, 60 Navy: (2) 61, 58 Wofford: (5) 60, 68, 55, 14 (on-side, rec GSU), 61 Chattanooga: (4) 69, 65, 60, 66 The Citadel: (5) 55, 63, 60, 61, 50 Samford: (3) 53, 63, 59 Appalachian State: (1) 55 Furman: (6) 50, 15, 56, 60, 63, 62 Delaware: (3) 65, 64, 60 S.C. State: (8): 70, 70, 70, 60, 39 70, 70, 45 W&M: (6): 55, 62, 64, 63, 51, 67 Wofford (12-11): (5) 70, 70, 68, 64, 44


DEREK HEYDEN S

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6-1 193 Sr.

Atlanta, Ga. (Marist)

JUNIOR (2010): Started in every game for the second straight year… played in every game for the Eagles in three-year career… second among Eagles in tackles with 98 total (62U, 36A)… had solo tackle to prevent SSU first down in season opener… one of four GSU defenders with six tackles (6A) against Midshipmen… thwarted Coastal threat in second quarter by intercepting Zach MacDowell pass to put ball back in Eagles’ hands and GS touchdown on subsequent drive… interception was first of his career… lead team in tackles on five occasions and tied previous career best with eight tackles against Elon… registered seven tackles against Wofford, including three tackles for loss… nine tackles against The Citadel to lead Georgia Southern for second-straight game after recording team-high 12 against Chattanooga the week before… tied Brent Russell for leaderboard on tackles against Samford with eight each… also had a tackle for loss in that game… shared team lead with Russell again with six tackles against Appalachian State… forced critical fumble in fourth quarter of Furman game as Eagles recovered and would score gamewinning touchdown on their next drive…recorded two tackles for loss against Paladins… had six tackles at William & Mary… solid coverage in Wofford playoff game prevented a Terrier touchdown in the third quarter… SOPHOMORE (2009): One of two Eagle defensive returners to start all 11 games… recorded third-highest unassisted tackles among the Eagles with 33… fifth on the list with 55 total tackles… tied career-best with eight tackles in South Dakota State game… also tied mark with six unassisted tackles, two assists for eight total at Wofford… posted one tackle for loss against Terriers… had six tackles, all in the first quarter, at UNC (5UA, 1A)… scooped up a Appalachian State fumble and raced 38 yards for his first collegiate touchdown… had six tackles in opener vs. Albany… posted back-to-back games with five tackles at Samford and vs. Furman… FRESHMAN (2008): SoCon All-Freshman Team… played in all 11 games as a true-freshman… started at free safety against Austin Peay, Wofford, Chattanooga, Appalachian State, Citadel and Samford… opened his collegiate career with an assisted tackle at Georgia… in his first start made four tackles and broke up a pass against Austin Peay… two stops against Northeastern… season-high eight tackles against Wofford… seven tackles in the win at Chattanooga… five tackles versus App State… two stops at Western Carolina… made five in the triple-overtime win at The Citadel… solo stop against Samford and Furman… also displayed writing skills as he wrote a guest blog for SouthernPigskin.com and GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com… HIGH SCHOOL: Played on both offense (running back) and defense (secondary) for Marist HS… recorded 512 yards on 72 carries (7.1 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns… caught seven passes for 106 yards and averaged 18 yards on seven kickoff returns… on the defensive end recorded 50 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions… continues long line of football recruits from Marist, including former Eagle Chris Ashkouti… missed most of his junior year with a broken ankle… named First Team All-County… selected Most Valuable Back at Marist… PERSONAL: Born July 5, 1989 in Minnesota… No. 1 sports highlight was against Washington scoring a 20-yard touchdown to send it into overtime then scoring the gamewinning TD… his dad has been a major influence, “He has taught me everything I know growing up and has been at every one of my sporting events, always pushing me to get better.”… lists favorite professional teams as Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Hawks… favorite music groups are: 3 Doors Down, Young Jeezy and Akon… son of Mike and Lori Heyden… MAJOR: Business Management.

Heyden’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2008 11-7 16 2009 11-11 33 2010 15-15 62 37-33 111

20 22 36 78

36 55 98 189

0 0 0 0

0 1 7.5 8.5

0 1 3 4

0 1 0 1

0 0 3 3

1 2 5 8

0 0 1 1

Heyden’s career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 12 at Chattanooga (7U, 5A, 10-16-10) Career-high interception – 1 on three occasions at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10, at WCU, 11-13-10, vs. S. Carolina St., 11-27-10 Career-high touchdown – 1 at Appalachian State, 10-24-09 38-yd fumble return Defensive PAT - 1 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10

NICO HICKEY

20

SLOT 5-10 191 Sr.

Columbus, Ga. (Pacelli Catholic) JUNIOR (2010): Scored two TDs for Blue team in 2011 Blue White Game… first score came off a five-yard run in first quarter… second was a 1-yard reception from Jerick McKinnon… connected on his pass to Jerick McKinnon in 2011 Spring game to start final scoring drive for Blue team… 24 of his total yards against Savannah State came in one drive, (rushing 3-17, receiving 1-11)… 11-yard catch put Eagles inside the Tigers 10-yard line to set up 17-0 GSU lead… had careerbest 40-yard reception against Wofford on third-and-11 to set up an Eagle touchdown in the fourth quarter… 17-yard run on third-and-four kept the Eagles’ drive alive for first score against Paladins… earned five starts and played in 12 games… broke collarbone in the NCAA playoff game against South Carolina State… SOPHOMORE (2009): Made first career start at Samford and pulled in two receptions for eight yards… moved to wide receiver during spring 2009 … caught a 2-yard pass during the Blue-White game… FRESHMAN (2008): Played in games against Georgia, Northeastern, Elon, Western Carolina, The Citadel, Samford and Furman… saw time on defense and special teams… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in football, basketball and baseball… selected team captain his senior year… Second Team All-Bi-City as a safety his senior year and Honorable Mention his junior year… First Team All-Region 4-A as a defensive back in football and utility player in baseball… during his junior year earned Second Team All-Region honors at DB… football team advanced to the quarterfinals his junior year… member of the Class A baseball state championship team… played for coach Jeff Battles… PERSONAL: Born August 7, 1990 in Columbus… No. 1 sports highlight was winning the state baseball title… full name is Byron Nico Hickey… his parents have been a major influence, “Their great support in every sport I have played and opportunity to be successful in everything I do.”… most admires NFL wide receiver Santonio Holmes, “He’s a tremendous athlete and electrifying player.”… enjoys basketball, baseball, listening to music, playing video games and competing with his little brother… favorite musicians are Lil Wayne and Drake… son of Byron and Sandra Hickey… MAJOR: Chemistry. Hickey’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. YDS APC TD 2008 7-0 0 0 0.0 0 2009 11-1 2 8 4.0 0 2010 12-5 4 71 17.8 0 30-6 6 79 13.2 0

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LONG 0 7 40 (WOF) 40 (WOF)

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hickey’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 40 vs. Wofford, 10-9-10 Career-high receptions – 1 on three occasions vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10, Wofford, 10-9-10 1 vs. S.C. State Hickey’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 12-5 28 179 6.4 0 12-5 28 179 6.4 0

APG 14.9 14.9

LONG 37 (ELON) 37 (ELON)

hickey’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 63 on 4 attempts vs. Elon, 9-25-10 Career-high attempts – 4 vs. Elon, 9-25-10

CARTER JONES

89

LS 5-11 220 Sr. Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt)

JUNIOR (2010): Has not missed a snap in his career as model of consistency at long snapper working with the Eagle kickers and punters… SOPHOMORE (2009): Took every snap on special teams units for Eagles at long-snapper… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Started at long snapper in all 11 games… assisted on a tackle in the Wofford game… part of a special teams unit that had only one punt in 49 attempts blocked… actually grew out his hair during the season then during the off-season had it cut and donated it to Locks of Love… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… part of the 90-man roster to start fall camp… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, baseball and swimming… Second Team Region 1-5A honors in baseball… team captain in football and baseball… played for coach Tim Cokely… PERSONAL: Born January 21, 1989 in Moultrie… No. 1 sports highlight was being voted runner-up for the 11th Hour’s ‘Favorite Local Athlete’… his father has been a major influence, “he has been an amazing role model, coach and friend and he has supported me through good times and the bad… most admires coach Eric McCranie, “He taught me in only one year what kind of responsibility I hold as an athlete of my school or image of the team I represent.”… his brother Trey played soccer at Delta State… enjoys baseball, surfing and pool… favorite professional team is the Atlanta Braves… favorite musical group is the Allman Brothers Band… “gets the chills every Saturday” from his favorite Georgia Southern tradition of riding the yellow school buses to Paulson Stadium... son of Bob and Traci Jones… MAJOR: Communication Studies.

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OMARI JONES DE 6-0 216 RFr.

Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy’s Mill) FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Mundy’s Mill High School for Coach Peniel J. Dany… selected defensive MVP as a senior… named to All-Region first-team defense at linebacker… started as free safety as a sophomore, recording 6 interceptions and 31 tackles… recorded 54 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 tackles for loss as a junior in starting roles as a linebacker and strong safety… started at strong safety and outside linebacker as a senior… led Tigers as a senior with 82 tackles and seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three tackles for loss… defensive captain as a junior... captain of team as a senior… recorded 54 tackles during 2008 season... graduated on the A/B honor roll and was a member of the Region 4 6-A All-Academic team... earned three-star ranking from Rivals.com … PERSONAL: Born in Atlanta, Ga., on September 13, 1991… parents are Marcellus and Onetha Jones...has a brother, Mandela, who is a Georgia Southern graduate… he most admires his parents for all of their sacrifices, God for making everything possible and Sean Taylor (favorite football player)… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is riding the school buses to the game… MAJOR: Education.

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BRANDON LANE DB 5-8 170

Jr.

Marietta, Ga. (Harrison)

SOPHOMORE (2010): Played in season opener vs. Savannah State and saw action in overtime win over Appalachian State… Joined the team as a walk-on… HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain… lettered in lacrosse (3), football (3) and basketball… named ‘Academic Player of the Year’ at Harrison HS… named All-County on defense… played for coach Bruce Cobleigh… PERSONAL: Born July 22, 1989 in Atlanta… No. 1 sports highlight was beating Lowndes County HS at their place his senior year… his dad has been a major influence, “He always pushed me in everything I do.”… most admires Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, “He is very passionate about what he does. He’s a force on defense and brings intensity every time he plays.”… enjoys lacrosse, serving as an intern at the vet and swimming… lists the Celtics as his favorite professional team… favorite musician is Lil Wayne… son of Scott and Lynda Lane… MAJOR: Biology.


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ZACH LONAS OG 6-1 270 So.

DB 5-9 160 So.

Acworth, Ga. (Etowah)

Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

FRESHMAN (2010): Provided immediate help to offensive line, playing in 13 games and starting against Savannah State and Navy at guard… helped Eagles to season-best rushing total of 432 yards and six touchdowns and 540 yards of total offense… HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year captain and three-year letterwinner for Etowah High School… threeyear starter and two-way player at offensive line and defensive tackle... All-Cherokee County Gridiron Club selection as a junior and senior... helped Eagles to 8-2 overall record and region championship as a senior with 350 yards per game in offense (262 rushing, 88 passing)... recorded 29 tackles including four tackles for loss and two sacks... had 11 hurries and a fumble recovery... coached by Bill Stewart… PERSONAL: Born in Marietta, Ga., on October 22, 1991 to Jake and Christie Lonas… full name is Zachary Wayne Lonas… one of six chidren… favorite color is blue.. favorite food is pizza… MAJOR: pre-Exercise Science.

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BRANDAVIOUS

MANN C

6-2 258 Sr.

Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons) JUNIOR (2010): Calm veteran moved to center position… played in all 15 games and started in all but Navy game… SOPHOMORE (2009): Played and started in seven games at left tackle, making first collegiate start at Wofford and holding onto starting spot for remainder of season… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Saw action in five games off the bench on the offensive line… played against Elon, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Samford and Furman… helped the offense rank 20th nationally in passing offense (247 ypg) and scoring offense (31.8 ppg) while finishing the year ranked 37th in total offense (383.6 ypg)… team led the SoCon in passing while finishing third in scoring and fourth in total offense… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… signed with the Eagles in February 2007 as a member of coach Hatcher’s first recruiting class… HIGH SCHOOL: Named Third Team All-Middle Georgia on three occasions… National Football Foundation Senior ScholarAthlete award… team captain… lettered two years in football and once in track… two year starter on offensive line… Offensive MVP his senior year… played for coach Rodney Walker… PERSONAL: Born August 22, 1989 in Forsyth… his family has been a major influence, “because of their support.”… most admires Coach Pat Burdette, “for his knowledge and dedication to the game of football.”… enjoys fishing, golf, watching movies and video games… favorite professional teams are Atlanta Hawks and Falcons… favorite musician is Bob Marley… son of Ben and Evelyn Mann… MAJOR: Justice Studies with a minor in Psychology.

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FRESHMAN (2010): Saw action in secondary and on special teams in nine games… at Chattanooga, had six total tackles (4U, 2A) and had one pass broken up… picked up two solo tackles in win over Elon… HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times All-County first team as a senior... garnered second-team honors from Tampa Tribune and honorable mention recognition from St. Pete Times as a junior... voted top corner in the state of Florida as a junior and senior...helped Panthers to 13-1 record and state championship as a senior... part of the 14-1 Plant state championship team as a junior... finished career at Plant with 112 total tackles including 81 solos with 10 interceptions and 50 pass break-ups... also had 13 career tackles for loss... recorded 53 total tackles with 42 solo in senior season... also had three interceptions and 23 pass break-ups... recorded 46 total tackles (30 solo) with five interceptions and 24 pass break-ups as a junior... won Playmaker award as a junior... All-Suncoast first team in 2009 following honorable mention status in 2008... All-Western Conference first team pick as a senior and second team selection as a junior... grabbed two interceptions to go along with 13 total tackles (nine solo) and three pass breakups... Panthers were 53-4 during his career... first four-year varsity letterman under Coach Robert J. Weiner... team captain… also won three letters in track and field… member of the 4x100 All-County relay … PERSONAL: Born in Tampa, Fla., on July 24, 1991…parents are Leroy Blue and Sonya White… has three siblings, Rashad, Simone and Tyrell… he most admires his brother Tyrell because “without him he would not be the person he is today”… listens to “Let’s Go Get Em” by Iceberg before games and practices. MAJOR: Pre- Information Technology.

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WILLIAM MAXWELL OL 6-1 283 Sr.

Quitman, Ga. (Brooks County) JUNIOR (2010): Started Navy game at left guard and then moved to right side for rest of season… appeared in 15 games with 14 starts… voted by Georgia Southern fans as the “Lineman of the Week” for his performance against The Citadel with nine knockdowns in the shutout win… SOPHOMORE (2009): Made first-ever start at start at right guard at UNC after starting nine games in 2008 and 2009 season opener vs. Albany at tackle… recorded one tackle in that game, stopping the Tar Heels after a fumble recovery… played in a total of nine games with six starts… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Played in all 11 games… started nine times at left tackle… graded out on average in the high 70 percent every game… helped the offense rank 20th nationally in passing offense (247 ypg) and scoring offense (31.8 ppg) while finishing the year ranked 37th in total offense (383.6 ypg)… team led the SoCon in passing while finishing third in scoring and fourth in total offense… had to step in as one of the newcomers called upon to fill a void left by five departed seniors and two All-Americans… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… signed with the Eagles in February 2007… HIGH SCHOOL: Team won Region I-AA in 2005… advanced to the playoffs his sophomore and junior year… First Team All-Region honors his senior year…

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started on offensive and defensive line… voted Best Linemen on the team… played for coach Ryan Branch… a standout track athlete as well, placing third at state in the shot put and discus… PERSONAL: Born December 31, 1988 in Jacksonville… full name is William Howard Maxwell, Jr… his father has been a major influence, “He pushes me to do my best year in and year out”… most admires former NFL standout Jerry Rice, “He had the best work ethic and was a phenomenal football player.”… enjoys hanging out with his friends, football, video games, works on bettering himself and the weather… favorite professional team is the Jacksonville Jaguars… has career aspirations to be a psychologist… Kanye West is listed as his favorite musician… son of William Sr. and Leatrice Maxwell… MAJOR: Psychology.

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TREVOR McBURNETT OL 6-1 285 RFr.

Lawerenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge) FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Tabbed first-team All-Region 8-AAAAA as a junior and senior... First-team All-Gwinnett County as a junior and second-team selection as a senior... honorable mention all-state pick at offensive lineman for junior year as Peachtree Ridge finished 12-3 as runner-up in 5A... pre-season all-state selection by Atlanta Journal-Constitution for senior campaign... helped lead team to 10-3 mark and quarterfinals... member of the Lions offensive line that did not allow a sack over 28 games and two years... finished 10th in state weightlifting meet as a senior... Scholar-Athlete award winner... joins current Eagle Mitch Williford in coming from Peachtree Ridge... played for Coach Bill Ballard… PERSONAL: Born February 13, 1992 to Todd and Mia McBurnett in Lawrenceville, Ga…. has a younger sister, Tiffany… would want a ticket to the Super Bowl if had the chance to go because he loves football… most treasured possession is his truck… names Eagle Creek as his favorite part of Georgia Southern lore… MAJOR: Biology.

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St. Mary’s, Ga. (Camden County) REDSHIRT-SOPHOMORE (2010): Recovered blocked punt at Coastal Carolina to set the Eagles up for a quick touchdown and 10-0 lead… intercepted Chants’ Zach MacDowell pass, first interception of his career, and returned for 18 yards in fourth quarter… had two pass breakups and four tackles (2U, 2A) to add to stats at Coastal Carolina… posted five tackles against Wofford in first meeting… picked up one solo tackle and one assist at Navy… had a tackle in the Appalachian State overtime win… played in 12 games. SOPHOMORE (2009): Made four solo stops for the White team during the annual spring game… did not play during regular season. FRESHMAN (2008): Played in nine games as a true-freshman… made his first collegiate start in the season-opener at preseason number one Georgia (bandit)… recorded a season-high three tackles in that contest… also started at bandit against Wofford… did not play in weeks two and three but saw action in every game the rest of the year… made two tackles in consecutive weeks against Wofford and Chattanooga… made an assisted tackle at Western Carolina… solo stop at Furman… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (4),

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track (4) and basketball (2)… First Team All-Region his senior year… First Team All-Coastal Georgia his senior year… earned Second Team All-Region honors his junior year and was named Honorable Mention All-Region as a sophomore… twice helped his team advance to the state semifinals in the Georgia Dome (2004, 2007)… named ‘Special Teams Player of the Year’ in Region 3-AAAAA… named to the GACA North-South All-Star game in 2007… two star athlete by Rivals. com… earned a spot on the Southeast Georgia/North Florida ‘Super 11’… played for coach Jeff Herron… PERSONAL: Born February 22, 1990… No. 1 sports highlight was grabbing two interceptions (one for a touchdown) in the third round of the playoffs to advance to the semifinals his senior year… his father has been a major influence, “He has always been the one to point out my flaws so I’m able to fix them rather than praising my strengths all the time.”… most admires his cousin Roddy White, a wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons, “He’s my big cousin who gave me the inspiration that dreams can in fact come true.”… enjoys playing video games, basketball and relaxing… lists favorite professional teams as Atlanta Braves and Falcons… Lil Boosie listed as favorite musician… son of Alexander Sr. and Eleanor McCray… MAJOR: Sport Management. McCray’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2008 9-2 4 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2010 12-0 8 5 13 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 21-2 12 10 22 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 Career-high tackles – 5 vs. Wofford, 10-9-10 (3U, 1A) Career-high INT – 1 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10 (18-yard return) Career-high PBU – 2 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10

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JERICK McKINNON QB 5-9 232 So.

Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry) Changes number to 1 from 15 worn in 2010… scored three-yard TD in Blue-White game to pull the Blue within one TD (21-14) just seconds before halftime… tossed one-yard TD pass to Nico Hickey to edge the Blue within one point (21-20)… threw for 119 yards in spring game which included a 73-yard long pass to Kentrellis Showers… caught 12yard pass from Blue teammate Nico Hickey to start final scoring drive… FRESHMAN (2010): Picked up first career score against Savannah State, taking over the quarterback duties in the fourth quarter… scampered for 20 yards for touchdown after 22-yard rush helped extend the drive… briefly held record for most rushing attempts in a single game after rushing for top single-game mark of 182 yards on 35 attempts at The Citadel… 84 yards came in second quarter as he helped Eagles to first shutout of an opponent since 2003… rushed for seven of nine plays on the final scoring drive for the final TD in the 20-0 GSU victory… assumed signal calling after Jaybo Shaw was injured early in that game… made first career start against the Samford the following week... had one-yard TD run for first score against the Bulldogs… handed off to Tobi Akinniranye for a 60-yard TD run against Chattanooga… directed Eagles to their third-highest rushing total of the year with 323 yards against South Carolina State… 53-yard rush from the slotback position put Mora within field goal range for the Eagles’ first score vs. Delaware… finished with 101 yards against the Blue Hens for his second 100-yard rushing game of his career… played in 10 games… HIGH SCHOOL: Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team All-State pick at quarterback... tabbed first-team All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association as an athlete...named Region 7 AAAA Player of the Year... three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets... passed for 1,500 yards and ran for 1,300 as a senior... Cobb County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year... played for Coach


Billy Shackelford... member of team that won region championship as a junior… wide receiver MVP for the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100… earned two letters for Yellow Jacket track and field team, running the 100 meter Dash and competing in the long jump and as a member of the 4X100 relay team… PERSONAL: Full name is Jerick Deshun McKinnon… born May 3, 1992 in Atlanta, Ga., … son of Rungie and Frances McKinnon… brother Lester Norwood earned four letters as a free safety at Florida… listens to “Goodbye” by Wiz Khalifa and “Requiem for a Dream” before playing or going to practice… favorite color is green… favorite food is fried chicken… favorite movie is “Friday After Next”… one of the jokesters on the team… loves candy… brother has had the biggest influence on his life because “he has always been there for me and gives me guidance and feedback when needed. I look at him as not just a brother, but as a positive role model I can count on whenever”… MAJOR: Undecided. Mckinnon’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 10-1 109 495 4.5 3 10-1 109 495 4.5 3

APG 49.5 49.5

LONG 53(at UD) 53(at UD)

Mckinnon’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 182 on 35 attempts at The Citadel, 10-23-10 Career-high attempts – 35 at The Citadel, 10-23-10 Career-high touchdowns–1 on three occasions vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10, at The Citadel, 10-23-10, vs. Samford, 10-30-10 MCKINNON’s career PASSING stats Year G-S EFF C A I PCT Yds TD YPG 2010 10-1 33.51 3 9 1 33.3 24 0 2.4 10-1 33.51 3 9 1 33.3 24 0 2.4

LONG 9 (SAM) 9 (SAM)

MCKINNON’s PASSING career highs Career-high passing yards – 17 vs. Samford, 10-30-10 Career high completions – 2 vs. Samford, 10-30-10 Career-high passing attempts – 4 vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 Career-high passing TDs – Longest pass – 9 vs. Samford, 10-30-10

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JAVON MENTION DL 6-2 245 So. Tampa, Fla. (Tampa)

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2010): Contributed in 15 games and earned start at defensive tackle against The Citadel… FRESHMAN (2009): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: First Team All-Hillsborough County... First Team All-Conference... helped Plant HS win the Class 4A state championship... set a county record with 24 sacks... finished with 88 tackles of which 33 went for a loss his senior year... played for Coach Robert Weiner… . MAJOR: pre-Business.

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OT/LS 6-3 253 Sr.

Warner Robins, Ga. (Northside) Selected to All-America preseason lists by Athlon’s and Sporting News… JUNIOR (2010): Associated Press third-team All-American… SoCon first-team offensive line selection by Coaches with secondteam honors from Media Association… started every game for Eagles… twice voted “Lineman of the Week” by Georgia Southern fans… had great performance against Samford with six knockdowns in Coastal Carolina game for second honor… candidate for the national Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) Sportsmanship Award… SOPHOMORE: (2009): Saw action in two games… joined the team as a walk-on long snapper after attending Georgia Military College… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track… member of the 2006 Northside HS team that went 15-0 and won the state title… earned AllMiddle Georgia honors in track… captain of Seminole football team… played for coach Conrad Nix… PERSONAL: Born May 23, 1989 in Warner Robins… full name is Aaron Brett Moore… No. 1 sports highlight was winning the first state championship in his high school’s history and going undefeated in the process… his father has been a major influence, “He helped me grow as an athlete and even when I wanted to quit sports when I was younger he encouraged me to keep playing.”… most admires Coach Stewart at Northside High School, “He was my position coach all throughout high school and really made me the player I am today. He became another father figure to me.”… enjoys football, basketball, track, movies, hanging out with friends and spending time with family… Atlanta Falcons is his favorite professional team… lists Lil’ Wayne as favorite musician… son of Terry and Debbie Moore… MAJOR: Business Administration (Logistics).

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PK 5-11 184 Gr. Dalton, Ga. (Dalton)

Enters final season with perfect 95-95 mark for PATs…top scorer for Georgia Southern for third consecutive year in 2010… has scored at least one point in every game in his career… JUNIOR (2010): College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year… One of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Place Kicker of the Year Award… Associated Press All-American third team selection… Phil Steele Publications FCS All-American Fourth Team for Special Teams… top Eagle scorer with 102 points (19 FG, 45 PATs)… in the top 20 for multiple NCAA career statistical categories… career-best 13 points in a game with three FGs and four PATs against South Carolina State… tied his career-high with three field goals against South Carolina State with his final score, a successful 45-yard field goal, his long of the season… SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week for his 11 points (2 FGs, 5 PATs) against Savannah State in season opener… Hit an individual career and seasonbest three field goals against both South Carolina State and Wofford in the playoffs, … tied 11-point scoring mark with two field goals and five PATS against Coastal Carolina… had four PATs and completed the scoring against Elon with a field goal… set the record for career PATs against Wofford in October, hitting his 68th consecutive PAT… hit two field goals for Eagles against The Citadel in 20-0 shutout… scored

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only points of the second half with a 37-yard field goal, the difference in the Eagles’ playoff win at Wofford… posted 11 points for the third time during the season against Terriers, with three field goals (20-yard FG at end of first half, a 33-yard FG early in the second quarter and 37-yard FG in second half)… SOPHOMORE (2009): Scored team-best 67 points off 16 field goals and 19 extra points… Nailed career-best 50-yard field goal at Wofford in third quarter at Wofford… that distance is tied for 19th on Georgia Southern’s all-time field goal list… that field goal tied for 25th among FCS national distances… Hit 48-yard kick in second quarter vs. Phoenix (T-27th on Eagle career list)… Extended his field goals made streak to nine with 39-yarder at Samford… streak ended on a 49-yard attempt later than game (third-longest attempt of his career)… hit a field goal in all 12 games he has been called upon (as of Wofford) Back-to-back games with two field goals vs. Albany and South Dakota State… Kicked a 44-yard field goal to cap the win over Albany (N.Y.)… bettered his career long to 46 yards the following week with field goal vs. South Dakota State… hit second field goal of game vs. Jackrabbits with a 36-yard score… set program record for hitting at least one field goal in 11 straight games with the streak ending at Elon without an attempt… three straight games with two field goals, adding 31- and 23-yard scores vs. Western Carolina… two FGs at Wofford… hit career-best total of three field goals in a game vs. Chattanooga, including a 45-yarder. REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Second Team All-SoCon… SoCon All-Freshman Team… sat out the first three games of the season, but earned the start against Elon and remained the starting kicker the rest of the season… kicked a field goal in every game (10-of-12 on the year)… finished as the team-leader in points… did not meet the games played minimum otherwise would have ranked among the national-leaders… in Southern Conference-only games, finished fifth in points scored, second in field goals, tied for first in extra point conversion percentage and led the league in field goal percentage… made his first collegiate field goal attempt (41 yards), then later in the quarter hit from 32 yards… made both extra point attempts… kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired against Wofford to send the game into overtime… 4-of-4 on extra points against the Terriers… matched a season-high kicking a 41-yard field goal at Chattanooga and set a new season standard hitting all seven extra points… converted from 24 and 37 yards versus Appalachian State and made all four extra points… kicked a 34-yarder in the third quarter at Western Carolina, then helped with the NCAA record fourth quarter comeback (down 28 points with 11 minutes remaining) when he hit all five extra points… made a 37-yard FG to tie the game late in the fourth quarter against The Citadel, eventually sending it to overtime… successful in all five extra point attempts, including two in the Georgia Southern record triple-overtime… against Samford hit a 26-yarder to start the scoring and made both extra points… kicked two extra points in the win at Furman, then nailed a season-high 42-yarder with under a minute left in the first half… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… joined the program after signing in February 2007, part of coach Hatcher’s first recruiting class… HIGH SCHOOL: Nominated for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award… named to the Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) All-Chevy Team, honoring the top performers from the Chevrolet HS Football Game of the Week… set several punting and kicking records at Dalton HS… four-time Dalton Daily Citizen All-Star team… Chattanooga Times Free Press ‘Dynamite Dozen’ his senior year… Second Team All-State… connected on a pair of 54-yard field goals… averaged 42.3 yards on 33 punts his senior year… received the Jim Arnold Award as the Catamounts’ Special Teams Player of the Year… helped Dalton record its 47th consecutive winning season… team qualified for the Class 4A playoffs his senior year… during his junior year went 10-3 and won the Region 7-AAAA title, losing in the third round of the playoffs… recorded 14 field goals (82 percent success rate) and 76 points his junior year… Second Team All-Region 7-AAAA honors his junior and senior years… 3.9 cumulative GPA… played for coach Ronnie McClurg… PERSONAL: Enjoys hanging out with friends… born September 14, 1988 in Mexico… MAJOR: Graduated with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a master of business administration at Georgia Southern. MORA’s career KICKING stats Year G EP EPA Pct FG FGA 2008 8 31 31 1.000 10 12 2009 11 19 19 1.000 16 22 2010 15 45 45 1.000 *19 21 34 *95 95 1.000 45 55

Pct Pts FG Long .833 61 42 (Fur) .727 67 50 (Wof) .904 102 45(SCSU) .818 230 50 (Wof)

MORA’s NUMBERS Top 5 distances: 1) 50 at Wofford, 2009 2) 48 at Wofford, 2009 3) 46 at South Dakota State, 2009 T-4) 45 vs. South Carolina State, 2010 45 vs. Chattanooga, 2009 6) 44 vs. Albany, 2009

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*owns GSU single-season record of 19 field goals made in 2010 *owns current GSU career consecutive PATs made with 95, 2008-present Career-high FG made – 3 on three occasions vs Chattanooga,10-17-2009, vs. SCSU, 11-27-10, at Wofford, 12-11-10 Career-high PAT made – 7 at Chattanooga,10-4-2008 Current FG made streak – 3 last 2 FG at Wofford, 1 at Delaware 12-18-2010 (37) Current PAT career consecutive made streak - 95 (GSU record) NCAA CAREER RANKINGS Category..................................... Ranking............. Stat Field Goals – Attempts...........................12................ 55 Field Goals – Made..................................6............. 1.32 Field Goals – Attempts per game..........15............. 1.61 Field Goals – Made per game..................6............... 1.3 Field Goals – Percentage made..............3........... 81.82 Scoring – Extra Points Attempted..........20................ 95 Scoring – Extra Points Made.................17................ 95 Scoring – Total Points.............................19.............. 230 Scoring – Points Per Game...................17............... 6.8 Scoring – Field Goals Attempted...........12................ 55 Scoring – Field Goals Made.....................6................ 45

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KYLE OEHLBECK OLB 5-10 200 So.

Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz) REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2010): Shared top tackler honors for Savannah State game with Brent Russell as each had five… picked up a solo tackle and an assist at Navy… made first career start against Coastal Carolina and had 8-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, both career firsts, against Coastal Carolina late in the game helped Eagles secure win… made first career start in game against the Chanticleers… recorded big special teams tackle on GSU punt to prevent return in critical fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina… picked up loose ball after Coastal QB Zach McDowell forced backwards and fumbled for an Eagle touchdown with only 3:20 left in game… had five solo tackles and one assist for six total against Coastal Carolina… credited with one tackle for loss (4 yards) against Chants…played in 12 games… FRESHMAN (2009): Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and weightlifting… made 115 tackles his senior year, earning First Team All-District and All-Area honors… Third Team All-State… voted captain of football team… played for coach Jay Godwin… PERSONAL: Born May 24, 1991 in Saranc Lake, N.Y.… No. 1 sports highlight was making 25 tackles his senior year during the Homecoming game… his coach Tim Adams has been a major influence, “He set me in the right direction to succeed.”… most admires Scott Pritchett, “He’s a great guy who goes out every day with a winning attitude.”… enjoys lifting weights, playing X-Box, hanging out with friends and water sports… favorite professional team is Pittsburgh Steelers… lists Linkin Park as favorite music group… son of Thomas and Selma Oehlbeck… MAJOR: History. OEHLBECK’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2010 12-1 12-1

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7 7

18 18

0 0

1 1

0 0

1 1

0 0

0 0

0 0

OEHLBECK’s career HIGHS Career-high tackles – 6 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-2010 (5U, 1A) Career-high TFL – 1 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-2010 Recovered fumble at Coastal Carolina, returned 8 yards for TD (9-18-10) Career-high touchdown - 1 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-2010 8-yd fum return


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Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta) SOPHOMORE (2010): Practiced with scout team… started at defensive end for White squad in 2011 spring game… had four solo tackles and two assists (6 total) for second on the team… split a tackle for loss and had 1.5 (4 yards) in game… HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Alpharetta High School for Coach Bill Watters… received the Coaches Award in 2008… Has the record for the longest touchdown run (99 yards)… set record for sacks in the season (10) and single-game (4)… Junior year he recorded 32 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble, and 1 touchdown (fumble recovery)… Senior year he recorded 49 tackles, 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery… also lettered in track and field competing in the discus… PERSONAL: Born in Croydon, England, on December 17, 1990…. Son of Peter Osunde and Phoebe Martin and guardians Randy and Paige Maier... has six siblings, Jemima, Edmond, Noah, Caleb, Lydia and Elijah… most admires his parents… MAJOR: Business Marketing with a minor in Business Management.

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JOSH PETKOVICH OT 6-4 268 Sr.

Palm Harbor, Fla. ( East Lake) JUNIOR (2010): Sat out season. SOPHOMORE (2009): Saw action in four games. REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Played in eight games… started in consecutive games against Chattanooga and Appalachian State at left tackle… graded out throughout the season in the mid-70 percent… helped the offense rank 20th nationally in passing offense (247 ypg) and scoring offense (31.8 ppg) while finishing the year ranked 37th in total offense (383.6 ypg)… team led the SoCon in passing while finishing third in scoring and fourth in total offense… had to step in last year as one of the newcomers called upon to fill a void left by five departed seniors and two All-Americas… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… joined the program as a walk-on… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years and was a three-year starter in football… team captain… Second Team All-Conference… played for coach Bob Hudson and Darius Holtz-Claw… PERSONAL: Born July 17, 1989 in Austin, Texas… No. 1 sports highlight was beating rival Tarpon Springs for the first time in four years… his parents have been a major influence, “They always push me so I can get that little extra.”… most admires his HS coach Darius Holtz-Claw, “He was by far the best influence on my football career just by how he coached. You never forget where you came from.”… enjoys working out, football and music… his father Mark Petkovich played for the Texas Rangers from 1984-88… favorite musician is George Strait… favorite professional team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… son of John and Julie Fillingim… MAJOR: Sport Management.

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HUDSON PRESUME CB 5-9 172 Sr.

Bradenton, Fla. (Southeast) JUNIOR (2010): Played in Elon, Wofford and Chattanooga games… SOPHOMORE (2009): Played in all 11 games with five starts… Recorded career-high seven tackles vs. Chattanooga… Had three tackles vs. Western Carolina… named captain for Elon game… made first collegiate start at North Carolina and had five tackles in that game… had four total tackles the week before at Wofford (3UA, 1A)… forced fumble in Appalachian State game… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Sat out the season to meet academic requirements… FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirted… joined the program prior to the start of fall camp and was part of the 90-man roster… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in track and football… named ‘Defensive Player of the Year’… received the Bullet Award, given to the Track ‘Athlete of the Year’… team captain… earned All-State honors his senior year in football… also earned All-State track accolades… played for coach Paul Maechtle… PERSONAL: Born February 24, 1989 in West Palm Beach, Florida… No. 1 sports highlight was winning the 200-meters at the regional championship… his dad has been a major influence, “He pushed me through tough obstacles.”… most admires NFL players Bob Sanders and Steve Smith… enjoys going out with friends… favorite professional teams are the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts… favorite musical group is Lil Wayne… son of Jean Presume… MAJOR: International Studies.

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SOPHOMORE (2010): Appeared in Western Carolina contest and South Carolina State playoff game… picked up a tackle in for the White team in the 2011 spring game… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): Joined the program as a walk-on… made two solo tackles, including one for a loss, for the White team in spring game… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football playing for coach Bob Swank… on three occasions was named ‘Cobb County Player of the Week’… played in the Cobb County All-Star game… earned All-County honors at linebacker… PERSONAL: Born September 18, 1989 in Antioch, Illinois… No. 1 sports highlight was beating Alpharetta HS during Homecoming for the first time in 10 years… his dad has been a major influence, “He always expected the best would not let me settle for less.”… most admires Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher… enjoys hunting, fishing and the outdoors… favorite professional team is the Chicago Bears… favorite musicians are Alan Jackson and George Strait… career aspirations of going to physical therapy school and open his own practice… son of Gary and Debbie Reckers… MAJOR: General Studies.

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CONNELL REDDICK CB 5-8 182 RFr.

Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinett) Joined the Eagles in spring 2011 as a transfer … HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Hephzibah High School for Coach John Bowen … two-time All-Area and All-Region pick… twice selected as the top offensive player for the Rebels… threw for 1,480 yards passing and 14 touchdowns and ran for 500 yards and four touchdowns as the starting quarterback as a junior… combined for 900 yards passing (6 TDs) and 300 yards rushing as a senior … led Hephzibah to its first-ever home playoff game… honored with Vincent J. Dooley Award... Three-year football letterman and team captain as a junior and senior… also participated in track and field, competing in the 400 meter dash and as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams… qualified for the 400 meter dash state in 2009… started at shooting guard for Rebels basketball team and received best defensive player… made the A/B Honor Roll and was a member of the National Honor Society… selected for Future Business Leader of America Award … PERSONAL: Born in Augusta, Ga., on February 2, 1991… Son of Connell Reddick, Sr. and LaTonya Jones… full name is Connell Levone Reddick, Jr.… Most interesting class taken so far is Sport Management in Society because it exposed him to the effects that sports have on society and diverse races… MAJOR: Sports Management with a minor in Business.

BLAKE RILEY

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DT 6-1 278 So.

Crescent, Ga. (McIntosh Co. Academy FRESHMAN (2010): Missed only the Furman game, playing significant snaps during season… HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter for Buccaneers team that advanced to state playoffs... first-team All-Region 2AA as a junior... second-team All-Region 2AA for offensive and defensive line as a senior... WTOC Super 11 selection in 2009... most valuable defensive lineman as a junior and senior... recorded 15 sacks over last two seasons... coaches award winner as a senior... team captain as a junior and senior… played for Coach Robby Robinson... earned most improved player honors after his sophomore year… PERSONAL: Born Blake Alexander Riley on November 30, 1991 in Brunswick, Ga. … nickname is “Kojak”… most treasured possession is his car because it was given to him by a family member… favorite color is green… favorite food is pizza… favorite movie is “Bad Boys II”… writes “my mother Alexandria Riley has had the biggest influence on my life because she has been there for every step of the way through the good and the bad.” MAJOR: Electrical Engineering.

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DARREION ROBINSON SLOT 5-9 189

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Bishop, Ga. (Clarke Central) SOPHOMORE (2010): Played in all 15 games and took over starting role against Samford through the end of the season… four-yard touchdown run against Elon to put score at 21-14, then had a rush of 16-yards to help set up next Eagle score… career night with 116 yards on seven carries against Wofford in the regular season… total included a 78-yard touchdown against the Terriers to put the Eagles up late in the game… longest reception of the night against Savannah State with 24-yard catch… two-yard touchdown on opening drive of the second half against Mountaineers set up Mora to tie the game at 14 all… converted 3rd-and-11 with 21-yard reception from Jaybo Shaw near sideline on Eagles’ first scoring drive against Appalachian State… clutch 44-yard rush against William & Mary was the catalyst in the Eagles’ scoring drive to take a 21-15 lead… returned 16 punts in 2010, long of 29 came in Samford game was the longest for the Eagles this season… picked up 94 yards and scored a TD for Blue in 2011 Spring game… also had one reception for 16 yards… FRESHMAN (2009): Started four of the first five games of 2009… played in all 11 games… Rushed for a career-high 78 yards off 13 carries at Wofford with first collegiate touchdown on 24-yard run… 24-yard score against Terriers was his longest run of the season and gave the Eagles a 17-14 lead early in third quarter… Contributed 30 yards off five carries in Chattanooga game, 18 coming on back-to-back plays in second quarter… Had seven carries in season opener vs. Albany… Picked up 47 yards and caught a game- and season-high nine passes vs. South Dakota State… Ran for 76 yards on 15 attempts vs. Western Carolina… Also had 20 yards on three catches vs. Catamounts... Three rushing attempts for four yards and five receptions for seven yards at Elon… Posted a 20-yard reception at Appalachian State… Carried for four yards on one attempt vs. Furman… Had seven attempts for 18 yards vs. The Citadel… Returned six kickoffs during 2009, averaging 14.5 yards per return… Recorded long of 19 yards on a kickoff return at Appalachian State... joined the Eagles in after sitting out the fall 2008 as a gray-shirt… caught seven passes for 69 yards (including a long of 29 yards) and rushed four times for eight yards for the Blue team in the 2009 spring game… HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time First Team All-Region… twice named First Team All-Northeast Georgia… Honorable Mention All-State… finished his stellar career with a Clarke Central HS record 4,045 yards on 626 carries, a 6.5 career yards per rush average, and 47 touchdowns… caught 41 passes for 667 yards… senior year tied a school record with a 90-yard touchdown run versus Dacula HS… rushed for 1,376 yards on 190 carries in senior 2007 season… 13 rushing TDs… named team’s Most Valuable Player… averaged more than seven yards per carry… junior year registered 1,249 yards on the ground on 177 carries… 13 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per rush… eight kick returns, averaging nearly 40 yards per return and scored two touchdowns… selected to play in the GACA All-Star game… turned in a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash… lettered in basketball (3), track (3) and football (4)… played for coach Leroy Rayels… PERSONAL: Born December 16, 1989 in Athens… his family has been a major influence, “They love the game of football and they are very supportive.”… most admires coach Billy Wade… older brother Dunta Robinson is a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons… favorite professional team is the Texans… lists T.I. as favorite musician… enjoys playing PS3 and hanging out with friends… son of Willie and Betty Robinson… MAJOR: General Studies.


dn robinson’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. NET APC TD 2009 11-4 22 64 2.9 0 2010 15-8 4 72 18.0 0 26-12 26 136 5.2 0

APG 5.8 4.8 5.2

LONG 20 (ASU) 24 (SSU) 24 (SSU)

dn robinson’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 24 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 (1 reception) Career-high receptions – 9 at South Dakota State, 9-12-09 dn robinson’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2009 11-4 62 266 4.3 1 2010 15-8 61 460 7.5 3 26-12 123 726 5.9 4

APG LONG 24.2 24 (Wof) 30.7 78 (WOF 10-9) 27.9 78 (WOF 10-9)

dn robinson’s career highs Career-high rushing yards –116 vs. Wofford, 10-9-10 (7 attempts, 1 TD) Career-high attempts – 15 vs. Western Carolina, 9-19-09 Career-high touchdowns – 1 on 4 occasions: at Wofford 10-3-09, vs. Elon, 9-25-10 vs. Wofford, 10-9-10, vs. App. State, 11-7-10

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JOSH ROWE MLB 5-11 218

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Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)

SOPHOMORE (2010): Southern Conference coaches made him a second-team All-SoCon pick at linebacker… led Eagles with 104 total tackles (56U, 48A)… racked up four games with double digit tackles: Navy (10), Coastal Carolina (10), William & Mary (12) and Delaware (12)… leading tackler in six games, starting in 13 of his 14 appearances… sacked Savannah State QB for loss of 10 yards, two solo tackles on the night… leading tackler for the game at Navy with 10, doubling his previous career-best total… had second-straight game as top tackler for the Eagles with 10 (5U, 5A) against Chanticleers… registered a tackle for loss at Coastal… posted eight tackles at Chattanooga… executed perfectly in fake punt and ran for 33-yards to the S.C. State end of the field in playoff game… tied season and career-best with 12 at William and Mary and again at Delaware… led all Eagles with eight tackles in Western Carolina game… totaled nine tackles in Wofford playoff game and added a forced fumble to his stat line… shared team lead in tackles with nine with E.J. Webb… FRESHMAN (2009): Played in all 11 games and started in two… Contributed five tackles in first start at Elon… tied season-best total at Appalachian State (2UA, 3A)…had key sack late in the fourth quarter vs. The Citadel to force the Bulldogs into fourth-and-9 situation… had three total unassisted tackles vs. The Citadel, two on special teams assignments… HIGH SCHOOL: Threeyear starter at linebacker... twice earned All-State Class 6-A honors, First Team his junior year and Honorable Mention as a senior... All-Area honors and was a member of the Opelika-Auburn News ‘Super 8’... led the team with 108 tackles his senior year, in addition to four sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumbles recovered... during his junior year finished with 107 tackles, four fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, six sacks and three pass break-ups... his high school coach Spence McCracken called Rowe, “The best linebacker I’ve coached in 35 years and has excellent grades.”... joins current Eagle K.R. Snipes from Opelika HS… MAJOR: Sport Management.

rowe’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2009 11-2 9 10 19 1.5 3.0 0 0 0 0 1 2010 14-13 56 48 104 3.5 9.5 1 2 0 0 1 25-15 65 58 123 5.0 12.5 0 2 0 0 2 ROWE’s career highs Career-high tackles – 12 on two occasions at William & Mary, 12-4-10 (5U, 7A), at Delaware (8U, 4A) Career-high tackles for loss - 2.0 vs. Appalachian State, 11-6-10 Career-high sacks – 1 on several occasions, last at William & Mary, 12-4-10 Career-high fumble recovery – 1 on two occasions, vs. Appalachian State, 11-6-10, at Western Carolina, 11-13-10

ZEKE ROZIER

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FB 6-1 217 Sr.

Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County) Returns for final year of eligibility. JUNIOR (2010): Did not play due to injury. SOPHOMORE (2009): Played in 11 games with three starts… best ground game of season was versus The Citadel with 16 yards on five attempts … Gained 10 yards on back-to-back plays in third quarter… Made first start of 2009 vs. Western Carolina… rushed twice for six yards and had one reception for five yards vs. Catamounts… made second start at Samford… contributed nine yards receiving and two yards rushing off two catches and two attempts vs. Furman… pulled down one catch for one yard vs. Paladins… had one pass attempt vs. The Citadel… recorded three tackles, two in season finale vs. The Citadel as a member of special teams. REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2008): Played in nine games… started the final six at running back (Chattanooga, Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Citadel, Samford, Furman)… 2-yard run against Northeastern… rushed for two yards and caught a 6-yard pass against Elon… five rushes for 10 yards and caught a pass versus Wofford… season-high 40 yards rushing on four carries at Chattanooga, including a 29-yard TD run… seven yards on three carries against App State… rushed seven times totaling 34 yards at Western and caught a three yard pass… 13 rushing yards on five carries at Citadel… caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime as the Eagles would defeat the Bulldogs in a program-record three OTs… finished with 11 yards on six carries versus Samford… seasonhighs of six receptions and 32 receiving yards at Furman while rushing for 16 yards in the win… did not participate in 2008 spring drills while recovering from knee injury… FRESHMAN (2007): Played in two games with 16 carries for 101 yards in first season… ran for two touchdowns against West Georgia (7-53)… first collegiate carry in the West Georgia game broke through on a 41-yard touchdown run in the second half… rushed nine times for 48 yards at Coastal Carolina… was named SoCon ‘Freshman of the Week’ for his efforts, a game in which he saw limited action after injuring his ACL… injury proved to be a seasonending one and applied for a medical redshirt… HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top prep running backs in the state coming out of high school... rushed for 2,094 yards on 273 carries and 19 touchdowns his senior year… earned a spot in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game… Second Team All-Middle Georgia… Heart of Georgia All-Star team… All-State Class AA… Region 4-AA ‘Player of the Year’… ranked 95th by Scouts.com… played fullback in Bleckley County’s Wing-T offense… turned in a school record 297 yards and scored four touchdowns against Savannah Christian, leading squad to the state quarterfinals… team posted the school’s first playoff win in 25 years… turned in a 255-yard outing against East Laurens his senior year… rushed for 1,094 yards his junior year… played for coach Sam Barrs… lettered four years each in football and track… PERSONAL:

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Born November 8, 1988 in Hawkinsville… has career aspirations to be a high school football coach… MAJOR: General Studies. ROZIER’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2007 2-1 16 101 6.3 2 2008 9-6 34 135 4.0 1 2009 11-3 15 34 2.3 0 22-10 65 270 4.2 3

APG 50.5 15.0 3.1 12.3

LONG 41(WG) 29 (Chat) 8 (CIT) 41 (WG)

ROZIER’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 53 on 7 attempts vs. West Georgia, 9-8-07 Career-high attempts – 9 at Coastal Carolina (48 yards), 9-15-07 Career-high rushing TDs – 2 vs. West Georgia, 9-8-07 ROZIER’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. YDS APC TD APG 2007 2-1 2008 9-6 11 57 5.2 1 6.3 4 15 3.8 0 1.7 2009 11-3 15 72 1

LONG 13 (Cit) 9 (FUR) 13 (Cit)

ROZIER’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 32 at Furman, 11-15-08 (6 catches) Career-high receptions – 6 at Furman, 11-15-08 (32 yards) Career-high receiving TDs – 1 at The Citadel, 11-1-08 (to tie 31-31 and go into 2nd overtime)

BRENT RUSSELL DT 6-2 287

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Comer, Ga. (Madison County) On numerous preseason lists for All-America honors at DT, including Sporting News, Athlon’s and Lindy’s… on Buck Buchanan Award initial watch list in 2011 after earning a spot as one of the 10 finalists in 2010… JUNIOR (2010): Buck Buchanan Award finalist … racked up numerous All-America honors following season with recognition from Walter Camp, first-team honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele Publications… Sports Network second-team All-American… First-Team All-SoCon selection by Coaches and Media Association… ranks 12th nationally with 14 career sacks and 13th nationally with 29.5 career tackles for loss according to the NCAA… totaled 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 2010… blocked PAT attempt at Coastal Carolina and scooped it up, lateralling to Derek Heyden for the defensive conversion to put the Eagles up 12-6… SoCon Defensive Player of the Month (November)… earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors (November 15) following performance against Western Carolina with seven tackles and a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss in that game… anchored defensive line with 15 starts at nose tackle… tied his career best with two of the Eagles’ four sacks against Savannah State, both coming in the first quarter… tied Derek Heyden for team lead with eight tackles and a tackle for loss against Samford… shared team season-best with Roderick Tinsley with 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Western Carolina… had seven tackles at Chattanooga… recorded share of team lead with Derek Heyden with six tackles against Mountaineers… had 2.5 TFL and was credited with half a sack in that victory… posted seven tackles against Catamounts… forced fumble in South Carolina State playoff game led to a scoop and score by Josh Gebhardt… also had seven tackles in Wofford playoff game with a forced fumble… tallied a share of team-best five tackles against the Tigers with Kyle

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Oehlbeck… added a tackle for loss and pass breakup in opener… sacked Navy QB Ricky Dobbs for loss of seven yards, added two more tackles against Midshipmen… REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2009): College Sporting News Freshman of the Year and All-American for 2009… earned first team SoCon Media Association honors and second team all-SoCon honors from the league coaches after season to became only the third Eagle this decade to earn those honors as a freshman… only rookie selected to 2009 SoCon top squad and one of only two selected overall… one of two returning Eagles on defense to have started all 11 games… played at every position on the D-line last season… registered a team-best 6.0 sacks which put him in a tie for 53rd nationally, the second-highest ranked freshman in the country in that category… Russell also appeared in the national rankings tied for 83rd in tackles for a loss (11.0)…. finished the 2009 season with 48 tackles as well as three blocked kicks. He had one interception and forced a fumble … two of his total six sacks came against UNC… had two sacks in the same drive vs. Chattanooga… forced fumble in South Dakota State game… had eight stops at South Dakota State… totaled career-best nine tackles at Elon… also recorded 1.5 tackle for loss and blocked a PAT kick for his second blocked kick of the year… snatched Phoenix ball tipped by Tavaris Williams for first career interception… blocked Citadel’s extra point attempt late in fourth quarter. FRESHMAN (2008): Earned the start at defensive tackle in the season-opener against preseason number one Georgia… made an assisted tackle… suffered a knee injury in the game and would miss the remainder of the season… HIGH SCHOOL: Registered 85 tackles, three sacks his senior year, earning First Team All-Region 8-AAAA honors for the second straight year… First Team All-Northeast Georgia… also forced one fumble, recovered two, had two pass break-ups, two blocked kicks, scored a touchdown and one safety… named AAAA Preseason Honorable Mention All-State by the Georgia HS Football Magazine… Preseason All-Northeast Georgia Terrific Ten by the Athens Banner-Herald… junior year won the Region 8-AAAA shot put title… won the Class 4A Heavyweight wrestling title, posting a 56-1 record… four year starter… led Madison County HS to consecutive state playoff appearances for the first time in 20 years and only the second time in school history… played for coach Randall Owens… lettered in football, track and wrestling… PERSONAL: Born August 16, 1989… father of a son, Nolan, who will turn five in October… No. 1 sports highlight was playing fullback and rushing for two touchdowns against Clarke Central his senior year… his twin brother has been a major influence, “He always pushed me to be better.”… favorite professional team is the Miami Dolphins… son of Jody and Renee Russell… MAJOR: Construction Management. russell’s career defensive stats U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH Year G-S 2008 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2009 11-11 25 23 48 6 11 1 0 1 0 1 2010 15-15 49 22 71 8 18.5 2 1 0 2 5 27-27 74 46 120 14 29.5 3 1 1 2 6 Career-high tackles – 9 at Elon, 9-26-09 (3U, 6A) Career-high sacks – 2 on three occasions, vs. Sav. State, 9-4-10 at North Carolina, 10-10-09, vs. Chattanooga, 10-17-09 Career-high tackles for loss – 3.5 at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 Career-high fumble recovery – 1 at The Citadel, 10-23-10 Scooped up blocked PAT, lateralled to Derek Heyden for defensive PAT at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10


BOYD SASSER SS 5-11 194

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Millen, Ga. (Jenkins County) Three total tackles in Blue-White spring game… shared a tackle for loss with Roderick Tinsley to halt White offense short of a first down… SOPHOMORE (2010): Appeared in all 15 games… registered two tackles against Savannah State on special teams… also had two tackles against Coastal Carolina on special teams… Recognized for SoCon All-Academic Conference honors… nominated for AFCA Good Works team for academic success and community service… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): Assisted on a tackle for the White team in the annual spring game… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… worked out with the scout team… earned academic distinction posting a 3.0 GPA both semesters… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (4), baseball (4), track (4) and cross county (1)… received Golden Helmet Academic Award… three times earned All-Region honors in football… twice received the Best Defensive Back award… team MVP… played for coach Chuck Conley… PERSONAL: Born December 4, 1989 in Augusta… No. 1 sports highlight was setting the HS stolen base record against the number one team in the region and the team being put in the record book… his father has been a major influence, “He always pushed me to work hard, and he overcame a serious accident with tremendous faith and strength which made me strive to be my very best.”… most admires pitcher John Smoltz, “Despite tremendous success he’s kept a level head and always proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ.”… enjoys baseball, lifting weights, playing drums, music and church… favorite professional teams are Atlanta Braves and Falcons… favorite music group is RED… son of Joe and Claudette Sasser… MAJOR: Exercise Science.

DEVIN SCOTT

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SLOT 5-5 169 So. Tucker, Ga. (Tucker)

FRESHMAN (2010): Rushed seven times for 5.7 per carry average in 2011 Blue-White game (40 yards)… assisted Eagles as a member of the scout teams. HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Georgia Southern AllAmerican Franklin Stephens at Tucker High School… lettered all four years and earned academic awards all four years… team captain for two years… won Wendy’s High School Heisman Award… selected to All-DeKalb team … played in All-Star game… honored with Smallwood Award… helped Tigers win Regional 4A state championship in 2008… played basketball for one season and earned a letter… PERSONAL: Born October 10, 1991 in Tucker, Ga.… son of Dennis and Jamil Scott… has two younger siblings… people most admires are Franklin Stephens and his parents… listens to Ready for Whatever by T.I. favorite color is blue… people would be surprised to know he likes country music… most treasured possession is his championship ring because not everyone has one… Martin Luther King, Jr., has had the biggest influence on his life because he was a man of his word and lead by example… MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering.

LARON SCOTT

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CB 5-9 175 Sr.

Warner Robins, Ga. ( Warner Robins) Preseason All-America pick at DB by Sporting News and and secondteam selection by Lindy’s… JUNIOR (2010): Garnered first-team AllSoCon honors at both defensive back and as a return specialist from Coaches and Media Association… Associated Press All-America third team member on defense… Selected as a fourth team All-American on defense by Phil Steele Publications after 2010 season… Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week for September 27th following the Elon game… owns both the single-season kickoff returns and return yardage records… bested Nay Young’s 1986 single-season mark (33) with 44 in 2010… topped Young’s single-season kickoff return yards total (715) with 1,161… stands in a tie for 13th on the NCAA career list with two touchdowns on his nine career interceptions… 17th on NCAA career chart for interceptions per game… had single-game record tying six kickoff returns against Wofford… broke up three deep passes in Savannah State game… also tallied two tackles… picked up five tackles at Coastal Carolina (5U)… scored on 36-yard interception return against Elon, second of his career… 76-yard kickoff return against Samford, the longest of the 2010 season, reenergized the Eagles in the fourth quarter and provided field position for quick GSU touchdown… finished 2010 with Georgia Southern single-season record-tying six interceptions with a season-best two at Western Carolina… recorded two of three interceptions as record for turnovers by an opponent (9) was broken at The Citadel… picked off Presley pass on Appalachian State goal line for a touchback in second quarter… 58-yard kickoff return against Wofford in playoffs helped put Eagles in position for their final score of the game… had five kickoff returns for 110 yards against William & Mary to surpass the single-season mark for returns… played and started in all 15 games… SOPHOMORE (2009): Finished season as the third-leading tackler, one behind Darius Eubanks with 57… Tops among Eagles with three interceptions… Started in 10 of 11 games played in 2009… Recorded career-best 10 tackles at Appalachian State (9UA, 1A)… Had five of his seven tackles vs. Furman in the first half… Registered six total tackles four times in 2009 (Albany, at Elon, at North Carolina, Chattanooga)… Stepped in front of an Albany pass for a 15-yard interception return for a touchdown… four stops vs. Catamounts and broke up a pass, nearly repeating his feat from the season opener… recorded six tackles at Elon… one of his two tackles at Wofford was a touchdown-saving stop at the start of the second quarter… picked up second interception of the year at UNC… added six tackles against the Tar Heels and had six more the following week vs. Chattanooga… returned only one punt, but it ranked as Georgia Southern’s season best with a 41-yard return vs. The Citadel… returned a kickoff at South Dakota State for 17 yards… had two kickoff returns at Appalachian State for 39 yards, long of 23… long punt return of the year with 41-yarder against The Citadel in season finale… BUTLER CC: Redshirted his first year... started in all 12 games in 2008... helped team win the Kansas Jayhawk State Championship and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship... made 57 tackles (48 solo/nine assisted)... two tackles for a loss... four interceptions totaling 84 yards and a touchdown... broke up 10 passes... forced a fumble and recovered a fumble... also averaged 26.3 yards on 15 kickoff returns and scored a TD... played for coach Troy Morrell... HIGH SCHOOL: Helped the 2004 team win a Class AAAA state championship and the 2006 team advanced to the state Class AAAAA semifinals... First Team All-Region 1-AAAAA... First Team All-Houston County... Second Team All-Middle Georgia... made 68 tackles his senior year (52 solo/16 assists) and intercepted three passes for 35 yards... broke up 13 passes... returned 21 kicks for 542 yards and two touchdowns... had 11 carries for 96 yards and a score... caught a 58-yard TD reception... during the 2005 season recorded 34 tackles, two interceptions (17 yards), two tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups... averaged

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24.9 yards on 10 kickoff returns... during his senior year in track won the regional title in the 100 meters (10.65 seconds), 400 meters (48.1), long jump (22-3) and 4x100 relay. MAJOR: General Studies. scott’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2009 11-10 2010 15-15

45 34

12 10

57 44

0 0

1 3

2 0

0 0

3 *6

8 10

0 0

79

22

101

0

4

2

0

9

18

0

26-25

*ties Georgia Southern single-season record Career-high tackles – 10 at Appalachian State, 10-24-09 (9U, 1A) Career-high TFL – 1 on four occasions, last at Delaware, 12-18-10 Career-high PBU – 3 vs. Savannah State, 9-4-10 Career-high INT – 2 at The Citadel, 10-23-10 at Western Carolina, 11-13-10 Career-high INT return yards – 36 (one return for touchdown) Career-high touchdowns – 1 vs. Elon, 9-25-2010 (36 yd INT return) 1 vs. Albany, 9-5-09 (15 yd INT return) ties Georgia Southern record for most INT returns for TDs in a game) scott’s career KICKOFF RETURN STATS Year G-S No. Yds Avg. TD Long 2009 11-10 3 56 18.7 0 23 (Asu) 26.4 0 76 (SAM) 2010 15-15 *44 *1161

26-25

47

1217

26.4

0 76 (SAM)

*Georgia Southern single-season record Career-high kickoff returns – (ties Georgia Southern single-game record) 6 vs. Wofford (173 yards), 10-9-10, at Delaware (134 yards), 12-18-10 (173 yards sets Georgia Southern record for most kickoff yards in a game; 134 yards at Delaware sets Georgia Southern record for most kickoff yards in an individual playoff game) Career-high kickoff return yards – 173 (6) vs. Wofford, 10-9-10 (sets Georgia Southern record for most kickoff yards in a game) Long kickoff return – 76 yards vs. Samford, 10-30-10 Longest kickoff return, playoffs – 59 vs South Carolina State, 11-27-10 (sets Georgia Southern record for longest kickoff return in a playoff game)

JAYBO SHAW

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QB 6-0 190 Sr.

Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch/Georgia Tech) JUNIOR (2010): Tough competitor who played in 15 games, starting all but the Samford game…set single-game record for rushing attempts in a single game with 36 at Furman (36 for career-best 101 yards)… previous record was held by Jerick McKinnon who had 35 attempts against The Citadel… record of 34 attempts was previously held by Adrian Peterson (at Delaware, 12-9-2000 and by Charles Bostick, vs. Eastern Kentucky, 10-5-1991)… Directed an efficient offense against Savannah State as return of the option provided 431 rushing yards and 540 total yards of offense in season-opening win… distributed ball to five backs and seven receivers and recorded a then-career best 62 yards rushing against Tigers… connected on 7-10 for 109 yards passing… scored first of 16 touchdowns as an Eagle in second quarter against Tigers, a one-yard carry to put Georgia Southern up 170… third-quarter 17-yard pass to J.J. Wilcox resulted in first score for Eagles against Navy and first TD pass for Shaw at Georgia Southern…

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had two touchdown passes for career-best mark against Coastal Carolina, going 7-12 for 160 yards… hooked up with Tray Butler for first TD pass as an Eagle with 25-yard completion for second quarter score against Coastal Carolina… in third quarter, hit Tyler Sumner for 40yard pass for a then-season long completion and setting the Eagles up for a field goal against Chants… motored 20 yards to midfield against Chanticleers and added eight more yards in drive to set up second Eagle TD… hit J.J. Wilcox for a 19-yard reception after the Eagles were at their own 30, third-and 12… score resulted with the Shaw-Wilcox combo for a 15-yard touchdown… ran in a one-yard touchdown to cut Appalachian lead in half with seconds left before halftime… back-toback rushes in overtime set up Brown’s four-yard and eventual gamewinning TD run… ran for two touchdowns against Catamounts to tie his then-career-best… SouthernPigskin.com “X-Factor of the Week” honoree after guiding the Eagles to win over Elon… tied the game against Elon early with a one-yard TD run… recorded his then-career best with two rushing TDs against the Phoenix… ran for season and career-best three TDs on two occasions, the first at Furman, to give the Eagles that win… also had three rushing TDs at William and Mary, one each in the second, third and fourth quarters… threw for a season and careerhigh nine completions on a season and career-high 21 attempts in OT win over Appalachian State …had seven games with 100+ yards of passing... best day through the air in terms of yardage was at Coastal Carolina with 160, which witnessed a season-best two TD catches, including the first career TD reception for Tray Butler and longest catch for Tyler Sumner… long pass of 63 yards and the touchdown Wilcox against Chattanooga in fourth quarter bested his earlier Georgia Southern long pass of 58 yards earlier in the game… SOPHOMORE (2009): Broken collarbone sidelined him for start of 2009 season… played in six games… rushed 12 times for 51 yards in limited action… FRESHMAN (2008): Back-up quarterback at Georgia Tech to Josh Nesbitt… started Duke game (10-4)… had career high of 230 yards passing against Blue Devils, the most ever by a Tech quarterback in a first career start… named ACC Rookie of the Week for those efforts… was 9-13 passing with all nine passes caught by Demaryius Thomas, including career-long of 88-yards, the third-longest pass play in Tech history… also rushed for a TD in that game… played almost entire game against Mississippi State and responsible for directing Yellow Jackets to victory… ran for a 25-yard TD on 4th and three option play… helped Jacket’s offense amass 438 yards, its most since 1978 and the fifthhighest total in school history… first career TD pass was for 21-yards to Thomas… debuted against Jacksonville State (8-28) with nine rushes for 51 yards with long of 43… scored first career TD against Gamecocks… completed 65.2 percent of his pass attempts… responsible for five touchdowns, rushing for three TDs and throwing for two… came off the bench against 13th-ranked Georgia in the fourth-quarter and led Jackets to big first down… rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries vs. Miami… played in second half in wins over North Carolina and Florida State. HIGH SCHOOL: Threw for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns for Flowery Branch High School and rushed for 1,500 yards and 21 TDs as a junior… played four years for father Lee Shaw… finished career with 9.340 yards and 127 touchdowns… set just about every school quarterbacking record at Flowery Branch… named to North squad in GACA North-South All-Start Game… selected to the Gainesville Times 2007 all-county first team… led Flowery Bracnch to consecutive sub-region championships and state playoff appearances… two-year team captain… multi-sport athlete played basketball for three seasons, ran track for two years and played one year of tennis. PERSONAL: Born October 27, 1989 in Gainesville, Ga… Jaybo Lee Shaw… has a younger brother, Connor, who is a quarterback at South Carolina, and younger sister, Anna Kate… mother Dawn played basketball at North Georgia. Father, Lee, played football at Western Carolina… brother Connor, and family friend and former Georgia Southern All-American Rob Stockton all wore No. 14. MAJOR: Business Management.


SHAW’s career PASSING stats Year G-S EFF C A I 2008 7-1 194.02 15 - 24 - 1 2009 6-0 25.60 1 - 2 - 1 2010 15-14 129.34 71 - 140 - 5 28-15 137.44 87 - 166 - 7

PCT 62.5 50.0 50.7 52.4

Yds TD YPG LONG 321 2 45.9 88 (Duke) 18 0 3.0 18 (Duke) 1233 5 82.2 63 (UTC) 1572 7 54.3 88 (Duke)

SHAW’s PASSING career highs Career-high passing yards – 230 vs. vs. Duke, 10-4-08 (starter) Career high completions – 9 at Duke, 10-4-08, vs. App. State, 11-6-10 Career-high passing attempts – 21 vs. App. State, 11-6-10 Career-high passing TDs – 2 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10, Longest pass – 88 yards at Duke, 10-4-08 (to WR Demaryius Thomas) at Georgia Southern – 63 yards at UTC, 10-16-10 (to J.J. Wilcox) SHAW’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2008 7-1 63 200 3.2 3 2009 6-0 12 51 4.2 0 2010 15-14 209 514 2.5 16 28-15 284 765 2.7 19

APG 28.6 8.5 34.3 27.3

LONG 43 (JSU) 16 (Duke) 21 (Wof) 43 (JSU)

SHAW’s RUSHING career highs Career-high rushing yards – 101 on 36* attempts at Furman, 11-20-10 (Ga. Southern single-game record) Career-high attempts – 36* at Furman, 11-20-10 (GSU single-game record) Career-high rushing TDs – 3 at Furman, 11-20-10, at William & Mary, 12-4-2010 Longest rush – 43 yards vs. Jacksonville State, 8-28-08

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KENTRELLIS

SHOWERS WR 5-11 169 RFr.

Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens) REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2010): Racked up 118 receiving yards in 2011 Blue-White Spring Game… total included game-long 73-yard reception from Jerick McKinnon… joined the Eagles for 2010 fall camp… HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Mark Pemberton at West Laurens High School… earned four letters for football and basketball… won six player of the game awards as a senior for the Raiders football team… also competed in track… PERSONAL: Full name is Kentrellis Marquis Showers… nickname is Trell… born April April 12, 1991… son of Tanicka Blush and Timothy Showers… cousin Demariyus Thomas played for Georgia Tech and is now on the Denver Broncos… favorite color is orange… lists bacon as his favorite food… if could get a ticket to any game, would pick an Indianpolis Colts game… favorite movie is “Radio”… favorite sport is football, but enjoys playing basketball when not at practice… most admires his parents “because they were always there for me and guided me in the right direction”... MAJOR: Undecided.

K.R. SNIPES

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OLB 5-9 194 RJr. Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)

JUNIOR (2010): Did not participate due to injury. SOPHOMORE (2009): Earned seven starts in 10 games played… fourth among the Eagles with 56 total tackles last season… averaged 7.3 tackles per game over last four games of the season… Tied career-best total of 10 tackles and shared game-high vs. Furman… eight of his total tackles against the Paladins were unassisted… led the Eagles with 10 tackles at Elon… Registered nine tackles in the season opener vs. Albany (4UA, 5A) and at Appalachian State (3UA, 6A)… had seven stops at Samford… forced and recovered fumble at South Dakota State deep in Georgia Southern territory… forced fumble vs. Furman, then recovered Paladin fumble two plays later in same drive… made three solo tackles in the Blue-White game, including one for a loss… FRESHMAN (2008): SoCon All-Freshman Team… did not play in the season-opener at Georgia but did see action in the final 10 games… started the final two games against Samford and Furman… made a solo tackle against Austin Peay and assisted on one at Chattanooga… over the final four games of the year made 23 tackles… recorded five in the overtime win at Western Carolina… season-high eight stops and shared on a tackle for loss in the triple-OT win at The Citadel… five tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, against Samford… made five solo tackles at Furman, broke up two passes and clinched the win by coming up with an interception deep in Eagle territory on the Paladins’ final drive… HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Area Super 8 his senior year… Second Team All-State… junior year earned First Team All-Area honors… Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year… recorded six interceptions, 14 pass break-ups and 54 tackles his junior year… helped his track team win the state title and he was part of the state championship 4x100 relay team… Second Team All-State… lettered four years in football, two in baseball and two in track… played for coach Spence McCraken… PERSONAL: Born February 21, 1990 in Opelika, Alabama… full name is Kwamame Snipes… No. 1 sports highlight was the 2007 and 2008 high school team highlights… his immediate family has been a major influence, “They have supported me in every decision I make and encourage me. They are the reason I made it this far.”… most admires his dad Jasper, “He coached me until middle school. I admire him because until this day he keeps coaching and supporting me.”… his older brother Jamarcus played football for four years at the University of North Alabama… enjoys playing video games, football and basketball… favorite professional team is the Baltimore Ravens… favorite musician is Lil Wayne… son of Jasper and Lillian Snipes… MAJOR: Computer Information Systems.

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MICHAEL SPAULDING LB 5-11 232 So.

Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek) FRESHMAN (2010): Started at The Citadel and against Samford… played in a total of eight games… solo tackle in first game vs. Savannah State… recovered fumble against The Citadel which led to an Eagle field goal… posted career-best eight tackles against The Citadel… posted six total tackles (2U, 4A) in Blue-White spring game, with two assisted tackles on two-straight stops on White team’s goal line attempts… HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Sandy Creek High School…. four-year starter… only two-way starter (running back and linebacker) for Patriots’ state championship team… recorded 94 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 5 sacks as a junior… scored three rushing touchdowns … tallied 108 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 7 sacks as a senior… ran for seven touchdowns in his senior season … first-team All-State and All-Region pick at linebacker… awarded Defensive Coaches Award his senior year… named team captain for senior year… Coach Chip Walker called him the "heart and soul of the team”… also earned a letter as a third baseman for the Patriot baseball team… PERSONAL: Full name is Michael Xavier Spaulding… born in Atlanta, Ga., on July 21, 1992… Son of Jesse and Janelle Spaulding… Has two siblings, Jesse Jr., and Chris… he most admires his father, uncle Anthony Neal, brother Jesse Jr. and Ray Lewis (favorite football player)… likes to listen to “Every Chance I get” by T.I and “On Fire” by Lil’ Wayne before he gets ready for a game and practice… MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering.

DEION STANLEY

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SS 5-9 190 RFr.

Dry Branch Ga. (Twiggs County) FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted… recorded five total tackles (3U, 2A) as a member of White defense in Spring game… HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-State pick at defensive back as a senior and Defensive Player of the Year of Middle Georgia... also earned All-Middle Georgia honors at defensive back... Georgia Sports Writers Association firstteam member at defensive back... threw for 543 yards passing and gained 283 yards rushing... scored four rushing touchdowns and had one as a receiver for the Cobras... recorded 84 tackles with 10 interceptions as a senior... forced two fumbles... played for Coach Dexter Copeland. PERSONAL: Full name is Jeremy Deion Stanley... born August 3, 1992 in Dublin, Ga.... parents are Kenneth and Sundra Stanley.... has a son, Jeremy Deion Stanley, Jr., ...favorite movie is “Above the Rim... MAJOR: Psychology.

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JOHN STEVENSON OLB 5-11 186

Jr.

Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson) JUNIOR (2010): Appeared in 14 games… made first career start against Wofford in playoff game and had a career-best six tackles (5U, 1A)… had four assisted tackles at Western Carolina… tackle on kickoff vs. Savannah State… recorded an assisted tackle as he helped stall Navy’s Ricky Dobb’s on scoring attempt… posted three solo and six assists for game-leading nine total tackles for Blue defense in 2011 spring game… SOPHOMORE (2009): Assisted on a tackle during the 2009 Blue-White game… Played in all 11 games… tallied two unassisted tackles on kickoff returns… had eight special teams tackles in 2009… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in track and football… named All-Region 2-5A… led the team in tackles his senior year… three times was named Dekalb County ‘Player of the Week’… received the Coaches’ Award… played for coach Ron Gartrell… PERSONAL: Born September 9, 1989 in Stone Mountain… No. 1 sports highlight was making 17 tackles in a game versus Luella… his father has been a major influence, “He inspired me to play hard and try my best.”… most admires Coach Ball, his HS strength coach, “He always believed in me.”… enjoys fishing, working out, traveling, music and hanging out with friends… favorite professional team is the Atlanta Falcons… favorite musician is Lil Boosie… son of John Sr. and Tammy Stevenson… MAJOR: Business Management.

TYLER SUMNER TE

6-2 240

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Pooler, Ga. (Savannah Christian) JUNIOR (2010): Started at wide receiver in 13 games and played in all 15… caught one pass for nine yards vs. Savannah State… had one catch for seven yards at Navy… career-long reception of 40 yards came at Coastal Carolina… longest catch at that point in season for Eagles set up scoring situation with field goal against Chants… 22yard reception in Western Carolina game helped get GSU down the field for its second touchdown… Only catch in Blue-White spring game resulted in a 11-yard TD for the White team… SOPHOMORE (2009): Best outing was at Samford with four catches for 33 yards and long of 12… Connected with Lee Chapple for two receptions at South Dakota State for 11 yards… had one catch for 11 yards vs. WCU… First collegiate touchdown reception was a nine-yard catch in fourth quarter vs. Chattanooga… recorded an 11-yard reception at Appalachian State… capped off his spring season catching a game-high nine passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns… made a diving catch over the middle for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter… finished off the scoring with a 1-yard TD catch in the final minute… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years in football, twice in baseball and basketball while also lettering in track… First Team AllRegion his final three years… Three-time All-City pick… named Player of the Year in Region 3-AA… his senior year recorded 28 receptions for 662 yards (23.6 ypc) and 12 touchdowns… recorded 89 tackles and intercepted a pass… team MVP… played for Coach Donald Chumley… PERSONAL: Born April 26, 1990 in Savannah… his dad has been a major influence, “We both enjoy sports.”… most admires Michael Jor-


dan, “He is a winner.”… enjoys fishing and hunting… favorite professional teams are the Atlanta Braves and Falcons… favorite musician is Lynard Skynard… son of Paul and Christie Sumner… MAJOR: Business Management. sumner’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. NET APC TD 2009 11-6 9 75 8.3 1 2010 15-13 10 149 14.9 0 26-19 19 224 11.8 1

APG 6.8 9.9 8.6

LONG 12 (SAM) 40 (CCU) 40 (CCU)

sumner’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 40 at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10 (1 catch) Career-high attempts – 4 at Samford, 11-7-09 (33 yards) Career-high touchdowns – 1 vs. Chattanooga, 10-17-09 (9 yards)

BRENT THOMAS

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FB 5-10 192 Sr. Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

JUNIOR (2010): Scored first touchdown of the 2011 Blue-White game… 1-yard carry from Jaybo Shaw handoff put the White squad up 6-0 en route to 21-20 win… registered tackle vs. Savannah State (kickoff)… played in Savannah State, Wofford (9-9) and South Carolina State games… transferred to Georgia Southern after attending Hawai’iManoa and Valencia Community College… SOPHOMORE (2009): Saw action in four games… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in football, three in track and two in wrestling… played for Coach Robert Weiner… First Team All-State… First Team All-Hillsborough County… voted Defensive MVP his senior year… made 149 tackles, including 39 for a loss, his senior year... helped the squad his senior year win the state football championship… PERSONAL: Born January 10, 1989 in Tampa, Fla.… No. 1 sports highlight was winning the 2006 state title… Nate Carroway and his HS coaching staff have been a major influence, “Nate taught me to be the baddest dude on the field.”… most admires former NFL running back Mike Alstott, “He never quits and is a beast. I try and play like him. He and Brian Urlacher are my two favorite players.”… had a cousin play football at Northeastern… enjoys fishing, the beach, sports and spending time with family… favorite professional team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… favorite musicians are Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, DMB and Rob Zombie… son of Keith Thomas and Doug and Valorie Bauer… MAJOR: Sport Management.

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RODERICK TINSLEY DT 6-3 284 Sr. Soperton, Ga. (Treutlen)

JUNIOR (2010): Missed only start at The Citadel… played in all 15 games… selected to second-team All-SoCon defensive unit by Coaches and Media Association… had team-best six forced fumbles during 2010 season… ranked 13th on NCAA career list for forced fumbles… one of his six tackles (3U, 3A) at Navy included a two-yard tackle for loss on Middie QB Ricky Dobbs… picked up nine tackles with share of season-best 3.5 tackles for a total of 12 yards lost against Terriers in NCAA playoff game, both career bests… had then-career-best seven tackles against The Citadel with two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles… added 2.5 tackles for loss against Samford with six total tackles in against the Bulldogs… effort against Appalachian State included 3.0 tackles for loss, the third straight game he posted multiple TFLs… blocked field goal at Western Carolina to turn the ball over to Georgia Southern… recovered Furman fumble forced by Derek Heyden to give the ball back to the Eagles’ for the chance to win in the fourth quarter… registered tackle for loss (1 yard) in Savannah State game with a breakup… SOPHOMORE (2009): Earned two starts and played in eight games… missed first two games with injury… had a sack for loss of six yards and two tackles for loss at Elon… recorded career-best four total tackles at Elon… registered a tackle for loss at Samford… had three total tackles in games at Samford and in season finale vs. The Citadel… had three tackles for loss on the year… FRESHMAN (2008): Played in all 11 games… made two solo tackles in the season-opener at Georgia, including one for a 2-yard loss, and a pass break-up… one tackle against Austin Peay… solo tackle in the Wofford game… blocked a punt at Chattanooga that led to a return for a touchdown… shared on a 4-yard sack at The Citadel… signed with the Eagles in February 2008… HIGH SCHOOL: Earned First Team All-Region 2-A accolades as a junior (linebacker) and senior (defensive end)… two-time First Team Heart of Georgia… Honorable Mention AllState… senior year recorded 92 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 10 sacks… at linebacker his junior year finished with 78 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and five sacks… selected to play in the GACA All-Star game... lettered in football, basketball and track… two-time team captain… PERSONAL: Born April 18, 1990 in Dublin… his father has been a major influence, “for pushing me to the limit.”… his brother Phillip plays at Middle Tennessee State… enjoys fishing and playing basketball… favorite professional team is the Dallas Cowboys… son of Derrick and Renee Thomas… MAJOR: Engineering. tinsley’s career defensive stats Year G-S U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH 2008 11-0 3 2 5 0.5 1.5 0 0 0 1 0 2009 8-2 9 4 13 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2010 15-14 39 16 55 2 15.5 6 1 0 4 3 34-16 51 22 73 3.5 20 6 1 0 5 3 Career-high tackles – 9 at Wofford, 12-11-10 (5U, 4A) Career-high TFL – 3.5 at Wofford, 12-11-10 Career-high forced fumbles – 2 at The Citadel, 10-23-10, at Wofford, 12-11-10 Blocked field goal attempt at Western Carolina, 11-13-10

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LAVELLE

CB 5-7 168 Sr.

CB 5-11 166 So.

Walkersville, Md. (Walkersville) JUNIOR (2010): Played in 10 games… joined the Eagles for spring 2010… High School: Played for Coach Ryan Hines at Walkersville High School (Md.)… lettered three years in football… named team captain as a senior for the Lions… PERSONAL: Full name is Deonté Jamal Watkins… born in Atlanta, Ga., on June 11, 1990… parents are Charles Watkins and Christine Jamison… has three brothers Marcus, Quintin and Kevin… favorite Georgia Southern University tradition is riding the old yellow dogs to the football games… MAJOR: Biology with a minor in Coaching.

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MARTIN WEATHERBY WR 5-9 183

Jr.

Roswell, Ga. (Fellowship) JUNIOR (2010): Played against South Carolina State in playoff game… SOPHOMORE (2009): Scout team member… FRESHMAN (2008): Redshirted… joined the program as a walk-on… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in football and twice in track… earned All-State honors his junior and senior years… recorded the most receiving yards in the state his junior year… two-time All-Region selection… twice named team captain… following his senior year was named Region 5-A ‘Player of the Year’… played in the GACA North-South game in 2008… senior year team won region championship… played for coach Bob Lord… PERSONAL: Born July 24, 1990 in Roswell… No. 1 sports highlight was scoring four touchdowns in one game during his junior year… his coaches Bob Lord and Rashid Gayle have been a major influence, “They have always believed in me and pushed me to be the best I can.”… also admires Coach Lord, “He is one of the greatest men I know and always does everything he can to the best of his ability.”… enjoys weightlifting, fishing, hunting, wakeboarding and snowboarding… Indianapolis Colts listed as favorite professional team… listens to the Dave Matthews Band… son of Steve and Kathy Weatherby… MAJOR: Exercise Science.

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WESTBROOKS Riverdale, Ga. (Riverdale) FRESHMAN (2010): Recorded solo tackle in Savannah State game in first collegiate action… tallied career-best seven tackles at Furman (5U, 2A)… assisted tackle at Navy… had one interception against The Citadel to go along with four solo tackles…had two tackles for loss against the Bulldogs in shutout win … tied for team lead in tackles with six with Derek Heyden against Tribe in NCAA playoff game… had second interception of the year in playoff victory over S.C. State… picked up seven starts at corner and played in 13 games… HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team All-Region honors as a junior and second-team allregion honors as a senior... team captain as a senior... led Raiders in interceptions in 2008... voted best defensive back for Riverdale for 2008 season... placed second in triple jump and fifth in long jump at Regional 4-AAAAA track meet... coached by Nick Davis. MAJOR: preSport Management. weSTBROOKs’ career defensive stats U A TT SKS TFL FF FR INT PBU QH Year G-S 2010 13-8 23 9 32 1.0 3.0 0 0 2 3 0 13-8 23 9 32 1.0 3.0 0 0 2 3 0 Career-high tackles – 7 at Furman, 11-20-10 (5U, 2A) Career-high TFL – 2 at The Citadel, 10-23-10 Career-high sacks – 1 at Furman, 11-20-10

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BRIAN WILCHER SLOT 5-7 174

Dublin, Ga. (Dublin)

Jr.

SOPHOMORE (2010): Earned a start at slotback against William & Mary… had one carry for nine yards against Tribe… season-best 25 yards against Wofford in playoff game with a career-long rush of 19 yards… played in 10 games… took the ball 26 yards on four carries in 2011 Blue-White spring game, averaging a gain of 6.5 yards per carry…HIGH SCHOOL: Won four letters for Fighting Irish and Coach Roger Holmes… captained team for 2005 and 2006 region championship and 2006 state title… Heart of Georgia Region Player of the Year and first-team running back… Middle Georgia All-State first-team running back… ran for 1,176 yards with 25 touchdowns as a junior, averaging 9.41 yards per carry… had 10 receptions for 181 yards… Heart of Georgia Region Offensive Player of the Year… played on 7-on-7 all-star team… also earned four letters in track and field as a member of the 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams… 4X100 relay team won region championship in his senior year… also competed in the 100 meter Dash and long jump… PERSONAL: Full name is Brian Emmanuel Wilcher… born December 23, 1988 in Dublin, Ga…. parents are Gilbert and Wanda Wilcher… favorite movie is “Gladiator”… favorite color is blue… most interesting class taken at Georgia Southern is Physics – How Things Work…brother Brandon was a member of the Georgia Southern Football team… admires his father for “his teaching and dedication to this sport for me” and his mother “for setting me on


the right path and teaching me to have faith and not give up… says brother Brandon is “like another parent to me who guides me through the options that will make me successful in life” … listens to songs by Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Pastor Troy and Lil’ Wayne before playing or practicing… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is the flying of the eagle over Paulson Stadium at graduation… MAJOR: Health Education.

J.J. WILCOX SLOT 6-0 215 Cairo, Ga. (Cairo)

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Jr.

SOPHOMORE (2010): Moved to slotback from wide receiver position and played in all15 games with 14 starts… Owns single-season record for average yards per catch for 2010 with 25-yards-per-catch average with 22 receptions for 551 yards… caught three of Georgia Southern’s five TD receptions… involved in 12 plays of 20 or more yards… scored first career touchdown against Savannah State with precision 26-yard run down the right sideline… three carries for 36 yards and added a 23yard reception, Jaybo Shaw’s first completion as an Eagle… was one of six different Eagles to score a rushing TD against the Tigers…Shaw and Wilcox teamed up again for another first against Navy with a 17yard TD reception, a first for Wilcox and for Shaw in a Georgia Southern uniform… came up big in scoring series at Coastal Carolina with four rushes for 25 yards and two receptions (19, 15t) for 34 yards… totaled 37 yards rushing and 49 receiving yards total (3 catches) on the day to lead Eagles with 86 all-purpose yards… also the recipient of the longest pass of the year, a 63-yard from Shaw at Chattanooga in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles in the red zone… 121 receiving yards at Chattanooga ranked as the season-best single-game total for Georgia Southern in 2010… also had 35 yards rushing in that game… 58yard first-half touchdown pass accounted for his other receiving yards against the Mocs… rushing touchdown late in game against Wofford helped GSU pull within two… 18-yard pass from Shaw against Appalachian State brought GSU to the Mountaineer 13-yard line to set up for the tying score… scored first touchdown against Western Carolina and then grabbed 46-yard pass from Shaw on second scoring drive… had 107 yards on three receptions – two of 40-plus yards against Furman… brought Eagles to the Furman four-yard line with 47-yard catch early in second half… scored on two-point conversion against Paladins after one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter… made crucial tackle on Furman fumble recovery by bringing down Paladin at the GSU 8… scored two touchdowns, one in the first quarter, one in the fourth in Eagle playoff game against South Carolina State… only pass reception at William & Mary put the Eagles within striking distance for their goahead touchdown in the third quarter… FRESHMAN (2009): Started four of eight games in 2009, missing three games due to injury… made first start at South Dakota State and had two receptions for 24 yards… posted career-best four catches for 37 yards vs. Western Carolina… returned from injury vs. Chattanooga… took a career-long 37-yard pass off 3rd-and-5 to extend the Eagles’ drive, eventually ending in the goahead TD score… picked up all 35 yards off three receptions in second half vs. Albany… long of 25 vs. Great Danes came on Eagles’ opening drive of the second half, leading to the go-ahead score… caught four passes for 31 yards at Appalachian State… had one catch for eight yards at Samford… registered one catch for seven yards and first down in final Georgia Southern drive vs. Furman… HIGH SCHOOL: A First Team All-Region and First Team All-Area wide receiver... helped Cairo HS win the 2008 state championship... recorded 22 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns... also a standout on defense, recording 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception his senior year... played for coach Tom Fallaw... joins current Eagle Johnathan Bryant from Cairo HS. MAJOR: Business Administration.

wilcox’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. NET APC TD 2009 8-4 16 179 11.2 0 2010 15-14 22 551 *25.0 3 23-18 38 730 19.2 3

APG 22.4 36.7 31.7

LONG 37(UTC) 63(UTC) 63(UTC)

Wilcox’s career highs *Georgia Southern single-season record for yards per catch Career-high receiving yards – 121 at Chattanooga, 10-16-10 Career-high receptions – 4 vs. Western Carolina, 9-17-09 (37 yards); 4 at Appalachian State, 10-24-09 (21 yards) Career-high touchdowns – 1 on three occasions; at Navy, 9-11-10, at Coastal Carolina, 9-18-10, at Chattanooga, 10-16-10 wilcox’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 2010 15-14 85 484 5.7 6 15-14 85 484 5.7 6

APG 32.3 32.3

LONG 26 (SSU) 26 (SSU)

Wilcox’s career highs Career-high rushing yards – 75 vs Wofford, 10-9-10 (10 attempts) Career-high attempts – 11 vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10 (50 yards) Career-high touchdowns – 2 vs. South Carolina State, 11-27-10

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RASHAD WILLIAMS DE 6-1 240 RFr.

Roswell, Ga. (Dunwoody) FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted… four tackles in spring game for White defense, including one tackle for loss (2 yards)… HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-Region and All-DeKalb County at defensive end... Wildcats team leader in tackles and sacks in 2009 with 88 total, 58 solo and six sacks... also posted 18 tackles for loss and returned one interception for a touchdown... team captain as a senior... selected for team "Player of the Week" honors three times... ... two-sport letterman in football and track... threw shotput, discus and ran 200 meter dash... played for Coach Michael Youngblood... PERSONAL: Son of Genita Williams.MAJOR: Multimedia Communications.

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SOPHOMORE (2010): Made 11 starts and played in 14 games… 12 catches for the 2010 campaign… grabbed long reception of 35 yards recorded at Coastal Carolina where he totaled 46 yards on two catches… had the most catches in a single game with four against Appalachian State for 34 yards… connected with Shaw for 29-yard completion to put Eagles at the Catamount 12-yard line to set up the final touchdown… FRESHMAN (2009): Totaled 29 catches in 2009 in 11 games and six starts… Pulled in career-bests at Wofford with seven receptions for 64 yards… Grabbed a 13-yard catch on the Eagles’ final drive vs. Albany (N.Y.)… had two receptions for 24-yards in his college debut… hauled in six passes for 59 yards at South Dakota State, including long of 20… First collegiate touchdown reception was a 10yard reception from Lee Chapple late in the second quarter against The Citadel … received a pass from Lee Chapple and threw a 10-yard pass back to Chapple in the endzone for a touchdown vs. Furman… had three catches for 32 yards on the day vs. Paladins… totaled 15 yards off two receptions at Elon… had 15 yards off four catches at Appalachian State… had one reception at Samford for seven yards… caught Citadel punt and reversed to Laron Scott for 41-yard return… returned three punts. HIGH SCHOOL: First Team All-State at wide receiver (Gwinnett Daily Post)... Honorable Mention All-State by the Associated Press... First Team All-Region 7AAAAA... First Team Gwinnett County All-Stars as selected by the Gwinnett County coaches... Second Team All-State at defensive back by the CSS All-Chevy Football Team... received the Team First Award by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club and was named ‘Player of the Month’ by that organization... U.S. Army and state Academic Honor Roll for Class AAAAA in 2008... started at wide receiver, punter, kicker, kickoff return team and punt returner... also started playing in the secondary midway through the year... caught 48 passes for 772 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year... TD receptions led the county... made 61 tackles... recorded four interceptions (third-most in the county)... averaged 34 yards per punt and had only two punt returns for positive yards... in the All-Star game caught four passes for 70 yards and a TD... played for coach Bill Ballard. MAJOR: Psychology.

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Williford’s career highs Career-high receiving yards – 64 at Wofford, 10-3-09 (7 catches) Career-high receptions – 7 at Wofford, 10-3-09 (64 yards) Career-high receiving touchdowns – 1 vs. The Citadel, 11-21-09

SOPHOMORE (2010): Saw action in Appalachian State game at Paulson Stadium… sacked Blue quarterback for a loss of five yards in 2011 spring game for one of his three tackles in the contest… REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2009): Made a solo tackle in the 2010 BlueWhite game… FRESHMAN (2008): Joined the team as a walk-on… redshirted… HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in baseball, three in football… twice named All-Area at Hart County High School… Defensive MVP his senior year… recorded 112 tackles as a senior and 120 during his junior year… played for coach Joby Scroggs… PERSONAL: No. 1 sports highlight was intercepting Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt when they were in high school… his family has been a major influence… most admires Ronnie Royston, “He influenced me the most in football and life.”… had an uncle play football at Georgia in the late 1980s… enjoys hunting and fishing… favorite professional team is the New England Patriots… enjoys listening to any country and rock and roll music… son of Kenny York and Carol Fernandez-Jones… MAJOR: Justice Studies.

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EZAYI YOUYOUTE QB 5-11 173 RFr.

Wachula, Fla. (Hardee County) FRESHMAN (2010): Saw action in season opener with two rushes for a total of 32 yards before missing the rest of the season with a foot injury. HIGH SCHOOL: As a senior, rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns on 97 carries at Hardee County High School... averaged 12.3 per rush and 108 yards per game... passed for an additional 350 yards and five touchdowns... led Wildcats to a 9-2 record and 2009 FHSAA Class 2A District 6 championship... team's offensive most valuable player as junior and senior... recorded 20 tackles, seven passes defended and four interceptions in spot play at defensive back... returned interceptions for a total of 141 yards and one touchdown... awarded the L. Dale Carlton Award presented to the most valuable player who demonstrates dedication and leadership in the sport of football… Played on Hardee Senior High School varsity team as a freshman for 11-2 squad… sat out sophomore year with an injury… Offensive MVP as a junior for Wildcats with 1,326 yards rushing and 578 yards passing… led team to 10-2 mark and district championship as a senior with 1,197 yards rushing and 267 passing… played for Coach Tim Price… fouryear football letterwinner and team captain as a junior and senior… three-sport letterwinner after competing in track and field for three years and basketball for two… PERSONAL: Born April 2, 1992 in Avon Park, Fla., … youngest of four children… son of Verdule and Cederina Youyoute… nickname is “Izzy”… listens to Pastor Troy before he gets ready to practice or play… admires his parents for being hard working…MAJOR: pre-Sport Management. youyoute’s career rushing stats Year G-S ATT. NET APC TD 1-0 2 32 16.0 0 2010 1-0 2 32 16.0 0

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williford’s career receiving stats Year G-S NO. NET APC TD 2009 11-3 29 230 7.9 1 2010 14-10 12 151 12.6 0 25-13 41 381 9.3 1

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Garrett Brewer 6-0 244 OL Dixie, Ga. (Colquitt County)

Region 1-AAAAA second team pick on offense... Started 29 games.... Graded out at 91 percent as a senior with 64 knockouts... Helped team to first state championship game appearance since 1944... Offensive line was key factor in two fourth quarter touchdowns in comeback victory over Grayson in playoffs... Offense had 609 yards of offense and 38 first downs against Brookwood in title game... Selected to play in Border Wars High School All-Star game coached by Georgia team coach and Colquitt County Head Coach Rush Propst... PERSONAL: Full name is Garrett Neal Brewer... born December 4, 1992 in Thomasville, Ga., ... son of Jim and Jana Petrey… has four siblings Bailey, Paige, Logan, and Chelsea… his biggest influence is his stepfather because he has supported him in all he has done and has helped him realize what he wants to do with his life after college… favorite tradition at Georgia Southern University is head butting Erk Russell before the game… MAJOR: Biology.

Registered 87 total tackles in 2010 with four interceptions and 13 pass deflections... Member of the Douglas County Sentinel’s AllCounty team as a defensive back... Had seven field goal blocks on the season... Played for Tigers Head Coach and Georgia Southern alum John Oglesby… Ran on Douglas County’s 4x400 Relay team and competed in the high jump... Was second-leading scorer for Tigers’ basketball team as a junior as a shooting guard... Had back-toback games with 20+ points in December 2010… Earned Georgia High School Player of the Week honors with a 38-point scoring performance vs. North Paulding... Runs a 4.5 in the 40... Earned three letters in football and two each in basketball and in track... PERSONAL: Full name is Antonio Raffael Glover, Jr. ... born March 31, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga., ... Parents are Antonio Sr. and Wykessa Glover… has a sister Natasha… cites biggest influence as his parents because “they showed him how to be a man and laid the proper foundation for him to succeed in life”…MAJOR: Pre-Sports Management.

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Quaun Daniels 6-1 201 LB Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County)

All-Region IAAAAA first team defense… helped lead Colquitt County to state championship game… Totaled 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks as a senior in 2010... Tallied 15 QB hurries... Had three of the Packers’ six sacks for loss of 32 yards against Grayson… recorded nine tackles in state final with three tackles for loss… Named to the Georgia All-Star Team for Border Wars game against Florida… Recorded three sacks for the South team in the Georgia North-South All-Star game… Secured a spot on the New Year’s All-Tournament team with 17 points and 27 rebounds to lead the Colquitt County basketball team to a come-from-behind 50-37 victory over Berrien… Colquitt County teammate Garrett Brewer also joining the Georgia Southern Football program… PERSONAL: Born Quauntarious Daniels on November 18, 1992 in Moultrie, Ga., ... son of Gerald Greer, Jr....names his father as his biggest influence because “he has done the best of his abilities to teach him how to be a good man and father once he starts his own family”… favorite tradition at Georgia Southern University is watching Freedom fly across the field… MAJOR: General Studies.

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Garrett Frye 6-4 245 OL Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention Class AAAA All-State pick by the Associated Press… All-Region and All-County team selection… recorded 72 pancake blocks (13 in 1 game), 48 tackles, 18 for loss, 4 sacks, 12 hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered, and 2 tipped passes… three-year varsity letterwinner in football... named captain of the War Eagles as a senior… played for Jeff Arnette... also won two letters as a member of the track and field team... Set the South Forsyth record for the discus at the 2010 Region Track meet... StudentAthlete of the Week September 10, 2010, for outstanding academic performance… boasts a 3.76 GPA… one of four juniors selected to attend the Georgia Boys State Leadership Development Program at Georgia Southern University and was one of the top 10 runner-ups for the national program in Washington, D.C… also a 2010 member of DECA, a marketing and entrepreneur group... PERSONAL: Full name is Garrett Lee Frye... born May 26, 1993 in Louisville, Ky.,... parents are Robert and Sandra Frye…Mother played volleyball at Eastern Kentucky and was named team captain in 1983… most admires his parents… influenced greatly by Coach Arnette because he has taught him so much in the past year about being a great football player and person… MAJOR: Pre-Exercise Science.

Antonio Glover 6-0 180 DB Atlanta, Ga. (Douglas County)

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Earned two-star rating from Rivals.com... Named to 7-AAAAA All-Region team as a junior and senior... First-team All-County selection by Touchdown Club of Gwinnett and Gwinnett Daily Post All-County as a senior following honorable mention honors as a junior... Listed for All-State honorable mention honors after Hawks advanced to state quarterfinals... Three-year starter for Mill Creek helped Hawks amass more than 2,500 yards on the ground and 2,200 in the air, allowing Mill Creek quarterbacks to complete nearly 60 percent of their passes in 2010... Hawks’ offense averaged 6.0 yards per rush and 371 yards of total offense per game... Participated in Georgia North-South All-State game on the North roster... Also chosen for Gwinnett County all-star game... Possesses school record for pancake blocks with 118... Named Mill Creek Special Teams player of the Week in early 2010... Played for Head Coach Shannon Jarvis... Owns a 28-1 record with 25 pins as a wrestler as a senior, winning the state heavyweight title… Garnered all-county honors following his sophomore and junior seasons… PERSONAL: Full name is Austin Somers Hagan... born July 18, 1992 in Dunwoody, Ga.,... son of Rusty and Cindy Hagan…names his father as the biggest influence on him because “he has been very supportive in his life”…favorite tradition at Georgia Southern is head butting Erk before the game... MAJOR: Business with a minor in Sports Marketing.

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Wilson Hudgins 6-0 218 TE Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)

Two-year starter and letterwinner at tight end after beginning his prep career as a wide receiver… ESPN.com ranks Hudgins as a two-star prospect… Played for Head Coach Mickey Conn as Rams advanced to semifinals and quarterfinals in last two seasons with a 46-8 record during Hudgins’ high school career… Selected to Gwinnett All-County team by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club… County coaches placed Hudgins on the All-Star team… Had 14 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ Wing-T offense… Named offensive player of the game for 95 percent blocking grade against North Forsyth… Achieved a season blocking percentage grade of 85 percent… Excellent blocking performance and intensity resulted in Hudgins winning the “Hammer Award” during the regular season… Recipient of Grayson’s “Pancake Award” for the

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Maurice Hunt, Jr. 6-2 263 OL Lyons, Ga. (Toombs County)

Three-year starter for Bulldogs... First-team All-State selection... Two-time All-Region choice at offensive line position... won the Offensive “Pain Train” team award for the 2010 season... McIntosh County Academy Game MVP... nicknamed “Big Mo”... played for Head Coach Shane Williamson... PERSONAL: Born in Vidalia, Ga., on January 4, 1993 to parents Maurice, Sr. and Gloria Hunt… full name is Maurice Hunt, Jr…. has one sister, Crystal Wardlaw… enjoys fishing, playing video games and playing drums at his church… most admires his parents, grandmother, granny and sister… “My Girl” by The Temptations and “Cooling Water” by the Williams Brothers are two of his favorite songs in his ipod… favorite athletes are Rickey Williams, Michael Vick and Michael Oher… favorite Georgia Southern tradition is the chant before kickoff… favorite foods are ribs, macaroni & cheese and peas & rice… most treasured possession is the cross necklace that was given to him by his granddad… lists his parents as having the biggest influence on him because “they taught me Christian values, to be a respectful young man, to believe in myself and to have faith in God.” Major: Undecided.

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Riyahd Jones 5-11 171 DB Columbus, Ga. (Carver-Columbus) Three-star Rivals.com standout who was part of the 13-1 team that went to the semifinals of the GHSA state championships... As a junior, caught 27 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns... played for Carver Head Coach Del McGee... Participated in the Georgia National Underclassmen Combine... PERSONAL: Born Riyahd Andre Jones to Charles and Billesses Jones on May 4, 1993 in Columbus, Ga.… has a brother Jalen… admires his dad most...Favorite tradition at Georgia Southern is riding the old worn buses to the games… Major: Undecided.

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Seon Jones 5-9 196 RB Flowery Branch, Ga. (Buford) Broke 40-yard-old Buford record for most rushing yards in a single game with 319 on 13 carries against Lovett…. Scored three touchdowns in that game, including an 85-yard score to earn Gainesville Times Player of the Week honors… Team rushing leader in 2010 with 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns… Earned Gwinnett County All-Area accolades for junior and senior seasons... Received AllState honorable mention status in 2010... Helped lead the Wolves to a 14-1 record and record-tying fourth-straight state championship for Class AA Coach of the Year Jess Simpson… Jones scored the first touchdown in the title game as Buford became the only team to win seven championships in a 10-yard span… His second TD in the game was a 77-yard gallop… Jones capped his career with a senior season that saw him run for 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns… Carried the ball 11 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Lovett in the playoffs to put Jones over the

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1,000-yard mark for the 2010 season… Rushed for 743 yards on 163 carries as a junior, including a 108-yard game against Jefferson… Scored five touchdowns during the 2009 campaign… Competed in track and field as a member of the Buford record 4x100 relay team… Placed fourth with 4x100 relay team at Class AA state meet after claiming the AA region championship… Set personal records in the 100 (11.39) and 200 (22.60) meter dash events…4.55 time in the 40 at the ESPN Combine in March 2010 was the 16th-best among more than 1200 participants… played for Buford team with future Eagle Dominique Swope... PERSONAL: Born Seon Edward Jones on April 28, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga.... parents are Seon and Kristie Jones… has two siblings Kristion and Maya… he writes the biggest influence on him are his parents because, “they are always encouraging him to reach his dreams and his goals and are always there for him”…Major: Pre-Sports Management.

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Josh King 5-9 188 DB Stockbridge, Ga. (Mt. Zion) Two-time All-Region selection… Mt. Zion Iron Man Award winner… Owns the record for the longest touchdown run (96 yards)… Earned best DB award at National Underclassmen Combine in 2010… Won four letters in football and four in track… Ran the 100 meter and 200 meter Dash… Also competed in the Long Jump and as a member of the 4X100 Relay team.... PERSONAL: Born February 28, 1993 in Chicago, Ill… son of James King and Kelley Brown… one of five children… three favorite songs in his ipod are “Hustlin’” by Wiz Khalifa, and “Road to Riches” and “Feeling I Get” by Future… favorite athlete is DeAngelo Hall… favorite movie is “Friday”… would like to learn how to swim… most admires his father because “he is a parent as well as my coach. He inspires me to be great in everything I do”… loves the Georgia Southern fans because of how they support the team every Saturday… Major: Undecided.

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Hunter Lamar 6-3 260 OL Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro) Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team All-State pick and first-team All-Region selection in 2010... played for Blue Devils Head Coach Steve Pennington... Helped Statesboro to an 11-3 record as a senior... PERSONAL: Born August 27, 1992 in Statesboro, Ga.… full name is Hunter Baize Lamar… parents are John and Charlene Lamar, both Georgia Southern graduates… enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors… admires his parents, God and Erk Russell… three favorite songs on his ipod are “Them Boys” by Brantley Gilbert, “I’m on One” by Drake, Rick Ross and Lil’ Wayne and “On my Level” by Wiz Khalifa… favorite athlete is Brian Urlacher… favorite meal is BBQ… would want to have witnessed Super Bowl I… most treasured possession is his faith because “no one can take that away from me no matter what”… favorite movie is “Varsity Blues”… parents have had a major influence on him because “they have pushed me to be the best I can be in everything that I do.” …MAJOR: Biology.


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2011 GEORGIA SOUTHERN SIGNEES Prince McJunkins 5-11 171 QB Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner)

Dual-threat quarterback started three years for Wagoner, leading Bulldogs to 13-1 record and state championship game as a senior… Ranks as one of the top players in Oklahoma Class 4A evident by his selection as the District 4A-3 Most Valuable Player... Also named Verdigris Valley Most Valuable Player… Selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Team… Earned Channel 2 and Al Jergins “Player of the Year” Award… Muskogee Phoenix Most Valuable Player… Channel 8 “Ford Award” recipient… Selected to All-State team by Tulsa World newspaper… Completed 121-169 of his passes (72 percent) for for 2,132 yards and 33 touchdowns with only three interceptions… amassed 647 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns… Bulldogs averaged 40.2 points per game… Recorded more than 4,500 career passing yards and 51 touchdowns to go along with 1,700 yards rushing and 27 TDs… Also played in the secondary for Bulldogs Head Coach Dale Condict... Father, Prince McJunkins III, ran the option for Coach Willie Jeffries at Wichita State and became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards in a career (1979-82)… the elder Prince was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and went on to play in the Canadian Football League… one of only two Shockers to have their numbers retired... PERSONAL: Son of Prince McJunkins III and Josette Pierce… born October 23, 1992 in Muskogee, Okla... has two sisters Crystal and Janae… person he most admires is his mother because she motivated him to be the best man he could be... favorite tradition at Georgia Southern is touching the Erk bust… Major: Biology.

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Matt Mills 6-2 293 OL Johns Creek, Ga. (Chattahoochee)

Three-year starter for Chattahoochee’s AAAA state football title team, helping the Cougars to their first championship… Team finished with a 15-0 record and ranked 46th in ESPN’s Powerade Fab 50… Part of an offensive line that helped the starting quarterback amass 2,644 yards, while completing nearly 70 percent of all passes… Chattahoochee rushed for nearly 200 yards per game and racked up more than 350 yards per game of total offense… 7-AAAA All-Region first team selection and All-State honorable mention for Class AAAA by the Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2010… North Fulton Neighbor selected Mills for its 2010 Pigskin Superlatives section… Named to the 2010 AllBeacon newspaper football team and was a second-team pick for the All-Neighbor newspapers squad… Placed on the honorable mention list by the North Fulton Neighbor in 2009… top Offensive line finalist at the Atlanta Scout Combine in spring 2010… Also saw time on the defensive line… Played for Hooch Head Coach Terry Crowder… Won letters for wrestling and for track and field... Threw shot put and discus for Cougars... Tied his personal record of 126’ 10” in the discus at 7-AAAA region meet for a second-place finish… PERSONAL: Born July 4, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga., ... Parents are Steve & Sarah Mills... has four siblings Meghan, Jennifer, Hannah, and Eric (deceased)… admires his parents because “they have always supported him in everything he does and make sacrifices to make sure he succeeds”… most treasured possession is a family picture with his brother before he passed away and his 2010 state championship ring…Nickname is “Big Thrills” MAJOR: Biology.

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Emmanuel Orange 5-10 194 DB Naples, Fla. (Naples)

Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) recognized Orange as the top-ranked cornerback in Southwest Florida… FACA AllDistrict 16 pick on defense, helping to lead Naples to a 13-1 record in 2010 and top-25 ranking in the state… Ft. Myers News-Press All-Area Football second-team member... Totaled 33 tackles as a senior… Returned one of his three interceptions in 2010 for 95 yards for a touchdown… Selected as the player with the “hit of the week” for three games in 2010… Recognized as Special Teams Player of the Week October 23, 2010 for effort against Barron Collier… Recovered a fumble on a Gulf Coast kickoff return for a touchdown… also returned a fumble for 32 yards to score six… Had interception in the “Coconut Bowl” in the win over rival Lely... Blocked four punts during his junior campaign… Played for Golden Eagles Head Coach Bill Kramer… Member of the 2010 Homecoming Court… Current defensive assistant coach Victor Cabral is an alum of Naples High School... Chosen to play in the Collier County All-Star game… Selected by Principal Nancy Graham as Student of the Month… PERSONAL: Born December 25, 1992 in Haiti to Wilbert and Genevieve Orange… Has two siblings Jules and Nathalie… God, family and his coaches are his biggest influence…Most treasured possession is his family because they are his inspirations…Major: Undecided.

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Manrey Saint-Amour 6-2 246 OL Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) Two-year starter at North Gwinnett on the offensive line… Named Gwinnett Touchdown Club’s Offensive Lineman of the Year… recorded 174 knockdowns as a senior and 137 as a junior… Gwinnett Touchdown Club’s co-Offensive Lineman of the year… Earned Player of the Month honors on four occasions in the last two years… Starting center for the North team in the 2010 Georgia North-South All-Star game and Gwinnett All-Star team... All-County honorable mention in 2009… Was awarded with the “Honor, Courage and Commitment Award” from the United States Marine Corps… PERSONAL: Born February 1, 1993 to Manfred and Frednise Saint-Amour in Haiti… says the person with the biggest influence on his life is his father because “he is the first man he knew that resembled Christ in everything he does”… favorite tradition at Georgia Southern is G.A.T.A… most treasured possession is the Bible because he can’t live without it… Major: Biology.

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Dominique Swope 6-0 209 RB Buford, Ga. (Buford)

Class AAAA All-State honorable mention in 2008 at Sequoya High School… Played for the Chiefs before transferring to Buford… Ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns for fifth-ranked Sequoyah High School against Clarke Central as a sophomore… Scored 29 touchdowns with 1,480 rushing yards… Returned three punts for touchdowns in 2008… Started last half of the season as a freshman… won two varsity letters at Sequoya… Split carries in the 2010 season with Buford teammate and future Eagle Seon Jones… Second-leading rusher for Wolves with 705 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, scoring six during the playoffs… Averaged 7.9 yards per carry… Also returned punts for Buford, averaging 21.1 yards on 10 attempts… Helped lead the Wolves to a 14-1 record in 2010 and record-tying fourth-straight state championship for Class AA Coach of the Year Jess Simpson… PERSONAL: Full name is Dominique Shawn Swope... son of Martin Toussaint and Grace Swope… born February 27, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga., ... has three siblings Aleyah, Andrew, and Derek… brother Andrew was a four-year linebacker at Buford...Admires his parents most… Favorite tradition at Georgia Southern University is the jerseys because they are navy and white… Favorite athlete is Adrian Peterson of the Vikings… Major: Undecided.

Two-time All-Region selection…All-County and All-South Cresent 2009 and 2010… Recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, two blocked kicks and one touchdown… Had eight tackles for loss and 49 assists... Played for Coach Al Hughes… PERSONAL: Full name is Leander Antwione Williams… born May 26, 1993 in Birmingham, Ala., to parents Leander and Jacqueline Williams… has one brother, Marquis, and one sister, Jacqueline… most admires his dad because “he is a positive role model in my life”… favorite movie is “The Dark Knight”… favote athletes are Lebron James, Brian Dawkins and Michael Vick… MAJOR: Biology.

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Zach Walker 6-1 176 WR Wrightsville, Ga. (Johnson County)

Two-time first team All-State selection rewrote numerous Johnson County records with 185 career receptions for 3,050 yards and 40 touchdowns… His career receiving touchdowns total ranks fourth all-time in the state while his receiving yardage total is ninth …Unanimous selection as Region 3-A Offensive Player of the Year… A three-time first team choice in the Heart of Georgia, Walker was honored as 2010 Player of the Year… Walker was an All-Region selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and first team AllMiddle Georgia as a junior and senior… Led Trojans with 69 receptions for 1,187 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior for a 17.2 yards per catch average… Receiving yards-per-game average (117.2) ranked second in the state and his receiving yards total for 2010 was good enough for fifth in the state… Combined with D.J. Rozier as the number-one tandem in receptions with 185… Johnson County finished season 11-1 in 2010 and number-six ranking from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and number-nine ranking from the Associated Press… Had 1,172 yards on 72 catches and 14 touchdowns as a junior… Top receiver for Trojans’ as a sophomore with 34 catches for 560 yards and nine touchdowns… Walker also competed in track and field with region championships in the 110m Hurdles and Triple Jump (2009 and 2010)… Played for Head Coach Don Norton, a former Georgia Southern punter who played on two of the Eagles’ national championship teams... Also a member of the basketball team, playing on the veasity team as a sophomore... Competed in the High Jump for Trojans’ track and field team… PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Eltavious Walker... born October 25, 1992 in Dublin, Ga., ... son of Ellis Gilmore and Angela Walker… has six siblings Shondra, Dominique, Kayonna, Ellis, Lakeysha and Robert…. person with the biggest influence on his life is Kristie Brantley because she has helped him tremendously reaching the college level… Major: Pre-Business.

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Nick Wright 6-0 180 DB Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

All-Region Honorable Mention for Class 5A at free safety for state champion ML King Lions... Two-year varsity letterman… Registered 46 tackles with three for loss and one fumble recovery as a senior… Played for Lions Head Coach Michael Carson, the Region 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year… PERSONAL: Full name is Nicholas Anthony Wright... born June 20, 1993 in Atlanta, Ga., ... parents are Anthony and Benedette Wright… has two siblings Christopher and Grant… admires his brother for teaching him a strong work ethic… most influenced by his parents because “they lead by example and encourage him to work hard, taught him when he keeps God in the center of his life he can use his passion for football, as his purpose and be a positive influence to others... Major: PreExercise Science.


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eorgia Southern Football fans can count on the fact that Jeff Monken won't sit back and rest on the laurels of his first season as the head coach of the Eagles. In his mind, there is plenty more to do to in order to win a national championship and hang another flag at Paulson Stadium. The Eagles defeated five ranked teams in Monken's inaugural season in 2010, posting a 10-5 record which included an overtime victory over top-ranked and previously undefeated Appalachian State. Georgia Southern snapped the Mountaineers' 26-game conference winning streak at Paulson Stadium and the win opened the door for the program's first NCAA appearance since 2005. Reeling off three straight victories to end the regular season, the Eagles earned a spot in the postseason, and added three more marks to the win column to advance to their first FCS semifinal playoff game since 2002. The results on the field reflected Monken's leadership and the commitment of the team from the first day of winter workouts throughout the season. By the time the season came to an end, Georgia Southern vaulted to a number-six ranking in the coaches' poll and five players were recognized with All-America honors. The 10-win campaign was the first double-digit win season in eight years as the Eagles reclaimed positions in the national and conference statistical rankings for offense, defense and special teams. While the facts and figures leave little to dispute regarding the Eagles' success in 2010, Monken waves off any accolades

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and instead focuses on plans for the upcoming season. Not only is he charged with preparing his team for roles on the football field, he takes very seriously the responsibility of helping young men reach their goals as future graduates and citizens. The results have been positive in those aspects as well. The Georgia Southern Football program recorded its highestever team grade point average for the 2010-2011 academic year and set the standard for single-semester team GPA. During the spring semester, more than 30 individuals posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Both the Eagle head coach and football players are frequent participants at local events, serving in the community and volunteering countless hours working with people of all ages on various projects and initiatives. Their presence brightens the demeanor of those they visit and that observation alone shows another dimension of Monken's role as a coach and mentor. Accepting the head coaching position at Georgia Southern in November 2009 with the goal of returning the program to a position of national prominence, Monken has already helped the Eagles make forward progress. He approaches the tasks at hand every day with a sense of urgency combined with a reverence for the Eagle coaches and players who built the foundation and created the dynasty. Monken's plan for Georgia Southern's success is just as straight forward as his coaching philosophy: work hard, be tough and play with unrelenting effort. With a dozen family members, including his father, Mike, who coach at the high


“Jeff was a big part of our SUCCESS at Navy and at Georgia Tech, and there is no doubt he will do a great job at GEORGIA SOUTHERN. Jeff is not only an OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL COACH, he’s a great person.” - PAUL JOHNSON, GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH school, collegiate or pro level, there are more than just a few who have influenced his thinking and coaching style. When he was hired as the eighth head coach in the modern history of the program, Monken had 20 years of coaching experience, including 13 serving as an assistant coach for his mentor Paul Johnson. Monken was the Eagles slotbacks coach from 1997-2001, joining Johnson's staff at Navy and Georgia Tech before returning to the familiar sidelines at Georgia Southern with the "triple option" offense. The option, so tied to the identity of Georgia Southern, delivered six national championship flags to Paulson Stadium and countless exciting moments to Eagle fans. Monken stands by the option as not just an offensive scheme, but "the" offense for the Eagles. The numbers: yards gained, wins and championship rings alone are enough to make the point in its favor. Behind the option and some talented players in the program, Monken's five years on Coach Johnson's staff at Geor-

gia Southern were among the most successful of any program. The five-year period produced an overall record of 62-10, two NCAA FCS National Championships (1999 and 2000), five consecutive NCAA FCS playoff appearances, five Southern Conference championships, and the school's second undefeated regular season (1998) en route to a national championship appearance. During that 1998 season, Corey Joyner was under the tutelage of Monken and Joyner would earn AllSoCon and All-America honors. The proficiency of the offense was evident as Georgia Southern ranked among the top five teams in rushing offense all five years, leading the nation in 1999 (419 ypg) and 2001 (323.6 ypg). The Eagles finished among the top 15 national scoring leaders in four of those five seasons - including posting the nation's best average of 50.0 points per game in 1999. Monken also oversaw the Eagles' special teams units, with his punt team ranking fourth nationally in 2001, averaging a net of 38.7 yards.

THE MONKEN FILE PERSONAL DATA Full Name: Jeffrey Michael Monken Born:

April 15, 1967

Wife:

Beth

Children: Isabelle, Amelia and Evangeline

EDUCATION Millikin (1989) Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Education University of Hawai’i (1991) Master of Education: Higher Education Administration

PLAYING EXPERIENCE Played four years as a wide receiver for the Big Blue and won two letters as a member of the track team. (Left to right): Jeff holding Evangeline, Amelia, Beth and Isabelle.

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JEFF MONKEN YEAR-BY-YEAR Year School...................... Position...........................Record Notes

2010 Georgia Southern..... Head Coach.......................... 10-5

NCAA FCS Semifinalist, Defeated five ranked teams

2009 Georgia Tech............ Slotbacks/Special Teams...... 11-2

ACC Coastal Division Champion, Orange Bowl

2008 Georgia Tech............ Slotbacks/Special Teams........ 9-4

Chick-fil-A Bowl

2007 Navy......................... Slotbacks/Special Teams........ 8-5

Poinsettia Bowl

2006 Navy......................... Slotbacks/Special Teams........ 9-4

Meineke Car Care Bowl

2005 Navy......................... Slotbacks................................ 8-4

Poinsettia Bowl Champion

2004 Navy......................... Slotbacks.............................. 10-2

Emerald Bowl Champion

2003 Navy......................... Slotbacks................................ 8-5

EV1.net Houston Bowl

2002 Navy......................... Slotbacks.............................. 2-10 2001 Georgia Southern..... Slotbacks.............................. 12-2

Monken joined Georgia Southern after playing a key role in the resurgence of Georgia Tech football, serving as slotbacks coach and special teams coordinator in 2008 and 2009. Monken helped the Yellow Jackets vie for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and post double-digit wins in 2009. Prior to Georgia Tech, Monken spent six seasons with Johnson at Navy, coaching the Midshipmen's slotbacks and, starting in 2005, adding duties as special teams coordinator. Part of a staff that led Navy to success unseen in Annapolis in decades, Monken contributed to a prolific offensive system that led the Midshipmen to five straight bowl appearances and five consecutive Commander-in-Chief trophies between 2003 and 2007. Navy recorded 10 wins in 2004, tying the Academy's previous best mark for wins last achieved in 1905, and finished the season with a number-24 ranking. Handling a wide variety of duties throughout his coaching career, Monken started in the profession in 1989 as a graduate assistant at Hawai'i. After a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 1991, he moved on to Buffalo, where he served as a wide receivers and tight ends coach and handled recruiting coordinator responsibilities. He also served on the staffs at Morton (Ill.) High School (head coach) and Concordia (Ill.) University (offensive line). The 44-year-old, Joliet, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from Millikin in 1989, where he played wide receiver for four years and was also a two-time letterwinner in track. In 1991, Monken earned his master's degree from Hawai'i. Monken and his wife, Beth, make their home in Statesboro. The couple has three daughters, Isabelle, Amelia and Evangeline.

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SoCon Champions

2000 Georgia Southern..... Slotbacks.............................. 13-2

SoCon Champions, National Champion

1999 Georgia Southern..... Slotbacks.............................. 13-2

SoCon Champions, National Champion

1998 Georgia Southern..... Slotbacks.............................. 14-1

SoCon Champions, National Finalist

1997 Georgia Southern..... Slotbacks.............................. 10-3

SoCon Champions

1996 Concordia (Ill.) Univ.. Offensive Line......................... 1-8 1995 Morton (Ill.) H.S.........Head Coach.......................... 1-8 1994 Buffalo..................WR/TE/Recruiting Coord............ 3-8 1993 Buffalo..................WR/TE/Recruiting Coord.......... 1-10 1992 Buffalo..................WR/TE/Recruiting Coord............ 4-6 1991 Arizona State........Graduate Asst. (WR).................. 6-5 1990 Hawai’i..................Graduate Asst. (Secondary)....... 7-5 1989 Hawai’i..................Graduate Asst. (Slotbacks)...... 9-3-1


BREN T D AVIS

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Georgia ’97

With the return of the option offense to Georgia Southern, it was inevitable that Georgia Southern would return to the national rankings in rushing offense in 2010, finishing the season in fourth. Building an offensive line and completely retooling the offense in a matter of months was the task for Brent Davis, beginning his second year as the Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator and coach of the offensive line. The offensive coordinator at WMI for four seasons, Davis was the architect of the Keydet option attack that ranked as the nation’s leader in rushing offense in 2008 and 2009. Named interim head coach of VMI in January of 2008, he signed the largest class in Keydet history with 28 players, including five from Georgia. For his efforts on the coaching staff following the 2007 season, Davis was presented the Institute’s Distinguished Coaching Award by the Superintendent. The Keydets led the Big South in rushing all four years during Davis’ tenure as offensive coordinator, led the nation in 2009, and all NCAA divisions in 2008. VMI recorded the conference-record 357.5 yards per game in 2008, and in 2009, averaged 276.7 rushing yards per game, 100 yards more, on average per game, than the next team in the league. The offensive line allowed only five sacks in 2009, fewest in the FCS. Fifteenth in the nation in scoring (34.7 points per game) in 2008, the Keydets finished 10th in total offense at 435 yards per game. VMI led the Big South in scoring, rushing and passing efficiency while the VMI record books were rewritten to reflect school records set in total offense, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and scoring. In 2007, the Keydet offense produced four 500-plus yard games and was ranked fourth in the nation in

rushing offense (283.2 yards per game) and 34th in the nation in total offense (402.2 ypg). Davis installed the option offense at VMI in 2006, helping the program make the transition from the pro-style offense. The first year, Davis developed Sean Mizzer, who would lead the Big South with more than 1,000 yards rushing and earn First Team All-Big South Conference honors. The Keydets would finish 13th nationally in rushing yards per game. From 2002-2005, Davis coached the offensive line at Georgia Southern and his unit helped the Eagles to two SoCon championships and three FCS playoff appearances. GSU ran its way to four consecutive FCS rushing titles (386.2 ypg in 2002, 335.6 ypg in 2003, 369.9 ypg in 2004 and 386.7 in 2005) and the 2004 scoring title (47.0 points per game). During those years, eight Georgia Southern offensive linemen earned All-Southern Conference accolades while three (Charles Clarke, Chad Motte and Albert Turner) reached All-America status. In 2002, Clark was honored as the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, given to the best offensive lineman in the Southern Conference. Credited for recruiting top players to Georgia Southern, Davis was instrumental in Jayson Foster and Chris Covington becoming Eagles. Foster’s ability was recognized when he won the 2007 Walter Payton Award and the talented and versatile Chris Covington was named the 2008 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year after leading Georgia Southern in rushing in 2006. Changing positions from running backs to the offensive line, Davis spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as assistant offensive line coach. Davis coached Georgia Southern’s running backs from 1997-1999, working with 1999 Walter Payton Award winner, 1998 SoCon Offensive Player of the Year and All-American Adrian Peterson. Peterson amassed over 2,600 yards in 15 games in 1998. Peterson was later drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears in the 2002 and recently completed his eighth NFL season. Davis, an Athens, Ga. native, played two seasons and won two letters at The Citadel as a tight end for Charlie Taafe in 1992 and 1993. Davis transferred to Georgia his junior year, where he lettered and also earned a spot on the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll as a senior. Davis graduated from Georgia in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. His wife, Jen, a Georgia Southern graduate, is a special education teacher.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:....................................... Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Offensive Coordinator 2006-2009:....................................... Assistant Coach, Virginia Military Institute Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Interim Head Coach 2002-2005:................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern University Offensive Line/Running Backs EDUCATION University of Georgia (1997) Bachelor’s Degree: Business Management

Jen, Triple and Brent Davis

PERSONAL DATA Full Name:....................................................................................... Brent Davis Wife:............................................................................................................. Jen

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J ACK CUR TIS Evangel ’88

New Defensive Coordinator Jack Curtis brings more than 20 years of college coaching experience to Georgia Southern. The veteran coordinator and assistant coach helped his previous teams achieve success by drastically improving defenses with the installation of his 4-3 scheme. Curtis spent the last year at Central Missouri as the defensive coordinator during UCM’s national playoff run. Central Missouri posted a programbest 11 wins and finished the 2010 season with a No. 5 ranking, the highest in Mules’ history. Curtis joined UCM after a year on the staff at Memphis where he coached the safeties and had responsibilities for the kickoff, punt and field goal block aspects of the Tiger special teams unit. After eight years on the defensive staff at Northwestern State University, including the last three as defensive coordinator, Curtis was offered the position of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Arkansas State when Steve Roberts accepted the head coaching job. Curtis took over a defense that had ranked 61st nationally in pass defense the year before and he helped the Red Wolves improve to 16th nationally in pass defense and 39th in total defense. In those eight seasons, the NSU defense produced 18 All-Sun Belt honorees and two Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year in Tyrell Johnson (2007) and Alex Carrington (2008). Johnson, a four-time All-Sun Belt selection, was the top tackler for the Red Wolves and broke the league’s all-time tackles record. He was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and recently completed his third season with the Minnesota Vikings. Carrington was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2010. Joining Johnson in the Red Wolves secondary as a member of the All-Sun Belt first team was Khayyam Burns, who signed a rookie free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Curtis coached six first-team All-Americans and nine players who were selected in the NFL draft. More than a dozen of his former players signed with NFL teams, including several who are on current rosters. The list includes 2005 NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Terrence McGee, beginning his ninth season with the Buffalo Bills in 2011 and Michael Green who was a two-year starter for the Chicago Bears and played nine seasons overall in the league. Nine-year NFL veteran and fourth-round draft pick Kenny Wright, Keith Thibodeaux, who played five years in the NFL, and David Pittman, a third-round draft pick, were also coached by Curtis. Several of Curtis’ other former players continued their football careers in the Canadian, NFL Europe and other professional leagues. During Curtis’ tenure at Arkansas State, the Red Wolves ranked in the top 30 in the country in pass defense four times and in the top 50 in total defense five times. In 2007 and 2009, ASU was the leading defensive unit in the Sun Belt Conference. ASU was ranked 30th nationally in rush defense and in the top 50 in both scoring and total defense in Curtis’ final season with the program. Curtis’ 4-3 defensive play calling was instrumental in Arkansas State’s 1814 win over Texas A&M in 2008 as the Red Wolves shutout the Aggies in the

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final three quarters. His switch to a 4-3 defensive scheme was also key to the Red Wolves’ 2005 Sun Belt championship season and their first-ever appearance in a bowl game. Arkansas State was also bowl eligible in 2006 and 2008. The Demons won two conference championships and appeared in three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff games in the eight years Curtis was at Northwestern State. In his final year as defensive coordinator at NSU, the 2001 team recorded the biggest win in program history with a 27-24 upset of Texas Christian. Northwestern State’s players thrived under Curtis’ direction, most notably All-American defensive backs Jermaine Jones and Tony Joe Maranto. Jones, a cornerback, was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year in 1998 when the Demons reached the FCS playoff semifinals. As a senior, Jones scored three of his five touchdowns on defense and was runner up for the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the nation’s top defensive player in the FCS. Maranto led the 1997 Demon squad with six interceptions and earned All-Conference honors. He was selected as the 1997 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. A first-team all-state defensive back at Silver City High School in New Mexico, Curtis played three years at Evangel University before injuries cut his collegiate football career short. He began his coaching career in what would have been his senior year as a student coach for the Crusaders. After graduation Curtis accepted a position as a graduate assistant coach at Henderson State University and earned his master’s degree in physical education in 1990. He moved to Starkville, Miss., where a graduate assistant coaching position at Mississippi State allowed him to begin his specialist’s degree in educational leadership and work with the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Curtis remained as a volunteer coach from 1991 through August of 1992 and worked with the Bulldogs’ defensive backs. The 1991 season produced the top pass defense in the Southeastern Conference that year as well as a bid to the Liberty Bowl, the Bulldogs’ first postseason bowl appearance in 10 years. Western New Mexico hired Curtis as its secondary coach in 1993. He returned to Silver City, N.M., and helped lead the Mustangs to a 7-3 record, the NAIA playoffs and a No. 3 NAIA final national ranking. Curtis’ defense led the nation with 29 interceptions and free safety Chris Edmond snatched 13 to lead the nation in that category. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Curtis grew up in the South before his family moved to New Mexico where he attended high school. He is married to the former Michelle Weser of Dumas, Ark., and they have two daughters, Carolina (4) and Georganna (3).

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Present:....................................Defensive Coordinator, Georgia Southern Safeties

2010:.............................................. Assistant Coach, Central Missouri Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers 2009:..........................................................Assistant Coach, Memphis Safeties 2002-2009:...................................... Assistant Coach, Arkansas State Defensive Coordinator / Safeties 1994-2001:............................................... Assistant Coach, Northwestern State 1994-1998: Defensive Backs 1993:..................................................Assistant Coach, Western New Mexico Defensive Backs 1989-1992.................................................Assistant Coach, Mississippi State 1989-90: Graduate Assistant, Defensive Backs 1991-1992: Volunteer Coach, Defensive Backs 1989..................................................... Graduate Assistant, Henderson State Outside Linebackers EDUCATION: Mississippi State University (1992) Sepcialist Degree Program: Educational Leadership Henderson State University (1990) Master’s Degree: Physical Education Evangel University (1988) Bachelor’s Degree: Physical Education

Carolina, Michelle, Jack and Georganna

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PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:......................................................................................Jack Curtis Wife:................................................................................................... Michelle Children:................................................................... Carolina and Georganna


MITCH WARE Southeast Missouri State ’80 Charged with mentoring the Eagle quarterbacks, Mitch Ware begins his sixth year overall at Georgia Southern and second year on Coach Monken’s staff. Ware previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 20022005 as Georgia Southern’s rushing game held the top spot in the FCS in each one of those four seasons. The option offense returned in 2010 and behind the steady signal calling of the Eagle quarterbacks, Georgia Southern won 10 games, advanced to the NCAA FCS semifinals and finished fourth nationally in rushing. With Ware’s track record of developing quarterbacks and teaching offensive players the fundamentals of the option offense, he also takes on the responsibilities for coaching the B-backs in 2011. AllSouthern Conference freshman running back Robert Brown, who in 2010 became the first true freshman to run for more than 1,000 yards since Joe Ross in 1987, leads a young corps of backs this upcoming season. In his first year on the Eagles coaching staff in 2002, Ware developed first-year starter Chaz Williams into one of the best quarterbacks in the FCS. Williams, who earned All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, was chosen as the Southern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,422 yards and scoring a position-record 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also guided fullback Jermaine Austin through an incredible rookie season which produced a 1,416-yard rushing total and the SoCon’s Freshman of the Year award. In 2003, Georgia Southern averaged 335.6 yards per game, best in the nation, thanks to Austin’s efforts. Austin earned the SoCon’s Offensive Player of the Year award and All-America honors for the

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second time. Austin’s 1,461 ground yards, an average of 132.8 per contest, placed him ninth in the final national rankings. The next season, the Eagles commanded the top spot in rushing again, with 369.9 yards per game, leading all of NCAA Division I. Overall, the offense was ranked third nationally in yards per game. Ware completed his fourth overall season at the United States Naval Academy in 2001, his third as the Midshipman’s quarterbacks coach. While at Navy, Ware tutored a pair of standout quarterbacks in Brian Broadwater and Brian Madden-who, before missing all of the 2000 campaign with a knee injury, led the nation in rushing yards by a quarterback in 1999 with 897. In 2001, he helped guide Madden to a near-1,000-yard campaigns in both rushing (905) and passing (902). Prior to his stint at Navy, Ware served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Southwest Missouri State during a 16-year tenure. Ware began at SMS in 1976 as the starting quarterback for the Bears during his freshman season. After graduating in 1980, he spent two years as a graduate assistant before being quickly elevated to a full time position beginning in 1982. Southwest Missouri State ranked as one of top rushing offenses in the FCS from 1989 through 1992. Ware was primarily responsible for the outstanding career of Bears’ quarterback DeAndre Smith, who was named the Gateway Football Conference’s Offensive Player-ofthe-Decade for the period of 1985 through 1994. A co-captain and four-year starter, Ware guided the Bears and directed Southwest Missouri State to its last Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in 1978 and captured the league’s most valuable player award as a senior in 1979. He also established seven career school records during his playing days. An Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection as a senior in 1979, Ware received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship at the conclusion of his playing career. Ware’s stay at SMS saw the Bears move from NCAA Division II and the MIAA to NCAA Division 1 FCS and the Mid-Continent and Gateway Football Conference. He earned both his bachelor’s (1980) and master’s degrees (1982) from Southwest Missouri State. In 1996, he was inducted into the athletics program’s hall of fame for his contributions as both a player and coach. Ware and his wife Judy, have three sons, Jacob (22), a former Eagle student-athlete, Joshua and Jackson.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF (6th overall) 2010-Present:..................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern University Quarterbacks / B-Backs (2011) 2002-2005:..................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1998-2002:...............Assistant Coach, United States Naval Academy Quarterbacks 1998-2002:......................Assistant Coach, Southwest Missouri State 1980-1982: Graduate Assistant; 1982-1992: Quarterbacks 1980-1992:..................................... Assistant Coach, Southwest Missouri State, EDUCATION: Southwest Missouri State (1980) Master’s Degree: Education Southwest Missouri State (1982) Bachelor’s Degree: Education

Jacob, Jackson, and Joshua stand behind their parents Judy and Mitch

PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:..................................................................................Mitchell Ware Wife:.........................................................................................................Judy Children:.............................................................. Jacob, Joshua and Jackson

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BRETT GILLILAND West Alabama ’04

Working with the B-Backs during the 2010 season, Brett Gilliland steps into the role of coaching the Georgia Southern tight ends in his second spring with the Eagles. A graduate assistant for Georgia Tech’s offensive coaches for three seasons and serving in the role of offensive quality control coach in 2009, Gilliland was selected by Coach Jeff Monken to join him at Georgia Southern. The Pensacola, Fla., native arrived at Georgia Southern in January 2010. In 2007, Gilliland worked with offensive coordinator John Bond and the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks after assisting with the receivers corps in 2006, including Biletnikoff Award winner Calvin Johnson. Gilliland coached the B-backs for two seasons at Tech, a group which included Doak Walker semi-finalist Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer was the ACC rushing leader and Player of the Year leader in 2008. At Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant, Gilliland was responsible for the breakdown of opponent game film, compiling scouting reports and preparing game plans. He also coordinated defensive and special teams scout teams and had an active role in on-campus recruiting visits. He started with Georgia Tech

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football as the assistant director of football operations in 2005 after a year as receivers coach at West Alabama. A four-year letterwinner at quarterback for West Alabama from 2000-03, Gilliland was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill trophy in 2003. He earned All-Gulf South second team honors (2002) as well as all-region recognition from the Football Gazette (2002). Still listed as the Tigers record holder for passing yards in a season and career, Gilliland owns the records for completion percentage in a single game, season and career. With 6,847 yards of total offense in 27 starts and 42 overall games, Gilliland also set the West Alabama career mark in that category. In addition to the awards presented to him for his athletics achievements, Gilliland earned numerous accolades for his academic work. A 2003 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District IV selection, he was also honored twice with Gulf South Conference “Top Eight” awards. A two-time member of the All-Gulf South Conference Academic list, he won the Asa Green Scholar-Athlete Award, a award presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average on the football team, winning it in 2001 and 2003. Gilliland, the offensive team captain, was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the Phil Puccio Leadership and Dedication Award in 2001 and 2003. Gilliland graduated magna cum laude from West Alabama in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a emphasis in Sport Management and minor in business administration. He is pursuing a graduate degree in economics at Georgia Tech. Gilliland and his wife, Amanda, were married in Gulf Shores, Ala., in 2005. The couple has a son, Rece Elijah.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:.....................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern 2011: Tight Ends 2010: B-Backs 2005-2009:..................................... Graduate Assistant Coach, Georgia Tech 2009: Offensive Quality Control 2006: Assisted with Receivers 2005: Director of Football Operations 2005:............................................................ Assistant Coach, West Alabama Receivers EDUCATION: University of West Alabama (2004) Bachelor’s Degree: Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:.................................................................................. Brett Gilliland Wife:................................................................................................... Amanda Children:........................................................................................ Rece Elijah

Brett holding Rece, Amanda and Max

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C. RAY GREGORY Emory & Henry College ’86 With a resume that includes expertise on both sides of the ball and at every level, C. Ray Gregory returned to Georgia Southern in January 2010 with coaching responsibilities for the slotbacks. One of his slotbacks, sophomore J.J. Wilcox transitioned well to his new position as the Eagles’ top target with 22 catches and three touchdowns. He set the single-season record for average yards per reception with 25.0 per catch and his 551 receiving yards took over the seventh spot on GSU’s single-season chart in that category. Gregory joined the current Eagle coaching staff after spending three years at Bethune-Cookman as the slotbacks and special teams coach in addition to serving as director of football operations. In his first stop at Georgia Southern, Gregory was the graduate assistant coach for the Eagles, working with the offensive line for the 1987 season and the receivers in 1988. He continued his coaching career at the University of Hawai’i under offensive coordinator Paul Johnson, serving as a graduate assistant coach alongside Monken with responsibilities for the Warriors running backs in 1989 and 1990. Hawai’i played in its first bowl game in 1989 and posted a 16-9 record over those two seasons. Those squads produced three NFL and two CFL players. After completing his coaching assignment at Hawai’i, Gregory joined Itawamba Community College in Mississippi in 1991 as an assistant coach for quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. An NFL first-round draft pick and three other NFL players would develop from that Indians squad. Gregory then coached receivers for one year at Lees McRae College in 1992 before heading to the University of Buffalo as the quarterbacks coach. In two years at Buffalo, Gregory recruited one of the four players who would play in the NFL and signed one of the top high school players in the nation. Gregory’s experience as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern Utah for the 1996 season helped the Thunderbirds reach a 24th ranking nationally in total offense and claim the NCAA rushing title that year. He came to Georgia Southern as an assistant coach in spring 1997 to join Johnson’s staff, but returned to Southern Utah to become head coach, a position he held until 2002. The Thunderbirds posted wins over Montana, McNeese State, Northern Arizona and Arkansas State in addition to key rivalry wins over Weber State during Gregory’s tenure. The 1999 season saw Southern Utah post one of its best records with an 8-3 mark and a ranking of 24th in the FCS polls. In 2000, the Thunderbirds racked up more 5,391 total yards of offense, including more than 4,300 yards on the ground. With an average of 394.2 yards

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per game, Southern Utah claimed the annual rushing offense title and had the highest number of rushing touchdowns (49), in the FCS that year. Just two years before, in 1998, the Thunderbirds recorded 386.0 yards per game, then relinquished the rushing offense title to Georgia Southern in 1999. Thunderbird quarterback Matt Cannon (1997-2000) still holds the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, but his single-season record of 1,602 yards (2000) was broken by GSU’s own Jayson Foster in 2007. Cannon is among five other players who achieved more than 3,000 yards rushing and 3,000 yards passing in his career, including former Eagle Greg Hill. He had more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing in a single season (1999), also accomplished by former Georgia Southern greats Tracy Ham, Greg Hill (1999 and 1998), Jayson Foster and Chaz Williams. As secondary coach at Hinds Community College in Mississippi, Gregory was part of a program that was third in the nation in defense and was the top defensive unit in the state. The Bulldogs finished the 2004 season as runner-up for the MJCC National Championship. In 2003, Gregory was the offensive coordinator and coached the offensive line at Millsaps College. Gregory also spent two seasons as head coach at Abingdon High School in Virginia where his team won a county championship and posted 1,500 total yards passing. He was also an assistant coach at Morton High School in Illinois, serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Gregory earned his master’s degree in sports coaching in 1990 at the U.S. Sports Academy. His bachelor’s degree in science, health and physical education was awarded in 1986 by Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Following graduation, he served as the assistant coach for receivers at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, helping the Bears to a 6-1-2 record and first-ever state conference championship in the school’s history. Gregory and his wife, Kristen, are parents of a son A.J. who is currently stationed with the U.S. Army in Louisville, Ky.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:...................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Slotbacks 2007-2010:............................................Assistant Coach, Bethune-Cookman Slotbacks / Special Teams 2004:.........................................Assistant Coach, Hinds Community College Secondard Coach 2003:........................................................ Assistant Coach, Millsaps College Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line 1997-2002:........................................................ Head Coach, Southern Utah 1996:........................................................... Assistant Coach, Southern Utah Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 1992-1995............................................................... Assistant Coach, Buffalo Quarterbacks 1992.................................................. Assistant Coach, Lees McRae College Receivers 1991....................................Assistant Coach, Itawamba Community College Running Backs, Quarterbacks and Receivers 1989-1990............................................... Graduate Assistant Coach, Hawai’i Running Backs 1987-1988.............................................. Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern 1987: Offensive Line / 1988: Receivers 1986........................................Asssistant Coach, Bridgewater State College Receivers

Thor, C.Ray, Kristen and Engel Gregory with inset photo of A.J.

EDUCATION: Emory & Henry College (1986) Bachelor’s Degree: Health & Physical Education U.S. Sports Academy (1990) Master’s Degree: Sports Coaching PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:..............................................................................C. Ray Gregory Wife:.................................................................................................... Kristen Children:................................................................................................... A.J.

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LAMON T SEWARD Western Carolina ‘03

Tutoring the Eagle wide receivers, Lamont Seward enters his second season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern. Seward joined Coach Jeff Monken in early 2010 after two seasons as wide receivers coach at West Georgia. Sewart helped install the option offense in his first season and refined the role of the wide receivers. The corps posted efficient numbers in 2010 and were critical to the execution of the developing offense. With the West Georgia football program as an assistant coach beginning in winter 2008 and through the last two fall campaigns, Seward worked with the wide receivers and also assisted with the kickoff and punt return teams. Following two years as an assistant coach/offensive coordinator at Warren County High School in his hometown of Warrenton, N.C., Seward joined the WCU staff in 2006 as wide receivers coach. Seward also assisted with the Catamounts’ weekly offensive game plans and helped coach the kickoff and punt return teams.

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As the Catamounts wide receivers coach, Seward increased the reception totals of then-juniors Michael Hines and Eddie Cohen, with Cohen going on to claim WCU’s single-season record for reception yardage with 1,208. Cohen’s 2007 total of nine receiving touchdowns placed him fourth on the single-season chart and he finished sixth on the WCU career list. Cohen was a two-time selection to the All-Southern Conference in 2006 and 2007. Selected to the SoCon All-Decade Team (1997-2006), Seward finished his career third on the Catamount and SoCon list for receptions with 190. His 2,972 receiving yards placed him third on the WCU career list and fifth on the SoCon all-time list. Wearing number eight for Western Carolina from 2000-03, Seward caught a pass in 39 consecutive games and recorded at least one reception in 43 of 45 career games. He completed his career with 12 games with 100 receiving yards or more. Seward graduated in 2003 with a degree in sport management and a minor in marketing from Western Carolina. He and his wife, Bebe reside in Statesboro.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:....................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Wide Receivers 2008-2009......................................................Assistant Coach, West Georgia Wide Receivers 2006-2008:........Assistant Football Coach, Warren County (NC) High School Offensive Coordinator 2006:........................................................Assistant Coach, Western Carolina Wide Receivers EDUCATION: Western Carolina University (2003) Bachelor’s Degree: Sports Management with a minor in Marketing PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:.............................................................................. Lamont Seward Wife:........................................................................................................ Bebe

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SHAWN QUINN Carson-Newman ’95

Shawn Quinn begins his second year as the Linebackers Coach and handling recruiting coordinator responsibilities for Georgia Southern Football. Quinn served as Co-Defensive Coordinator and coached the defensive line at Northwestern State prior to joining the Eagle Football program in early 2010. At Tennessee and Louisiana-Lafayette he was a member of coaching staffs that won conference championships and coached in bowl victories at LSU and Tennessee. Quinn spent one year at Northwestern State after a year on the LSU staff in 2008. He worked with the Tigers’ defensive line during the regular season, then tutored the defensive ends in preparation for the 2008 Peach Bowl. The LSU defense prevented 14th-ranked Georgia Tech from scoring a touchdown for the first time in a game during the Yellow Jackets’ season. The Tigers dominated for a 38-3 bowl win. Five LSU defensive linemen Quinn coached from the 2008 team went into NFL camps, including Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Over the course of his coaching career, 17 players coached or recruited by Quinn have advanced to the NFL. Quinn served as a defensive assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2002-07, coaching outside linebackers in 2002-03 and the defensive line from 2003-07. In six seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette, Quinn

LINEBACKERS RECRUITING COORDINATOR

signed five players who reached the NFL ranks. Six defensive linemen earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors and, in 2005, Quinn helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a share of the Sun Belt championship. At Tennessee as an offensive graduate assistant, Quinn worked with the Vols offensive line and special teams from 1999-2002. The Vols won the 2001 Southeastern Conference East Division championship and Quinn coached in three bowl games as a member of Phil Fulmer’s staff. While at Tennessee, he coached Lou Groza Award finalist Alex Walls and signed five players who went on to play in the NFL. Quinn coached five years of high school football prior to joining the Vols. As assistant coach with responsibilities for the defensive line, Quinn coached at Maryville High School (Tenn.) from 1996-99. The Red Rebels won the 1998 Tennessee Class 4A state title after a state runner-up finish a year earlier. Quinn was the outside linebacker and tight ends coach at Armuchee (Ga.) High School in 1995. Quinn was a four-year starter on the defensive line at CarsonNewman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and a member of four conference championship Eagle teams. An All-South Atlantic Conference selection in 1994, Quinn earned his history and political science degree in 1995. In 1998, Quinn completed his master’s degree at Lincoln Memorial University. At Wheaton (Ill.) North High School, Quinn was an offensive guard and linebacker. A Chicago native, Quinn is the father of three daughters, Emily, Grace and Abby.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF

2010-Present:.....................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator 2008-2009:............................................... Assistant Coach, Northwestern State Defensive Line 2007-2008:...................................................... Assistant Coach, Louisiana State Defensive Ends 2002-2007:....................................... Assistant Coach, Louisiana at Lafayette 2002-2003: Outside Linebackers / 2003-2007: Defensive Line 1999-2002:......................................................... Assistant Coach, Tennessee Offensive Line / Special Teams 1996-1999:............................Assistant Coach, Maryville High School (Tenn.) 1995.......................................Assistant Coach, Armuchee High School (Ga.) Linebackers / Tight Ends EDUCATION: Carson-Newman College (1995) Bachelor’s Degree: Education Lincoln Memorial (1998) Master’s Degree: Education

Emily, Abby, Shawn and Grace

PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:..................................................................................Shawn Quinn Children:...................................................................... Emily, Grace and Abby

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ORLANDO MITJANS, JR. Northeastern ’82

Orlando Mitjans, Jr., returns for his second year as the Georgia Southern cornerbacks coach, bringing his calm demeanor and penchant for teaching to the program. He mentored Laron Scott, an Associated Press third-team All-American and first-team AllSouthern Conference selection, as he tallied six interceptions in 2010 to tie the program’s single-season record. The corners combined with the safeties last year to help Georgia Southern to a number-11 ranking in pass defense, its best national figure since 2001 (2nd). The coaching veteran came to Georgia Southern from Tennessee State where he served as secondary coach. In 2009, the Tigers ranked as the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) leader in pass defense and finished second in the OVC in total defense. Mitjans returned to Tennessee State after four years with other programs, including a year at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., where he was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. The opportunity at Montgomery Bell Academy cut short his stay at Florida A&M where he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach durin¬g spring ball. Secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky from March of 2006 through February 2008, Mitjans helped mold a defense that produced an AllAmerican and five All-Conference players. His secondary corps had 24 interceptions in 2007 and was the top-ranked pass defense in the OVC in 2007. The Colonels went on to win the OVC championship that year and three of his four starters were named to the OVC All-Conference team, including Derrick Huff. Huff was selected as the league’s defensive player of the year and earned first-team All-America honors. In his first stop at Tennessee State, Mitjans was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator with the Tigers in 2005. He coached the secondary when Tennessee State led the OVC in pass defense and total defense that season. At Towson University Mitjans started as the Tigers running backs coach in 1999. He took over the secondary in 2001 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2004. Mitjans coached two AllConference tailbacks, Noah Read, who led the Patriot League in rushing,

CORNERBACKS

and Jason Corle, the Tigers all-time leading rusher, then helped produce two All-Conference secondary players. In 2002, five of his defensive players earned all-league honors. With a league-leading 21 interceptions in 2003, the Towson’s secondary set a school record with four returned for touchdowns. The season before, one of Mitjan’s senior safeties finished the 2002 season ranked ninth nationally in interceptions. Mitjans served as secondary coach at Kent State University (1994) and at C.W. Post College (1996) before accepting a similar position at Morgan State in January of 1997. As secondary coach, Mitjans helped his players record 28 takeaways and with five earning All-Conference honors. The following season Mitjans took the defensive coordinator’s role and improved Morgan State’s performance to a number-15 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision. Three of the players he recruited went on to play professional football. Following his playing career, Mitjans spent two seasons as a student assistant coach at Northeastern University. He landed his first full-time coaching job at Cheyney University when he coached the secondary and coordinated special teams. Mitjans was selected to participate in the NFL’s minority internship program and had the opportunity to work with secondary coaches and players from NFL teams in Kansas City (2001), St. Louis (1999, 2000) and New York (Jets 1994). In 2006, he was chosen as one of 20 coaches nationwide to attend the NCAA Expert Coaching Academy to prepare individuals for head coaching roles. Through his career, Mitjans has been responsible for the recruitment of several players who have gone to the NFL, including Jermon Bushrod of the New Orleans Saints (Towson), Antwan Molden of the Houston Texans (Eastern Kentucky), the Arizona Cardinals’ Dominique Rodgers Cromartie (Tennessee State), Vishante Shiancoe of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings (Morgan State), and Jim O’Neil (Towson) who is currently the defensive quality control coach for the New York Jets. Former Tennessee State free safety Anthony Levine signed with the Green Bay Packers in the spring of 2010. A safety on Lou Holtz’s Razorback teams from 1978-80, Mitjans transferred to Northeastern and played for the Huskies for his final two years. He graduated from Northeastern in 1982 with a degree in leadership. Mitjans and his wife, Claire, reside in Statesboro.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:.....................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Cornerbacks 2008-2009:................................................Assistant Coach, Tennessee State Secondary Coach 2006-2008:.............................................. Assistant Coach, Eastern Kentucky Secondary Coach 2005..........................................................Assistant Coach, Tennessee State Defensive Coordinator 1999-2004:..............................................Assistant Coach, Towson University 1999: Running Backs 2001: Secondary Coach 2004: Defensive Coordinator 1996....................................................... Assistant Coach, C.W. Post College Secondary Coach 1994....................................................................Assistant Coach, Kent State Secondary Coach PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE ................................................................... Assistant Coach, Cheyney Secondary & Special Teams ..............................................................Student Assistant, Northeastern EDUCATION: Northeastern (1982) Bachelor’s Degree: Leadership PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:.........................................................................Orlando Mitjans, Jr. Wife:....................................................................................................... Claire

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JOHN SCOT T, JR. Western Carolina ’00

Taking raw talent on the defensive line and developing the unit into one of the most dominant in the nation, John Scott, Jr., begins his second year as an assistant coach for Georgia Southern. The front line accounted for 22 sacks with 76 tackles for loss in the Eagles’ first year in the 4-3 scheme and was ranked first the Southern Conference in scoring and rushing defense. Nose tackle Brent Russell, who was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nation’s top defensive player at the Championship Subdivision level, earned All-America accolades from numerous entities as well as first-team All-SoCon defensive honors. Russell anchored a lineup of two veterans, a converted linebacker and former running back in 2010. Tackle Roderick Tinsley earned second-team All-SoCon honors after his junior season and newcomer Josh Gebhardt was named to the league’s All-Freshman team. Scott was named defensive line coach on the Eagles staff in January 2010 after four years experience outside linebackers coach at Missouri State and three years on the football staff at Western Carolina. A 2000 graduate of Western Carolina and fouryear Catamount letterman, Scott returned to coach at his alma mater in 2006. Scott was the defensive ends and outside linebackers coach for two seasons (2006-07) and defensive line coach for one (2008).

DEFENSIVE LINE / SPECIAL TEAMS

The second-team All-Southern Conference pick at defensive end in 1998, Scott registered 17 tackles for loss that year. In 1997, he had 59 tackles, tops among defensive linemen, in addition to 11 tackles for loss. His total 31 TFLs ranks 10th on Western Carolina’s all-time career chart. After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Carolina, Scott played three years of professional football, including two years with the Greensboro (N.C.) Prowlers of the Arena Football League 2. He was selected the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. While in North Carolina in 2001, Scott gained coaching experience at the high school level as defensive line coach at Lexington, N.C.’s West Davidson High School. Scott then went to Louisiana-Lafayette as a graduate assistant for two years, serving as a defensive line graduate assistant. As defensive line coach at Norfolk State for the 2005 season, Scott helped the Spartans achieve a number-12 national ranking in passing defense. That season, Norfolk State allowed just over 158 yards per game. The Greer, S.C., native attended the NCAA’s Minority Coaches Academy in 2008 after being selected from a pool of 400 applicants to participate. Scott completed his master’s degree in education at LouisianaLafayette in 2006. He and his wife, Stephanie, also a graduate of WCU, are the parents of a son, John III (5), and daughter Juliette (3).

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:....................................Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Defensive Line / Special Teams 2008-2009:....................................................Assistant Coach, Missouri State Outside Linebackers 2006-2008: . ............................................Assistant Coach, Western Carolina 2006-2007: Defensive Ends & Outside Linebackers 2008: Defensive Line 2005:...............................................................Assistant Coach, Norfolk State Defensive Line 2002-2004:.......................................Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Lafayette 2001:........................................................ West Davidson High School (N.C.) Defensive Line EDUCATION: Western Carolina University (2000) Bachelor’s Degree: Sport Management University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2006) Master’s Degree: Education

John III, Stephanie, Juliette and John, Jr.

PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:.................................................................................John Scott, Jr. Wife:................................................................................................ Stephanie Children: ............................................................................... John III, Juliette

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VIC TOR C ABR AL Georgia Southern ’06

Victor Cabral begins his second year on the Georgia Southern staff after the former Eagle defensive lineman returned to his alma mater to serve as defensive line assistant coach. Anchored by an intimidating defensive line, Georgia Southern’s defense finished the 2010 season ranked ninth nationally in total defense and 11th in both passing and scoring defense. The Eagles topped the Southern Conference rankings in scoring and rushing defense and second in passing defense. One yard in the final averages of offense allowed was the difference between first and second place in total defense. Cabral joined the Eagles after spending three years as defensive line coach at Georgia Military College where he also served as special teams coordinator for the Bulldogs. Cabral focused on the development of the nose guard and defensive end positions and, in 2007, the GMC defensive unit would earn a number-one ranking in rushing defense in the NJCAA. The next season, the Bulldogs ranked third nationally in total defense. With success at the team level, the Bulldogs also had several individuals earn national accolades. Leroy Burgess was selected

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as a third-team NJCAA All-American and in 2008, Torrey Ball earned second-team All-America honors. Former Eagle Markeith Wylie was recognized as first-team Academic All-American in 2007. Thirteen GMC players coached by Cabral received scholarships to NCAA Division I programs during his three seasons in Milledgeville. Cabral also served as GMC’s director of strength and conditioning following two years in the role of assistant coach of strength and conditioning. In addition to his coaching duties, he coordinated all video needs for the Bulldog program. The 24th overall draft pick by the Montreal Alouettes, Cabral returned to Georgia Southern for the 2005 campaign, coordinating video and quality control for the Eagles. During the winter and spring of 2006, Cabral assisted with the defensive line responsibilities, including the preparation of daily practice plans and on-field evaluation and coaching. A member of the 2000 National Championship team and part of the winning tradition that won four Southern Conference crowns in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, Cabral was a four-year starter and Eagle letterwinner. The former team captain earned his bachelor of arts degree from Georgia Southern in May 2006. Cabral and his wife, Erin, a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles swimming and diving team from 2000-04, reside in Statesboro.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present:.................................. Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern Defensive Line 2007-2010:................................. Assistant Coach, Georgia Military College Defensive Line / Strength & Conditioning 2006:.......................Video Coordinator / Quality Control, Georgia Southern EDUCATION: Georgia Southern University (2006) PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:................................................................................Victor Cabral Wife........................................................................................................ Erin

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TOM MELTON South Carolina ’94

Tom Melton rejoined the Eagle staff in March 2004 and begins his eighth season as head strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern. Melton, who also carries the title of Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance, coordinates off-season and in-season applications for all GSU teams, and provides a direct strength training leadership role to the Eagle football program. In addition to those responsibilities, he also coordinates team travel and operations. Melton served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern from July 1998 to November 1999 and worked primarily with the Eagle basketball, Olympic sport programs, and assisted with football. He then accepted a position as associate head strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State University and remained in Fort Collins until 2002. Melton helped the Rams’ football program to three bowl appearances, including two showings in the Liberty Bowl. Prior to taking over GSU’s top athletic performance position, Melton spent two years on the Clemson University staff as assistant strength and conditioning coach where he coordinated and implemented all training activities for the Tigers’ Olympic sport programs. During his time at Clemson, Melton coached four strength and conditioning All-Americans.

ASSISTANT AD/ ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Before his first stint at GSU, Melton spent two seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Southern Conference-member Wofford. In addition to working with all Terrier student-athletes, he directed all activities in the institution’s fitness center and weight room. Melton is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Upon graduation, he served two years as a graduate assistant in the USC strength and conditioning program. The Columbia, S.C., native has worked with 15 teams that have participated in NCAA bowls, tournaments, and playoffs, five of those at Georgia Southern. During his career Melton has coached 12 athletes who have received the honor of strength and conditioning All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, including eight athletes from GSU. Melton is a member of the NSCA and the USAW. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Club Coach with the United States Weightlifting Association. He is also a certified speed coach through the National Association of Speed and Explosion. In 2009, Melton earned his master’s degree in kinesiology/coaching from Georgia Southern University. He is married to the former Samantha Carruth of Landrum, S.C. and they have two daughters, Reagan and Kennedy.

EXPERIENCE: 8th YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2004-Present:.............................. Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Assistant AD / Athletic Performance 2002-2004:...................................Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Clemson 1999-2002:..................................Associate Strength & Conditioning Coach Colorado State 1998-1999:...................................Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Georgia Southern 1994-1996

Graduate Assistant, Strength & Conditioning South Carolina

EDUCATION: University of South Carolina (1994) Bachelor’s Degree: Athletic Training Georgia Southern University Master’s Degree: Kinesiology/Coaching (2009) PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:............................................................................Thomas Melton Wife................................................................................................ Samatha Children............................................................................Reagan, Kennedy

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BRANDON HOWARD

ROBBIE JACKSON

East Carolina ’05

Kentucky ’03

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

HEAD FOOTBALL TRAINER

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

ATHLETIC TRAINING

Brandon Howard  was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern in October 2008. Howard joined the Eagles staff following two years at Utah State. Howard will assist with the Eagle football program and work directly with the track and field, women’s soccer and golf teams. As a graduate assistant with the Aggies, Howard worked with the football team in addition to working with the track and field program, gymnastics and women’s basketball. A 2005 graduate of East Carolina, Howard was a four-year letterwinner. He was named Special Teams captain his senior year and played in the 2001 GMAC Bowl against Marshall. Originally from Jacksonville, Howard was an All-State football player at The Bolles School. He was named All-First Coast his senior year and also earned All-State honors in weightlifting. Howard is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He also received a USA Weightlifting’s Sports Performance Coach certification. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina in 2005 and worked as an intern with the strength and conditioning staff. He completed his master’s degree in Exercise Science from Utah State in 2009.

Robbie Jackson joined the Georgia Southern Athletic Department staff in August 2008 as Head Football Athletic Trainer. A certified and licensed athletic trainer as well as a credentialed performance enhancement specialist, he directly oversees the daily medical needs and operations of the Eagle Football program. Prior to his appointment as head football athletic trainer, Jackson spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer with the UCF football program for Knights’ Coach George O’Leary. In 2007, UCF won the East Division title, overall championship and participated in the 49th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Jackson served as the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia after earning his Master’s of Science in Health and Human Performance from the Unviersity of Tennessee at Chattanooga. At Chattanooga he served as the head trainer at Dalton (Ga.) High School during the 2003-04 season, then in his final year of graduate school, he worked as a graduate assistant with the Mocs Football program. In 2003 he received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Education specializing in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky, graduating Cum Laude. As an undergraduate trainer for the Wildcats, Jackson worked with several teams, including the 1999 Music City Bowl football team, the swimming/diving team, 2001 Mid-American Conference champion men’s soccer program and Wildcat baseball. A native of St. Albans, W.Va., Jackson has previously assisted with the NFL Tennessee Titans during their 2001 and 2002 preseason training camps. Jackson is certifiedwith the National Athletic Trainers Association, American Red Cross CPR/AED certified, licensed athletic trainer by the Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers, and is credentialed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2008-Present:..............................................Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach Georgia Southern 2006-07:....................................Graduate Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach, Utah State University 2005...........................................................Intern, Strength and Conditioning, East Carolina University

EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2008-Present

Head Football Athletic Trainer Georgia Southern

EDUCATION: Utah State (2009) Master’s Degree: Exercise Science

2006-07.................... Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Central Florida

East Carolina University (2005) Bachelor’s Degree: Exercise Physiology

2004................................ Graduate Assistant Trainer, Chattanooga Football

2005............ Head Football Athletic Trainer, Christopher Newport University

PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:............................................................... Brandon Michael Howard Born:.........................................................................................June 25, 1983

2003............................................. Head Athletic Trainer, Dalton High School EDUCATION: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Master’s Degree: Health and Human Performance (2005) University of Kentucky (2003) Bachelor’s Degree: Education PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:..........................................................Robert Preston Jackson, Jr. Born:............................................................................... December 13, 1980

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JUSTIN MATLAGE

STEWART CARTER

Kentucky ’03

Georgia Tech ’94

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT MANAGER

ATHLETIC TRAINING After a year with the Carolina Panthers organization.Justin Matlage joins the Georgia Southern Athletics Training staff as an assistant athletic trainer in 2010. At Georgia Southern, Matlage will work with the Football and Golf teams, and oversee the care of the Baseball team and Cheerleading squads. With the Carolina Panthers, Matlage provided daily treatment, rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and preventative care to the athletes. He also helped document injuries and treatment sessions, as well as assisting in the inventory and order process for supplies. As a full-time intern, Matlage supervised part-time interns during preseason training camp and mini-camps. Matlage began his athletic training career as a student at the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in May 2007. While at UNI, Matlage worked with the Panthers football, baseball, women’s basketball, wrestling and men’s and women’s track and field teams. He also assisted with high school programs in the Cedar Falls area. After his graduation from UNI, the Saint Marys, Iowa, native attended graduate school at West Virginia University, earning a master’s degree in athletic training in August 2009. He was the co-Head Athletic Trainer for Club Sports and Intramurals at West Virginia, working with the hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer club programs. He also worked at HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness in Morgantown, W.Va., gaining more experience in physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as aquatic therapy. Matlage conducted an independent study in athletic training with the WVU Sports Medicine Center during his master’s coursework. Matlage donates his time as a volunteer for several organizations and events including the Special Olympics, high school athletics, the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships, Thomas Davis’ Youth Football Camp and Jordan Gross’ Charity Kickball Tournament for Cystic Fibrosis. EXPERIENCE: 2nd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2010-Present............................. Assistant Athletic Trainer, Georgia Southern 2010..................................................................................... Carolina Panthers 2009............................................ Co-Head Trainer, Club Sports & Intramurals West Virginia EDUCATION: Northern Iowa University Bachelor’s Degree: Athletic Training (2007) West Virginia University Master’s Degree: Athletic Training (2009)

Stewart Carter enters his 12th year as head athletic equipment manager at Georgia Southern University, a position he began on the first day of spring workouts on March 27, 2000. He oversees all operations (budget management, equipment, maintenance, repairs) for not only the football team but all 15 varsity sports at Georgia Southern. His standout work was recognized when he was named District III ‘Equipment Manager of the Year’ by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association in 2009. Prior to joining the Eagles Athletic staff, Carter served as athletic equipment manager for the Fresno State Athletic Corporation, beginning in October 1997. As the department head, he handled budget management duties for apparel, equipment and repairs for eight FSU sport programs, including men’s basketball. From 1994 to 1997, Carter was Fresno State’s assistant athletic equipment manager responsible for the daily equipment room operations for football, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer. A five-year student football manager at alma mater Georgia Tech from 1989 to 1994, Carter gained experience in all facets of the Yellow Jacket equipment operation. He was named head student manager as an upperclassman, heading the setup for all practice and game field operations and supervision of other student staff assistants. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management in March, 1994. Carter is a Certified Athletic Equipment Manager (1997) and a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association. He has also served on the Schutt, McDavid, and World Sporting Goods advisory boards. He is married to the former Rose Pietrzak of Park Ridge, Ill. EXPERIENCE: 10th YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2000-Present............................................Head Athletic Equipment Manager, Georgia Southern 1997-2000................... Athletic Equipment Manager, Fresno State University 1997........................................... Certified as an Athletic Equipment Manager 1994-97........Assistant Athletic Equipment Manager, Fresno State University 1989-94..Student Assistant/Football Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology EDUCATION: Georgia Institute of Technology (1994) Bachelor’s Degree: Management PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:................................................................................ Stewart Carter Born:........................................................................................ August 3, 1971 Wife:........................................................................................................ Rose

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JEFF BLYTHE

KEITH ROUGHTON

North Carolina ’02

Georgia Southern ’92

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR COMPLIANCE AND STUDENT-ATHLETE SERVICES

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

One of the longest tenured members of the Georgia Southern Athletics Department Administration staff, Keith Roughton begins his 19th year as a full-time employee and 21st overall. In July 2011, Roughton was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services, first becoming an Assistant Athletics Director in 2001. He currently oversees all aspects of NCAA compliance and eligibility issues as well as the academic services unit for the department and its programs. Roughton is also responsible for scholarship budgeting, the Athletics Department drug testing program, and is the department’s liaison to the office of University Housing and Financial Aid. He is the site manager for NCAA drug testing. During his career, Roughton has worked in a variety of roles. Roughton began his Georgia Southern career as a ticket office student employee in 1990. Upon graduation in 1992, he was named assistant ticket manager. Starting in 1995, Roughton served four years as Assistant Compliance Coordinator. He was the Student-Athlete Services Assistant Director beginning in the fall of 1998 then was promoted to a Director’s role the next year. At the beginning of the 1997 season he began his duties as Director of Game Management. Roughton also serves as an instructor in the First Year Experience program and is a member of the university’s First Year Council. Roughton has earned three degrees from Georgia Southern, beginning with a B.S. in Health Sciences (sport management) in 1992. He added master’s degrees in Sport Management in 1995 and in Higher Education/Student Services in 1997.

Jeff Blythe joined the Georgia Southern Athletics Department in April 2007 as the Assistant Athletics Director for Business Operations. He was promoted to Associate Athletics Director in Blythe serves as the chief financial officer for Georgia Southern Athletics and its 15 varsity sports. He oversees the day-to-day operations for ticketing, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, equipment and facilities. Blythe is the liaison between the athletics department and several departments on campus, including: human resources, procurement and contract services, and information technology. In addition, Blythe is the sports supervisor for the men’s golf, men’s tennis and men’s soccer programs. Prior to his arrival at Georgia Southern, he served as the Assistant Business Manager, Ticket Manager and Director of Summer Camps at Elon University for three years. Blythe also supervised theoperating budgets for all 17 varsity sports, as well as the athletic training, marketing, sports information and Phoenix Club departments. Blythe earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as a student manager for the men’s basketball team his freshman year. He also earned a Master’s degree in Sport Management from Appalachian State. Blythe and his wife Fay were married in 2005. After graduating from nursing school at Georgia Southern in 2008, Fay became an ICU Nurse. The couple has two sons, Tyler and Brady.

EXPERIENCE: 19th YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2011-Present...........................................................Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services Georgia Southern University

2006-2010: Assoc. Athletics Director for Compliance and Eligibility 2001-05: Assistant Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Services 1997-2002: Director of Game Management 1999-2001: Director of Student-Athlete Services 1998-99: Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services 1994-95: Assistant Compliance Coordinator 1992-95: Assistant Ticket Manager 1990-92: Student Assistant Ticket Manager

EDUCATION: Georgia Southern University (1992, 1995, 1997) Master’s Degree: Higher Education/Student Services Master’s Degree: Sport Management Bachelor’s Degree: Sport Management PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:..................................................................... Hubert Keith Roughton Born:.............................................................................................April 15, 1970

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EXPERIENCE: 3rd YEAR ON GSU STAFF 2011-Present.............. Associate Athletics Director / Business Operations Georgia Southern

2007-2011:...................Assistant Athletics Director / Business Operations Georgia Southern

2004-07: ................... Assistant Business and Ticket Manager, Elon University Director of Summer Camps 1998-2002:.Exercise and Sport Science Department, University of North Carolina 2002: Faculty Assistant 1998-02: Student Assistant 1998: Student Basketball Manager EDUCATION: Appalachian State University (2003) Master’s Degree: Sport Management University of North Carolina (2002) Bachelor’s Degree: Exercise and Sport Science PERSONAL DATA: Full name:........................................................................... Jeffrey Philip Blythe Born:.............................................................................................April 28, 1980 Wife:............................................................................................................. Fay Children:.......................................................................................... Tyler, Brady


S AM B AKER James Madison ’74

Building a strong future for the Georgia Southern sports programs in his 16 years as Director of Athletics, Sam Baker has positioned the Eagles for success with new or renovated facilities, a foundation of financial stability and decisions to ensure the best for the student-athlete. An integral component of this ideology is the commitment to “Rings and Diplomas,” as the Athletics Department provides the opportunity for every Georgia Southern student-athlete to win a championship ring and earn a diploma. The emphasis on the “student” in student-athlete is one trademark of the Georgia Southern athletics program as Baker promotes the initiative and continued support for excellence in the classroom. This past academic year, the cumulative grade point average of all 15 sports reached its highest-ever mark with the Football Eagles earning their best-ever marks for both the entire year and single semester. All programs also had members of their teams on the Dean’s List and Southern Conference Honor Roll with 85 placements on the University’s President’s List (4.0 GPA). Numerous student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors with six named to the prestigious Academic All-America list. The most recent honoree was Eagle softball player Nina Iduate, who was voted to the national first team in June 2010. Continuing to add to the lengthy list of accomplishments for the program, three Southern Conference championships were added last year as titles in volleyball, golf and baseball upped Georgia Southern’s total to 30. Those championships, plus a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff semifinal appearance, gave the Eagles 27 appearances in postseason play. The most acclaimed is the Eagle Football program, accounting for seven SoCon titles, nine NCAA playoff appearances (Division I FCS) and back-to-back NCAA FCS titles in 1999 and 2000, two of the nation’s-best six FCS national championships, during the Baker tenure. A primary focus of Baker’s efforts has been facility improvements for fans and student-athletes. Planning and fundraising has begun for a new operations building for the Eagle Football program to be located at Paulson Stadium. The Gene Bishop Field House opened in the fall 2006, anchored the west end of the stadium with aesthetic changes to the concourses at Paulson Stadium made in 2007 and 2008. Softball stadium enchancements were completed in 2008 with the construction of stadium seating, team locker rooms and public rest rooms. In the same time period, the BennettRamsey Golf Center was completed, providing Eagle Golf with one of the top all-around practice facilities the nation. Building and renovations were completed for several projects including the renovation of J.I. Clements Baseball Stadium, the construction of a Track/Soccer Stadium, renovation and expansion of Iron Works (Georgia Southern’s athletic performance center) and Men’s Basketball Locker Room (donated by Michael and Katrina Curry). In addition, other team locker rooms, sports medicine treatment center, equipment room, and coaches’ offices in Hanner Fieldhouse have undergone renovation and upgrades. Baker also

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

served as the driving force behind the Dan J. Parrish, Sr. Football Building, the Herring Pavilion, football practice field renovation and the Troy Cowart Building (home to the Athletic Foundation and Athletics Ticket Office). As a leader in his profession, Baker has been active in his service to the Southern Conference and the NCAA. From May 2000 to May 2002, he served as chair of the SoCon Athletics Directors Association. As Georgia Southern Athletics Director, he served as a member of the NCAA Special Events, Olympic Liaison and Division I Football Issues Committees. In June 2009, he was honored with recognition as the NACDA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year for the Football Championship Subdivision’s Southeast Region. Baker, a native of Front Royal, Va., joined the Georgia Southern management team after five years as Director of the College Football Marketing Corporation, a subsidiary of the College Football Association (CFA). Baker’s responsibilities with the CFA included securing title sponsorship for and administration of its “Promise of Tomorrow” scholarship program. A four-year agreement with Hitachi awarded $1.3 million in scholarships to aid individuals involved in intercollegiate football with the means to pursue careers in the field of education. From 1986-90, he was associate athletic director for financial development at Vanderbilt, where he oversaw the National Commodore Club. In the two years before moving to Nashville, Baker was associate athletic director for external affairs at the University of Oregon, the institution where he served as director of athletic marketing from January 1983 to May 1984. Baker entered the field of intercollegiate athletics at the College of William & Mary, where he spent seven years (1976-82) as director of athletic promotions. Baker holds a 1976 master’s degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University and a 1974 B. A. in Communication Arts from James Madison University. He and his wife of 35 years, Ann, are the parents of three children: Zeb, Elizabeth Ann and Josie. EXPERIENCE: 16th YEAR ON GSU STAFF 1996-Present.................. Director of Athletics, Georgia Southern University 1990-1995................................Director, College Football Marketing Corporation (College Football Association), Boulder, CO 1986-1990...Associate Athletics Director/Financial Development, Vanderbilt University 1984-1986..... Associate Athletics Director/External Affairs, University of Oregon 1983-1984............................Director of Athletic Marketing, University of Oregon 1976-1982.................Director of Athletic Promotions, College of William & Mary EDUCATION: Ohio University (1976) Master’s Degree: Sports Administration James Madison University (1974) Bachelor’s Degree: Communication Arts Shenandoah College (1972) Associate’s Degree PERSONAL DATA: Full Name:........................................................................ Samuel Quinton Baker Born:.................................................................. July 16, 1951 in Winchester, Va. Wife:..........................................................the former Ann Burnett of Mobile, Ala. Children:.......................................................................Zeb, Elizabeth Ann, Josie

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DR. BROOKS A. KEEL Augusta State ’78

Brooks

A.

Keel,

12th PRESIDENT GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Ph.D.

Keel has served on numerous boards related to his discipline,

began his tenure as the 12th

including the American Board of Bioanalysis, the American

President of Georgia Southern

Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry, the Oak Ridge

University on January 4, 2010.

Associated

The Augusta, Ga. native, a

Research Association and the Executive Committee of the

self-described product of the

Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of APLU.

Universities,

the

Southeastern

Universities

education system of Georgia, returns to his home state to lead

Georgia Southern University with significant experience in the

scientist and scholar. Dr. Schalue currently serves as the director

Keel is married to Dr. Tammie Schalue, an accomplished

top ranks of academia, research, and economic development.

of laboratories at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Prior to his arrival at Georgia Southern, Keel served

and the associate administrator for the American Association of

as

the

Bioanalysts (AAB). Both are certified SCUBA diving instructors.

Vice

Development,

Chancellor and

for

professor

Research of

and

Biological

Economic

Sciences

at

Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge since 2006. From 2002 to 2006, he was a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Vice President for Research at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Keel’s professional career began in 1985 at the University

of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, where he served in a variety of positions including the Daniel K. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (19952001), President of the Women’s Research Institute (1993-2001), and Director of Reproductive Medicine Laboratories (1994-2002)

Since

focused

joining on

Georgia

expanding

Southern,

undergraduate

Keel and

has

been

graduate

learning opportunities whether through research, creative or community-based educational experiences. In addition, he has been working to increase Georgia Southern’s research and economic development opportunities. The University is already beginning to attract interest through its Renewable Energy

Lab

and

Public

Health

Core

Research

Lab.

Keel earned his Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from

the Medical College of Georgia in 1982 and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Augusta College (now Augusta State University) in 1978. He has completed postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Vermillion.

He is a member of the Society for the Study of

Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, among others.

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Dr. Keel, shown throwing out the first pitch at a Georgia Southern baseball game, is a regular in the stands cheering on Eagle studentathletes at home and away events.


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TUSCULUM PIONEERS

SAMFORD BULLDOGS

Location: Greeneville, Tenn. Founded: 1794 Enrollment: 2,450 President: Dr. Nancy B. Moody Athletic Director: Frankie DeBusk Nickname: Pioneers Colors: Orange and Black Conference: South Atlantic Stadium: Pioneer Field Capacity: 3,500 Playing Surface: Grass

Location: Birmingham, Ala. Founded: 1841 Enrollment: 4,715 President: Dr. Andrew Westmoreland Athletic Director: Martin Newton Nickname: Bulldogs Colors: Red and Blue Conference: Southern Stadium: Seibert Stadium Capacity: 6,700 Playing Surface: LSR Blade synthetic surface

Pat Sullivan Head Coach

Darion Sutton Sophomore LB

Dustin Taliaferro Junior QB

Frankie DeBusk Head Coach

Bo Cordell Junior QB

Terrence Smith Senior DE

Coaching Staff

Sports Information

Coaching Staff

Sports Information

Assistant Coaches (Position) Bill D’Ottavio (Asst. HC/Def. Coor.) Rhett Lashlee (Off. Coor.) James Joseph (RB) Antonio Carter (WR) Brandon Herring (OL) Ross Newton (LB) Rory Segrest (DL) Sam Shade (DB) Travis Trickett (TE/Slot Backs)

Media Contacts

Assistant Coaches (Position) Marc Kolb (Assoc. HC/OC/QB/WR.) Kevin Weston (Asst. HC/DC/LB) Caleb Slover (RB) Karl Scott (DB) Steve McGill (DL) Spencer Riley (OL)

Media Contacts

Head Coach: Pat Sullivan (Auburn, ’72) Record at Samford: 19-25 (5 years) Career Record: 43-67-1 (10 years) Record vs. GSU: 3-0 Office Phone: 205-726-2575 Best Time to Reach: Contact SID

Bulldogs At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Multiple Basic Defense: 4-3 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 6-5, 2-6/7th Lettermen Returning: 50 (24/23/3) Lettermen Lost: 31 (14/15/2) Starters Returning: 12 (7/4/1) Series History: Series tied 3-3

2011 Schedule

9/3 9/10 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

GEORGIA SOUTHERN STILLMAN COLLEGE at Wofford GARDNER-WEBB at Furman ELON at Appalachian State WESTERN CAROLINA CHATTANOOGA at The Citadel at Auburn

SID: Joey Mullins Office Phone: 205-726-2799 Cell Phone: 205-532-3477 E-Mail Address: jmmulli1@samford.edu Fax: 205-726-2545 Web Site: samfordsports.com Beat Writer: N/A Radio Network: Samford Radio Network Play-by-Play Announcer: Mike Grace Color: Jay Roberson Station Address: WVSU / Samford University 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229 Phone: (205) 726-2877

Top Returners:

Rushing: Fabian Truss, So., RB Passing: Dustin Taliaferro, Sr., QB Receiving: Quin Roberson, So., WR Defense: Darion Sutton, Jr., LB

2010 Results (4-7)

9/4 at Florida State 9/11 at Northwestern St. (La.) 9/16 NEWBERRY COLLEGE 9/25 APPALACHIAN STATE 10/2 at Elon 10/9 at Western Carolina 10/16 FURMAN 10/30 at Georgia Southern 11/6 WOFFORD 11/13 at Chattanooga 11/20 THE CITADEL

L 6-59 W 19-7 W 38-35 L 17-35 L 19-24 W 38-7 L 10-27 W 20-13 L 3-10 L 14-48 L 12-13

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Head Coach: Frankie DeBusk (Furman, ’91) Record at Tusculum: 77-64(12 years) Career Record: 77-64 (12 years) Record vs. GSU: First meeting Office Phone: 423-636-7302 Best Time to Reach: Mornings

Pioneers At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Spread Basic Defense: 3-3-5 2009 Record: 10-4 Lettermen Returning: 44 (20/17/7) Lettermen Lost: 16 (8/7/1) Starters Returning: 20 (9/5/6) Series History: First meeting

2011 Schedule

9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12

WEST GEORGIA at Georgia Southern at North Greenville CATAWBA at Brevard at UNC Pembroke LENOIR-RHYNE at Newberry MARS HILL at Carson-Newman WINGATE

SID: Dom Donnelly Office Phone: 423-636-7326 Cell: 423-341-0091 E-Mail Address: ddonnelly@tusculum.edu Fax: 423-636-7370 Web Site: tusculumpioneers.com Beat Writter: Joe Byrd, Greeneville Sun Radio Network: WSMG AM-1450 Play-by-Play Announcer: Brian Stayton Color: Joe Byrd Station Address: P.O. Box 2069 Greeneville, TN 37744 Phone: 423-638-3188

Top Returners:

Rushing: Brian Marshall, Jr., RB Passing: Bo Cordell, Jr., QB Receiving: Deonté Gist, Sr., WR Defense: Luke Harris, Jr., DB

2010 Results (6-5)

8/28 CHARLESTON (W. Va.) 9/4 at Findlay 9/11 at Western Carolina 9/18 URBANA 10/2 at Mars Hill 10/9 NEWBERRY 10/16 at Wingate 10/23 at Lenoir-Rhyne 10/30 BREVARD 11/6 at Catawba 11/13 CARSON-NEWMAN

W 24-12 W 16-3 W 54-30 W 39-36 L 39-45 L 56-63 L 27-33 L 31-34 W 51-35 W 54-44 L 48-49


WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS

ELON PHOENIX

Location: Cullowhee, N.C. Founded: 1889 Enrollment: 9,500 President: Dr. David Belcher Athletic Director: Chip Smith Nickname: Catamounts Colors: Purple and Gold Conference: Southern Stadium: E.J. Whitmire Stadium Capacity: 13,742 Playing Surface: Desso Challenge Pro 2

Dennis Wagner Head Coach

Location: Elon, N.C. Founded: 1889 Enrollment: 5,709 President: Dr. Leo Lambert Athletic Director: Dave Blank Nickname: Phoenix Colors: Maroon and Gold Conference: Southern Stadium: Rhodes Stadium Capacity: 11,250 Playing Surface: Grass

Trey Selby Senior DL

Michael Johnson Junior RB

Jason Swepson Head Coach

Joshua Jones Senior LB

Coaching Staff

Sports Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coaches (Position) Matt Pawlowski (Asst. HC/DC/DB) Andy Follett (OC/QB) Mark Rhea (DL) Arketa Banks (WR) Jay Hood (LB) Jeremiah Ross (OL) Pat Arthurs (TE) Kenyon Blue (CB) Chris Collins (D intern coach)

Media Contacts

Assistant Coaches (Position) Chris Pincince (OC/QB/RB) Ed Pinkham (DC) Scott Browne (Rec. Coord./STC) Ron Mattes (OL) Kevin Downing (WR) Bobby Blick (TE) Jerrick Hall (DL) Al Washington (LB) Dan O'Brien (DB) Mitch Rippy (Specialists)

Head Coach: Dennis Wagner (Utah, ’82) Record at WCU: 7-27 (4 years) Career Record: 51-64-1 (10 years) Record vs. GSU: 0-4 Office Phone: 828-227-7395 Best Time to Reach: Contact SID

Catamounts At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Pistol Basic Defense: 4-2-5/Multiple 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 2-9, 1-7/T-8th Lettermen Returning: 41 (20/19/2) Lettermen Lost: 21 (7/12/2) Starters Returning: 13 (9/4) Series History: GSU leads 19-2

2011 Schedule

9/1 9/10 9/24 10/1 10/8 1015 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

at Georgia Tech MARS HILL at Georgia Southern FURMAN ELON at Chattanooga The CITADEL at Samford WOFFORD at Appalachian State COASTAL CAROLINA

SID: Daniel Hooker Office Phone: 828-227-2339 Home Phone: 828-508-2494 E-Mail Address: dhooker@email.wcu.edu Fax: 828-227-7688 Web Site: catamountsports.com Beat Writer: Tyler Goode, Asheville Citizen-Times, 828-5864091 x265 Radio Network: Catamount Sports Network Play-by-Play Announcer: Gary Ayers Color: Jeff Bryson Station Address: PO Box 571, Balsam, NC 28707 Phone: 828-452-5315 Rushing: Michael Johnson, Jr., RB Passing: Zac Brindise,Sr., QB Receiving: Jacoby Mitchell, Jr., WR Defense: Rock Williams, Jr., LB

9/5 at Vanderbilt 9/12 GARDNER-WEBB 9/19 at Georgia Southern 9/26 FURMAN 10/3 at Samford 10/17 THE CITADEL 10/24 WOFFORD 10/31 at Chattanooga 11/7 ELON 11/14 at Eastern Kentucky 11/21 at Appalachian State

The Phoenix At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Multiple Basic Defense: 4-3 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 6-5, 5-3/T-3rd Lettermen Returning: 32 Lettermen Lost: 23 Starters Returning: 13 Series History: GSU leads 8-3

Top Returners:

2010 Results (2-9)

Head Coach: Jason Swepson (Boston College ’92) Record at Elon: 0-0 (1st year) Career Record: 0-0 (1st year) Record vs. GSU: First meeting Office Phone: 336-278-6721 Best Time to Reach: Through SID

2011 Schedule

L 0-45 L 20-27 L 3-27 L 14-33 L 3-16 W 14-10 L 26-35 L 20-24 L 17-42 W 24-7 L 14-19

9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/12 11/19

at Vanderbilt CONCORD at North Carolina Central THE CITADEL GEORGIA SOUTHERN at Western Carolina at Samford CHATTANOOGA at Wofford at Furman APPALACHIAN STATE

Aaron Mellette Junior WR

Sports Information

SID Football Contact: Chris Rash Office Phone: 336-278-6711 E-Mail Address: crash@elon.edu Fax: 336-278-6768 Web Site: www.elonphoenix.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: Adam Smith, Burlington Times-News Radio Network: WPCM 920 AM Play-by-Play Announcer: David Hibbard Color: Taylor Durham Station Address: 1109 Tower Drive, Burlington, NC 27215 Phone: 336-584-0126

Top Returners:

Rushing: A.J. Harris, Sr., RB Passing: Thomas Wilson, Sr., QB Receiving: Aaron Mellette, Jr., WR Defense: Joshua Jones, Sr., LB

2010 Results (6-5)

9/4 at Duke 9/11 SHAW 9/18 at Richmond 9/25 at Georgia Southern 10/2 SAMFORD 10/9 at Appalachian State 10/23 WOFFORD 10/30 at Chattanooga 11/6 at The Citadel 11/13 FURMAN 11/20 WESTERN CAROLINA

L 27-41 W 55-26 L 21-27 L 21-38 W 24-19 L 31-34 L 21-28 W 49-35 W 27-16 W 30-25 W 45-14

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FURMAN PALADINS

CHATTANOOGA MOCS

Location: Greenville, S.C. Founded: 1826 Enrollment: 2,600 President: Rod Smolla Athletic Director: Dr. Gary Clark Nickname: Paladins Colors: Purple and White Conference: Southern Stadium: Paladin Stadium Capacity: 16,000 Playing Surface: Grass

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn. Founded: 1886 Enrollment: 10,781 Chancellor: Dr. Roger G. Brown Athletic Director: Rick Hart Nickname: Mocs Colors: Navy, Old Gold and Silver Conference: Southern Stadium: Finley Stadium Capacity: 20,668 Playing Surface: Polyetheylene Field Turf

Russ Huesman Head Coach

B.J. Coleman Junior QB

Joel Bradford Senior WR

Bruce Fowler Head Coach

Kadarron Anderson Senior LB

Coaching Staff

Sports Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coaches (Position) Marcus Satterfield (OC) Adam Fuller (DC) Jimmy Lindsey (DL) Russ Ehrenfeld (TE) Geep Wade (OL) Marcus West (DL) Jamaal Fobbs (RB) Tony Coode (LB) Will Healy (WR) B.J. Hogan (DB)

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: John Frierson, Chattanooga Times-Free Press (423) 757-6900 Radio Network: WGOW 102.3 Play-by-Play Announcer: Jim Reynolds Color: Todd Agne Station Address: 821 Pineville Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Phone: 423-756-6141

Assistant Coaches (Position) Norval McKenzie (RB) Jimmy Kiser (Off. Coor./WR/TE) Mark Moehring (S) Scott Smouse (OL) Ricky Logo (DL) Bob Price (Spec.) Tim Sorrells (Asst. HC/QB) John Windham (Def. Coor./LB) Antonio Goss (CB) Rob Livingston (Def. Quality Control)

Mocs At-A-Glance

Top Returners:

Rushing: Keon Williams, So., RB Passing: B.J. Coleman, Sr., QB Receiving: Joel Bradford, Sr., WR Defense: Ryan Consiglio, Sr., LB

Paladins At-A-Glance

Head Coach: Russ Huesman (Chattanooga ’83) Record at UTC: 12-10 (2 years) Career Record: Same Record vs. GSU: 1-1 Office Phone: 423-425-4494 Best Time to Reach: Contact SID

Basic Offense: Multiple Basic Defense: Multiple 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 6-5, 5-3/T-3rd Lettermen Returning: 44 Lettermen Lost: 16 Starters Returning: 19 (6/10/3) Series History: GSU leads 20-4

2011 Schedule 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/19

at Nebraska JACKSONVILLE STA TE at Eastern Kentucky at Appalachian State THE CITADEL at Georgia Southern WESTERN CAROLINA at Elon FURMAN at Samford WOFFORD

SID: Jay Blackman Office Phone: 423-425-5292 Cell Phone: 423-598-6953 E-Mail Address: jay-blackman@utc.edu Fax: 423-425-4610 Web Site: www.gomocs.com

2010 Results (6-5)

9/4 APPALACHIAN STATE 9/11 at Jacksonville State 9/18 EASTERN KENTUCKY 9/25 at Western Carolina 10/9 at The Citadel 10/16 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 10/23 at Furman 10/30 ELON 11/6 at Auburn 11/13 SAMFORD 11/20 at Wofford

Head Coach: Bruce Fowler (Furman, ’81) Record at FUR: 0-0 (First year) Career Record: Same Record vs. GSU: 0-0 Office Phone: 864-294-2120 Best Time to Reach: Weekday mornings

Basic Offense: Multiple Basic Defense: Multiple 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 5-6, 3-5/6th Lettermen Returning: 45 (18/23/4) Lettermen Lost: 14 (8/6/0) Starters Returning: 16 (7/7/2) Series History: GSU leads 14-8

2011 Schedule L 41-42 L 1721 W 42-24 W 27-21 W 28-10 W 35-27 W 36-28 L 35-49 L 24-62 W 48-14 L 14-48

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9/3 9/10 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

at Costal Carolina at The Citadel PRESBYTERIAN at Western Carolina SAMFORD at Georgia Southern WOFFORD at Chattanooga APPALACHIAN STATE ELON at Florida

Tersoo Uhaa Senior RB

Sports Information

SID: Hunter Reid Office Phone: 864-294-2061 Cell Phone: 864-567-1663 E-Mail Address: Hunter.Reid@furman.edu Fax: 864-294-3061 Web Site: furmanpaladins.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: Willie Smith, Greenville News, 864-298-4100 Radio Network: Furman Football Radio Network Play-by-Play Announcer: TBA Color: Gordon Higgins Station Address: Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613 Phone: 864-294-3441

Top Returners:

Rushing: Jerry Williams, Jr., RB Passing: Dakota Derrick, Jr., QB Receiving: Colin Anderson, Jr., TE Defense: Kadarron Anderson, Sr., LB

2010 Results (5-6)

9/11 COLGATE 9/18 at South Carolina 9/25 THE CITADEL 10/2 at Wofford 10/9 HOWARD 10/16 at Samford 10/23 CHATTANOOGA 10/31 at Appalachian State 11/76WESTERN CAROLINA 11/13 at Elon 11/20 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

W 45-15 L 19-38 W 34-14 L 17-38 W 56-14 W 27-10 L 28-36 L 26-37 W 31-17 L 25-30 L 28-32


PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS

Location: Clinton, S.C. Founded: 1880 Enrollment: 1,200 President: Dr. John V. Griffith Athletic Director: Brian Reese Nickname: Blue Hose Colors: Blue and Garnet Conference: Big South Stadium: Bailey Memorial Stadium Capacity: 6,500 Playing Surface: Grass

Harold Nichols Head Coach

Head Coach: Harold Nichols (Presbyterian College, ’90) Record at PC: 2-20 (2 years) Career Record: 2-20 (2 years) Record vs. GSU: First meeting Office Phone: 864-833-8240 Best Time to Reach: Contact SID Assistant Coaches (Position) Matt Cain (QB) David Dunagan (OLB) Tom Evangelista (DC/ILB) Andrew Ford (CB) Klay Killingsworth (DL) Brandon Server (TE) Brian Rucker (WR) Todd Varn (OC)

Blue Hose At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Spread Basic Defense: 4-3 2010 Record, Conference/Finish: 2-9, 1-5/T-6th Lettermen Returning: 58 (28/27/3) Lettermen Lost: 30 (15/14/1) Starters Returning: 16 (6/9/1) Series History: GSU leads 2-0

9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

Max Travis Senior OL

Justin Bethel Senior CB

Coaching Staff

2011 Schedule

Location: Boone, N.C. Founded: 1899 Enrollment: 17,222 Chancellor: Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock Athletic Director: Charlie Cobb Nickname: Mountaineers Colors: Black and Gold Conference: Southern Stadium: Kidd Brewer Stadium Capacity: 21,650 Playing Surface: FieldTurf

WOFFORD NORTH GREENVILLE at Cal at Furman at Stony Brook GARDNER-WEBB at Georgia Southern at Liberty at Coastal Carolina VMI CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

Jerry Moore Head Coach

DeAndre Presley Senior QB

Sports Information

Coaching Staff

Media Contacts

Assistant Coaches (Position) Jason Blalock (DL) Bob McClain (OL) Trey Elder (WR) Brad Glenn (QB) John Holt (TE) Dale Jones (DC/OLB) Chris Moore (RB) Mark Speir (ILB) Scot Sloan (DB) John Mark Hamilton (Def. Asst.)

SID: Simon Whitaker Office Phone: 864-833-8252 E-Mail Address: swhitaker@presby.edu Fax: 864-833-8323 Web Site: www.gobluehose.com Beat Writer: name, outlet, contact e-mail or phone Radio Network: Play-by-Play Announcer: Color: Station Address:

Head Coach: Jerry Moore (Baylor, ’61) Record at ASU: 199-79 (22 years) Career Record: 226-126-2 (29 years) Record vs. GSU: 9-10 Office Phone: N/A Best Time to Reach: Contact SID

Mountaineers At-A-Glance

Phone:

Basic Offense: Multiple Spread Basic Defense: Multiple 2009 Record, Conference/Finish: 10-3, 7-1/T-1st Lettermen Returning: 42 Lettermen Lost: 15 Starters Returning: 20 Series History: ASU leads 13-12-1

Top Returners:

Rushing: Lance Byrd, Jr., RB Passing: Ryan Singer, So., QB Receiving: Patrick McCoy, Sr., WR Defense: Brian Davis, Sr., DL

2010 Results (2-9)

9/2 at Wake Forest 9/11 at Clemson 9/18 at The Citadel 9/25 NORTH GREENVILLE 10/2 at VMI 10/16 COASTAL CAROLINA 10/23 at Gardner-Webb 10/30 LIBERTY 11/6 STONY BROOK 11/13 at Charleston Southern 11/20 DAVIDSON

Brian Quick Senior WR

Sports Information

SID: Mike Flynn Office Phone: 828-262-2845 Cell Phone: 828-964-6406 E-Mail Address: flynnmh@appstate.edu Fax: 828-262-6106 Web Site: www.goasu.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: Tommy Bowman, Winston-Salem Journal, tbowman@wsjournal.com Radio Network: Appalachian Sports Network Play-by-Play Announcer: David Jackson Color: Steve Brown Station Address: Box 32116, Boone, NC 28608 Phone: 828-262-2018

Top Returners:

Rushing: DeAndre Presley, Sr., QB Passing: DeAndre Presley, Sr., QB Receiving: Brian Quick, Sr., WR Defense: Justin Wray, Jr., LB

L 13-53 L 21-58 L 14-26 L 17-34 L 13-24 L 7-35 W 26-24 L 24-34 L 7-37 L 39-42 W 42-6

2011 Schedule 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

at Virginia Tech NORTH CAROLINA A&T SAVANNAH STATE CHATTANOOGA at Wofford at The Citadel SAMFORD GEORGIA SOUTHERN at Furman WESTERN CAROLINA at Elon

2010 Results (10-3)

9/4 at Chattanooga W 42-41 9/11 JACKSONVILLE W 45-14 9/18 NC CENTRAL W 44-16 9/25 at Samford W 35-17 10/9 ELON W 34-31 10/16 THE CITADEL W 39-10 10/23 at Western Carolina W 37-14 10/30 FURMAN W 37-26 11/6 at Georgia Southern L(OT) 14-21 11/14 WOFFORD W 43-13 11/20 at Florida L 10-48

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THE CITADEL

WOFFORD TERRIERS

Location: Charleston, S.C. Founded: 1842 Enrollment: 2,139 President: Lt Gen John W. Rosa Jr. Athletic Director: Larry W. Leckonby Nickname: Bulldogs Colors: Citadel Blue and White Conference: Southern Stadium: Johnson Hagood Stadium Capacity: 21,000 Playing Surface: Grass

Kevin Higgins Head Coach

Tolu Akindele Senior LB

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Kevin Higgins (West Chester, ’77) Record at CIT: 27-40 (6 years) Career Record: 83-65-1 (14 years) Record vs. GSU: 1-5 Office Phone: 843-953-5123 Best Time to Reach: Mornings Assistant Coaches (Position) Craig Candeto (QB/B-backs) Josh Conklin (DC/Saf.) Aashon Larkins (ST Coor./LB) Nate Hogge (Rec. Coord./ WR) Denny Doornbos (asst. H.C./DL) Bob Bodine (O.C./OL) Gerald Dixon (CB) Andrew Alden (Asst. DL) J.P. Gunter (ST QC) Bill Mottola (Slot Backs)

Bulldogs At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Triple Option Basic Defense: 4-2-5 2009 Record, Conference/Finish: 3-8, 1-7/T-8th Lettermen Returning: 40 Lettermen Lost: 21 Starters Returning: 22 Series History: GSU leads 16-4

2011 Schedule 9/ 3 9/10 924 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

JACKSONVILLE FURMAN at Elon at Chattanooga, WOFFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina VMI at Georgia Southern SAMFORD at South Carolina

Location: Spartanburg, S.C. Founded: 1854 Enrollment: 1,525 President: Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap Athletic Director: Richard Johnson Nickname: Terriers Colors: Old Gold and Black Conference: Southern Stadium: Gibbs Stadium Capacity: 13,000 Playing Surface: Grass

Terrell Dallas Senior FB

Sports Information

SID: Noelle Orr Blaney Office Phone: 843-953-5353 E-Mail Address: noelle.orr@citadel.edu Fax: 843-953-5058 Web Site: citadelsports.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: Jeff Hartsell, Charleston Post and Courier Radio Network: The Citadel Sports Network Play-by-Play Announcer: Darren Goldwater Color: Walt Nadzak Station Address: 60 Mark Field Drive, Suite 4, Charleston, SC 29407 Phone: 843-763-6631

Top Returners:

9/4 CHOWAN 9/11 at Arizona 9/18 PRESBYTERIAN 9/25 at Furman 10/2 WESTERN CAROLINA 10/9 CHATTANOOGA 10/16 at Appalachian State 10/23 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 10/30 at Wofford 11/6 ELON 11/20 at Samford

Eric Breitenstein Senior FB

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Mike Ayers (Georgetown (Ky.), ’74) Record at Wofford: 154-107-1 (23 years) Career Record: 155-125-2 (26 years) Record vs. GSU: 6-9 Office Phone: 864-597-4095 Best Time to Reach: 10 a.m.-noon Assistant Coaches (Position) Wade Lang (OC/QB) Nate Woody (DC) James Adams (CB) Aaron Johnson (RB) Shiel Wood (Secondary) Freddie Brown III (WR) Nathan Fuqua (OLB) ShaDon Brown (DB) Eric Nash (OL) Peter Kalinowski (TE) Jack Teachey (DL)

Terriers At-A-Glance

Rushing: Terrell Dallas, Sr., FB Passing: Matt Thompson, So., QB Receiving: Dominic Jones, R-So., WR Defense: Tolu Akindele, Sr., LB

2010 Results (3-8)

Mike Ayers Head Coach

Basic Offense: Wingbone Basic Defense: Multiple 50 2009 Record, Conference/Finish: 10-3, 7-1/T-1st Lettermen Returning: 41 (16/23/2) Lettermen Lost: 19 (12/5/1) Starters Returning: 15 Series History: GSU leads 9-6

W 56-14 L 6-52 W 26-14 L 14-31 L 13-24 L 10-28 L 10-39 L 0-20 L 0-35 L 16-27 W 13-12

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2011 Schedule

9/3 9/10 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

at Presbyterian at Clemson SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at The Citadel VIRGINIA-WISE at Furman ELON at Western Carolina GEORGIA SOUTHERN at Chattanooga

Ameet Pall Senior DL

Sports Information

SID: Brent Williamson Office Phone: 864-597-4093 E-Mail Address: williamsondb@wofford.edu Fax: 864-597-4129 Web Site: woffordterriers.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writer: Todd Shanesy, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 864-582-4511 x7273 Radio Network: ESPN 1400 AM Play-by-Play Announcer: Mark Hauser Color: Thom Henson Sideline: Collins McGraw Station Address: 340 Garner Road Spartanburg, SC 29303 Phone: 864-573-1400

Top Returners:

Rushing: Eric Breitenstein, Sr. FB Passing: Mitch Allen, Sr., QB Receiving: Brenton Bersin, Sr. WR Defense: Ameet Pall, Sr., DL

2010 Results (10-3)

9/4 at Ohio 9/11 at Charleston Southern 9/18 UNION (KY.) 10/2 FURMAN 10/9 at Georgia Southern 10/16 WESTERN CAROLINA 10/23 at Elon 10/30 THE CITADEL 11/6 at Samford 11/13 at Appalachian State 11/20 CHATTANOOGA 12/4 at Jacksonville State 12/11 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

L 10-33 W 34-23 W 48-10 W 38-17 W 33-31 W 45-14 W 28-21 W 35-0 W 10-3 L 13-43 W 45-14 W 17-14 L 20-23


ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala. Founded: 1831 Enrollment: 30,232 President: Dr. Robert E. Witt Athletic Director: Mal Moore Nickname: Crimson Tide Colors: Crimson and White Conference: SEC West Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium Capacity: 101,821 Playing Surface: Grass

Nick Saban Head Coach

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, ’73) Record at Alabama: 38-11 (4 years) Career Record: 129-53-1 (15 years) Record vs. GSU: First meeting Office Phone: 205-348-3602 Best Time to Reach: Contact Media Relations Assistant Coaches (Position) Burton Burns (Assoc. HC/RB) Mike Groh (WR) Jim McElwain (OC/QB) Jeremy Pruitt (Secondary) Chris Rumph (DL) Kirby Smart (DC/LB) Jeff Stoutland (OL) Sal Sunseri (Asst. HC/LB) Bobby Williams (TE/Special Teams Coord.)

Crimson Tide At-A-Glance

Basic Offense: Pro Basic Defense: 3-4 2009 Record, Conference/Finish: 10-3, 5-3/4th Lettermen Returning: 53 (23/26/4) Lettermen Lost: 13 (8/5/0) Starters Returning: 18 Series History: First meeting

2011 Schedule

9/3 9/10 9/17 09/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 11/05 11/12 11/19 11/26

Barrett Jones Junior OL

Dont'a Hightower Junior LB

KENT STATE at Penn State NORTH TEXAS ARKANSAS at Florida VANDERBILT at Ole Miss TENNESSEE LSU at Mississippi State GEORGIA SOUTHERN at Auburn

Sports Information

SID: Jeff Purinton Office Phone: 205-348-6084 E-Mail Address: jpurinton@ia.au.edu Fax: 205-348-8841 Web Site: rolltide.com

Media Contacts

Beat Writers: Chase Goodbread, Tuscaloosa News; Chase. goodbread@tuscaloosanews.com; Izzy Gould, Birmingham News, izzygould@gmail.com Radio Network: Crimson Tide Sports Network Director of Broadcasting: Tom Roberts Play-by-Play Announcer: Eli Gold Color: Phil Savage; Sideline: Barry Krauss Station Mailing Address: Bryant Denny Stadium, Box 870339, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487 Phone: 205-348-9610

The 2010 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) season and 2011 championship marked the first to feature the newly expanded bracket of 20 teams in the playoff and a new location in Frisco, Texas. The championship game returned to its roots in the Lone Star state, as the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, was the site of the inaugual FCS title game in 1978. Located 25 miles north of downtown Dallas, Pizza Hut Park was selected as the home for the FCS national championship game for three seasons beginning in 2010. The stadium houses Major League Soccer's FC Dallas and the complex can accomodate crowds for concerts, sporting events and recreational activities. Frisco, Texas, Pizza Hut Park and the Southland Conference serve as the hosts for the championship games concluding the upcoming 2011 and 2012 seasons. Dates for playoff games and the championship game will be announced by the NCAA during the summer months. National seeds and game sites for the FCS playoffs are revealed on a national selection show at the end of the regular season. The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) includes the conferences SUPPLEMENT NO. 11B and institutions that compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship, DI Football Championship Comm. - 2/10 in addition to two conferences who choose not to participate in the football championship, the Ivy League and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The FCS embodies a tradition of excellence through high level competition, student-athlete character and sportsmanship throughout the regular season and the championship experience. For more information on the NCAA Division I Football Championship, log on to NCAA.com/football. First Round

Second Round

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Final

Pizza Hut Park - Frisco, Texas

#1 Seed

Top Returners:

Rushing: Trent Richardson, Jr. RB Passing: AJ McCarron, So., QB Receiving: Marquis Maze, Sr. WR Defense: Mark Barron, Sr., DB

2010 Results (10-3) 9/4 SAN JOSE STATE 9/11 PENN STATE 9/18 at Duke 9/25 at Arkansas 10/2 FLORIDA 10/9 at South Carolina 10/16 MISSISSIPPI 10/23 at Tennessee 11/6 at LSU 11/13 MISSISSIPPI STATE 11/18 GEORGIA STATE 11/26 AUBURN 1/1 Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan State

W 48-3 W 24-3 W 62-13 W 24-20 W 31-6 L 21-35 W 23-10 W 41-10 L 21-24 W 30-10 W 63-7 L 27-28 W 49-7

#5 Seed

#4 Seed

#3 Seed NATIONAL CHAMPION

#2 Seed

*Denotes host institution. ESPN Gameplan QF telecasts will also be syndicated on numerous Refer to www.NCAA.com/broadcast for more information.

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SERIES RESULTS vs. 2011 OPPONENTS

Chattanooga / Georgia Southern leads 20-4 • H: 11-1; A: 9-3; N: 0-0

Samford / Series tied 3-3 • H: 2-2; A: 1-1; N: 0-0

- GSU 19-14 (Sept. 28, 1985 at Chamberlain Field, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 8,892)

- GSU 49-21 (Nov. 12, 1988 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 20,340)

- GSU 34-14 (Sept. 27, 1986 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,234)

- GSU 52-7 (Oct. 28, 1989 at Seibert Stadium, Birmingham, Ala. - 6,042) - GSU 31-24 (Nov. 17, 1990 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,271) - SAM 27-17 (Nov. 8, 2008 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,436) - SAM 31-10 (Nov. 7, 2009 at Seibert Stadium, Birmingham, Ala. - 7,730)

- GSU 24-17 (Oct. 13, 1984 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 9,087)

- GSU 13-3 (Sept. 17, 1988 at Chamberlain Field, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 8,747)

- GSU 34-13 (Nov. 11, 1989 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 24,078) - GSU 23-20 (Nov. 10, 1990 at Chamberlain Field, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 5,710)

- GSU 45-0 (Sept. 25, 1993 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 13,771)

- SAM 20-13 (Oct. 30, 2010 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,341)

- GSU 56-20 (Sept. 24, 1994 at Chamberlain Field, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 7,324)

Tusculum / First Meeting

- UTC 23-21 (Sept. 28, 1996 at Chamberlain Field, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 6,324)

Western Carolina /Georgia Southern leads 19-2 • H: 10-0; A: 9-2; N: 0-0

- GSU 42-25 (Sept. 26, 1998 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 6,574)

- WCU 14-7 (1941 at Cullowhee, N.C.) - GSU 37-16 (Oct. 24, 1987 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 13,460) - GSU 44-6 (Oct. 12, 1991 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 19,190) - GSU 19-18 (Oct. 9, 1993 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,133) - WCU 35-31 (Oct. 8, 1994 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 10,212) - GSU 42-0 (Oct. 7, 1995 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,430) - GSU 38-28 (Oct. 12, 1996 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 7,678) - GSU 30-7 (Oct. 11, 1997 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,368) - GSU 28-21 (Oct. 10, 1998 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 9,671) - GSU 70-7 (Oct. 9, 1999 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 16,406) - GSU 42-24 (Oct. 7, 2000 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 7,114) - GSU 50-14 (Oct. 6, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,804) - GSU 41-24 (Oct. 12, 2002 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 7,749) - GSU 31-25 (Oct. 11, 2003 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,708)

- GSU 35-9 (Sept. 23, 1995 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 13,508) - GSU 37-10 (Sept. 27, 1997 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 10,128) - GSU 49-10 (Sept. 25, 1999 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,746) - GSU 31-10 (Sept. 23, 2000 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 15,072) - GSU 70-7 (Sept. 22, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,656) - GSU 38-10 (Sept. 28, 2002 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 8,566) - GSU 34-3 (Sept. 27, 2003 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,623) - GSU 51-17 (Sept. 25, 2004 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 6,160) - GSU 48-10 (Sept. 24, 2005 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,330) - UTC 27-26 (Sept. 23, 2006 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 8,228) - UTC 45-38 OT (Sept. 22, 2007 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,785) - GSU 52-28 (Oct. 4, 2008 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 5,616) - GSU 30-20 (Oct. 17, 2009 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,357) - UTC 35-27 (Oct. 16, 2010 at Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 17,414)

Furman / Georgia Southern leads 14-8 • H: 7-3; A: 6-4; N: 1-1

- GSU 38-16 (Oct. 9, 2004 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 10,970)

- #GSU 44-42 (Dec. 21, 1985 at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA - 5,306)

- GSU 45-7 (Oct. 8, 2005 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,156)

- #FUR 17-12 (Dec. 17, 1988 at Holt Minidome, Pocatello, Idaho - 9,714)

- GSU 24-14 (Sept. 30, 2006 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 10,483)

- GSU 21-0 (Sept. 26, 1992 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 14,879)

- GSU 50-21 (Sept. 29, 2007 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,486)

- GSU 31-19 (Nov. 6, 1993 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,984)

- GSU 38-31 OT (Oct. 25, 2008 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 8,327)

- GSU 31-26 (Nov. 5, 1994 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 12,161)

- GSU 27-3 (Sept. 19, 2009 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,633)

- GSU 27-20 (Nov. 4, 1995 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,305)

- GSU 28-6 (Nov. 13, 2010 at Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, N.C. - 6,244)

- FUR 21-14 (Nov. 9, 1996 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 11,616) - GSU 30-13 (Nov. 8, 1997 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,269)

Elon / Georgia Southern leads 8-3 • H: 5-1; A: 3-2; N: 0-0

- GSU 45-17 (Nov. 7, 1998 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 10,201)

- GSU 31-17 (Sept. 5, 1998 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 13,233)

- FUR 45-10 (Nov. 4, 2000 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 15,127)

- GSU 32-9 (Nov. 11, 2000 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,084)

- GSU 20-10 (Nov. 3, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 21,593)

- GSU 27-21 (Nov. 10, 2001 at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C. - 10,632)

-$FUR 24-17 (Dec. 15, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,827)

- GSU 37-13 (Nov. 15, 2003 at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C. - 2,834)

- GSU 42-21 (Nov. 9, 2002 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 15,794)

- GSU 48-14 (Oct. 2, 2004 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 12,821)

- GSU 29-24 (Nov. 8, 2003 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,562)

- GSU 49-7 (Oct. 1, 2005 at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C. - 9,875)

- FUR 29-22 (Nov. 6, 2004 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 17,145)

- GSU 28-21 (Oct. 14, 2006 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,825)

- GSU 27-24 (Nov. 5, 2005 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 19,808)

- ELON 36-33 2OT (Oct. 13, 2007 at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C.- 5,429)

- FUR 13-10 (Nov. 11, 2006 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 13,287)

- ELON 22-20 (Sept. 20, 2008 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,049)

- FUR 24-22 (Nov. 10, 2007 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 23,373)

- ELON 28-14 (Sept. 26, 2009 at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C. - 10,189)

- GSU 17-10 (Nov. 15, 2008 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 10,496)

- GSU 38-21 (Sept. 25, 2010 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,302)

- FUR 30-22 (Nov. 14, 2009 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,922)

- GSU 41-38 (Nov. 6, 1999 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,636)

- GSU 32-28 (Nov. 20, 2010 at Paladin Stadium, Greenville, S.C. - 11,781)

#NCAA I-FCS National Championship Game; $NCAA I-FCS Semifinal Playoff Game

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Presbyterian College / GSU leads 2-0 • H: 0-0; A: 1-0; N: 1-0 - GSU 35-21 (Sept. 17, 1983 at Memorial Stadium, Savannah, Ga. - 7,813) - GSU 41-6 (Sept. 8, 1984 at Bailey Memorial Stadium, Clinton, S.C. - 2,464)

Appalachian State / ASU leads 13-12-1 • H: 8-4; A: 4-9-1; N: 0-0

- CIT 24-21 (Oct. 28, 2006 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 12,129) - GSU 21-17 (Oct. 27, 2007 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,506) - GSU 44-41 3OT (Nov. 1, 2008 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 11,190) - GSU 13-6 (Nov. 21, 2009 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 12,611) - GSU 20-0 (Oct. 23, 2010 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 10,385) ♦NCAA I-FCS Round of 16 Playoff game

- GSU 33-0 (Nov. 25, 1932 at Statesboro, Ga.) - GSU 22-13 (Oct. 25, 1934 at Boone, N.C.)

Wofford / Georgia Southern leads 10-7 • H: 3-5; A: 7-2; N: 0-0

- ASU 7-6 (Nov. 15, 1934 at Statesboro, Ga.)

- WOF 28-7 (Nov. 6, 1982 at Womack Field, Statesboro - 5,127)

- tie 0-0 (Nov. 9, 1935 at Boone, N.C.)

- GSU 27-16 (Nov. 5, 1983 at Snyder Field, Spartanburg, S.C. - 5,894)

- ASU 27-0 (Oct. 24, 1936 at Boone, N.C.)

- GSU 22-7 (Sept. 20, 1997 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 7,236)

- ASU 59-0 (Nov. 17, 1939 at Boone, N.C.) -*ASU 19-0 (Dec. 5, 1987 at Conrad Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 9,229) - GSU 34-28 (Oct. 16, 1993 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 10,939)

- GSU 34-31 (Oct. 15, 1994 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 12,552) - ASU 27-17 (Oct. 14, 1995 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 8,797) - ASU 35-28 (Oct. 19, 1996 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,074) - ASU 24-12 (Oct. 18, 1997 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 13,887)

- GSU 37-24 (Oct. 17, 1998 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 20,353) - ASU 17-16 (Oct. 16, 1999 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 19,891)

- GSU 34-28 (Oct. 14, 2000 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 21,899) - GSU 27-18 (Oct. 13, 2001 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 15,331)

-*GSU 38-24 (Dec. 8, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 9,352) - GSU 36-20 (Oct. 19, 2002 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,146) - ASU 28-21 (Oct. 18, 2003 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 13,879)

- GSU 54-7 (Oct. 16, 2004 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 22,421) - ASU 24-7 (Oct. 15, 2005 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 21,486) - ASU 27-20 2OT (Oct. 21, 2006 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 19,438) - GSU 38-35 (Oct. 20, 2007 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 28,202)

- GSU 45-10 (Sept. 19, 1998 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 8,649) - GSU 55-14 (Sept. 11, 1999 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 8,048) - GSU 24-17 (Sept. 16, 2000 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,055) - GSU 48-10 (Nov. 24, 2001 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 6,685) - WOF 14-7 (Sept. 21, 2002 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,564) - WOF 20-14 (Sept. 20, 2003 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 9,648) - GSU 58-14 (Sept. 18, 2004 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,170) - WOF 21-17 (Sept. 17, 2005 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 7,362) - WOF 28-10 (Nov. 4, 2006 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 12,486) - GSU 38-35 (Nov. 3, 2007 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 12,124) - WOF 38-37 OT (Sept. 27, 2008 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,958) - GSU 26-21 (Oct. 3, 2009 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 8,490) - WOF 33-31 (Oct. 9, 2009 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 21,403) -*GSU 23-20 (Dec. 11, 2010 at Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. - 11,823)

*NCAA I-FCS Quarterfinal Playoff Game

Alabama / First Meeting

- ASU 37-36 (Oct. 18, 2008 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 20,851) - ASU 52-16 (Oct. 24, 2009 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. - 26,215) - GSU 21-14 OT (Nov. 6, 2010 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 20,073) *NCAA I-FCS Quarterfinal Playoff Games

The Citadel / Georgia Southern leads 16-4 • H: 10-1; A: 6-3; N: 0-0 -♦GSU 38-20 (Nov. 26, 1988 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,011) -♦GSU 31-0 (Nov. 24, 1990 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 11,881) - GSU 16-6 (Sept. 11, 1993 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 12,921) - CIT 17-15 (Nov. 19, 1994 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 18,559) - GSU 27-0 (Oct. 21, 1995 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,201) - CIT 35-20 (Oct. 26, 1996 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 9,427) - GSU 49-7 (Oct. 25, 1997 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 14,731) - GSU 51-34 (Oct. 24, 1998 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 14,222) - GSU 34-17 (Oct. 23, 1999 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,536) - GSU 27-10 (Oct. 21, 2000 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 12,391) - GSU 14-6 (Oct. 20, 2001 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 18,637) - GSU 28-24 (Oct. 26, 2002 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 16,427) - CIT 28-24 (Oct. 25, 2003 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 15,988) - GSU 42-7 (Oct. 23, 2004 at Hagood Stadium, Charleston, S.C. - 12,472) - GSU 49-14 (Oct. 22, 2005 at Paulson Stadium, Statesboro - 17,292)

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NCAA FCS PLAYOFF INFORMATION Championship January 6 or 7, 2012 Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas Hosts Southland Conference City of Frisco, Texas Hunt Sports Group

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Semifinals December 16-17, 2011 at home sites

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Quarterfinals December 9-10, 2011 at home sites

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Second Round December 3, 2011 at home sites

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First Round November 26, 2010 at home sites

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Beginning in 2010, the FCS playoff field expanded to 20 teams with 10 conferences receiving automatic bids.

PAST CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AND RESULTS

2009 – Eastern Washington 20, Delaware 19 Frisco, Texas 2009 – Villanova 23, Montana 21 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2008 – Richmond 24, Montana 7 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2007– Appalachian State 49, Delaware 21 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2006 – Appalachian State 28, Massachusetts 17 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2005 – Appalachian State 21, Northern Iowa 16 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2004 – James Madison 31, Montana 21 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2003 – Delaware 40, Colgate 0 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2002 – Western Kentucky 34, McNeese State 14 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2001 – Montana 13, Furman 6 Chattanooga, Tenn. 2000 – Georgia Southern 27, Montana 25 Chattanooga, Tenn. 1999 – Georgia Southern 59, Youngstown St. 24 Chattanooga, Tenn. 1998 – Massachusetts 55, Georgia Southern 43 Chattanooga, Tenn. 1997 – Youngstown State 10, McNeese State 9 Chattanooga, Tenn. 1996 – Marshall 49, Montana 29 Huntington, W.Va. Huntington, W.Va. 1995 – Montana 22, Marshall 20 1994 – Youngstown State 28, Boise State 14 Huntington, W.Va. 1993 – Youngstown 17, Marshall 5 Huntington, W.Va. 1992 – Marshall 31, Youngstown State 28 Huntington, W.Va. 1991 – Youngstown State 25, Marshall 17 Statesboro, Ga. 1990 – Georgia Southern 36, Nevada 13 Statesboro, Ga. 1989 – Georgia Southern 37, Stephen F. Austin 34 Statesboro, Ga. 1988 – Furman 17, Georgia Southern 12 Pocatello, Idaho 1987 – Northeast Louisiana 43, Marshall 42 Pocatello, Idaho 1986 – Georgia Southern 48, Arkansas State 21 Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma, Wash. 1985 – Georgia Southern 44, Furman 42 1984 – Montana State 19, Louisiana Tech 6 Charleston, S.C. 1983 – Southern Illinois 43, Western Carolina 7 Charleston, S.C. 1982 – Eastern Kentucky 17, Delaware 14 Wichita Falls, Texas 1981 – Idaho State 34, Eastern Kentucky 23 Wichita Falls, Texas Sacramento, Calif. 1980 – Boise State 31, Eastern Kentucky 29 1979 – Eastern Kentucky 30, Lehigh 7 Orlando, Fla. 1978 – Florida A&M 35, Massachusetts 28 Wichita Falls, Texas

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FCS PLAYOFF PARTICIPANTS Team (Appearances - Last) Record

Team (Appearances - Last) Record

Akron (1 - 1985) 0-1 Alcorn State (3 - 1994) 0-3 Appalachian State (18 - 2010) 24-15 Arkansas State (4 - 1987) 6-4 Bethune-Cookman (3 - 2010) 0-3 Boise State (5 - 1994) 8-4 Boston Univ. (5 - 1994) 2-5 Cal Poly (2 - 2008) 1-2 Central Florida (2 - 1993) 22 Chattanooga (1 - 1984) 0-1 The Citadel (3 - 1992) 1-3 Coastal Carolina (2 - 2010) 0-2 Colgate (8 - 2008) 4-8 Connecticut (1 - 1998) 1-1 Delaware (15 - 2010) 22-14 Delaware State (1 - 2007) 0-1 East Tennessee State (1 - 1996) 1-1 Eastern Illinois (13 - 2009) 3-13 Eastern Kentucky (19 - 2008) 16-17 Eastern Washington (8 - 2010) 9-7 Elon (1 - 2009) 0-1 Florida A&M (7 - 2001) 5-6 Florida Atlantic (1 - 2003) 2-1 Fordham (2 - 2007) 1-2 Furman (15 - 2006) 17-14 Georgia Southern (17 - 2010) 41-11 Grambling (3 - 1989) 0-3 Hampton (5 - 2006) 0-5 Hofstra (5 - 2001) 2-5 Holy Cross (2 - 2009) 0-2 Howard (1 - 1993) 0-1 Idaho (11 - 1995) 6-11 Idaho State (2 - 1983) 3-1 Illinois State (3 - 2006) 3-3 Indiana State (2 - 1984) 1-2 Jackson State (12 - 1997) 0-12 Jacksonville State (3- 2010) 0-3 James Madison (9 - 2008) 8-8 Lafayette (3 - 2006) 0-3 Lehigh (8 - 2010) 5-8 Louisiana Tech (2 - 1984) 4-2 Maine (5 - 2002) 2-5 Marshall (8 - 1996) 23-6

Massachusetts (8 - 2007) 10-7 McNeese State (14 - 2009) 11-14 Middle Tennessee State (7 - 1994) 6-7 Mississippi Valley State (1 - 1984) 0-1 Missouri State (2 - 1990) 1-2 Montana (20 - 2009) 30-18 Montana State (5 - 2010) 4-4 Murray State (5 - 2002) 1-5 Nevada (7 - 1991) 9-7 New Hampshire (9 - 2010) 6-9 Nicholls State (3 - 2005) 1-3 North Carolina A&T (4 - 2003) 1-4 2-1 North Dakota State (1-2010) North Texas (4 - 1994) 0-4 Northeast Louisiana (4 - 1993) 5-3 Northeastern (1 - 2002) 0-1 Northern Arizona (4 - 2003) 1-4 Northern Iowa (15 - 2010) 18-15 Northwestern State (6 - 2004) 3-6 Portland State (1 - 2000) 0-1 Rhode Island (3 - 1985) 2-3 Richmond (8 - 2009) 10-7 0-1 Robert Morris (1-2010) Samford (2 - 1992) 2-2 Sam Houston State (4 - 2004) 3-4 South Carolina State (5 - 2010) 2-5 South Dakota State (1-2009) 0-1 Southeast Missouri St. (1-2010) 0-1 Southern Illinois (8 - 2008) 8-7 Stephen F. Austin (5 - 2010) 6-5 Tennessee-Martin (1 - 2006) 0-1 Tennessee State (5 - 1999) 2-5 Texas State (2 - 2008) 2-2 Troy State (7 - 2000) 5-7 Villanova (9 - 2010) 10-8 Weber State (4 - 2009) 2-4 Western Carolina (1 - 1983) 3-1 Western Illinois (9 - 2010) 6-9 Western Kentucky (8 - 2004) 8-7 William & Mary (9 - 2010) 6-9 Wofford (4 - 2010) 4-4 Youngstown State (11 - 2006) 25-7

MOST APPEARANCES IN DIVISION I-FCS PLAYOFFS School (Appearances-Last).....................................Record Montana (20 – 2009).....................................................30-18 Eastern Kentucky (19 – 2008).......................................16-17 Appalachian State (18 – 2010)......................................24-15 Georgia Southern (17 – 2010)................................ 41-11 Furman (15 – 2006).......................................................17-14 Delaware (15 – 2010)....................................................22-14 Northern Iowa (15 – 2010)............................................18-14 McNeese State (14 – 2009).......................................... 11-14 Eastern Illinois (13 – 2009)..............................................3-13 Jackson State (12 – 1997)..............................................0-12 Youngstown State (11 – 2006)........................................25-7


SOCON PLAYOFF HISTORY

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Teams Georgia Southern 52, Florida A&M Delaware 16, Georgia Southern 7 Georgia Southern 49, Colgate 28 Northwestern State 31, Appalachian State 20 Georgia Southern 52, Connecticut 30 Georgia Southern 42, Western Illinois 14 Massachusetts 55, Georgia Southern 43 Florida A&M 44, Appalachian State 29 Massachusetts 30, Furman 23 (OT) Georgia Southern 72, Northern Arizona 29 Georgia Southern 38, Massachusetts 21 Georgia Southern 28, Illinois State 17 Georgia Southern 59, Youngstown State 24 Appalachian State 33, Troy State Hofstra 31, Furman 24 Georgia Southern 42, McNeese State 17 Appalachian State 17, Western Kentucky 14 Georgia Southern 48, Hofstra 20 Montana 19, Appalachian State 16 (OT) Georgia Southern 27, Delaware 18 Georgia Southern 27, Montana 25 Appalachian State 40, William & Mary 27 Furman 24, Western Kentucky 20 Georgia Southern 60, Florida A&M 35 Furman 34, Lehigh 17 Georgia Southern 38, Appalachian State 24 Furman 24, Georgia Southern 17 Montana 13, Furman 6 Villanova 45, Furman 38 Maine 14, Appalachian State 13 Georgia Southern 34, Bethune-Cookman 0 Georgia Southern 31, Maine 7 Western Kentucky 31, Georgia Southern 28 Wofford 31, North Carolina A&T 19 Wofford 34, Western Kentucky 17 Delaware 24, Wofford 9 New Hampshire 27, Georgia Southern 23 Furman 49, Jacksonville State 7 James Madison 14, Furman 13 Texas State 50, Georgia Southern 35 Appalachian State 34, Lafayette 23 Furman 14, Nicholls State 12 Appalachian State 38, Southern Illinois 24 Furman 24, Richmond 20 Appalachian State 29, Furman 23 Appalachian State 21, Northern Iowa 16 Appalachian State 45, Coastal Carolina 28 Montana State 31, Furman 7 Appalachian State 38, Montana State 17 Appalachian State 49, Youngstown State 24 Appalachian State 28, Massachusetts 17 Appalachian State 28, James Madison 27 Wofford 23, Montana 22 Appalachian State 38, Eastern Washington 35 Richmond 21, Wofford 10 Appalachian State 55, Richmond 35 Appalachian State 49, Delaware 21 Appalachian State 37, South Carolina State 21 James Madison 38, Wofford 35 Richmond 33, Appalachian State 13 Appalachian State 20, South Carolina State 13 Richmond 16, Elon 13 Appalachian State 35, Richmond 31 Montana 24, Appalachian State 17 Georgia Southern 41, South Carolina State 16 Appalachian State 42, Western Illinois 14 Wofford 17, Jacksonville State 14 Georgia Southern 31, William & Mary 15 Villanova 42, Appalachian State 24 Georgia Southern 23, Wofford 20 Delaware 27, Georgia Southern 10

Year Teams Site Greenville, S.C. 1982 South Carolina State 17, Furman 0 1983 Western Carolina 24, Colgate 23 Cullowhee, N.C. Western Carolina 28, Holy Cross 21 Worchester, Mass. Furman 35, Boston University 16 Greenville, S.C. Western Carolina 14, Furman 7 Greenville, S.C. Southern Illinois 43, Western Carolina 7 Charleston, S.C. Jonesboro, Ark. 1984 Arkansas State 37, UT Chattanooga 10 1985 Furman 59, Rhode Island 15 Greenville, S.C. Furman 35, Nevada 12 Greenville, S.C. Georgia Southern 44, Furman 42 Tacoma, Wash. 1986 Eastern Kentucky 23, Furman 10 Greenville, S.C. Nicholls State 28, Appalachian State 26 Boone, N.C. Boone, N.C. 1987 Appalachian State 20, Richmond 3 Marshall 41, James Madison 12 Huntington, W.Va. Appalachian State 19, Georgia Southern 0 Boone, N.C. Marshall 51, Weber State 23 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 24, Appalachian State 10 Boone, N.C. Northeast Louisiana 43, Marshall 42 Pocatello, Idaho 1988 Furman 21, Delaware 7 Greenville, S.C. Marshall 7, North Texas State 0 Huntington, W.Va. Georgia Southern 38, The Citadel 20 Statesboro, Ga. Furman 13, Marshall 9 Huntington, W.Va. Furman 38, Idaho 7 Greenville, S.C. Furman 17, Georgia Southern 12 Pocatello, Idaho 1989 Middle Tennessee State 24, Appalachian State 21 Murfreesboro, Tenn. Furman 24, William & Mary 10 Greenville, S.C. Furman 42, Youngstown State 23 Greenville, S.C. Stephen F. Austin 21, Furman 19 Greenville, S.C. Statesboro, Ga. 1990 Georgia Southern 31, The Citadel 0 Furman 45, Eastern Kentucky 17 Richmond, Ky. Nevada 42, Furman 35 (3ot) Reno, Nev. Huntington, W.Va. 1991 Marshall 20, Western Illinois 17 (ot) Eastern Kentucky 14, Appalachian State 3 Richmond, Ky. Marshall 41, Northern Iowa 13 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 14, Eastern Kentucky 7 Huntington, W.Va. Youngstown State 25, Marshall 17 Statesboro, Ga. Huntington, W.Va. 1992 Marshall 44, Eastern Kentucky 0 Middle Tennessee State 35, Appalachian State 10 Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Citadel 44, North Carolina A&T 0 Charleston, S.C. Marshall 35, Middle Tennessee State 21 Huntington, W.Va. Youngstown State 41, The Citadel 17 Charleston, S.C. Marshall 28, Delaware 7 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 31, Youngstown State 28 Huntington, W.Va. 1993 Georgia Southern 14, Eastern Kentucky 12 Statesboro, Ga. Marshall 28, Howard 14 Huntington, W.Va. Youngstown State 34, Georgia Southern 14 Youngstown, Ohio Marshall 34, Delaware 31 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 24, Troy State 21 Huntington, W.Va. Youngstown State 17, Marshall 5 Huntington, W.Va. Durham, N.H. 1994 Appalachian State 17, New Hampshire 10 Marshall 49, Middle Tennessee State 14 Huntington, W.Va. Boise State 17, Appalachian State 14 Boise, Idaho Marshall 28, James Madison 21 Huntington, W.Va. Boise State 28, Marshall 24 Boise, Idaho Boone, N.C. 1995 Appalachian State 31, James Madison 24 Georgia Southern 24, Troy State 21 Troy, Ala. Marshall 38, Jackson State 8 Huntington, W.Va. Stephen F. Austin 27, Appalachian State 17 Boone, N.C. Montana 45, Georgia Southern 0 Missoula, Mont. Marshall 41, Northern Iowa 24 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 25, McNeese State 13 Lake Charles, La. Montana 22, Marshall 20 Huntington, W.Va. Flagstaff, Ariz. 1996 Furman 42, Northern Arizona 31 Marshall 59, Delaware 14 Huntington, W.Va. East Tennessee State 35, Villanova 29 Johnson City, Tenn. Marshall 54, Furman 0 Huntington, W.Va. Montana 44, East Tennessee State 14 Missoula, Mont. Marshall 31, Northern Iowa 14 Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 49, Montana 28 Huntington, W.Va. NOTE: Georgia Southern competed as an FCS independent prior to joining the Southern Conference in 1993.

Site Statesboro, Ga. Newark, Del. Statesboro, Ga. Natchitoches, La. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Chattanooga, Tenn. Boone, N.C. Greenville, S.C. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Chattanooga, Tenn. Troy, Ala. Greenville, S.C. Statesboro, Ga. Boone, N.C. Statesboro, Ga. Missoula, Mont. Newark, Del. Chattanooga, Tenn. Boone, N.C. Greenville, S.C. Statesboro, Ga. Greenville, S.C. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Chattanooga, Tenn. Philadelphia, Pa. Boone, N.C. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro, Ga. Spartanburg, S.C. Spartanburg, S.C. Newark, Del. Statesboro, Ga. Greenville, S.C. Greenville, S.C. San Marcos, Texas Boone, N.C. Greenville, S.C. Boone, N.C. Greenville, S.C. Boone, N.C. Chattanooga, Tenn. Boone, N.C. Bozeman, Mont. Boone, N.C. Boone, N.C. Chattanooga, Tenn. Boone, N.C. Missoula, Mont. Boone, N.C. Spartanburg, S.C. Boone, N.C. Chattanooga, Tenn. Boone, N.C. Harrisonburg, Va. Boone, N.C. Boone, N.C. Richmond, Va. Richmond, Va. Missoula, Mont. Statesboro, Ga. Boone, N.C. Jacksonville, Ala. Williamsburg, Va. Boone, N.C. Spartanburg, S.C. Newark, Del.

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SOCON CHAMPIONSHIP PROFILE

Championships Shared By Former League Members (4)

Southern Conference Championships Won Outright By Current League Members (24)

Maryland and VMI (1951) East Carolina and William & Mary (1966) Davidson and Richmond (1969) Marshall and Furman (1988)

Appalachian State 8 (1986, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009) Furman 7 (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990) Georgia Southern 5 (1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002) Chattanooga 2 (1979, 1984) The Citadel 2 (1961, 1992) Wofford 1 (2003) Championships Shared By Current League Members (7) Chattanooga and VMI (1977) Furman and Chattanooga (1978) Furman and Marshall (1988) Georgia Southern, Furman and Appalachian State (1999) Georgia Southern and Furman (2001) Georgia Southern and Furman (2004) Appalachian State and Wofford (2007, 2010) Championships Won Outright By Former League Members (42) Clemson 2 (1940, 1948) Duke 10 (1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1952) East Carolina 3 (1972, 1973, 1976) Marshall 2 (1994, 1996) Maryland 1 (1937) North Carolina 2 (1946, 1949) Richmond 3 (1968, 1971, 1975) VMI 5 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1974) Virginia Tech 1 (1963) Washington & Lee 2 (1934, 1950) West Virginia 8 (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1965, 1967) William & Mary 3 (1942, 1947, 1970)

Championship Breakdown By School

12 11 10 8 8 7 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1

- Furman (7 outright, 5 shared) - Appalachian State (8 outright, 3 shared) - Duke (all outright) - Georgia Southern (5 outright, 3 shared) - West Virginia (all outright) - VMI (5 outright, 2 shared) - Chattanooga (2 outright, 2 shared) - Richmond (3 outright, 1 shared) - William & Mary (3 outright, 1 shared) - East Carolina (3 outright, 1 shared) - Wofford (1 outright, 2 shared) - Marshall (2 outright, 1 shared) - The Citadel (both outright) - Washington & Lee (both outright) - Clemson (both outright) - Maryland (1 outright, 1 shared) - North Carolina (both outright) - Virginia Tech (shared) - Davidson (shared)

Most Consecutive Championship Seasons By One School 6 by Georgia Southern (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) 6 by Appalachian State (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 4 by West Virginia (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956) 4 by Furman (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)

Number of Undefeated and Untied Championship Seasons 42 (most recent, Appalachian State/8-0, 2009)

TEAM WON-LOST RECORDS AS A LEAGUE MEMBER (Since Division I-FCS reclassification in 1982)

Southern Conference Record School Georgia Southern Appalachian State Wofford Furman Elon Chattanooga Western Carolina Samford The Citadel

Years 18 40 14 72 8 35 35 3 68

W 99 184 64 239 27 105 95 8 176

Overall Record L 42 79 43 182 32 133 148 15 168

T 0 5 0 11 0 2 1 0 5

.Pct .702 .696 .598 .566 .458 .442 .391 .320 .398

School Appalachian State Georgia Southern Furman Wofford Elon Samford The Citadel Western Carolina Chattanooga

W 246 157 232 97 44 15 139 126 128

L 110 71 115 65 48 18 183 182 193

T 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 3 1

.Pct .691 .689 .669 .599 .478 .455 .432 .409 .399

Current SoCon Teams in NCAA I-FCS Playoff Games School

Appearances

Appalachian State 18 The Citadel 3 Elon 1 Furman 15 Georgia Southern* 17 Samford 2 Chattanooga 1 Western Carolina 1 Wofford 4 Totals

Record

Pct.

24-15 .615 1-3 .250 0-1 .000 17-14 .548 41-11 .788 2-2 .500 0-1 .000 3-1 .750 4-4 .500 66-46

Opening Rd

Round of 16

— — — — 1-0 — — — — 1-0

11-6 1-2 0-1 7-6 15-2 1-1 0-1 1-0 2-1 42-19

Quarterfinals

6-5 0-1 0-0 6-3 11-4 0-1 0-0 1-0 1-1 23-13

Semifinals

Championship

3-3 0-0 0-0 3-3 8-3 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-1 12-7

Georgia Southern won FCS championships in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990 prior to joining the Southern Conference in 1993. The 41 playoff wins rank as the most in the NCAA.

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3-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 6-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 8-8


SOCON STANDINGS

CONF 1993 W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Marshall 6 2 0 .750 Western Carolina 5 3 0 .625 Furman 4 4 0 .500 The Citadel 4 4 0 .500 Appalachian State 4 4 0 .500 East Tennessee State 3 5 0 .375 Chattanooga 2 6 0 .250 1 7 0 .125 VMI

OVERALL W L T Pct. 10 3 0 .769 11 4 0 .733 6 5 0 .545 5 5 1 .500 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 1 10 0 .091

CONF 1998 W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 8 0 0 1.000 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 Western Carolina 5 3 0 .625 Chattanooga 4 4 0 .500 The Citadel 4 4 0 .500 East Tennessee State 3 5 0 .375 Wofford 3 5 0 .375 Furman 3 5 0 .375 0 8 0 .000 VMI

OVERALL W L T Pct. 14 1 0 .933 10 3 0 .769 6 5 0 .545 5 6 0 .455 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 4 7 0 .364 5 6 0 .455 1 10 0 .091

CONF W L T Pct. Marshall 7 1 0 .875 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 Georgia Southern 5 3 0 .625 Western Carolina 5 3 0 .625 The Citadel 4 4 0 .500 East Tennessee State 4 4 0 .500 Furman 2 6 0 .250 Chattanooga 2 6 0 .250 VMI 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 12 2 0 .857 9 4 0 .692 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 3 8 0 .273 3 8 0 .273 1 10 0 .091

CONF W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Appalachian State 7 1 0 .875 Furman 7 1 0 .875 Wofford 5 3 0 .625 East Tennessee State 4 4 0 .500 3 5 0 .375 Chattanooga Western Carolina 2 6 0 .250 The Citadel 1 7 0 .125 VMI 0 8 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 13 2 0 .867 9 3 0 .750 9 3 0 .750 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 5 6 0 .455 3 8 0 .273 2 9 0 .182 1 10 0 .091

CONF W L T Pct. Appalachian State 8 0 0 1.000 Marshall 7 1 0 .875 Georgia Southern 5 3 0 .625 Furman 5 3 0 .625 East Tennessee State 4 4 0 .500 3 5 0 .375 VMI Chattanooga 2 6 0 .250 Western Carolina 2 6 0 .250 The Citadel 0 8 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 12 1 0 .923 12 3 0 .800 9 4 0 .692 6 5 0 .545 4 7 0 .364 4 7 0 .364 4 7 0 .364 3 7 0 .300 2 9 0 .182

CONF W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 Furman 6 2 0 .750 Wofford 5 3 0 .625 East Tennessee State 4 4 0 .500 3 5 0 .375 Chattanooga Western Carolina 3 5 0 .375 The Citadel 1 7 0 .125 VMI 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 13 2 0 .867 10 4 0 .714 9 3 0 .750 7 4 0 .636 6 5 0 .545 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 2 9 0 .182 2 9 0 .182

CONF 1996 W L T Pct. Marshall 8 0 0 1.000 East Tennessee State 7 1 0 .875 Furman 6 2 0 .750 Appalachian State 5 3 0 .625 The Citadel 3 5 0 .375 Georgia Southern 2 6 0 .250 VMI 2 6 0 .250 Chattanooga 2 6 0 .250 Western Carolina 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 15 0 0 1.000 10 3 0 .769 9 4 0 .692 7 4 0 .636 4 7 0 .364 4 7 0 .364 3 8 0 .273 3 8 0 .273 4 7 0 .364

CONF W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Furman 7 1 0 .875 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 Western Carolina 5 3 0 .625 East Tennessee State 4 4 0 .500 Wofford 3 5 0 .375 The Citadel 2 6 0 .250 Chattanooga 1 7 0 .125 VMI 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 12 2 0 .857 12 3 0 .800 9 4 0 .692 7 4 0 .636 6 5 0 .545 4 7 0 .364 3 7 0 .300 3 8 0 .273 1 10 0 .091

OVERALL W L T Pct. 10 3 0 .769 7 4 0 .636 7 4 0 .636 7 4 0 .636 6 3 0 .667 7 4 0 .636 3 8 0 .273 3 7 0 .300 0 11 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 11 3 0 .786 9 3 0 .750 8 4 0 .667 8 4 0 .667 6 6 0 .500 5 6 0 .455 4 8 0 .333 2 10 0 .167 3 9 0 .250

1994

1995

CONF 1997 W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 East Tennessee State 5 3 0 .625 Furman 5 3 0 .625 The Citadel 4 4 0 .500 Chattanooga 4 4 0 .500 Western Carolina 3 5 0 .375 Wofford 2 6 0 .250 VMI 0 8 0 .000

1999

2000

2001

CONF 2002 W L T Pct. Georgia Southern 7 1 0 .875 Wofford 6 2 0 .750 Appalachian State 6 2 0 .750 Furman 6 2 0 .750 VMI 3 5 0 .375 Western Carolina 3 5 0 .375 East Tennessee State 2 6 0 .250 Chattanooga 2 6 0 .250 The Citadel 1 7 0 .125

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SOCON STANDINGS

2003

CONF W L T Pct.

OVERALL W L T Pct.

Wofford Appalachian State Georgia Southern Furman The Citadel Western Carolina Chattanooga East Tennessee State Elon

8 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 1

12 2 7 4 7 4 6 5 6 6 5 7 3 9 5 7 2 10

Appalachian State Wofford Elon Georgia Southern Furman Samford The Citadel Western Carolina Chattanooga

2004

CONF W L T Pct.

OVERALL W L T Pct.

Georgia Southern Furman Wofford Appalachian State Western Carolina The Citadel Elon Chattanooga

6 6 4 4 2 2 2 2

9 10 8 6 4 3 3 2

2005

CONF W L T Pct.

OVERALL W L T Pct.

Appalachian State Elon Furman Chattanooga* Georgia Southern Samford The Citadel Wofford Western Carolina

Appalachian State Georgia Southern Furman Western Carolina Chattanooga Wofford The Citadel Elon

6 5 5 4 3 3 2 0

12 8 11 5 6 6 4 3

CONF W L T Pct. 7 0 0 1.000 6 1 0 .857 5 2 0 .714 4 3 0 .571 2 5 0 .286 2 5 0 .286 2 5 0 .286 0 7 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 14 1 0 .933 8 4 0 .667 7 4 0 .636 5 6 0 .455 3 8 0 .273 5 6 0 .455 3 8 0 .273 2 9 0 .182

CONF W L T Pct. 5 2 0 .714 5 2 0 .714 4 3 0 .571 4 3 0 .571 4 3 0 .571 4 3 0 .571 2 5 0 .286 0 7 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 13 2 0 .867 9 4 0 .692 7 4 0 .636 7 4 0 .636 7 4 0 .636 6 5 0 .545 2 9 0 .182 1 10 0 .091

2006

Appalachian State Furman Wofford The Citadel Georgia Southern Elon Chattanooga Western Carolina

2007

Appalachian State Wofford Georgia Southern The Citadel Elon Furman Chattanooga Western Carolina

0 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 7

1 1 3 3 5 5 5 5

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 7

0 1.000 0 .750 0 .625 0 .500 0 .500 0 .375 0 .375 0 .250 0 .125

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

.857 .857 .571 .571 .286 .286 .286 .286

.857 .714 .714 .571 .429 .429 .286 .000

3 3 3 5 7 7 8 9

3 4 3 4 5 5 7 8

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

.857 .636 .636 .545 .500 .417 .250 .417 .167

.750 .769 .727 .545 .364 .300 .273 .182

.800 .667 .786 .556 .545 .545 .364 .273

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2008

2009

CONF W L T Pct. 8 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875 6 2 0 .750 4 4 0 .500 4 4 0 .500 4 4 0 .500 2 6 0 .250 1 7 0 .125 0 8 0 .000

OVERALL W L T Pct. 11 3 0 .786 9 3 0 .750 8 4 0 .667 6 5 0 .545 7 5 0 .583 6 5 0 .545 4 8 0 .333 3 9 0 .250 1 11 0 .083

CONF W L T Pct. 8 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875 5 3 0 .625 4 4 0 .500 4 4 0 .500 3 5 0 .375 2 6 0 .250 2 6 0 .250 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 11 3 0 .786 9 3 0 .750 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 5 6 0 .455 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 3 8 0 .273 2 9 0 .182

CONF W L T Pct. 7 1 0 .875 7 1 0 .875 5 3 0 .625 5 3 0 .625 5 3 0 .625 3 5 0 .375 2 6 0 .250 1 7 0 .125 1 7 0 .125

OVERALL W L T Pct. 10 3 0 .769 10 3 0 .769 10 5 0 .667 6 5 0 .545 6 5 0 .545 5 6 0 .455 4 7 0 .364 3 8 0 .273 2 9 0 .182

*ineligible for conference championship

2010

Appalachian State Wofford Georgia Southern Chattanooga Elon Furman Samford The Citadel Western Carolina


University of the South, Tennessee, Tulane and The Southern Conference, which began its 91st Vanderbilt. season of intercollegiate competition in 2011, is a The second major shift occurred some 20 national leader in emphasizing the development of years later. By 1952, the Southern Conference the student-athlete and in helping to build lifelong included 17 colleges and universities. Another leaders and role models. split occurred when seven schools including The Southern Conference has been on the Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North forefront of innovation and originality in developing Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest creative solutions to address issues facing departed to form the Atlantic Coast Conference intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first which began play in 1953. The revamped conference basketball tournament (1921), tackling Southern Conference included members The the issue of freshmen eligibility (1922), developing Citadel, Davidson, Furman, George Washington, women’s championships (1984), to becoming the Richmond, VMI, Virginia Tech, first conference to install the three-point Washington & Lee, West Virginia and goal in basketball (1980), the Southern William & Mary. Conference has been a pioneer. Today, the league continues to The Southern Conference is the nation’s thrive with a membership that includes fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate 12 institutions and a footprint that spans athletic association. Only the Big Ten Southern Conference five states: Tennessee, North Carolina, (1896), the Missouri Valley (1907), the Founded 1921 South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Pacific 12 (1915) and the Southwestern Commissioner Current league members are Appalachian Athletic (1920) conferences are older in John Iamarino State, College of Charleston, The Citadel, terms of origination. Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Academic excellence has been a major Associate Commisioner/Internal Affairs Southern, UNC Greensboro, Samford, part of the Southern Conference’s tradition. Sue Arakas John Iamarino Chattanooga, Western Carolina and Hundreds of Southern Conference Senior Associate Commissioner Wofford. student-athletes have been recognized on Geoff Cabe ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic Associate Commissioner/Compliance All-America and all-district teams. A total of FOOTBALL Doug King 19 Rhodes Scholarship winners have been The Southern Conference has excelled selected from conference institutions. as the premier Football Championship Director of Marketing The Conference currently consists of Subdivision (FCS) conference with Mike Mitchell 12 members in five states throughout league members winning five national Director of Multimedia Services the Southeast and sponsors 19 varsity championships in the last 12 years. The Jason Yaman Jamie Severns sports and championships that produce league boasts more than 250 players who Director for Media Relations participants for NCAA Division I have garnered All-America recognition Jason Yaman Championships. and numerous national player or coach of jyaman@socon.org The Southern Conference offices are the year awards. The conference has had located in the historic Beaumont Mill in at least one team in the Top 10 of the final Associate Director for Media Relations Spartanburg, S.C. A textile mill that was in FCS poll for 26 consecutive years with at Jonathan Caskey operation from 1880 until 1999, Beaumont jcaskey@socon.org least two teams finishing in the Top 20 in Mill was renovated in 2004 and today every season since 1982. Jonathan Caskey www.SoConSports.com offers the league first-class meeting areas The conference has placed multiple and offices as well as a spacious library representatives in the FCS Playoffs in for storage of the conference’s historical 24-of-28 seasons, with 16 Championship documents. Game appearances and eight national titles. The Southern Conference has had at least one team reach the semifinals in 11 of the last 13 years and in 17 of the last 20 seasons. MEMBERSHIP HISTORY Prior to the conference’s reclassification to FCS in 1981, Southern On Feb. 25, 1921, representatives from 14 of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference football teams appeared in a total of 36 bowl games. From Athletic Association’s (SIAA) 30 members met at Atlanta’s Piedmont 1925-30, league schools won five football national championships in a six Hotel to establish the Southern Intercollegiate Conference. On hand at year span. There are nearly 40 former Southern Conference players in the inaugural meeting were officials from Alabama, Alabama Polytechnic the College Football Hall of Fame. One of the most recognizable of these Institute (Auburn), Clemson, Georgia, Georgia School of Technology names is former North Carolina running back Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice (Georgia Tech), Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State), who helped guide North Carolina to three bowl appearances. 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GAME 1 /

EAGLES OPEN 2010 SEASON WITH 48-3 WIN OVER SAVANNAH STATE SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA • MONKEN’S FIRST WIN

STATESBORO, Ga. — Georgia Southern (1-0) recorded six rushing touchdowns by six different Eagles en route to a 48-3 win over Savannah State (0-1) at Paulson Stadium Saturday (Sept. 4) night. The return of the option provided 431 rushing yards while the defense held Savannah State scoreless and to 23 yards of total offense in the first half. Freshman Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) became the first freshman since Adrian Peterson in 1998, and the first true freshman since Joe Ross in 1987, to rush for more than 100 yards in his first game. Brown finished the night early with 122 yards and the Eagles’ first touchdown of 2010 on his 20 carries. Junior transfer Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) led an efficient attack, distributing the ball to five Georgia Southern backs and seven receivers. Shaw finished with 62 yards rushing, a career-best, with a one-yard touchdown. He was 7-10 for 109 yards passing. Georgia Southern scored on its first five series as Junior Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) put the Eagles on the board midway through the first quarter with a 39-yard field goal on Georgia Southern’s first drive. After the Tigers went three-and-out, the Eagles took the ball 31 yards on six plays, converting on a third-and-two to set up Brown’s two-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) ran for seven yards to pick up the first down at the Savannah State 28 and then charged ahead another six. At third-and-nine, Shaw and Hickey connected for an 11-yard play to put Georgia Southern at first-and-goal. Four plays later, Shaw crossed the goal line for his first touchdown as an Eagle to put the score at 17-0. After holding the Tigers to another three-and-out series, the GSU offense returned to the field and marched 36 yards for another score. Shaw moved the Eagles from the Savannah State 11-yard line and converted on third and fourth down to keep the drive alive. Shaw handed off to Lamar Brown for a six-yard touchdown and put the Eagles up 24-0. Georgia Southern closed out the first half with 34-yard Mora field goal for a 27-0 score at the break. Early in the third quarter, Savannah State took advantage of a Georgia Southern fumble, recovering the ball at the GSU 46. Tiger quarterback A.J. Defilippis keyed the series, picking up a first down and then set up Justin Baab for a 15-yard rush followed by a three-yard Baab run. After two incomplete passes, the Tigers settled on a Derek Williams 31-yard field goal and their first and only scoring of the game, 27-3, Georgia Southern. The Eagles responded with their longest touchdown run on the shortest drive of the game. Sophomore J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) ran down the right sideline, getting his foot inbounds to score a 26-yard touchdown, his first career score, with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The drive was the longest on the day to that point, 80 yards, and took only 2:22 off the clock. Freshmen quarterbacks Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) and Ezayi Youyoute (Wauchula, Fla.) got into the mix in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, with McKinnon recording his first career touchdown off a 20-yard run at 10:44 of the fourth quarter. On the next series, McKinnon handed off to Tobi Akinniranye (Atlanta, Ga.) for his two-yard touchdown and the final Eagle score. Sophomore Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.), shared a team-best five tackles with sophomore Kyle Oehlbeck (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Russell tied his career-best with two sacks in the first quarter and had half of the Eagles’ four total. Darius Eubanks and Carson Hill each had four tackles with Hill, freshman Josh Gebhardt (Douglasville, Ga.), junior Dion DuBose (Norcross, Ga.) adding three tackles each. Gebhardt and Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) each had a sack and the Eagles’ totaled 10 tackles for loss on the night. Junior transfer placekicker Billy Greer (Crosby, Texas) launched his first three kickoffs 70 yards, putting Savannah State at its own goal line for start

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of two of its first three drives. Greer averaged 63.0 yards on nine kickoffs. “There are alot of kids playing for the very first time in college and we have a lot of new coaches here at Georgia Southern, and right before kickoff I did kind of look around,” Monken said about his first game as head coach. “(Women’s Basketball Coach) Rusty Cram told me yesterday, he said, ‘just take five seconds and just enjoy it because you only get one first game.’ So I remembered what he said, and after the guys ran out through the band, I just stopped. It was great. It’s certainly very humbling to have had coaches like Erk Russell and Paul Johnson and their successes and walk the sidelines here as the head coach. That was my five seconds to just enjoy it and then I went back to doing my job.” NOTES: The 48-point total by the Eagles Saturday was the highest point total scored by a new head coach in his first game... the previous best was 45 points as Paul Johnson posted a 45-26 win vs. Valdosta State August 30, 1997 in his first game as head coach... Savannah State netted 53 yards and two first downs in its first four plays, then was backed up 30 yards in the next 17 plays and held without a first down for the remainder of the half... the six rushing touchdowns were the most by the Eagles since a Oct. 29, 2005, 55-42 win over South Dakota State when eight were scored (4 by Jermaine Austin, 3 by Jayson Foster, 1 by Andrews).

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STATISTICS First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Attempts-Completions-Int. Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE Punts-Average Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Sacks By-Yards 3rd Down Conversions 4th Down Conversions Time of Possession

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RUSHING: GSU - R. Brown 20-122, TD; Shaw 16-62, TD; McKinnon 3-47, TD; Gilmore 2-46; Wilcox 3-36, TD; Youyoute 2-32; Akinniranye 4-30, TD; Hickey 3-17; L. Brown 2-16, TD; Bryant 4-15; Banks 2-8. SSU - Babb 11-70; Proctor 3-18; Bostick 2-8; Barnes 2-2; Defilippis 11-(-6). PASSING: GSU - Shaw 10-7-0, 109; Defilippis 19-7-0, 71; Bostick 4-1-0, 9 RECEIVING: GSU - D. Robinson 1-24, Wilcox 1-23, Bryant 1-20, Barker 1-15; Hickey 1-11; Sumner 1-9; Butler 1-7, SSU - Lackey 3-37; Babb 3-34; Heyward 1-10; Beaurem 1-(-1) TACKLES: GSU - Oehlbeck 5, Russell 5, Eubanks 4, Hill 4, Gebhardt 3, DuBose 3. SSU - Cochran 13; Hunter 12; Gibbons 9; Jean-Baptiste 9; Redfield 6.


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NAVY HOLDS OFF EAGLES 13-7 IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE

SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 • NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM • ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Georgia Southern held Navy scoreless in the second half but the Midshipmen capitalized on a 13-0 halftime margin to take a 13-7 victory at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon (Sept. 11). Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and sophomore J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) connected for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Eagles. It was Wilcox’s first career touchdown reception and Shaw’s first touchdown pass as an Eagle. A tentative Georgia Southern team struggled in the first half and both teams played less than crisp football as the two squads combined for seven penalties in the first quarter. Despite only 23 yards of offense and two first downs over the first 30 minutes, Georgia Southern’s defense made a statement for the team allowing only 110 yards of offense and forcing Navy to punt three times. The 109 yards rushing by Navy for the game was the lowest rushing performance since 2002 vs. Connecticut and the 193 yards of total offense was the lowest since the Mids played Rutgers in 2006. Navy’s Joe Buckley hit two field goals, both in the first quarter, to give the Midshipmen a 6-0 lead. His first was an 18-yard field goal off the first series, completing a 10-play 35-yard drive over 6:44. The second field goal came on Mids’ third drive of the game, after Navy recovered an Eagle fumble on the Georgia Southern 25-yard line. Buckley connected on the 42-yard field goal to put Navy ahead 6-0. Georgia Southern came out and scored on its first series of the second half with the Eagles calling a timeout on fourth-and-8 to set up the 17-yard Shaw-to-Wilcox touchdown. Junior Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) connected on his 56th career PAT to put the Eagles within striking distance at 13-7. Navy punted on its two series of the quarter as the Eagle defense held the Mids scoreless for the quarter. The Eagle defense maintained its tenacity in the fourth quarter and Navy assisted with a clipping penalty to put the Mids on their own 18 with a second-and-25 and eventual punt. On the ensuing Georgia Southern drive, the Eagles converted their second fourth down of the game to put the offense near midfield. Freshman Darries Robinson (Brunswick, Ga.) rushed 11 yards to give the Eagles another first down. A holding penalty pushed Georgia Southern back 10 yards and the Eagles couldn’t generate another first down. Sophomore mike linebacker Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) finished the game as the top tackler, doubling his previous career best with 10 tackles on the day. Junior defensive end Dion DuBose (Norcross, Ga.) set a career best with two tackles for loss for a total of 11 yards, including his sack of Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs for a 10-yard loss. Senior E.J. Webb (Roanoke, Va.), who celebrated his birthday Saturday with 70 friends and relatives in attendance at the game, had seven tackles. Four Eagles finishes with six tackles each: Roderick Tinsley (Soperton, Ga.), DuBose, Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) and John Douglas (Augusta, Ga.) “I think our guys decided at halftime that they had a chance to win the game,” said Georgia Southern Head Coach Jeff Monken. “Navy did a great job, they had a short week with only two practice when typically they would have four. The credit goes to them. We fought hard in the second half and I am proud of our effort. In the end, Navy made more plays than we did and we weren’t able to come out with a victory.”

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NAVY 9 43 109 5-8-0 84 193 6-35.8 0-0 6-51 3-17 4-13 1-1 32:36

RUSHING: GSU- R. Brown 16-45; Wilcox 4-12; D. Robinson 3-12; Hickey 2-8; Akinniraye 1-1; Shaw 13-(-5). Navy- Murray 9-50; Dobbs 25-44; Greene 4-9; Teich 4-8. PASSING: GSU - Shaw 4-9-0, TD. Navy- Dobbs 5-8-0. RECEIVING: Barker 2-0; Wilcox 1-17, TD; Sumner 1-7. NavyJones 2-54; Santiago 1-12; Teich 1-12; Greene 1-6. TACKLES: GSU- Mattingly 3, Tinsley 3, Douglas 3, Banks 2. Navy – Simmons 4, Bothel 2, King 1, Snelson

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GAME 3 /

TOTAL TEAM EFFORT SEALS WIN FOR EAGLES OVER COASTAL CAROLINA SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 • BROOKS STADIUM • CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA

CONWAY, S.C. — It wasn’t until the waning seconds of the fourth quarter when Georgia Southern (2-1) felt like the battle had been won. After the teams traded scores in the third and fourth quarters, Coastal Carolina (0-3) fought back to within three points in its home opener before the Eagles sealed the 43-26 win at Brooks Stadium with two late fourth quarter scores. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Eagles took control in the second quarter and took a 19-6 lead into halftime. As Georgia Southern Head Coach Jeff Monken has told his team before, it usually takes more than the halftime score to win. It took a little of everything on Saturday - the total team effort - offense, defense and special teams - combined as Georgia Southern battled to the road win. In the end, it was sophomore Kyle Oehlbeck’s (Gainesville, Fla.) quirky fumble recovery for a touchdown with 2:46 left in the game that provided the Eagles with a 36-26 margin. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw’s (Flowery Branch, Ga.) broke the plane for Georgia Southern’s last touchdown with junior kicker Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) adding the point after for the 43-26 final. Mora had two field goals and five PATs. The Eagles ran for 209 yards with freshman fullback Robert Brown (Macon, Ga) with a game-high 66 yards and touchdown. Shaw had Georgia Southern’s second rushing touchdown and had 48 yards for the game, passing for 160 yards and TD passes to sophomore slotback J.J Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) and freshman Tray Butler (Marietta, Ga.). Linebacker Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ga.) had his second-straight game with double digit tackles with 10, tying his career best. Oehlback and Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) each had six tackles with Rowe, Oehlbeck, Heyden and Dion DuBose (Norcross, Ga.) also recording a tackle for loss. Five Eagles had five tackles each. Both Heyden’s and A.J. McCray’s (St. Marys, Ga.) interceptions were the first of their careers. Freshman linebacker Carlos Cave (Macon, Ga.) blocked Coastal’s punt. In the fourth quarter, the Chanticleers held the Eagles to two straight three-and-out series and then capitalized with 96-second, 95-yard Coastal touchdown drive following a GS turnover to pull within three points. Getting the ball back off a red zone fumble, Coastal Carolina’s O’Neal begins the drive with a 30-yard rush to put the Chants at their own 35 yard line. MacDowell completed four of his next six passes, with the Coastal receivers making acrobatic catches for first downs. MacDowell’s final pass of the drive was a 34-yard touchdown pass to Marquel Willis to bring Chants within three points, 29-26. Junior punter Charlie Edwards’ 50-yard punt and Coastal penalty after a stalled Eagle series put Coastal at their own five-yard line. The Chants’ quarterback Zach MacDowell completed a five-yard pass to Brandon Whitley and then fumbled on the next play with an alert Oehlbeck picking it up for the Eagle touchdown, GS 36-26. MacDowell, who had surpassed his own record for completions earlier in the quarter with 26, went 0-5 on five attempts on Coastal’s drive that started at 2:38 of the fourth quarter. MacDowell finished the night 26-40 for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Georgia Southern converted one of his two interceptions into a second quarter score. The tide turned with four minutes remaining in the third quarter as Coastal came back with a quick 3:26 scoring drive covering 73 yards. Tight end David Duran pulled in a 12-yard pass for a touchdown to keep the Chanticleers within 10 points, 29-19. The Eagles added a Mora 36-yard field goal to put the score at 22-6 early in the third quarter, but Coastal Carolina went 74 yards down the field in eight plays and 2:58 to add a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed and the Eagles kept a 10-point lead, 22-12, with 9:11 left in the third quarter. Shaw was stopped by the Chant defense and backed up to third-and-12 on the Eagles’ 30-yard line when he hit Wilcox with a key 19-yard reception. Wilcox carried the ball on three of the next five plays, then Shaw found him again for a 15-yard touchdown reception for a 29-12 Eagle lead. With just over four minutes left in the first half and Coastal picking up its third first down of its drive at the Georgia Southern 29, Heyden intercepted MacDowell’s pass to give the ball back to the Eagles. After a handoff to R. Brown for six yards, Shaw motored to midfield with a 20-yard run. A six-yard run by Wilcox combined with another Shaw rush for eight yards and Darreion

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Robinson six-yard play, brought the Eagles to the Coastal 29 yard line. R. Brown picked up four yards to the 25 and on the next play, Shaw hit Butler for his first career touchdown reception and the longest Eagle TD reception of 2010 for the 19-6 halftime score. Coastal Carolina responded with a quick 2:19 drive from its own 33-yard line to the five-yard line in Eagle territory and Eric O’Neal punched it in from four yards out to make the score GS 10, Coastal 6. Sophomore nose tackle Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) blocked the point after attempt, scooped up the loose ball and headed downfield. With a Coastal player approaching, Russell lateralled to Heyden who scored the defensive conversion, Georgia Southern 12, Coastal 6. Georgia Southern continued its drive from the end of the first quarter and Mora hit a 41-yard field goal at 14:20 for a 3-0 lead. Holding the Chants defense to three and out, Ben Erdman’s punt was blocked and junior A.J. McCray recovered the ball at the Coastal five yard line. Five plays later, freshman fullback Robert Brown scored to put the Eagles up 10-0. NOTES: Tray Butler caught his first career touchdown reception on a 25yard pass from Shaw, the longest TD pass of the 2010 season... Shaw and Sumner connected for the longest pass play of 2010, a 40-yard reception, Sumner’s career long and the longest for Shaw in his career as an Eagle... Oehlbeck made his first start today in place of injured Darius Eubanks... Oehlback recorded his career fumble recovery and first career touchdown... the last time the Eagles scored a defensive PAT was on September 5, 2009 vs. Albany at Paulson Stadium when Brent Russell blocked the PAT attempt and Darrell Pasco raced into the endzone in the 29-26 win... Georgia Southern’s last fumble recovery for a touchdown was also during the 2009 season when Derek Heyden picked up a loose ball on the Appalachian State 38-yard line to score his first collegiate touchdown... Attendance at Coastal Carolina’s 2010 home opener was 8,857.

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Rushing: GSU- Brown 17-66, TD; Akinniranye 6-48; Wilox 6-37; Shaw 1631, TD; Hickey 2-12; D.Robinson 2-8; Dar. Robinson 3-7. Coastal- O’neal 11-65, TD; Gause 5-31; Whitener 3-17; MacDowall 8-15; Height 1-(-1). Passing: GSU- Shaw 7-12-0, 160, 2TD. Coastal- MacDowall 27-41-12, 314, 3TD. Receiving: GSU- Wilcox 3-49, TD; Williford 2-46; Sumner 1-40; Butler 1-25, TD. Coastal- Willis 6-90, TD; Whitley 5-57, TD; Duran 5-51, TD, Hazel 4-49; O’Neal 3-(-3); Long 1-41; Morgan 1-25; Sullivan 1-6; Childers 1-(-2). Tackles: GSU – Rowe 10, Oehlbeck 6, Heyden 6, L.Scott 5, Russell 5, DuBose 5. Coastal Carolina – Jacobs 13, Davenport 10, Harper 6, Davis 6, Sanders 5, Lott 4


GAME 4 /

EAGLES RUN TO 38-21 SOCON WIN OVER 10TH-RANKED ELON SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA S TAT E S B O R O , G a . — G e o r g i a Southern (3-1) posted 508 yards of offense, 379 coming on the ground as the Eagles won their Southern Conference opener 38-21 over 10thranked Elon (1-3) in Paulson Stadium Saturday night (Sept. 25). It was the second time in four games the Eagles had posted more than 500 yards of offense after opening 2010 with 540 yards against Savannah State. “I was really proud of our team’s effort,” said Eagles Head Coach Jeff Monken. “They played hard and they did what we have to do in the second half to win a football game. It was a great crowd and the guys played with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. It was really just a

great team effort.” Tied at 14-14 at the half, Georgia Southern scored 24 points in the second half and held Elon to only one touchdown in the victory. Where the Eagle offense scored its most second-half points of the season against the Phoenix, the defense limited Elon to only 125 yards of offense in the second stanza. Both teams punted the ball away on their first drives of the second half, but after a 26-yard Elon punt, Georgia Southern capitalized on the field position, starting with the ball at its own 35. The Eagles ate up 6:01 of time with a 65-yard drive ending with Darreion Robinson’s (Bishop, Ga.) four-yard rushing touchdown on 3-and-1 to give the Eagles a 21-14 lead. Getting the ball back at the GS 44-yard line after holding Elon to three-and-out and after a 30-yard punt, Darreion Robinson’s 23-yard carry brought Georgia Southern to the Elon 16. Junior Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.), Banks and Shaw pushed the ball to the four-yard line where Tobi Akinniranye (Atlanta, Ga.) punched it in to put the score at 28-14. Sophomore nose tackle Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) sacked Riddle for a loss of nine to start Elon’s next drive. After Riddle completed a pass to A.J. Harris for 11 yards, his next throw was into the hands of junior Laron Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.) who took the interception 36 yards for an Eagle defensive score and a 35-14 Georgia Southern advantage. For Scott, it was the second career interception return for a touchdown after one in his 2009 debut against Albany. Georgia Southern held Elon scoreless through the 8:52 mark of the fourth quarter when Mellette was the recipient of another Riddle touchdown pass. On the Phoenix’s longest scoring drive of the night, Riddle completed eight passes in the drive, a 17-yard pass to Newsome and the 19-yard touchdown pass to Mellette to go 85 yards in 4:08 and 13 total plays. Junior safety Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) led the Eagles with a careerbest tying eight tackles and freshman linebacker Carlos Cave (Macon, Ga.), making his first start, had a career-best seven total tackles. The Georgia Southern defense had an impact early in the game as the first drive of the game for the Phoenix ended in an interception by E.J. Webb deep in Georgia Southern territory, thwarting the opportunity for the score. Georgia Southern turned over the ball on its possession, setting up Elon for a drive beginning on its own 37. Riddle connected on five straight passes, two to Peterson, including the 15-yard touchdown score, covering 63 yards and using a mere 1:55 off the clock, for a 7-0 Phoenix lead. Georgia Southern, in its longest scoring drive of the season in plays, yards and time, took the ball 86 yards in 15 plays and 7:51 put the Eagles on the board as junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) ran for the final yard of the drive and a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. The Eagles stymied Elon, giving up a first down on third-and-five, then allowing only a two-yard carry by Brandon Newsome before an incomplete pass and sack of Riddle by sophomore linebacker Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) and Terico Agnew (Stockbridge, Ga.) ended the drive. Freshman Darries Robinson popped to the right side for 14 yards on the opening play of the Eagles’ drive midway through the second quarter. After two first downs and a penalty first down, Georgia Southern was at the Elon 31 facing 4th-and-7. Shaw hit freshman Tray Butler for an 18-yard reception, landing the Eagles at the Elon 13. Senior Lee Banks picked up nine yards on the next play and Akinniranye added two up the middle to put Georgia Southern on the Elon two-yard line. Shaw held onto the ball to score for the Eagles’ first lead of the game at 14-7

Elon came right back with a touchdown, moving 70 yards downfield in two minutes, thanks in part to a 46-yard catch by Aaron Mellette. Riddle connected with Peterson for a 12-yard pass, then A.J. Harris ran for six yards to put Elon at third-and-goal at the three. Mellette caught the threeyard touchdown pass for a 14-14 tie. Banks, who rushed for 44 yards in the first scoring series, finished the night with a career-best 121 yards on 25 carries. Banks had previously carried the ball only two times in his career for a total of eight yards. Darries Robinson had 92 yards, including a career-best run of 21 yards in the first quarter. Junior kicker Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) added five more PATs to his totals, putting him at a perfect 66-66 for his career, just one shy of tying Reed Haley’s record for consecutive extra points made in a career (67). Mora had a 23-yard field goal to complete the Eagles scoring in the 38-21 win. After the game, Monken paid a compliment to the Eagle fans at Paulson Stadium who witnessed the victory. NOTES: Jeff Monken became the first Georgia Southern head coach to win his SoCon opener in his debut season since Paul Johnson recorded a 22-7 win over Wofford in 1997... Georgia Southern did not record a single passing yard in the first quarter but finished with 129... Elon had only five net yards rushing at the half and finished the game with nine net yards... Georgia Southern controlled the clock, keeping possession of the ball for 19:10 in the first half and 39:33 for the game... Shaw recorded his career high with two rushing touchdowns... last time the Eagles defeated a ranked opponent was at #14 Furman in 2008 (17-10 on Nov. 15, 2008)... Georgia Southern last defeated a ranked opponent at home in 2007 with a 27-21 win over #25 The Citadel (10-27-2007).

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Rushing: GSU- L. Banks 25-121; Darries Robinson 13-92; Hickey 4-63; Darreion Robinson 4-42; Akinniranye 9-34, 1TD; Wilcox 3-22; McKinnon 3-22, Team 2-(-7); Shaw 9-(-10), 2TD. Elon- Newsome 8-24; A.J. Harris 2-9; Jeffcoat 1-4; Riddle 3-(-28). Passing: GSU- Shaw 8-12-0, 129. Elon- Riddle 25-45-2, 322, 3TD Receiving: GSU- Wilcox 2-51; Sumner 2-27; Williford 2-26; T. Butler 2-25. Elon- Mellette 6-121, 2TD; Peterson 6-56, 1TD; Jeffcoat 5-74; A.J. Harris 4-28; K. Brown 2-22; Newsome 1-17; Labinowicz 1-4. Tackles: GSU – Heyden 8, Cave 7, L.Scott 6, Hill 4, Webb 4, Russell 3. Elon – Wiggins 11, Jordan Jones 11, Josh Jones 10, Wrightenberry 8, Hunt 7, Thompson 5.

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GAME 5 /

EAGLES CAN’T OVERCOME TERRIERS FIRST-QUARTER SCORES OCTOBER 9, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA

STATESBORO, Ga. — A total of nine points had determined the last three wins between Wofford and Georgia Southern, but 14 Terrier points in the first quarter Saturday forced the Eagles to battle back the rest of the night. In the end, Georgia Southern (3-2, 1-1 SoCon) came within two points of Wofford (4-1, 2-0 SoCon), but the Terriers pulled out the 33-31 win. “Losing is not good no matter how it happens, and it’s disappointing,” said Eagles Head Coach Jeff Monken. “We had a chance to finish. I give credit to Wofford, they had some good plays, they made more plays than we did, and they were well-coached. They fought, played hard and they did a great job.” Georgia Southern matched the Terriers point-for-point in the second half, seven points in the third, and 12 in the fourth, but couldn’t hold onto a late lead, allowing Wofford to take the win. The Southern Conference offensive player of the week Eric Breitenstein scored both of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the second proved to be the eventual game-winner with 5:52 left in the game. Wofford, with a 14-12 halftime lead, scored on its first possession of the second half using with three big plays - a 52-yard pass from Mitch Allen to Brenton Bersin capping the touchdown drive. A 21-yard pass play from Allen to Devin Reed and 22-yard rush by Breitenstein set the tone for the drive within the first minutes of the second half. The Eagles brought the ball to midfield where junior punter Charlie Edwards (Tifton, Ga.) pinned the Terriers to their own one-yard line. Breitenstein took the call twice, then on the third attempt met E.J. Webb (Roanoke, Va.) who forced the fumble and then picked up the ball for another defensive score, Wofford 21, Georgia Southern 19. Mora’s point after Webb’s touchdown, his second on the night, allowed him to set the Georgia Southern record for career consecutive PATs. The two points after put him at a perfect 68-68 in his career. Reed Haley held the career record previously, hitting 67 consecutive PATs from 1992-94. Even though Georgia Southern recovered the onside kick, the ball wound up back in Wofford’s possession. The Terriers used 11 plays and 5:23 of clock in the scoring drive with Breitenstein scoring from two yards out. The point after attempt failed, putting the score at 27-19 Terriers early in the fourth quarter. Georgia Southern responded and junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) hit junior slotback Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) for his longest career reception, 40 yards, on third-and-11 to place the Eagles at the Wofford 23. Hickey picked up a yard on a run play and then J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) cut right and headed into the end zone. The 22-yard run capped the five-play, 62-yard drive and put the Eagles at 25-27. The failed two-point conversion attempt left the Eagles down two. The Eagle defense forced Wofford to three and out after the kickoff and on the first play of the Eagles’ next series, Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.) took the ball for a 78-yard touchdown gallop. Robinson had a career-best 116 yards on seven carries. A second two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Eagles had a 31-27 lead. Wofford took a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter after the Terriers scored on their first drive of the game, anchored by Mike Rucker’s 36-yard run into the end zone. After the Eagles’ drive stalled at the Wofford 42, the Terriers took advantage of the field position and marched 58 yards in seven plays to their second score. Rucker had two runs of 10-plus yards and Devin Reed’s 21yard reverse brought Wofford to the Georgia Southern 14-yard line. Johnson took it the final distance for the 14-yard rushing touchdown and Christian Reed added the point after, 14-0 Wofford. The Eagles’ put their first points on the board with a safety by freshman defensive lineman Josh Gebhardt (Douglasville, Ga.). Gebhardt tackled Wofford quarterback Mitch Allen on the pitch option right from the Wofford one-yard line. Wofford led after the first quarter 14-2. Georgia Southern tacked a field goal onto its total as Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) hit one from 36 yards out to put the Eagles within eight, 5-14.

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After holding Wofford to three and out, the Eagles took over at their own 26 with just under four minutes left in the half. Darreion Robinson took the pitch to the left side three straight times for 21 yards to move the Eagles to midfield. At 4th-and-three, with the Eagles lined up in the punt formation, lineman-turned-running back Dion DuBose (Norcross, Ga.) took ball 12 yards for the Eagle first down. Shaw hit Wilcox for a 28-yard pass to bring the Eagles to the two-yard line. On the quarterback keeper, Shaw picked up the Eagles’ first touchdown to put the score 14-12 going into the half. In addition to scoring eight points for the Eagles, the defense collectively had nine tackles for loss with Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) recording three and Webb two-and-a-half. Darius Eubanks (Harlem, Ga.) and Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ga.) shared the game-high tackles total with eight each. Heyden and John Douglas (Augusta, Ga.) had seven each and Webb finished the night with six total tackles.

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Play Rucker 36yd run (Reed kick) Johnson 14yd run (Reed Kick) Gebhardt, safety Mora 36yd FG Shaw 2yd run (Mora kick) Bersin 52yd pass from Allen (Reed kick) Webb 0yd fumble recovery (Mora kick) Breitenstein 2yd run (Reed kick failed) Wilcox 22yd run (Shaw pass failed) Dn Robinson 78yd run (rush failed) Breitenstein 5yd run (Reed kick failed)

STATISTICS First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Attempts-Completions-Int. Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE Punts-Average Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Sacks By-Yards 3rd Down Conversions 4th Down Conversions Time of Possession

WOF 21 57 302 8-4-0 106 408 3-38.7 2-1 8-97 4-17 8-13 0-1 31:19

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GSU 18 50 243 15-5-0 98 341 5-42.2 3-1 1-10 1-3 3-13 1-3 28:41

RUSHING: WOF- Breitenstein 19-73, 2TD; Rucker 11-7, TD; Marshall 9-62; Allen 14-52; Johnson 2-25, TD; Reed 1-21. GSU- Robinson, Dn 7-116, TD; Wilcox 10-75, TD; Banks 12-32; Dubose 1-12; Shaw 16-9, TD; Hickey 3-2; Robinson, Ds 1-(-)3. PASSING: WOF-Allen 4-8-0, 106, TD. GSU- Shaw 5-15-0, 98. RECEIVING: WOF- Reed 2-31; Bersin 1-52, TD; Breitenstein 1-23. GSU- Wilcox 2-41; Hickey 1-40; Sumner 1-12; Williford 1-5. TACKLES: WOF- Pall 7; Irvin 7; Carden 6; McCrimon 6; Goltrey 5; Roseboro 5; Eberhardt 5 GSU- Rowe 8; Eubanks 8; Heyden 7; Douglas 7; Webb 6


GAME 6 /

MOCS LIMIT EAGLES IN SECOND HALF

OCTOBER 16, 2010 • FINLEY STADIUM • CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — With the Southern Conference’s top rushing defense, Chattanooga limited Georgia Southern to 120 yards of offense in the second half en route to a 35-27 Mocs win at Finley Stadium Saturday night. Chattanooga (4-2, 3-1 SoCon) scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and added another in the fourth quarter to hold onto the win. Georgia Southern (3-3, 1-2 SoCon) made a charge late in the fourth quarter, as junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) completed a 63-yard pass to J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) to put the Eagles in the red zone. Senior fullback Tobi Akinniranye (Atlanta, Ga.) and Shaw brought the Eagles to the one-yard line on the next four attempts, setting up Shaw for the one-yard touchdown with 1:38 left in the game to pull GS within eight points, 27-35. An unsuccessful on-side kick put the ball back in the hands of the Mocs, but the ball went back to the Eagles on downs at GS 33 with 1:16 left to play. Junior slotback Nick Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) threw a pass to midfield which was intercepted by Jordan Tippit, sealing the victory for Chattanooga and its fourth straight win this year. Akinniranye ran for a career-best 102 yards on the night, which included a career-long 60-yard touchdown run from a Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) handoff in the second quarter. Shaw had a touchdown run and connected with Wilcox for a 58-yard first-half touchdown reception, Shaw’s longest as an Eagle. Wilcox had 121 yards receiving, a career-best total, to go along with 35 yards rushing. Georgia Southern scored on four of its first five possessions, then had its final touchdown in the fourth quarter. Chattanooga scored on its first series then didn’t score again until its last drive of the half. “We have to be able to execute,” said Eagles Coach Jeff Monken. “When we executed, it was good. When we didn’t block them, it wasn’t very good. We are a team and we have to keep getting better as a football team. We are disappointed with where we are at right now and we have a lot of improvements to make, but we have five games to go.” Chattanooga ate up nine minutes of clock in the third quarter with its longest drive of the season. After picking up five first downs, the Mocs were pushed back to third-and-21 after fumble and holding call. UTC’s Jeff Veres’ 40 yard field goal attempt tumbled short, but a roughing the holder penalty on Georgia Southern gave the Mocs new life, a first down and the ball at the GS 11-yard line. The longest UTC drive of the year, the 17-play, 80-yard drive ended as Moc quarterback B.J. Coleman first rolled out, then ran for the goal line himself to put Chattanooga up 21-20. A fumble on the third carry of the Eagles’ next drive, recovered by the Mocs, put Chattanooga at the GS 25. The Mocs used four plays and just over a minute and a half on their scoring drive to take the 28-20 lead. The Mocs final score came on their first drive of the fourth quarter. On third-and-eight, Coleman launched a 43-yard post pass for Brian Sutherland for a touchdown. “They out physical-led us, they out-toughed us,” Monken said about the second half. “They blocked us and we couldn’t get off blocks and we didn’t block them effectively enough. They beat some blocks and made some plays.” Defensively, junior safety Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) had a game-high and career-best 12 tackles to lead the Eagles with Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) recording eight and sophomore nose tackle Brent Rusell (Comer, Ga.) with seven. Linebacker Ryan Consiglio had 10 tackles for the Mocs with defensive end Chris Donald with seven. Georgia Southern scored on both its drives to start the game as junior kicker Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) hit a 37-yard field goal to put the Eagles on the board first, 3-0. The Mocs took the lead back on the next series, 7-3. Chattanooga capped its 70-yard drive with a 46-yard touchdown off B.J. Coleman’s double play action pass to Chris Awuah and point after by Jeff Veres. Freshman quarterback Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) took over the signal calling in the final series of the first quarter. On third-and-three McKinnon handed off to Tobi Akkiniranye (Atlanta, Ga.) who rushed for 60-

yard TD to put the Eagles up 17-7 very early in the second quarter. After both teams exchanged punts, Chattanooga started its drive at its own 44 and Wynn picked up 14 yards on the first play. Wynn rushed three more times to pick up another Moc first down. Seeminly stalled at fourthand-nine, Coleman completed a pass to Joel Bradford for a first down. A roughing the passer penalty against Georgia Southern moved the ball to the Eagle nine-yard line to set up first and goal Chattanooga. Wynn took the ball on two carries to the one and then ran for the one-yard touchdown to bring the score to 17-14 Georgia Southern. The Eagles helped the Mocs offense with two first downs in the first quarter on pass interference penalties in the first quarter. The first put the Mocs at their own 40, eventually setting up the 46-yard touchdown pass while the second put Chattanooga at midfield in its second drive, but the Mocs punted the ball back to the Eagles with two minutes left in the first quarter. The Eagles ended the half the same way they started the game, with Mora hitting a 33- yard field goal after stringing 16 plays together to go 54 yards and take a 20-14 lead. NOTES: Attendance was announced at 17,414, the second-largest crowd at Finley Stadium for a Chattanooga football game... Georgia Southern had seven different ball carriers in the first quarter... The Eagles’ 16 plays in the scoring drive to end the half were the most in any scoring drive this year... Shaw’s 58-yard pass was the longest of his Georgia Southern career... Akinniranye’s 60-yard run was the longest by a Mocs opponent this year... The 17-7 Eagles lead was the largest deficit for Chattanooga this year and the 14-20 halftime score was the first time the Mocs had trailed at the half in 2010.

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STATISTICS GSU First Downs 16 Rushing Attempts 49 Rushing Yards 255 Attempts-Completions-Int. 8-4-1 Passing Yards 136 TOTAL OFFENSE (Plays-Yds) 57-391 Punts-Average 3-40.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 9-85 Penalties-Yards Sacks By-Yards 4-17 3rd Down Conversions 6-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 Time of Possession 27:21

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3-0 3-7 10-7 17-7 17-14 20-14 20-21 20-28 20-35 27-35

UTC 23 45 195 22-11-0 159 67-354 3-36.7 0-0 3-20 1-3 7-13 1-2 32:39

RUSHING: GSU-Akinniranye 11-102, TD; Shaw 12-58, TD; Wilcox,J.J. 8-35; Banks,Lee 5-18; Robinson, Dn 3-16; Hickey,Nico 1-15; McKinnon,Jerick 7-14; UTC-Williams 16-90; Wynn 15-75; Jackson 3-16 PASSING: GSU-Shaw 4-7-0, 136, TD; Hickey 0-1-1; McKinnon 0-0-0, 0; UTC- Coleman 11-21-0, 159, Awuah 0-1-1, 0 RECEIVING: GSU-Wilcox 2-121, TD; Robinson, Dn 1-13; UTC-Sutherland 5-80; Joel Bradford 3-24; Chris Awuah 1-46; TACKLES: GSU-Heyden 12; Rowe 8; Russell 7; J. Martin 6; Webb 6; UTC-Consiglio 10; Donald 7; Williams 6-0; Tippit 6; Miller 6

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GAME 7 /

McKINNON LEADS EAGLES IN 20-0 SHUTOUT OF THE CITADEL

OCTOBER 23, 2010 • JOHNSON HAGOOD STADIUM • CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Georgia Southern capitalized on four Citadel fumbles and converted those miscues into scoring opportunities in the Eagles’ 20-0 victory at Johnson Hagood Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs fumbled away their first three possessions allowing the Eagles to score two field goals and a touchdown for a 13-0 lead. Georgia Southern added a touchdown in the third quarter and the defense shut down the Bulldogs to record the first shutout since a 35-0 win over Savannah State in 2003. The Eagles improved to 4-3, 2-2 SoCon while the Bulldogs fell to 2-6, 0-5 SoCon. After two games on the road, Georgia Southern returns to Paulson Stadium to face Samford for the Hall of Fame game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 30th Junior kicker Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) put the Eagles on the board first with a 26-yard field goal after the first Bulldog fumble gave Georgia Southern the ball on The Citadel 40-yard line. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) was injured after the first two plays and freshman Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) took over the signal calling. Four different Eagles carried in the 11-play series that set up the first score, Georgia Southern 3-0. On the first play of the next Citadel series, Bulldog freshman quarterback Matt Thompson completed a pass to Domonic Jones, but Jones lost the ball. Junior safety Michael Butler, who made his first start, recovered the ball at The Citadel 45-yard line to put the Eagle offense back on the field. Nine plays later, Robert Brown rushed up the middle for a three-yard Eagle touchdown. Mora connected on the PAT and the Eagles held a tenuous 10-0 lead with just under a minute to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs’ Thompson ran for a first down with a 13-yard carry, then added another four-yard gain. On Thompson’s third straight carry he fumbled with freshman linebacker Michael Spaulding (Fayetteville, Ga.) grabbing the ball at the Citadel 43. Stringing together seven plays, McKinnon ran for a then-career-long 28 yards to bring the Eagles to first-and-goal at the Citadel 10. The Eagles came away with another field goal as Mora hit a 26-yarder for the 13-0 Eagle advantage. Neither team could produce the rest of the half with The Citadel punting twice, fumbling once and ending the half with Thompson throwing an interception to freshman cornerback Lavelle Westbooks (Riverdale, Ga.). Georgia Southern punted for the first time, then had a missed field goal and interception on its next drives. McKinnon, with 84 rushing yards in the second quarter, had 111 for the half. The Eagles punted on their first two possessions of the second half while the Bulldogs punted on their first. On the next Citadel series, Thompson fumbled for the second time, giving the ball back to Georgia Southern at midfield with 6:23 left in the quarter. McKinnon ran for seven of the Eagles’ nine plays and pushed in for a three-yard touchdown. Mora added the PAT for the 20-0 Eagles lead. The Citadel picked up some steam at the end of the third quarter and heading into the final quarter. Thompson hit Jones for a 17-yard completion on second-and-15, then Darien Robinson rushed for 11 yards and the first down to position the Bulldogs at the GSU 39. Tackles for loss by freshmen Westbrooks and Josh Gebhardt (Douglasville, Ga.) pushed The Citadel to third-and-14. Jones caught a Thompson pass for 12 yards to set up fourth-and-two. The Bulldogs got the first down on a Scott Harward six-yard rush, but then Robinson lost the ball on the next attempt where it was recovered by Georgia Southern’s E.J. Webb

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(Roanoke, Va.), his second fumble recovery of the game. The Citadel could not mount another charge, throwing interceptions on its next two series and then turning the ball over on downs with 2:24 left in the game. Junior free safety Derek Heyden had nine total tackles, leading the Eagles in that category for the second-straight game. Spaulding had a career-best eight with Roderick Tinsley’s career-best seven tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Georgia Southern had eight tackles for loss on the day. NOTES: The Citadel had nine turnovers caused by the Eagles (6 fumbles, 3 interceptions) which sets a single-game record, previously 8 vs. Savannah State in 1991... the six total fumbles recovered by the Eagles ties a record for fumbles recovered against Furman in 1997... Mora missed his first field goal of the season, but kept his string of consecutive PATs made with 73... McKinnon ran for a Georgia Southern single-game record 35 attempts and posted a career-best 182 yards, eclipsing the record previously shared by Adrian Peterson (Delaware, playoffs, 12-9-2000) and Charles Bostick (Eastern Kentucky, 1991)... Charlie Edwards’ 57-yard long punt is his long for 2010, putting The

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1 5:41 Mora 26yd FG :49 Brown 3yd run (Mora kick) 2 11:31 Mora 26yd FG 3 :42 McKinnon 3yd (Mora kick) STATISTICS First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Attempts-Completions-Int. Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE Punts-Average Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Sacks-By Yards 3rd Down Conversions 4th Down Conversions Time of Possession

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CIT 9 39 113 9-3-3 47 160 3-37.0 7-6 1-5 1-4 1-8 1-2 22:49

RUSHING: GSU- McKinnon 35-182, TD; Brown 20-63, TD; Robinson, Dn 5-19; Wilcox 3-10; Banks 2-9; Hickey 3-5. CIT- Martin, S 8-30; Martin, T 3-21; Thompson 10-29; Dallas 8-19; Robinson 3-18; Harward 4-15; Dupree1-0; Anderson 1-0. PASSING: GSU- McKinnon 0-3-1. CIT- Thompson 3-6-2; Martin 0-3-1. RECEIVING: GSU- 0. CIT- Jones 3-47.


GAME 8 /

EAGLE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST SAMFORD

OCTOBER 30, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA

STATESBORO, Ga. — Junior Laron Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.) eluded numerous Samford players on a 76-yard kickoff return, setting Georgia Southern up for a quick touchdown just under seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon. Samford, however, held off the late Eagle charge for a 20-13 win at Paulson Stadium, its third in the last three meetings between the two teams. Scott’s scamper, comprising nearly half of his kickoff return yards for the day, re-energized the Eagles, who had trailed Samford since the start of the second quarter. Georgia Southern needed only three plays and 28 seconds to get into the end zone with Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) taking the option pitch left for 10 yards and a first down. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.), who came into the game in the third quarter, took the next two plays -- the first for 11 yards and the second for the one-yard touchdown -- to pull the Eagles within one score. Territory became even more important in the final minutes as Samford punted the ball back to Georgia Southern with four minutes left in the game, but the Bulldogs kept the Eagles from advancing past the GSU 26-yard line. Georgia Southern gave the ball back to Samford with the Eagle defense holding Samford to minus eight yards to regain possession with 1:13 left. The comeback script was written on the sidelines, but the final plays did not add up to an Eagle score. Georgia Southern’s record evened to 4-4 and 2-3 in the SoCon, identical to Samford’s 4-4, 2-3 league mark. After posting a combined three offensive yards in its first two drives of the game, Samford put together its longest scoring drive of the year, going 98 yards in 14 plays to cross the goal line. Cameron Yaw added the extra point and the Bulldogs took a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. Yaw would close the first half with a 46-yard field goal after Samford gained possession on an Eagle fumble at the GSU 38. Dustin Taliaferro and Chris Evans could only move the ball 10 yards before Yaw came in to kick the field goal and give Samford a 13-6 advantage. The Eagles punted after three unsuccessful drives in the third quarter while the Bulldogs salvaged a 31-yard field goal from Yaw after Evans ran for 37 of the Bulldogs’ 45 yards in the drive. Shaw came in for the final Eagles drive of the quarter, spelling freshman quarterback Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) who had taken every snap to that point. Evans, who finished the game with his season-best 165 rushing yards, picked up 24 in the next drive for the Bulldogs. The Eagle defense kept fighting and had back-to-back tackles for loss to get the ball back on downs. Deep in Georgia Southern territory, the Eagles had only 73 seconds to score. A 15-yard pass to freshman Tray Butler (Stockbridge, Ga.) got GSU to the 40-yard line, but not past it, giving the ball back to Samford at the end of the game. Georgia Southern began the scoring Saturday as McKinnon ran in for the one-yard touchdown. The Eagles had pushed downfield on their first scoring drive, racking up four first downs and moving the ball 69 yards in 12 plays. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Georgia Southern had the 6-0 lead at the 8:07 mark of the first quarter. Sophomore nose tackle Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) and junior safety Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) both registered eight tackles on the night, each with a tackle for loss each. Junior defensive tackle Roderick Tinsley (Soperton, Ga.) posted his second straight game with

two-and-a-half tackles for losses bringing his season total to seven in that category. Tinsley had six total tackles with senior E.J. Webb (Roanoke, Va.) recording seven. NOTES: At halftime of the Samford game, Georgia Southern honored its Class of 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame which included Tara Chaisson (women’s soccer), Pat Douglas (football), Greg Hill (football), Paul Johnson (football coach), Stacey Scheible (women’s swimming), Jeff Shireman (baseball) and Britta Wilms (women’s tennis)... Jerick McKinnon had both his first and second pass completions of his Georgia Southern career with Robert Brown the recipient of both... McKinnon passed on his first play from scrimmage in the first quarter, ending with a nine-yard catch by R. Brown... Laron Scott’s 76-yard kickoff return was the longest of the season and Darreion Robinson’s 29-yard punt return also ranked as the longest in 2010... Junior kicker Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) continued his streak of career consecutive PATs made, now with 74... Mora also extended his streak of accounting for at least one point in every game in which he has played... Chris Evans’ 165 yards were the most by an individual against the Eagles this year. SAMFORD 0 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 6 (Attendance: 15,431; Temp. 73)

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1 8:07 McKinnon 1yd run (Wilcox rush failed) 2 14:16 Evans 5yd run (Yaw kick) 00:06 Yaw 46yd FG 3 5:03 Yaw 31yd FG 4 6:53 Barnett 5yd run (Yaw kick) 6:09 Shaw 11yd run (Mora kick) STATISTICS SAM First Downs 17 52 Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Passes Att-Comp-Int 21-11-0 Passing Yards 108 TOTAL OFFENSE 73-319 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-57 Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 Punts (Number-Avg) 7-40.0 0-0 Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards 6-45 Possession Time 29:52 Third-Down Conversions 6 of 18 Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 2 3-4 Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-19

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GSU 12 50 11-5-1 52 61-174 0-0 3-30 4-157 0-0 6-42.5 4-1 3-30 30:08 4 of 13 0 of 3 2-2 1-10

RUSHING: Samford-Chris Evans 34-165; Alex Barnett 7-24; D. Taliaferro 6-13; J. Sillers 1-7; Jeff Ogren 2-4; Quin Roberson 1-0; TEAM 1-minus 2. GSU-Brown,Robert 13-42; McKinnon,Jerick 17-39; Robinson, Dn 3-17; Hickey,Nico 2-13; Banks,Lee 4-11; Wilcox,J.J. 5-4; Shaw,Jaybo 6-minus 4. PASSING: Samford-D. Taliaferro 11-21-0-108. GSU-Shaw,Jaybo 3-9-135; McKinnon,Jerick 2-2-0-17. RECEIVING: Samford-Chris Evans 3-18; Mason Wald 2-23; Kelsey Pope 2-10; Jeff Ogren 1-31; Alex Barnett 1-13; Bill Kottas 1-7; David Strider 1-6. GSU-Brown,Robert 2-17; Butler,Tray 1-15; Robinson, Dn 1-14; Sumner,Tyler 1-6. TACKLES: GSU-Heyden 12; Rowe 8; Russell 7; J. Martin 6; Webb 6; UTC-Consiglio 10; Donald 7; Williams 6-0; Tippit 6; Miller 6

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GEORGIA SOUTHERN DEFEATS TOP-RANKED APPALACHIAN STATE NOVEMBER 6, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA

STATESBORO, Ga.— Freshman Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) ran for a four-yard touchdown in overtime and then junior linebacker Darius Eubanks (Harlem, Ga.) forced an Appalachian State fumble on the Mountaineers fourth play in their OT series to capture a 21-14 win over the top-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision. Georgia Southern (5-4, 3-3 SoCon) handed Appalachian State (8-1, 6-1 SoCon) its first loss of 2010 and the Eagle win snapped Appalachian State’s 26-game conference win streak, fittingly as Georgia Southern was the last Southern Conference team to defeat the Mountaineers in a 38-35 win at Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2007. The Eagles last beat a number-one team at Paulson Stadium in 2005, recording a 27-24 win over Furman. “I’m just thrilled for our kids,” said Georgia Southern first-year Head Coach Jeff Monken. “I’m so proud of their effort and the job that our coaches did. Brent Pry called the defense and he shut down a great offense in the second half. Brent Davis called a great, great game, just an unbelievable job. Our kids fought, and they believed, and I was so impressed with their poise, and the look in their eyes. There wasn’t any doubt. There wasn’t any fear. They really were determined that they were going to try and find a way. It’s really a great effort by our team. I’m really proud of them and proud to be the coach.” Appalachian State got on the board early with a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter for a quick 14-0 lead. With five seconds left before halftime, Georgia Southern junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) ran one in from one yard out to cut the Mountaineer lead in half. The Eagles knotted the game at 14-all on the opening possession of the second half, a 16-play, 76-yard drive that ate up a season-long 9:27, capped off by a two-yard run by sophomore slotback Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.). A Georgia Southern fumble set up Appalachian State’s first touchdown drive as Bobby Bozzo recovered it and ran 23 yards to the Eagle 12-yard line. The Mountaineers needed only three plays to convert the turnover into a score as Presley kept the ball for an early 6-0 lead. Jason Vitaris added the extra point to make the score 7-0 at the 11:12 mark of the first quarter. On the Mountaineers next drive, Presley used five passes and a couple of rushing plays to move Appalachian State 73 yards downfield. Devon Moore took the ball eight yards on first-and-goal to the Georgia Southern one. Moore then went up the middle for the one-yard score and Vitaris added the extra point, giving Appalachian State a 14-0 lead within the first 12 minutes of play. Presley’s rush for 40 yards was the Mountaineers most productive play of the first drive in the second quarter, but Sam Martin wound up punting the ball back to the Eagles. Georgia Southern went three-and-out, taking less than a minute off the clock. Appalachian State didn’t fare better on its next series, getting to the Georgia Southern 19-yard line before Laron Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.) picked off Presley’s deep pass on the goal line for a touchback. After Shaw completed a pass to Robert Brown for 16 yards and then Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) ran for a 19-yard gain, Shaw ran three straight times and picked up a Georgia Southern first down. His pass intended for touchdown territory, wound up in the hands of Appalachian State’s Dominique McDuffie. The Mountaineers would go three and out, with the Eagles beginning their drive on their own 44. Shaw directed the Eagles to the Mountaineer side of the field, first by gaining on the ground, then with an eight-yard completion to Mitch Williford (Duluth, Ga.). Converting third-and-11 with a sideline pass to Darreion Robinson for 21 yards, Shaw scrambled three plays later for 11 yards to pick up the first down and put the Eagles at first and goal on the ASU three. McKinnon stepped in to call the signals for a play, picking up two yards to bring the Eagles to the one. Shaw returned after a Georgia Southern timeout and ran in for the one-yard touchdown to cut the Mountaineer lead in half, 14-7 ASU, with just seconds left before halftime. Receiving the kickoff in the second half, the Eagles used the longest drive of the year with 16 plays and 9:27 off the clock to tie the score at 14-all. Robert Brown ran five straight plays for 23 yards bringing the Eagles to their

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44 yard line, then Shaw held onto the ball for the next play, picking up five yards and the Georgia Southern first down. Brown added nine more yards on the next two plays before Shaw picked up another first down with a five-yard carry. At the Appalachian State 31, Shaw completed an 18-yard pass to J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) for the fourth first down of the drive to put the Eagles at the Mountaineer 13-yard line. Darreion Robinson took the pitch for nine yards and then two plays later scored the two-yard game-tying touchdown, 14-14. Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth quarter with the Eagles’ Charlie Edwards (Tifton, Ga.) punting three times in that period. Appalachian State threatened in its first full drive of the quarter, but Presley’s pass was intercepted by junior linebacker Michael Butler (Stone Mountain, Ga.) at the Georgia Southern 14-yard line. Butler returned it for 22 yards. Georgia Southern got the ball back on its own 25, with 1:41 on the clock, but punted to back the Mountaineers up to their own 31. Appalachian State ran two plays before regulation ended. Shaw finished as the game’s leading rusher with 86 yards on a careerhigh 23 carries. Brown tied his career high of 20 carries and had 61 yards on the afternoon. Shaw also had his career high completions and passing attempts with nine and 21, respectively, for 106 yards. Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) continued his career consecutive streak of made PATs with three more for a 77-77 mark to date. Defensively, Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.), Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ga.) and Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) shared the team lead with six tackles each. (Roderick Tinsley (Soperton, Ga.) posted his third-straight game with multiple tackles for loss, following two games registering 2.5 with Saturday’s 3.0 TFL. Brent Russell had 2.5 TFL and recorded a half sack. NOTES: Saturday’s win was the sixth overtime win in program history and third straight... the forced fumble by Darius Eubanks was the second this season (first in 2010 at The Citadel) and fourth in his career... Georgia Southern held Appalachian State, which came into Saturday’s game with a 39.1 points per game average, scoreless for three quarters, the only team to manage that feat so far this season... The Eagles allowed the only two Mountaineer touchdowns in the first quarter and limited Appalachian State to 114 yards on the ground, an ASU season low, as well as a season-low 325 yards of total offense.

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ASU 15 34 114 27-14-2 211 325 6-35.3 2-1 4-40 2-11 6-14 0-0 25:08

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Presley 3yd run (Vitaris kick) Moore 1yd run (Vitaris kick) Shaw 1yd run (Mora kick) Robinson, Dn 2yd run (Mora kick) Brown 4yd run (Mora kick)

STATISTICS First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Attempts-Completions-Int. Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE Punts-Average Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Sacks-By Yards 3rd Down Conversions 4th Down Conversions Time of Possession

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GSU 18 56 195 21-9-1 106 301 7-40.6 2-1 3-20 1-1 10-20 2-2 34:52

RUSHING: ASU- Presley 13-66, TD; Moore 9-25, TD; Cadet 10-16; Baker 1-4; Hillary 1-3. GSU- Shaw 23-86, TD; Brown 20-61, TD; Robinson, Dn 6-17, TD; Wilcox 3-15; Hickey 3-14; McKinnon 1-2. RECEIVING: ASU- Frazier 6-62; Quick 4-79; Hillary 2-34; Elder 1-20; Cadet 1-16. GSU- Williford 4-34; Wilcox 3-35; Robinson, Dn 1-21; Brown 1-16.PASSING: ASU- Presley 14-27-2. GSU- Shaw 9-21-1. TACKLES: ASU- Smith 16; Bozzo 7; McDuffie 6; Wylie 6; Fletcher 6; Gainey 5; Rizer 4; GSU-Heyden 6; Rowe 6; Russell 6; Tinsley 5; M. Butler 5; Scott 5; Eubanks 4; Webb 4;


SOUTHERN TOPS CATAMOUNTS 28-6 IN CULLOWHEE GAME 10 / GEORGIA NOVEMBER 13, 2010 • E.J. WHITMIRE STADIUM • CULLOWHEE, NORTH CAROLINA CULLOWHEE, N.C. — For the second straight week, Georgia Southern held its opponent scoreless for three quarters and came away with a 28-6 win over Western Carolina at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C. The Eagles improved to 6-4 on the year with a 4-3 record in the Southern Conference. Western Carolina fell to 2-8 and 1-6 in the league. The win also gave Georgia Southern the longest active win streak between current SoCon teams with 16 straight wins over the Catamounts. Freshman running back Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) ran for a game-high and career-best 153 yards, which included the Eagles’ longest rush of the year, an 80-yard touchdown score in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) tied his career best with two rushing touchdowns today. Sophomore slotback J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) gave the Eagles their first touchdown after Western Carolina’s Blake Bostic hit a 36-yard field goal on the Catamounts initial drive. Bostic would connect on a 38-yarder with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter for the Catamounts only other score. Georgia Southern held a slim 7-6 lead after the first quarter. Shaw’s first six points of the night came at 11:32 in the second quarter after Eagles cornerback Laron Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.) intercepted a Zac Brindise pass at midfield and returned it for 12 yards to the Catamount end of the field. Shaw threw a 22-yard pass to Tyler Sumner (Pooler, Ga.) and then escaped a sack while throwing a perfect 46-yard pass to Wilcox to put the Eagles at first-and-goal. Sophomore slotback Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.) powered the ball to the two and then Shaw crossed the goal line. Shaw’s score gave the Eagles a 14-6 advantage. Neither team could get the offense rolling the rest of the second quarter. Brindise was sacked by Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) for a loss of 12 yards, putting the Catamounts at a third-and-23 at their own threeyard line. On the next Catamount series, sophomore linebacker Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) recovered a fumble at midfield to end that drive. Georgia Southern went three and out on two of its next three drives, losing its other possession on an interception. Western Carolina punted on its last possession of the half. Following Georgia Southern’s three-and-out to open the second half, Western Carolina drove to the GSU 15-yard line, converting first on a third-and-seven as Brindise competed a nine-yard pass to Josh Cockrell. The Catamounts picked up another first down on an Eagle personal foul and then Sidney Rhodes had back-to-back carries of 14 and 22 yards, respectively, to get to the GSU six-yard line. A WCU holding penalty moved the Catamounts back to the 12 and Russell tackled Michael Johnson for a loss of three yards to move the ball to the 15. Brindise threw incomplete to Jacoby Mitchell. On his next attempt, Brindise’s pass went into the hands of Scott for his second interception of the night, tying his career best and in the process, tying the Georgia Southern single-season record for interceptions. The Eagles gave the ball right back to the Catamounts. The Eagles converted on third-and-one, but Catamounts converted defender Chris Everett forced the ball loose on the carry. Western Carolina began its drive at midfield with Brindise completing two straight passes to Deja Alexander and Mitchell for two straight first downs. Defensive end Roderick Tinsley (Soperton, Ga.) stopped Michael Johnson for a loss of five yards, but Mitchell grabbed an eight-yard pass to put the Catamounts at the GSU 18. Mitchell dropped the next attempt and Bostic set up for a 36-yard field goal. A low kick and charging Tinsley met at the point of impact, blocking the field goal. Georgia Southern took over at its own 20 with 4:43 left in the third. On the first play from scrimmage, Brown found the end zone on the 80-yard run and Mora hit the PAT to put the Eagles up 21-6.

Carrying over from the end of the third quarter and at third-and-10, Shaw broke loose for a 15-yard carry and had an 18-yard rush two plays later to the WCU 41. Georgia Southern’s next play, a Shaw-toWilliford 29-yard completion put the Eagles at the Western 12. Darreion Robinson ran for 10 more yards to the two-yard-line giving the Eagles four tries at the goal line. Shaw picked up one yard on his first carry and then ran in for the one-yard touchdown. Shaw’s second touchdown gave Georgia Southern some insurance, and the final margin, 28-6, in a hard-fought game. Freshman Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) took over for the Eagles for the remainder of the quarter. The Catamounts drove 10 plays to the Eagles’ 38, but Boyd Sasser (Millen, Ga.) recovered a fumble to end the drive. Rowe led all Eagles with eight tackles while Russell, Michael Butler (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) and E.J. Webb (Roanoke, Va.) had seven each. Russell registered 3.5 tackles for loss, topping his previous career best of 3.0 in a single game last week against Appalachian State. NOTES: The 80-yard TD run by Brown was the longest rush by an Eagle this year and the one-play drive the shortest drive of the season in terms of time at 11 seconds... Western Carolina and Georgia Southern, conference leaders in tackles for loss, combined for 19 with the Catamounts’ 11 and Eagles’ 8... Mora remained perfect in his career with 81 straight PATs, adding four to his total on Saturday... attendance was 6,244 on Hall of Fame Day at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

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Bostic 36 FG Wilcox 2 yd run (Mora kick) Bostic 38 FG Shaw 2 yd run (Mora kick) Robert Brown 80 yd run (Mora kick) Shaw 1 yd run (Mora kick)

STATISTICS FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

GSU 19 53-277 136 10-7-1 63-413 1-3 1-3 3-69 3-12 4-36.0 3-1 8-67 32:11 8 of 14 0 of 2 3-3 3-36

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WCU 15 30-68 191 33-18-3 63-259 1--5 0-0 5-85 1-0 4-41.5 3-2 8-52 26:45 2 of 12 1 of 1 2-5 2-13

RUSHING: GSU-R. Brown 17-153, TD; McKinnon 8-46; Dn Robinson 7-33; Wilcox 5-30, TD; Shaw 12-20, 2 TD; Hickey 2-9; WCU- M. Johnson 15-48; Rhodes 2-36; Harris 6-15; Brindise 7-(-31). PASSING: GSU-Shaw 7-10-1-136. Western Carolina-Zac Brindise 18-33-3-191. RECEIVING: GSU-Williford 2-36; T. Butler 2-25; Wilcox 1-46; Sumner 1-22; R. Brown 1-7. WCU-Mitchell 8-79; Cockrell 5-50; Alexander 2-44; Rogers 2-15; Williams 1-3. TACKLES: GSU-Rowe 8, Russell 7, Butler 7, Heyden 7, Eubanks 5 WCU- Everett 11, Carson 10, C. Johnson 8, Bell 6, A. Brown 6, C.J. Johnson 5

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SOUTHERN RALLIES FOR 32-28 WIN OVER FURMAN GAME 11 / GEORGIA NOVEMBER 20, 2010 • PALADIN STADIUM • GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA GREENVILLE, S.C. — In the same vein as so many Furman-Georgia Southern games before, the Eagles’ thrilling 32-28 win at Paladin Stadium Saturday went down to the wire and down to the goal line. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) ran for a four-yard score, his third touchdown of the day, with 67 seconds left in the game to give the Eagles their first and only lead. The Eagles (7-4, 5-3 SoCon) won their last three games to end the regular season. Shaw finished the game with a career-best 101 rushing yards on a Georgia Southern record 36 carries. Sophomore slotback J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) had 107 yards on three receptions, including a long of 47 yards and another 41-yard catch. Freshman running back Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) had 91 yards on 19 carries. “I am so proud of our team,” said Eagles Head Coach Jeff Monken. “They kept fighting, and I’m just proud of the way they banded together, and fought, and kept believing. It was really an outstanding effort by our football team - a great job by our coaches, our defensive staff and our offensive staff did a tremendous job.” Down 17-28 at the end of the third quarter, the Eagle defense held Furman scoreless in the final period and the offense scored on back-to-back drives to pull out the win. Shaw directed a 20-play drive, for a season-long 93 yards resulting in a Wilcox touchdown to pull Georgia Southern within five, 23-28. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion with Wilcox punching it through to narrow the score to 25-28 with 3:40 left in the game. The scoring drive was the longest of the season on all accounts, using 11:04 off the clock. The Paladins, playing their last game under Coach Bobby Lamb, started their next drive at their own 24. Jerry Williams picked up six yards and set up a thirdand four when junior safety Derek Heyden forced Paladin quarterback Cody Worley to fumble near the Furman sideline. Junior defensive tackle Roderick Tinsley (Soperton, Ga.) recovered the ball for the Eagles and Georgia Southern started its drive at the Furman 33. Shaw ran for 14 yards to reset the downs, then moved the Eagles inside the Furman 20 with a six-yard gain. Shaw handed off to Brown for nine yards and a trip inside the Furman five. Shaw scored the four-yard touchdown to give the Eagles their first and only lead of the game. Mora kicked his 84th consecutive career point after for the 32-28 final. The Eagles trailed 7-0 after Worley threw a 71-yard long touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and Ray Early converted the point after. After Furman recovered a fumble on Georgia Southern’s first possession, the Paladins used just over a minute to travel 26 yards in three plays and take a 14-0 lead at the 12:48 mark of the first quarter. It was the third time this season the Eagles had been down 14-0. Georgia Southern picked up a first down on its next series, but punted back to Furman. The Paladins went three and out, with Chas Short’s punt going out of bounds at the Georgia Southern 38. Junior slotback Nico Hickey (Columbus, Ga.) helped the Eagles to a first down with a 17-yard run on third-and -four. Shaw carried seven times on the Eagles’ 10-play scoring drive, with his long carry of 18 mixed with short gains, crossing the goal line from three yards out, Furman 14, Georgia Southern 7. Getting the ball back on their own seven-yard line with a minute left in the first quarter, Wilcox brought the Eagles to their 13, Brown had a one-yard gain, then Shaw carried the next five times, converting on a fourth-and-one to keep the drive alive. The Eagles marched to the Furman 24-yard line where the Paladin defenders stopped Brown on third-and-seven. Junior Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) connected on a 41-yard field goal, tying his longest of the year, to cut the Furman lead to 14-10. The Paladins responded with a 13-play drive, using Georgia Southern’s penalty yards effectively, for first and goal at the GSU eight-yard line. The Paladins’ Jerry Williams ran the ball twice to set up the Tersoo Uhaa one-yard touchdown and Early point after for a 21-10 Furman advantage. A fumble recovered by Furman put the Paladins at the GSU 37, but they could not advance as Worley’s completion to Mims went for no gain with Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) and John Douglas (Augusta, Ga.) on the coverage. Worley was sacked by Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) and his next pass to Mims on third-and-18 fell incomplete. The Eagles went three and out, punting to Furman with the Paladins closing the half with a 21-10 lead.

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Georgia Southern scored on its first drive out of the second half. Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.) and Shaw had back-to-back gains of 11 yards to put the Eagles at their own 40. Shaw picked up another three yards and Brown seven more before Shaw threw a 47-yard pass to Wilcox, who was pulled down at the four-yard line. Shaw gained three yards, but was stopped short of the goal scoring a one-yard touchdown on his second attempt. Mora’s point after put Eagles within one touchdown, 17-21, with 10:52 left to play in the third. Furman couldn’t get past midfield and a bad snap on the punt provided an opportunity for Georgia Southern at the Furman 22. Brown’s 19-yard scurry on the first play of the possession brought the Eagles to the Furman three-yard line. Shaw’s attempts to get into the end zone were stopped by Furman’s front line three times at the one-yard line. Brown had the final try, but the Furman defense stood. Furman took over at its own one. Two plays later, Williams fumbled and Eubanks recovered the ball at the Furman five. The possession was short-lived as Georgia Southern’s fumble was picked up by Furman’s Ryan Steed. Steed went 89 yards before being tackled by Wilcox at the GSU 8. Derek Heyden (Atlanta, Ga.) wrapped up Mike Brown for a four-yard loss, but Worley hit Paladin Tyler Maples for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Early converted the PAT and Furman extended its lead to 28-17 with 3:34 left in the third. NOTES: For the fourth straight year, the road team won the game... Georgia Southern’s current three-game win streak is the first of that length since 2007, the same year the Eagles last posted seven wins... Shaw’s three touchdowns, 36 carries and 101 rushing yards are all individual career bests... Georgia Southern dominated Furman in time of possession, 38:20 to Furman’s 21:40...The Eagles are 7-0 in games where they have a time of possession greater than 30:00.

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Mims 71 pass from Worley (Early kick) J. Williams 6 run (Early kick) Shaw 3 run (Mora kick) Mora 41 FG Uhaa 1 run (Early kick) Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) Maples 10 pass from Worley Wilcox 1 run (Wilcox run) Shaw 4 yd run (Mora kick)

STATISTICS FIRST DOWNS FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

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WCU 15 14 30-36 210 29-17-0 59-246 1-89 0-0 5-61 4-39.0 2-2 4-38 21:40 7 of 13 0 of 1 3-3 0-0

RUSHING: GSU-Shaw 36-101; R. Brown 19-91; Dn Robinson 8-49; Hickey 2-19; Wilcox6-17. FUR-Furman-Uhaa 10-34; J. Williams 8-25; Worley 6-6; Dakota Derrick 1-6 PASSING: GSU-Shaw 5-6-0-126. FUR-Worley 16-28-0-196; Derrick 1-1-0-14. RECEIVING: GSU-Wilcox 3-107; Hickey 1-13; T. Butler 1-6. FURMims 7-111; Maples 5-33; Hendrix 2-18; McFadden 1-23; Cunningham 1-16; Anderson 1-9. TACKLES (UA-A): GSU-Rowe 3-7; Webb 4-5; Heyden 5-3; Westbrooks 5-2; M. Butler 1-3; Russell 0-4; Tinsley 2-1; Furman-Anderson 5-12; Solomon 4-6; Wiley 3-7; Steed 4-4; Lerner 2-6; Worthy 1-6; Wade 2-4


DEFEAT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE IN FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF WIN GAME 12 / EAGLES NOVEMBER 27, 2010 • PAULSON STADIUM • STATESBORO, GEORGIA STATESBORO, Ga. — Sophomore slotback J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) scored two touchdowns, one in the first quarter and one in the fourth as Georgia Southern ran to a 41-16 victory over 12th-ranked South Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs. The Eagles had three defensive scores, returning a fumble for a touchdown and recording two safeties on kickoffs while holding the Bulldogs to only 223 yards of offense. With the victory, the Eagles added another win to its playoff total, now 39, the best among all FCS institutions. The win also gave Georgia Southern 30 playoff wins in Paulson Stadium with a home playoff winning percentage of 90.9. The Eagles will play their next 2010 playoff game at second-seeded William & Mary as The Tribe earned a first-round bye, with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff time at Zable Stadium. GSU amassed 323 yards on the ground and held South Carolina State to only 66 rushing yards for the game. Freshman quarterback Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) took over the signal calling from Shaw, who left the game with an injury during the GSU’s second drive of the first quarter. McKinnon directed the Eagles to their third-highest rushing yards total of the season with 344. Freshman Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) led all rushers with 77 yards rushing with Lee Banks (Augusta, Ga.) adding 56 and Wilcox 50 as 12 Eagles carried the ball. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) had five tackles to lead Georgia Southern. Sophomore nose tackle Brent Russell (Comer, Ga.) had four total tackles while Rowe and Russell each had one of the Eagles’ six tackles for loss. Georgia Southern struck first, converting on third downs twice and relying exclusively on the run for its first score. Eleven plays and 80 yards later Wilcox crossed the goal line after receiving the pitch from junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) with Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) providing the point after, Eagles 7-0. On the kickoff, the Bulldogs fumbled the return and junior safety Michael Butler (Stone Mountain, Ga.) made the tackle in the end zone for the safety to put the Eagles up 9-0. With 2:34 left in the first quarter, Russell forced the ball loose from the hands of Bulldog quarterback Malcolm Long. Freshman defensive lineman Josh Gebhardt (Douglasville, Ga.) picked up the ball and returned it 34 yards for an Eagle touchdown. Mora added the point after and Georgia Southern led 16-0. Freshman Tray Butler (Stockbridge, Ga.) picked up 19 yards on the first play of the Eagles next drive and Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) added 21 yards on his next two carries to put the Eagles at the South Carolina State 19 early in the second quarter. Georgia Southern could not pick up a first down and sent Mora out for a successful 32-yard field goal, Georgia Southern 19-0. The Bulldogs’ Lennel Elmore returned the kickoff 90 yards to put South Carolina State on the board 19-7 after the Blake Erickson PAT. The Bulldogs held Georgia Southern to three-and-out on its next series and started their drive at their own 22. A Devin Wherry 54-yard sprint brought South Carolina State to the Eagles 21. A Georgia Southern face mask penalty saved the Bulldogs from its third-and-11 and provided a new set of downs at the GSU 11. After Elmore picked up nine yards to the GSU 4, Long’s pass attempt in the end zone fell incomplete. Erickson hit the 21yard field goal to add three points for the 19-10 score. Finding little success on its next possession, and losing a yard on the final play of the series, a fake punt provided the Eagles with a first down. Sophomore Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) ran for 33 yards to the SCSU 36. Georgia Southern couldn’t capitalize on the big play and would turn the ball over on downs for the Eagles’ final drive of the half. Starting the third quarter with the ball, the Eagles stalled at fourth-andeight on their first possession and lined up for the field goal. Instead, punter Charlie Edwards (Tifton, Ga.) threw a 14-yard pass to long snapper Carter Jones (Moultrie, Ga.) to pick up the first down at the SCSU 18. McKinnon brought GSU to first-and-goal at the Bulldog 6 and Robert Brown took two attempts to get to the two-yard line. A delay of game penalty on Georgia Southern pushed the ball back to the Bulldog 7 and the Eagles opted to go for the Mora 23-yard field goal. The Eagles led 22-10. Both teams treated the ball like a hot potato in the third quarter, with neither interested in keeping possession for any length of time. With 4:22

left, Georgia Southern would put Mora in position for another field goal, a 45-yard attempt, as time expired. Mora tied his career-best with three field goals in a game and his 45-yard field goal was his long for 2010, giving the Eagles a 15-point cushion at 25-10. For the second time in the game, and probably for the only time ever in the history of the program, Georgia Southern recorded its second safety on a kickoff return. Senior Calvin West (Mableton, Ga.) forced the fumble and the Bulldogs recovered in their own endzone for a 27-10 Georgia Southern lead. The Eagles, with the ball again after the kickoff, used 11 plays with a mix of McKinnon, Banks and Wilcox runs to go 61 plays downfield. GSU took 5:33 off the clock while adding another touchdown and PAT to the scoreboard, 34-10 Georgia Southern. After connecting with Elmore for a short pass, Long hit Eagle Gebhardt on his next attempt. Gebhardt returned the interception four yards to the SCSU 19, putting the Eagle offense back on the field. Georgia Southern took five plays and 2:22 as junior quarterback Russell DeMasi kept the football for a one-yard touchdown run. Mora added the point after to extend his career consecutive PAT streak to 88 and put the Eagles up 41-10. South Carolina State responded with a two-play drive, the second play of the series a 58-yard post pass to Elmore for the Bulldog touchdown. Erickson’s point after attempt failed leaving SCSU with only six points, Georgia Southern 41-16.

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FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

SCSU 7 18-66 157 25-12-3 43-223 0-0 1-9 5-106 0-0 5-36.2 3-1 8-46 18:20 2 of 9 0 of 1 1-1 1-6

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RUSHING: SCSU-Wherry 4-57; Merrill 2-19; Jordon 7-5; Elmore 2-3; Long 2-(-6); GSU-Brown 15-77; Banks 8-56; Wilcox 11-50; McKinnon 23-42; Rowe 1-33; Dn. Robinson, Dn 6-27; T. Butler 1-19; DeMasi 3-13; Shaw 3-9 PASSING: SCSU-Long 11-24-3-161 GSU-McKinnon 1-4-0-7; Edwards 1-1-0-14 RECEIVING: SCSU-McDonald 6-71; Elmore 3-69; Christie 1-15; Jordon 1-6; Williams GSU-Jones 1-14; Hickey 1-7 TACKLES (UA-A): SCSU-Ellis 11-2; Richard 7-1; Ayers 5-1; McFadden 5-0; Washington 4-1; Wilkerson 4-1; Ferguson 3-2; Douglas 4-0; Thompson 4-0; Erby 2-2; Harris 3-0; Parks 3-0; Drummond 3-0 GSURowe 4-1; Russell 3-1; Gebhardt 3-0; Butler 3-0; Eubanks 2-0; West 2-0; Scott 2-0; Tinsley 2-0; Stevenson 1-1; Webb 0-2; Riley 0-2

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TOP TRIBE WITH SECOND-HALF SHUTOUT GAME 13 / EAGLES DECEMBER 4, 2010 • ZABLE STADIUM •WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Georgia Southern (9-4) held fourth-ranked William & Mary (8-4) scoreless in the second half and did not allow an offensive touchdown in the Eagles’ 31-15 win Saturday at Zable Stadium. Junior quarterback Jaybo Shaw tied a career-best with three rushing touchdowns and freshman fullback Robert Brown ran for a career-best 178 yards in the victory. It was the Eagles’ first road playoff win since Georgia Southern’s 27-18 win at Delaware during the 2000 national championship season. Down 15-14 at the half, Georgia Southern scored on its first drive of the third quarter to retake the lead, keyed by a 44-yard carry down the sideline by Darreion Robinson on the first play of the possession. J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) leapt for a 19-yard pass, his only reception of the day, to put the Eagles at the WM 13. A false start penalty brought the ball back to the WM 18, but great blocking cleared the path for Shaw to the goal line, ending the 81-yard drive with his second touchdown of the day. Georgia Southern led 21-15 after Adrian Mora’s point after touchdown. Shaw started Georgia Southern’s next drive with an eight-yard pass to Brown, but went to the ground for the next 11 plays. Using 7:36 on the drive, Adrian Mora hit a 21-yard field goal to put the score at 24-15, Georgia Southern. Senior Tobi Akinniranye had 23 yards rushing on the drive with Brown totaling 19 and Brian Wilcher adding a carry for nine yards. Penalties were the enemy of the Tribe in the third quarter as its biggest threat, a 44-yard pass play from William & Mary quarterback Mike Callahan to Ryan Moody, a play that would have put the Tribe at the Georgia Southern eight-yard line, was called back due to holding. Running back Jonathan Grimes picked up two yards on the next play. A Callahan pass intended for Moody fell incomplete as sophomore defensive end Terico Agnew sacked Callahan for a loss of 12 yards. Georgia Southern began its next drive on its own 31, getting two plays off before the start of the fourth quarter. On third-and-five, Brown picked up the Eagle first down with an eight-yard rush. Wilcox moved the chains again with his 12-yard carry. After a six-yard rush by Brown, Wilcox brought the Eagles to the William & Mary 15 with a 23-yard dash. At third-and-three, Shaw kept for an Eagle first down at Tribe three, then scored on the next play. Mora hit his fourth point after of the day and kept his streak of consecutive PATs made intact. Defense stifled William & Mary’s last drive. The Tribe had moved downfield and deep into Eagle territory as Callahan hit six different targets. William & Mary converted four times on third down attempts and settled at the GSU 25 when Callahan threw two incomplete passes before connecting with Grimes for a five-yard gain. The Tribe would not convert the most critical third down as Brent Russell sacked Callahan for a loss of 11 to turn the ball over to Georgia Southern on downs. Sophomore linebacker Josh Rowe topped the Eagles’ tackle list with career-best 12 tackles (5U, 7A) with a sack. Lavelle Westbrooks and Derek Heyden had six tackles each. Agnew finished with three tackles and led the Eagles with two sacks. The staunch Eagle defense held William & Mary to only 214 yards of total offense after The Tribe averaged 476 per game over its previous two games against Richmond and James Madison. The Eagles’ final possession used 5:49 of clock and took the ball 52 yards to the William & Mary 17. Brown added 30 yards to his total on the drive to push him past his previous career best of 153 in the Western Carolina game. Wilcox had two carries for nine yards each in the final series. Brown put Georgia Southern on the board first with a six-yard score to cap an all-Brown series on the Eagles’ first possession. Brown opened the drive with a 45-yard run to the WM 16, then had carries of seven and three yards before the touchdown. Mora added the PAT for the Eagles 7-0 lead. Two penalties on the William & Mary drive, plus the tenacity of the GSU defense, forced the Tribe to settle for a field goal after getting the ball on its own 40. The Tribe capitalized on a Georgia Southern pass interference call for one first down, then had another on a Grimes 29-yard run. Courtland Marriner took two shots at the end zone, but Rowe sacked Callahan back at the 15-yard line on third down. Drake Kuhn kicked the 32-yard field goal to put the Tribe on the scoreboard, 7-3 GSU.

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The Tribe would get in the red zone again, but again taking away only a field goal. William & Mary got to the GSU 18 before two Tribe passes fell incomplete. Kuhn kicked a 36-yard field goal to bring the Tribe within one, 7-6, with five seconds remaining in the first quarter. With the ball at the GSU 46 at the start of the second, the Eagles ran the ball on every play, with Brown and Darreion Robinson rushing for 13 yards on back-to-back carries. From the WM 16, Brown had nine yards to bring the Eagles to the seven. Shaw picked up six on the next play. Stopped at the one on second and goal, Shaw kept for his first touchdown of the afternoon. Mora completed the effort with a PAT for a 14-6 Georgia Southern lead. The defense helped William & Mary go three and out on its next series. Georgia Southern began from its own 39, but Evan Francks intercepted Shaw’s pass attempt and went 48 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, but the Tribe pulled within striking distance, down two points, 14-12 Eagles, with 6:25 remaining in the first half. After a three-and-out series by the Eagles, William and Mary took the 15-14 lead after Kuhn hit his third field goal, for 33 yards, after a 12-play, 60-yard drive. NOTES: Georgia Southern last won five straight games during the 2004 season... with the win over #4 William & Mary, the Eagles have defeated four top-25 teams... the Eagles beat three top-25 teams during the 2007 season (#5 Appalachian State, #25 The Citadel and #10 Wofford)... the Eagles last won four straight on the road during the 2008 season... Laron Scott had five kickoff returns for 110 yards, adding to his single-season record with 956 kickoff return yards on the year. Scott surpassed Nay Young’s 1986 record of 33 kickoff returns in a single season and stands at 36 for 2010... attendance at Zable Stadium was listed as 8,243.

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FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

GSU 24 59-423 31 7-3-1 66-454 0-0 1-9 5-110 0-0 2-40.0 0-0 8-80 33:49 7 of 12 0 of 0 5-6 4-33

W&M 16 26-101 113 34-16-0 60-214 0-0 0-0 5-94 1-48 4-42.5 0-0 8-54 26:11 8 of 16 0 of 1 3-4 0-0

RUSHING: GSU-Brown 24-178, 1 TD; Shaw 18-87, 3 TDs; Wilcox 7-68; Dn Robinson 3-60; Akinniranye 4-23; Wilcher 1-9. W&M-Grimes 14-100; Marriner 3-14 PASSING: GSU-Shaw 3-6-1-31; W&M-Callahan 16-34-0-113. RECEIVING: GSU-Wilcox 1-19; Brown 1-8; Williford 1-4. W&M-Moody 4-31; Hill 3-22; Grimes 3-18; Woolfolk 2-22; Kearney 1-9; Mangas 1-6; Gottlieb 1-4; Marriner 1-1. TACKLES (UA-A): GSU-Rowe 5-7; Westbrooks 4-2; Heyden 3-3; Tinsley 4-1; Hill 3-2; Eubanks 2-3; Agnew 3-0; Webb 2-1; Gebhardt 1-2; Scott 2-0; Stevenson 1-1; Butler 1-0; Russell 1-0; Mattingly 1-0; Watkins 0-1; W&M- Cook 10-6; Wells 5-5; Beerhalter 5-2; Hyde 5-2; Francks 4-2; Steinman 4-1; Thompson 4-1


HOLD ONTO 23-20 WIN AT WOFFORD GAME 14 / EAGLES DECEMBER 11, 2010 • GIBBS STADIUM •SPARTANBURG, S.C. SPARTANBURG, S.C. - And then there were four. Georgia Southern (10-4) held on to defeat the Southern Conference co-champion Wofford Terriers (10-3) 23-20 at Gibbs Stadium Saturday afternoon to advance to the NCAA FCS Semifinals. Adrian Mora scored Georgia Southern’s only points of the second half to give the Eagles the margin of victory. Mora hit a 37-yard field goal with 10:43 left in the game to extend the Eagles’ lead to 23-13.Wofford, who had scratched its way back into the game in the second half, recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown with 5:13 left to pull within three, 23-20. Three straight scores by Georgia Southern gave the Eagles a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter with the first two touchdowns resulting from two Terrier turnovers in the first period. Freshman Tray Butler caught a 25-yard touchdown pass near the goal line to give the Eagles their first score following a Terrier fumble at the Georgia Southern 20. On Wofford’s first play of its ensuing drive, DE John Douglas picked up the second Terrier fumble of the game and took it to the end zone with 3:44 left in the first quarter. After a quick Terrier possession, Georgia Southern got the ball back with 2:13 left. Five plays on the ground ended the first quarter and the Eagles continued on the ground with two more rushing plays to start the second quarter. Mora was brought in for the 33-yard field goal and the Eagles took a 17-0 lead. Wofford’s next series ended with a 34-yard punt, putting the Eagles at the Terrier 49 to start their drive. On the first play from scrimmage, Jaybo Shaw found Tyler Sumner to complete a 19-yard pass. Brian Wilcher’s 19-yard run was sandwiched between two Robert Brown carries. The Eagles' drive stalled at the Wofford 11, setting up a chance for the field goal unit. Mora missed the 28-yarder wide right for only his second miss of the season. Breitenstein paced the Terriers with 45 yards and Marshall had a 20-yard run to the Eagle four-yard in the 77-yard scoring drive. Breitenstein got as far as the GSU one-yard line on second and goal and Laron Scott turned back Marshall on third-and-goal as settled for a field goal. Christian Reed hit a 21yard field goal for theTerriers' first points of the game with 1:05 left in the half. The Eagles went 56 yards in the final 65 seconds of first half, keyed by Shaw’s 21-yard rush to the Wofford four. After an incomplete pass, Mora came out to hit a a 21-yard field goal for a 20-3 Eagle lead at the half. Georgia Southern went three and out at the start of the third quarter. With Allen back at quarterback, the Wofford drive started slowly from its own 20yard line as the Terriers’ long play was Eagle offsides penalty for five yards. Back-to-back rushes by Breitenstein brought the Terriers to their 35. Allen’s five-yard gain resulted in another first down at the 40. The Eagle defense put the Terriers at third and four when Allen connected with Brenton Bersin for six yards for another set of downs and moved the Terriers into Eagle territory. Breitenstein, who had rushed for eight yards just two plays before, pushed forward for 37 inches for a critical fourth-down conversion at the Eagle 38. On first-and-10, Allen lofted a wide-open, perfect pass to Bersin for a 37-yard touchdown reception. Reed converted the PAT and Wofford had cut the lead in half, GSU 20, Wofford 10. A quick three-and-out by the Eagles and second punt of the quarter by Edwards put the Terriers at their own 22 with 5:34 left in the third. Breitenstein lost a yard on third down and Terrier coach Mike Ayers made a gutsy call at fourth-and two at the Wofford 30. A well-executed pass from Allen to Marshall to the right sideline not only picked up the needed two yards, but an additional 20. A nine-yard pass to Bersin set up a third-and-one for Breitenstein to convert with a three-yard gain. Coverage by Derek Heyden on a deep pass intended for Devin Reed prevented Reed from the end zone. After two rushes, Allen had a four-yard run before fumbling forward. Rucker recovered for a gain of five to get the Terriers inside the Eagle 20. Breitenstein ran for six yards for a first down and then got another yard on his next carry to the Eagle 11. An incomplete pass and short gain by Rucker put the Terriers in position for the field goal. Reed made the 27-yard attempt at the 13:07 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Terriers within one touchdown of the Eagles, 20-13. Laron Scott provided the Eagles with excellent field position on the next drive, taking the kickoff 58 yards from the GSU 11 to the Wofford 31. After Wilcox’s 11-yard run, the Eagles couldn’t move the ball past the Wofford 20 and went to Mora for a 37-yard field goal. Mora’s third field goal of the game gave

the Eagles their only points of the second half, Georgia Southern 23, Wofford 13, with a long 10:43 left in the game. The Terriers started on their own 40 after the Eagle kickoff went out of bounds. Charging ahead for five-yard gains, Allen and Rucker brought the Terriers to midfield. On first-and-10, Allen went to the air and Bersin made the 38-yard catch right before he and the ball met the ground at the GSU 12. The Eagle defense allowed Allen a seven-yard gain, spotting the ball at the threeyard line on fourth-and-one. Allen ran into a charging Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) for no gain and the Eagles took over on downs. With the ball and deep in their own half of the field, Shaw, Brown and Wilcox combined their carries for an Eagle first down to help move to the GSU 15. A fumble on the next play was recovered by Wofford’s Alex Goltry at the 19-yard line and he scrambled into the endzone, resuscitating the Terriers with a touchdown with 5:13 left in the game to put Eagles up only by three, 23-20. The Eagles controlled the clock for the final 5:05, moving the ball 42 yards helped in part by a facemask penalty granting the Eagles an automatic first down. The Terriers final play ran out the final eight seconds for the Eagle victory. Breitenstein was the top rusher for the game with 102 yards. Bersin had one touchdown to go with his 99 yards receiving. Darius Eubanks had a game- and career-high 11 tackles. Roderick Tinsley had nine tackles and 3.5 tackles for a total of 12 yards lost, both career bests. Rowe had nine tackles with Brent Russell registering seven, each adding a forced fumble to their totals. John Stevenson, who earned his first career start, had a career-best six tackles. Shaw averaged 4.0 yards per carry and led the Eagles with 60 yards. Tray Butler tied his career best with two receptions for a career-best 39 yards. NOTES: The away team in the series has won the game for the sixthstraight time... Saturday’s playoff game against Wofford was the first time this season GSU won the game with less than 30 minutes of possession time... Georgia Southern did not allow Wofford to score in the first quarter for its 26th scoreless quarter of the year... attendance was for the quarterfinal game was 11,823, third largest in Gibbs Stadium history.

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RUSHING: GSU-Shaw 15-60; Brown 17-50; Wilcox 4-26; Wilcher 2-25; Dn. Robinson 3-7. WOF-Breitenstein 23-102; Rucker 7-24; Marshall 4-24; Johnson 4-23; Allen 1110; Kass 3-0. PASSING: GSU-Shaw 5-11-0-78. WOF- Allen 8-12-0-160; Rucker 0-1-0-0; Kass 0-0-0-0.. RECEIVING: GSU-T. Butler 2-39; Sumner 2-26; Wilcox 1-13. Wof-Bersin 5-99; A. Young 1-27; Marshall 1-22; Reed 1-12 TACKLES (UA-A): GSU-Eubanks 7-4; Rowe 5-4; Tinsley 5-4; Russell 5-2; Stevenson 5-1; Heyden 4-1; M. Butler 3-1; Scott 3-1; Gebhardt 2-1; Hill 2-1; Douglas 2-1; WofThompson 6-2; Niam 5-2; Eberhardt 5-1; Pall 5-1; McCrimon 3-2; Irvin 4-0; Goltry 1-3; Wylie 2-1

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STUMBLE AT DELAWARE GAME 15 / EAGLES DECEMBER 18, 2010 • DELAWARE STADIUM • NEWARK, Del. NEWARK, Del. Georgia Southern's (10-5) incredible run through the NCAA FCS playoffs ended Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. The Eagles, making their first appearance in the semifinals since 2002, fell 27-10 to fifthranked Delaware (12-2). After a scoreless first quarter for both teams, Delaware scored early in the second quarter on a Pat Devlin touchdown pass to Mark Schenauer to take a 7-0 lead. Mike Perry added a 21-yard field goal late in the second quarter and the Blue Hens took a 10-0 advantage into the locker room. Keyed by a 53-yard run by freshman Jerick McKinnon (Marietta, Ga.) from the slotback position, the Eagles set up for its first score on its first possession of the second half. Junior Adrian Mora (Dalton, Ga.) hit a 40-yard field goal to put Georgia Southern on the board, Delaware 10, Eagles 3. An Eagle fumble recovered by Siddiq Haynes at the Delaware 37 gave the Blue Hens another opportunity in the third. After a15yard pass to Nihja White put Delaware at the GS 24, Phillip Thaxton caught the next pass for a Blue Hen touchdown and a 17-3 Delaware lead. Two passes from Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.) to J.J. Wilcox (Cairo, Ga.) and Tray Butler (Stockbridge, Ga.) to start the fourth quarter put the Eagles at the UD 37. Steadily carrying for rushes of five, six and seven yards by Shaw, Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.), and McKinnon, Georgia Southern advanced to the UD 20. A 12-yard pass completion from Shaw to Wilcox set the Eagles up with first-and-10 at the eight-yard line. On the fourth play, Brown went six yards and then up and over for the touchdown. Mora added the point after, his 95th career consecutive PAT, to pull the Eagles within a touchdown, 17-10. Capitalizing on a 30-yard kickoff return, Pierce had back-toback runs of 18 and 35 to move to the Georgia Southern sevenyard line. David Haynes punched it in for the Blue Hens on the three-play drive and extended the Delaware lead to 24-10 with 6:05 left in the game. Delaware got the ball back deep in Georgia Southern territory off a GSU turnover and the Blue Hens added a Perry field goal UD 27, Georgia Southern 10, for the final. Robert Brown (Macon, Ga.) became the first true freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Joe Ross in 1987, finishing the 2010 season with 1,004. McKinnon finished with 101 rushing yards. Three Eagles, Darreion Robinson (Bishop, Ga.) and Brown had 49 yards rushing each with Wilcox at 48. Josh Rowe (Opelika, Ala.) tied his career best with 12 tackles and Carlos Cave (Macon, Ga.) registering a career-best 10. Delaware's Pierce finished the game with 186 yards rushing and with Haynes carrying six times for 20 yards and a touchdown. Devlin was 14-20 for 137 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with eight different receivers. Anthony Bratton had a career-best 14 tackles and Paul Worrilow had 12 for the Blue Hens.

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GEORGIA SOUTHERN 0 DELAWARE 0 (Attendance: 10,317; Temp. 35) Q 2 3 4

Time 13:29 2:06 11:59 1:16 7:37 6:05 3:32

0 10

3 7

7 10

Play Schenauer 6 pass from Devlin (Perry kick) Perry 21 FG Mora 40 FG Thaxton 24 pass from Devlin (Perry kick) Brown 6 run (Mora kick) Hayes 7 run (Perry kick) Perry 20 FG

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

GSU 15 50-257 53 12-4-1 62-310 0-0 1-0 6-134 0-0 3-36.7 5-4 4-28 30:38 3 of 12 2 of 3 1-3 0-0

- -

10 27 Score 0-7 0-10 3-10 3-17 10-17 10-24 10-27

DEL 18 37-179 137 14-20-0 57-316 2-25 1-1 3-66 1-0 4-46.0 0-0 4-30 29:22 4 of 10 0 of 0 4-4 3-3

RUSHING: GSU-McKinnon 12-101; Brown 13-49-1; Darreion Robinson 4-49; Wilcox 7-48; Shaw 14-10. DEL-Pierce 26-186; Hayes 6-20; Devlin 1-0; TEAM 4-(-27). PASSING: GSU-Shaw 4-12-1-53. DEL- Devlin 14-20-0-132-2 RECEIVING: GSU-Wilcox 2-29, T. Butler 2-25. DEL-Pierce 3-6; Thaxton 2-32-1; White 2-30; Croxby 2-27, Schenauer 2-23-1; Naugle 1-8, R. Jones 1-6, Reed 1-5 TACKLES (UA-A): GSU-Rowe 8-4; Cave 8-2, Heyden 6-2, M. Butler 3-3, Russell 5-0; Hill 3-1; DEL-Bratton 10-4; Worrilow 8-4; Grant 5-2; Harrison 4-2; Marcorelle 4-1; D. Jones 1-4-5; Walters 4-0


As a sophomore, J.J. Wilcox caught 22 passes for 551 yards in 2010, an average of 25.0 yards per reception, a Georgia Southern single-season record.

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2010 GEORGIA SOUTHERN SEASON RESULTS

Date

• • • • • • • ^ ^ ^ ^

GSU Rank Opponent

Opp Rank

Score

Sep 4, 2010 SAVANNAH STATE W Sep 11, 2010 at Navy L Sep 18, 2010 at Coastal Carolina W Sep 25, 2010 * ELON W Oct 9, 2010 * WOFFORD L Oct 16, 2010 * at Chattanooga L Oct 23, 2010 * at The Citadel W Oct 30, 2010 * SAMFORD L Nov 6, 2010 * Appalachian State 1/1 W Nov 13, 2010 * at Western Carolina W Nov 20, 2010 * at Furman W Nov 27, 2010 ^ SOUTH CAROLINA STATE W Dec 4, 2010 ^ at William & Mary W Dec 11, 2010 ^ at Wofford W Dec 18, 2010 ^ at Delaware L

48-3 7-13 43-26 38-21 31-33 27-35 20-0 13-20 21-14 OT 28-6 32-28 41-16 31-15 23-20 10-27

Overall 1-0 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 5-4 6-4 7-4 8-4 9-4 10-4 10-5

SoCon 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-1 1-2 2-2 2-3 3-3 4-3 5-3 5-3 5-3 5-3 5-3

Time 2:45 2:50 3:10 3:11 2:56 2:41 2:18 2:36 2:48 3:05 2:45 2:53 2:44 2:58 2:59

Attend 20,430 33,391 8,857 18,302 21,403 17,414 10,385 15,341 20,073 6,244 11,781 10,214 8,243 11,823 10,317

• Southern Conference game, ^ NCAA FCS Playoff game

2010 INDIVIDUAL HONORS NATIONAL HONORS

ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE HONORS

CHARLIE EDWARDS College Sporting News All-American

CHARLIE EDWARDS DEREK HEYDEN ADRIAN MORA BRENT RUSSELL JAYBO SHAW RODERICK TINSLEY

BRETT MOORE ARA Sportsmanship Award candidate Associated Press All-American Third Team ADRIAN MORA College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Associated Press All-American Third Team Phil Steele’ FCS All-American Fourth Team Special Teams Fred Mitchell Place Kicker Award finalist BRENT RUSSELL Walter Camp All-American Associated Press All-American First Team Defense College Sporting News All-American Phil Steele’ FCS All-American First Team Defense The Sports Network All-American Second Team Defense Buck Buchanan Award finalist LARON SCOTT Associated Press All-American Third Team Phil Steele’ FCS All-American Fourth Team Defense Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27) COACH MONKEN Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Top Five Finalist by Fan Vote

ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE AWARDS ROBERT BROWN DORIAN BYRD CHARLIE EDWARDS JOSH GEBHARDT BRETT MOORE JOSH ROWE BRENT RUSSELL LARON SCOTT RODERICK TINSLEY

All-Freshman Team Offense All-Freshman Team Offense Specialist, First Team (Coaches & Media) All-Freshman Team Defense Offense, First Team (Coaches), Second Team (Media) Defense, Second Team (Coaches) Defense, First Team (Coaches & Media) Defense, First Team (Coaches & Media) Specialist, First Team (Coaches & Media) Defense, Second Team (Coaches & Media)

116 GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLE FOOTBALL 6-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Specialist (SouthernPigskin.com) Defense (SouthernPigskin.com) Specialist (SouthernPigskin.com) Defensive Player of the Year (SouthernPigskin.com) Defense (SouthernPigskin.com) X-Factor of the Week for September 27 (SouthernPigskin.com) Defense (SouthernPigskin.com)

COACH MONKEN Coach of the Year (SouthernPigskin.com) Coach of the Week for September 27(SouthernPigskin.com)

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE HONORS PATRICK BARKER BOYD SASSER

SoCon Academic All-Conference SoCon Academic All-Conference

“Player of the Week” Honors ROBERT BROWN November 8 (Freshman / App. State) November 15 (Freshman / WCU) ADRIAN MORA September 6 (Special Teams / Sav. State) BRENT RUSSELL November 15 (Defense / WCU) LARON SCOTT September 27(Defense / Elon) “Player of the Month” Honor BRENT RUSSELL November (Defense)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE “Player of the Week” Honor Laron Scott

September 27 (Elon)


TE AM / INDIVIDUAL SE ASON S TATISTICS Eagles SCORING 413 Points Per Game 27.5 FIRST DOWNS 277 Rushing 215 Passing 51 Penalty 11 RUSHING YARDAGE 3918 Yards gained rushing 4278 Yards lost rushing 360 Rushing Attempts 849 Average Per Rush 4.6 Average Per Game 261.2 TDs Rushing 40 PASSING YARDAGE 1271 Comp-Att-Int 75-152-7 Average Per Pass 8.4 16.9 Average Per Catch Average Per Game 84.7 5 TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE 5189 Total Plays 1001 5.2 Average Per Play Average Per Game 345.9 KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 58-1362 PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 23-159 INT RETURNS: #-Yards 15-143 KICK RETURN AVERAGE 23.5 PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 6.9 INT RETURN AVERAGE 9.5 FUMBLES-LOST 45-22 PENALTIES-Yards 81-653 43.5 Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards 56-2298 41.0 Average Per Punt 39.2 Net punt average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 33:13 92/214 3RD-DOWN Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 43% 4TH-DOWN Conversions 22/35 4th-Down Pct 63% SACKS BY-Yards 25-192 MISC YARDS 2 TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 50 19-21 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS 1-1 RED-ZONE SCORES (51-60) 85% RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS (37-60) 62% PAT-ATTEMPTS (46-46) 100%

ATTENDANCE

105,763 Games/Avg Per Game 6 / 17,627 Neutral Site Games

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Georgia Southern Opponents

1st 2nd 3rd 89 106 85 74 76 61

Opponent 277 18.5 235 108 108 19 1905 2406 501 533 3.6 127.0 16 2399 193-358-15 6.7 12.4 159.9 15 4304 891 4.8 286.9 68-1278 12-45 7-54 18.8 3.8 7.7 29-16 86-657 43.8 66-2462 37.3 33.4 26:42 76/192 40% 8/19 42% 23-133 0 34 15-18 0-1 (34-46) 74% (21-46) 46% (28-32) 88% 118,455 9 / 13,162 0/0

4th OT Total 126 7 413 66 0 277

RUSHING

Robert Brown Jaybo Shaw Jerick McKinnon J.J. Wilcox Darreion Robinson Lee Banks Tobi Akinnirayne Nico Hickey Darries Robinson Miguel Gilmore Brian Wilcher Josh Rowe Ezayi Youyoute Lamar Brown J. Bryant Russell DeMasi Tray Butler Dion DuBose Brent Thomas Charlie Edwards TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

GP

PASSING

13 15 10 15 15 13 8 12 8 7 10 14 1 8 1 2 15 10 3 15 11 15 15

G

Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Lg Avg/G

213 209 109 85 61 57 35 28 20 3 3 1 2 2 4 3 2 1 2 1 8 849 533

1019 715 560 504 465 257 239 187 111 46 34 33 32 16 15 13 19 12 1 0 0 4278 2406

15 1004 201 514 65 495 20 484 5 460 7 250 1 238 8 179 3 108 2 44 0 34 0 33 0 32 0 16 0 15 0 13 6 13 0 12 0 1 13 -13 14 -14 360 3918 501 1905

4.7 2.5 4.5 5.7 7.5 4.4 6.8 6.4 5.4 14.7 11.3 33.0 16.0 8.0 3.8 4.3 6.5 12.0 0.5 -13.0 -1.8 4.6 3.6

7 16 3 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 16

80 21 53 26 78 23 60 37 21 43 19 33 17 10 6 7 19 12 1 0 0 80 54

77.2 34.3 49.5 32.3 30.7 19.2 29.8 14.9 13.5 6.3 3.4 2.4 32.0 2.0 15.0 6.5 0.9 1.2 0.3 -0.9 -1.3 261.2 127.0

Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lg Avg/G

Jaybo Shaw Jerick McKinnon TEAM Charlie Edwards Nico Hickey Total.......... Opponents......

15 10 11 15 12 15 15

129.34 33.51 0.00 217.60 -200.00 121.23 115.65

RECEIVING

G

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg Avg/G

PUNT RETURNS

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

INTERCEPTIONS

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

KICK RETURNS

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

J.J. Wilcox Tray Butler Mitch Williford Tyler Sumner Robert Brown Darreion Robinson Nico Hickey Patrick Barker J. Bryant Carter Jones Total.......... Opponents...... Darreion Robinson J. Bryant Carlos Cave Total.......... Opponents......

Laron Scott Derek Heyden Lavelle Westbrooks Josh Gebhardt E.J. Webb A.J. McCray Michael Butler Total.......... Opponents...... Laron Scott Darries Robinson Tobi Akinniranye Kyle Oehlbeck Lee Banks Darreion Robinson Tray Butler Total.......... Opponents......

FUMBLE RETURN

John Douglas Boyd Sasser Josh Gebhardt Kyle Oehlbeck E.J. Webb Total.......... Opponents......

15 15 14 15 13 15 12 12 1 13 15 15

22 13 12 10 5 4 4 3 1 1 75 193 16 6 1 23 12

6 3 2 1 1 1 1 15 7

44 5 2 2 2 2 1 58 68

No. 1 1 1 1 0 4 8

71-140-5 50.7 1233 3-9-1 33.3 24 0-1-0 0.0 0 1-1-0 100.0 14 0-1-1 0.0 0 75-152-7 49.3 1271 193-358-15 53.9 2399 551 168 151 149 48 72 71 27 20 14 1271 2399 91 47 21 159 45

75 14 0 4 10 18 22 143 54

1161 92 33 24 28 24 0 1362 1278

Yds 20 3 34 8 0 65 163

Avg 20.0 3.0 34.0 8.0 0.0 16.2 20.4

25.0 12.9 12.6 14.9 9.6 18.0 17.8 9.0 20.0 14.0 16.9 12.4 5.7 7.8 21.0 6.9 3.8

12.5 4.7 0.0 4.0 10.0 18.0 22.0 9.5 7.7

26.4 18.4 16.5 12.0 14.0 12.0 0.0 23.5 18.8

5 0 0 0 0 5 15

3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 15 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

63 9 0 14 0 63 71

63 25 35 40 16 24 40 15 20 14 63 71

82.2 2.4 0.0 0.9 0.0 84.7 159.9

36.7 11.2 10.8 9.9 3.7 4.8 5.9 2.2 20.0 1.1 84.7 159.9

29 14 0 29 14

36 12 0 4 10 18 22 36 48

76 26 19 22 15 13 0 76 90

TD Long 1 0 1 1 1 4 1

20 3 34 8 0 34 89

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SCORING

TD

FGs Kick Rush Rcv Pass DXP Saf Pts

Adrian Mora 0 19-21 45-45 Jaybo Shaw 16 0-0 0-0 J.J. Wilcox 9 0-0 0-0 7 0-0 0-0 Robert Brown Tobi Akinniranye 3 0-0 0-0 Darreion Robinson 3 0-0 0-0 Jerick McKinnon 3 0-0 0-0 Tray Butler 2 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 Josh Gebhardt Laron Scott 1 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 E.J. Webb Lamar Brown 1 0-0 0-0 Russell DeMasi 1 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 Kyle Oehlbeck John Douglas 1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 TEAM Derek Heyden 0 0-0 0-0 Chris Rogers 0 0-0 1-1 Total 50 19-21 46-46 Opponents 34 15-18 28-32

0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0

ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE Adrian Mora set the Georgia Southern record for consecutive PATs in a career with a perfect 95-95 over three seasons so far.

TOTAL OFFENSE

G Plays

Jaybo Shaw Robert Brown Jerick McKinnon J.J. Wilcox Darreion Robinson Lee Banks Tobi Akinniranye Nico Hickey Darries Robinson Miguel Gilmore Brian Wilcher Josh Rowe Ezayi Youyoute Lamar Brown Johnathan Bryant Tray Butler Russell DeMasi Dion DuBose Charlie Edwards Brent Thomas TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

FIELD GOALS

15 13 10 15 15 13 8 12 8 7 10 14 1 8 1 15 2 10 15 3 11 15 15

349 213 118 85 61 57 35 29 20 3 3 1 2 2 4 2 3 1 2 2 9 1001 891

Rush

Pass

514 1004 495 484 460 250 238 179 108 44 34 33 32 16 15 13 13 12 -13 1 -14 3918 1905

1233 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 1271 2399

Total Avg/G 1747 1004 519 484 460 250 238 179 108 44 34 33 32 16 15 13 13 12 1 1 -14 5189 4304

116.5 77.2 51.9 32.3 30.7 19.2 29.8 14.9 13.5 6.3 3.4 2.4 32.0 2.0 15.0 0.9 6.5 1.2 0.1 0.3 -1.3 345.9 286.9

FGM-A Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg Blk

Adrian Mora

19-21 90.5

FIELD GOAL SEQUENCE

Savannah State Navy Coastal Carolina Elon Wofford Chattanooga The Citadel Samford Appalachian State Western Carolina Furman South Carolina State William and Mary Wofford Delaware

0-0

6-8

9-9

4-4

0-0 45

GSU

OPPONENTS

(39),(34) - (41),(36) (23) (36) (37),(33) (26),(26),29 - - - (41) (32),(23),(45) (21) (33),28,(21),(37) (40)

(31),43 (18),(42) 44,(46),(31) (36),(38),36 (21) (32),(36),(33) (21),(27) (21),(20)

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate field goal was made.

118 GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLE FOOTBALL 6-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

0

G

Rush

Laron Scott Robert Brown J.J. Wilcox Darreion Robinson Jaybo Shaw Jerick McKinnon Lee Banks T. Akinniranye Nico Hickey Darries Robinson Tray Butler Mitch Williford Tyler Sumner Johnathan Bryant Miguel Gilmore Brian Wilcher Josh Rowe Ezayi Youyoute Patrick Barker Kyle Oehlbeck Michael Butler Carlos Cave A.J. McCray Lamar Brown Derek Heyden Carter Jones Russell DeMasi Dion DuBose E.J. Webb Josh Gebhardt Brent Thomas Charlie Edwards TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

15 13 15 15 15 10 13 8 12 8 15 14 15 1 7 10 14 1 12 12 13 15 12 8 15 13 2 10 14 15 3 15 11 15 15

0 1004 484 460 514 495 250 238 179 108 13 0 0 15 44 34 33 32 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 13 12 0 0 1 -13 -14 3918 1905

PUNTING

Rec 0 48 551 72 0 0 0 0 71 0 168 151 149 20 0 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1271 2399

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2

PR KOR

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

IR

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0

102 96 56 42 18 18 18 12 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 2 1 413 277

Tot Avg/G

0 0 0 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 159 45

1161 75 0 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 28 0 33 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0 0 22 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1362 143 1278 54

1236 1052 1035 647 514 495 278 271 250 200 181 151 149 82 44 34 33 32 27 24 22 21 18 16 14 14 13 12 10 4 1 -13 -14 6853 5681

82.4 80.9 69.0 43.1 34.3 49.5 21.4 33.9 20.8 25.0 12.1 10.8 9.9 82.0 6.3 3.4 2.4 32.0 2.2 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.5 2.0 0.9 1.1 6.5 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.3 -0.9 -1.3 456.9 378.7

TB FC I20 50+ Blkd

No.

Yds

Avg

Lg

Charlie Edwards

56

2298

41.0

62

3

24

19

0

0

Total.......... Opponents......

56 66

2298 2462

41.0 37.3

62 54

3 5

24 18

19 18

0 1

0

KICKOFFS Billy Greer Charlie Edwards Chris Rogers Luke Cherry Total.......... Opponents......

No.

Yds

Avg

57 17 3 2 79 66

3437 963 176 108 4684 3940

60.3 56.6 58.7 54.0 59.3 59.7

TB OB Retn Net YdLn 6 0 0 0 6 3

5 0 0 0 5 1278 4 1362

41.6 38.2

28 31


DEFENSIVE LEADERs

TACKLES

SACKS

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL/Yds

PASS DEFENSE

No-Yards Int-Yds

BrUp

QBH

FUMBLES

Blkd

Rcv-Yds FF

Kick

Saf

10 Josh Rowe

14-13

56

48

104

9.5-52

3.5-33

.

.

1

2-0

1

.

.

4 Derek Heyden

15-15

62

36

98

7.5-26

.

3-14

5

1

.

3

.

.

66 Brent Russell

15-15

49

22

71

18.5-96

8.0-60

.

2

5

1-0

2

.

.

1 E.J. Webb

14-13

36

31

67

3.5-21

2.0-13

1-10

.

1

3-0

1

.

.

13 Darius Eubanks

14-13

35

21

56

4.5-12

.

.

4

1

1-0

2

.

.

94 Roderick Tinsley

15-14

39

16

55

15.5-56

2.0-23

.

4

3

1-0

6

1

.

34 Laron Scott

15-15

34

10

44

3.0-4

.

6-75

10

.

.

.

.

.

40 Michael Butler

13-9

23

13

36

2.5-5

.

1-22

3

.

1-0

1

.

.

24 Carson Hill

12-8

22

14

36

1.5-5

.

.

3

.

.

.

1

.

92 John Douglas

15-14

12

21

33

2.5-9

.

.

2

2

1-20

2

.

.

90 Josh Gebhardt

15-6

17

16

33

6.5-26

1.5-10

1-4

1

1

1-34

.

.

1

37 Carlos Cave

15-2

20

13

33

4.5-11

.

.

1

.

.

.

1

.

18 Lavelle Westbrooks

13-8

23

9

32

3.0-9

1.0-6

2-0

3

.

.

.

.

.

33 Dion DuBose

10-10

16

13

29

6.5-27

3.5-21

.

.

2

1-0

1

.

.

41 John Stevenson

14-0

11

10

21

1.5-2

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

38 Kyle Oehlbeck

12-1

11

7

18

1.0-4

.

.

.

.

1-8

.

.

.

59 Michael Spaulding

8-2

10

6

16

0.5-0

.

.

.

.

1-0

.

.

.

39 Evan Mattingly

15-6

11

3

14

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

2 A.J. McCray

12-0

8

5

13

.

.

1-18

2

.

.

.

.

.

96 Blake Riley

14-0

5

7

12

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

42 Boyd Sasser

15-0

7

4

11

.

.

.

.

.

1-3

.

.

.

52 Javon Mention

15-1

5

5

10

1.0-8

1.0-8

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

99 Terico Agnew

10-0

4

6

10

3.0-19

2.5-18

.

1

1

1-0

.

.

.

27 Javonte Martin

9-0

7

3

10

.

.

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

16 Deonte Watkins

10-0

3

3

6

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

25 Calvin West

15-0

5

1

6

1.0-4

.

.

.

.

.

1

.

.

26 Tray Butler

15-2

4

.

4

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

20 Nico Hickey

12-5

2

2

4

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

17 Billy Greer

13-0

2

1

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

48 Charlie Edwards

15-0

3

.

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

44 Tobi Akinniranye

8-1

2

1

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

53 Marcus Duvall

11-0

3

.

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

35 Lee Banks

13-2

2

1

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

21 Hudson Presume

3-0

2

1

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

19 J.J. Wilcox

15-14

2

.

2

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

7 Darreion Robinson

15-8

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

28 Hunter Baldwin

8-0

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

46 Brent Thomas

3-0

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

14 Jaybo Shaw

15-14

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

89 Carter Jones

13-0

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

15 Jerick McKinnon

10-1

1

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

56 Willie Burden

8-0

.

1

1

.

.

.

1

.

.

.

.

.

TM TEAM

11-0

1

.

1

1.0-9

.

.

.

.

.

1

.

2

Total..........

15-0 15-0

560 705

350 430

910 1135

98-405 89.0-294

25-192 23-133

15-143 7-54

43 12

18 7

16-65 22-163

21 28

3 .

3

Opponents......

GP-GS

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SUPERL ATI VES INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS

OPPONENT INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS

Rushes................................................ 36 Jaybo Shaw at Furman (Nov 20) Yards Rushing....................... 182 Jerick McKinnon at The Citadel (Oct 23) TD Rushes............................................ 3 Jaybo Shaw at Furman (Nov 20) Jaybo Shaw at William and Mary (Dec 4) Long Rush..........................80 Robert Brown at Western Carolina (Nov 13) Pass attempts....................... 21 Jaybo Shaw vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Pass completions................... 9 Jaybo Shaw vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Yards Passing..................... 160 Jaybo Shaw at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) TD Passes.............................. 2 Jaybo Shaw at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Long Pass.................................... 63 Jaybo Shaw at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Receptions.......................... 4 Mitch Williford vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Yards Receiving............................ 121 J.J. Wilcox at Chattanooga (Oct 16) TD Receptions............................................ 1 J.J. Wilcox. at Navy (Sept 11) J.J. Wilcox at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Tray Butler at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Butler, at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Tray Butler at Wofford (Dec 11) Long Reception.............................. 63 J.J. Wilcox at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Field Goals....................... 3 Adrian Mora vs South Carolina State (Nov 27) Adrian Mora at Wofford (Dec 11) Long Field Goal.............. 45 Adrian Mora vs South Carolina State (Nov 27) Punts.................................................. 7 Charlie Edwards at Navy (Sept 11) Charlie Edwards vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Punting Avg.......................... 47.2 Charlie Edwards at The Citadel (Oct 23) Long Punt...................... 62 Charlie Edwards at Western Carolina (Nov 13) Long Punt Return..................... 29 Darreion Robinson vs Samford (Oct 30) Long Kickoff Return..............................76 Laron Scott vs Samford (Oct 30) Tackles......................................12 Derek Heyden at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Josh Rowe at William and Mary (Dec 4) Josh Rowe at Delaware (Dec 18) Sacks....................................2.0 Brent Russell vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Terico Agnew at William and Mary (Dec 4) Tackles For Loss............... 3.5 Brent Russell at Western Carolina (Nov 13) Roderick Tinsley at Wofford (Dec 11) Interceptions...................................... 2 Laron Scott at The Citadel (Oct 23) Laron Scott at Western Carolina (Nov 13)

Rushes..............................................34 Chris Evans, vs Samford (Oct 30) Yards Rushing........................................ 186 Pierce, at Delaware (Dec 18) TD Rushes.........................................2 E. Breitenstein, vs Wofford (Oct 9) Long Rush.................. 54 Devin Wherry, vs South Carolina State (Nov 27) Pass attempts........................................ 45 Scott Riddle, vs Elon (Sept 25) Pass completions........ 27 Zach MacDowall, at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Yards Passing...................................... 322 Scott Riddle, vs Elon (Sept 25) TD Passes..................... 3 Zach MacDowall, at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Scott Riddle, vs Elon (Sept 25) Long Pass.........................................71 Cody Worley, at Furman (Nov 20) Receptions...................... 8 Jacoby Mitchell, at Western Carolina (Nov 13) Yards Receiving................................121 Aaron Mellette, vs Elon (Sept 25) TD Receptions......................................2 Aaron Mellette, vs Elon (Sept 25) Long Reception.................................. 71 Adam Mims, at Furman (Nov 20) Field Goals..............................3 Drake Kuhn, at William and Mary (Dec 4) Long Field Goal..............................46 Cameron Yaw, vs Samford (Oct 30) Punts.................................. 8 Derek Williams, vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Punting Avg......................................... 46.0 Wagner, at Delaware (Dec 18) Long Punt........................................ 54 Kyle Delahooke, at Navy (Sept 11) Long Punt Return................................... 14 Gary Myers, at Navy (Sept 11) Long Kickoff Return.. 90 Lennel Elmore, vs South Carolina State (Nov 27) Tackles.............................................. 17 K. Anderson, at Furman (Nov 20) Sacks............................................... 2.0 Eric Eberhardt, vs Wofford (Oct 9) Tackles For Loss................................... 3.0 Alex Goltry, vs Wofford (Oct 9) Interceptions................................. 1 Jordan Tippit, at Chattanooga (Oct 16) B. McCladdie, at The Citadel (Oct 23) Sean Thompson, vs Samford (Oct 30) D. McDuffie, vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Angelo Brown, at Western Carolina (Nov 13) Evan Francks, at William and Mary (Dec 4) Grant, at Delaware (Dec 18)

GSU TEAM GAME HIGHS Rushes................................................77 vs South Carolina State (Nov 27) Yards Rushing........................................... 431 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Yards Per Rush..........................................7.2 at William and Mary (Dec 4) TD Rushes.................................................... 6 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Pass attempts............................................21 vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Pass completions........................................9 vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) Yards Passing..........................................160 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Yards Per Pass...................................................... 21.0 at Furman (Nov 20) TD Passes...................................................2 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Total Plays....................................................................84 vs Elon (Sept 25) Total Offense............................................. 540 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Yards Per Play............................................ 7.6 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Points.......................................................... 48 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) Sacks By....................................................... 4 vs Savannah State (Sept 4) at William and Mary (Dec 4) First Downs...................................................................30 vs Elon (Sept 25) Penalties..............................................................9 at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Penalty Yards....................................................85 at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Turnovers................................................................ 5 at Delaware (Dec 18) Interceptions By.....................................................3 at The Citadel (Oct 23) at Western Carolina (Nov 13) vs South Carolina State (Nov 27)

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OPPONENT TEAM GAME HIGHS Rushes....................................................................... 57 vs Wofford (Oct 9) Yards Rushing......................................................... 302 vs Wofford (Oct 9) Yards Per Rush........................................................ 5.3 vs Wofford (Oct 9) TD Rushes.................................................................. 4 vs Wofford (Oct 9) Pass attempts..............................................................45 vs Elon (Sept 25) Pass completions.....................................27 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Yards Passing............................................................322 vs Elon (Sept 25) Yards Per Pass....................................................... 13.2 vs Wofford (Oct 9) TD Passes..................................................3 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) vs Elon (Sept 25) Total Plays.............................................................. 73 vs Samford (Oct 30) Total Offense..........................................441 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Yards Per Play..........................................6.4 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Points................................................................35 at Chattanooga (Oct 16) Sacks By..................................................................... 4 vs Wofford (Oct 9) First Downs...............................................24 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Penalties...................................................10 at Coastal Carolina (Sept 18) Penalty Yards............................................................ 97 vs Wofford (Oct 9) Turnovers............................................................. 9 at The Citadel (Oct 23) Interceptions By...................................................1 at Chattanooga (Oct 16) at The Citadel (Oct 23) vs Samford (Oct 30) vs Appalachian State (Nov 6) at Western Carolina (Nov 13) at William and Mary (Dec 4) at Delaware (Dec 18)


TEAM GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS Date

Opponent

Sep 4, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 9, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 6, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Totals Opponent

Date

Opponent

Sep 04, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 09, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 06, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 04, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Totals Opponent

Date

Opponent

Sep 4, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 9, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 6, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Totals Opponent

RUSHING RECEIVING PASSING KO RETURN No. Yds TD Lg No. Yds TD Lg Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Lg No Yds TD Lg 61 39 52 72 50 49 69 50 56 53 71 77 59 41 50

431 73 209 379 243 255 286 122 195 277 277 323 423 168 257

6 0 2 4 3 2 2 2 3 4 4 3 4 0 1

43 12 20 37 78 60 33 18 19 80 19 36 45 21 53

849 3918 40 533 1905 16

80 54

7 4 7 8 5 4 0 5 9 7 5 2 3 5 4

109 36 160 129 98 136 0 52 106 136 126 21 31 78 53

0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

24 17 40 31 40 63 0 15 21 46 47 14 19 25 18

75 1271 5 193 2399 15

63 71

7-10-0 4-9-0 7-12-0 8-12-0 5-15-0 4-8-1 0-3-1 5-11-1 9-21-1 7-10-1 5-6-0 2-5-0 3-7-1 5-11-0 4-12-1

109 36 160 129 98 136 0 52 106 136 126 21 31 78 53

0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

24 17 40 31 40 63 0 15 21 46 47 14 19 25 18

75-152-7 1271 5 63 193-358-15 2399 15 71

1 4 5 3 6 5 1 4 3 3 3 5 5 4 6

20 133 55 63 173 93 11 157 55 69 63 114 110 112 134

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

20 49 15 27 60 26 11 76 22 29 34 59 31 58 52

58 1362 68 1278

0 1

76 90

PUNT RETURN ALL No Yds TD Lg Off 6 3 2 0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 1

47 3 28 0 0 0 7 30 1 3 0 12 9 19 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

14 5 7 0 0 0 7 29 1 3 0 15 9 19 0

540 109 369 508 341 391 286 174 301 413 403 344 454 246 310

23 159 12 45

0 0

29 14

5189 4304

TACKLES SACKS FUMBLE Pass Blkd Kicks-XPts Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts 36 27 47 35 45 38 31 56 45 27 27 25 33 47 41

8 46 22 12 26 26 26 12 10 48 36 10 24 26 18

44 73 69 47 71 64 57 68 55 75 63 35 57 73 59

10.0-50 4.0-20 5.0-23 4.0-31 9.0-29 3.0-7 8.0-14 9.0-26 9.0-35 11.0-64 6.0-24 6.0-26 5.0-34 7.0-18 2.0-4

4.0-31 2.0-17 1.0-9 3.0-28 1.0-3 1.0-2 1.0-1 1.0-10 1.0-1 3.0-36 2.0-14 0.0-0 4.0-33 1.0-7 0.0-0

2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 2 3 2 2 0 5 0

0-0 0-0 1-8 0-0 1-0 0-0 6-0 0-0 1-0 2-3 2-0 1-34 0-0 2-20 0-0

0-0 0-0 2-20 2-46 0-0 0-0 3-27 0-0 2-22 3-12 0-0 3-16 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 5 2 0 2 2 1 0

7 2 5 4 0 2 0 3 2 3 6 1 6 1 1

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

6-6 1-1 5-5 5-5 2-2 3-3 2-2 1-1 3-3 4-4 3-3 4-4 4-4 2-2 1-1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

560 705

350 430

910 1135

98.0-405 89.0-294

25.0-192 23.0-133

21 28

16-65 22-163

15-143 7-54

18 7

43 12

3 0

46-46 32-28

1 0

0 0

3 413 0 277

No Yds

48 7 43 38 31 27 20 13 21 28 32 41 31 23 10

Avg

PUNTING FIELD GOALS KICKOFFS Lg Blkd TB FC 50+ I20 Att-Made Lg Blkd No Yds Avg TB OB

1 7 4 1 5 3 4 6 7 4 3 3 2 3 3

35 283 172 42 211 121 189 255 284 144 131 120 80 121 110

35.0 40.4 43.0 42.0 42.2 40.3 47.2 42.5 40.6 36.0 43.7 40.0 40.0 40.3 36.7

35 53 50 42 50 43 57 50 50 62 55 56 42 56 45

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

1 1 1 0 3 2 1 2 5 2 1 0 2 2 1

0 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 0

1 2 1 0 4 2 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1

2-2 0-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 3-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 3-3 1-1 4-3 1-1

39 0 41 23 36 37 26 0 0 0 41 45 21 37 40

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

9 2 8 7 5 4 5 3 3 5 6 8 6 5 3

567 119 461 399 305 260 289 175 158 284 306 494 362 316 189

63.0 59.5 57.6 57.0 61.0 65.0 57.8 58.3 52.7 56.8 51.0 61.8 60.3 63.2 63.0

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0

0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0

56 66

2298 2462

41.0 37.3

62 54

0 1

3 5

24 18

13 6

19 18

21-19 18-15

45 46

0 1

79 66

4684 3940

59.3 59.7

6 3

5 4

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OPPONENT GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS Date

Opponent

RUSHING RECEIVING PASSING KO RETURN No. Yds TD Lg No. Yds TD Lg Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Lg No Yds TD Lg

Sep 4, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 9, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 6, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Opponent totals GSU

Date

Opponent

Sep 04, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 09, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 06, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 04, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Opponent totals GSU

Date

Opponent

Sep 4, 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Sep 18, 2010 Sep 25, 2010 Oct 9, 2010 Oct 16, 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 Nov 6, 2010 Nov 13, 2010 Nov 20, 2010 Nov 27, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Dec 18, 2010

SAVANNAH STATE at Navy at Coastal Carolina ELON WOFFORD at Chattanooga at The Citadel SAMFORD APPALACHIAN STATE at Western Carolina at Furman S.C. STATE at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Opponent totals GSU

29 43 28 14 57 45 38 52 34 30 30 18 26 52 37

92 109 127 9 302 195 113 211 114 68 36 66 101 183 179

0 1 1 0 4 3 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1

30 18 30 8 36 21 16 34 40 44 8 54 29 20 38

533 1905 16 849 3918 40

54 80

8 5 27 25 4 11 3 11 14 18 17 12 16 8 14

80 84 314 322 106 159 47 108 211 191 210 157 113 160 137

0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2

31 44 41 46 52 46 17 31 42 32 71 58 16 38 24

193 2399 15 75 1271 5

71 63

8-23-0 5-8-0 27-41-2 25-45-2 4-8-0 11-22-0 3-9-3 11-21-0 14-27-2 18-33-3 17-29-0 12-25-3 16-34-0 8-13-0 14-20-0

80 84 314 322 106 159 47 108 211 191 210 157 113 160 137

0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2

31 44 41 46 52 46 17 31 42 32 71 58 16 38 24

193-358-15 2399 15 71 75-152-7 1271 5 63

7 1 8 7 4 4 5 3 3 5 5 5 5 3 3

108 55 141 127 76 103 89 57 53 85 61 106 94 57 66

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

28 55 33 28 24 32 33 25 34 30 17 90 24 23 30

68 1278 58 1362

1 0

90 76

PUNT RETURN ALL No Yds TD Lg Off 0 0 0 4 31 0 2 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 12 45 23 159

0 14 0 0 0 0 6 0 5 0 0 9 0 0 1

172 193 441 331 408 354 160 319 325 259 246 223 214 343 316

14 29

4304 5189

0 0

TACKLES SACKS FUMBLE Pass Blkd Kicks-XPts Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts 53 37 49 62 46 45 45 46 59 33 31 70 46 39 44

30 22 22 24 20 20 50 20 14 46 78 12 28 20 24

83 59 71 86 66 65 95 66 73 79 109 82 74 59 68

1.0-3 6.0-23 7.0-19 1.0-14 12.0-43 4.0-17 4.0-9 10.0-35 8.0-21 8.0-38 6.0-12 9.0-30 3.0-4 7.0-8 3.0-18

1.0-3 3.0-17 1.0-5 1.0-14 4.0-17 1.0-8 1.0-4 3.0-19 2.0-11 2.0-13 0.0-0 1.0-6 0.0-0 1.0-1 2.0-15

2 2 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 3 0 1 2

1-2 1-0 1-0 2-10 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-23 1--5 3-89 3-0 0-0 1-19 4-25

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 1-3 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-48 0-0 1-0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 2 0

0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0-0 1-1 3-2 3-3 5-3 5-5 0-0 2-2 2-2 0-0 4-4 2-1 0-0 2-2 3-3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

705 560

430 350

1135 910

89.0-294 98.0-405

23.0-133 25.0-192

28 21

22-163 16-65

7-54 15-143

7 18

12 43

0 3

32-28 46-46

0 1

0 0

0 277 3 413

No Yds

3 13 26 21 33 35 0 20 14 6 28 16 15 20 27

Avg

PUNTING FIELD GOALS KICKOFFS Lg Blkd TB FC 50+ I20 Att-Made Lg Blkd No Yds Avg TB OB

8 6 3 4 3 3 3 7 6 4 4 5 4 2 4

267 215 78 148 116 110 111 280 212 166 156 181 170 68 184

33.4 35.8 26.0 37.0 38.7 36.7 37.0 40.0 35.3 41.5 39.0 36.2 42.5 34.0 46.0

52 54 39 47 41 42 47 53 46 50 47 52 44 34 50

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

0 0 1 0 3 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 0 1

1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1

0 3 2 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 0

2-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-2 0-0 3-2 0-0 1-1 3-3 2-2 2-2

31 42 0 0 0 0 0 46 0 38 0 21 36 27 21

66 56

2462 2298

37.3 41.0

54 62

1 0

5 3

18 24

6 13

18 19

18-15 21-19

46 45

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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

2 4 5 3 7 6 1 5 3 3 5 6 5 5 6

129 258 256 190 468 340 62 298 188 189 311 319 277 287 368

64.5 64.5 51.2 63.3 66.9 56.7 62.0 59.6 62.7 63.0 62.2 53.2 55.4 57.4 61.3

1 66 3940 59.7 0 79 4684 59.3

3 6

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 5

0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0


3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS Date

Opponent

Sep 4 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 6 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Dec 4 Dec 11 Dec 18

Savannah State at Navy at Coastal Carolina Elon Wofford at Chattanooga at The Citadel Samford Appalachian State at Western Carolina at Furman South Carolina State at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware

Overall

GSU Opponents

1st Qtr

7-12 3-13 3-11 10-17 3-13 6-13 9-19 4-13 10-20 8-14 6-14 7-18 7-12 6-13 3-12

58.3% 23.1% 27.3% 58.8% 23.1% 46.2% 47.4% 30.8% 50.0% 57.1% 42.9% 38.9% 58.3% 46.2% 25.0%

92-214 76-192

43.0% 39.6%

2nd Qtr

1-2 50.0% 0-2 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 3-3 100.0% 0-2 0.0% 2-3 66.7% 4-6 66.7% 3-4 75.0% 1-4 25.0% 3-4 75.0% 2-3 66.7% 2-4 50.0% 0-1 0.0% 3-3 100.0% 1-3 33.3% 25-45 18-47

55.6% 38.3%

3rd Qtr

1-4 0-3 1-4 3-6 2-5 3-6 3-5 1-3 4-6 0-3 1-4 0-5 4-6 1-3 0-2

25.0% 0.0% 25.0% 50.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 33.3% 66.7% 0.0% 25.0% 0.0% 66.7% 33.3% 0.0%

1-2 2-4 1-2 3-4 0-3 0-1 1-4 0-3 2-4 1-2 0-2 1-5 0-1 0-2 0-3

50.0% 50.0% 50.0% 75.0% 0.0% 0.0% 25.0% 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

24-65 21-51

36.9% 41.2%

12-42 19-44

28.6% 43.2%

4th Qtr 4-4 100.0% 1-4 25.0% 1-4 25.0% 1-4 25.0% 1-3 33.3% 1-3 33.3% 1-4 25.0% 0-3 0.0% 2-5 40.0% 4-5 80.0% 3-5 60.0% 4-4 100.0% 3-4 75.0% 2-5 40.0% 2-4 50.0% 30-61 18-49

49.2% 36.7%

Overtime

1-1 100.0%

1-1 0-1

100.0% 0.0%

4th-DOWN CONVERSIONS Date

Opponent

Overall

Sep 4 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 30 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Dec 4 Dec 11 Dec 18

Savannah State at Navy at Coastal Carolina Elon Wofford at Chattanooga at The Citadel Samford Appalachian State at Western Carolina at Furman South Carolina State at William and Mary at Wofford at Delaware GSU Opponents

2-2 2-3 1-2 3-3 1-3 1-1 2-3 0-3 2-2 0-2 3-4 3-4 0-0 0-0 2-3 22-35 8-19

1st Qtr

100.0% 66.7% 50.0% 100.0% 33.3% 100.0% 66.7% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 75.0% 75.0% 0.0% 0.0% 66.7% 62.9% 42.1%

2nd Qtr

0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 1-1 100.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 1-1 100.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 2-5 40.0% 1-1 100.0%

2-2 0-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 9-12 1-1

100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 75.0% 100.0%

3rd Qtr 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 5-6 3-4

0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 83.3% 75.0%

4th Qtr 0-0 0.0% 1-1 100.0% 0-0 0.0% 2-2 100.0% 0-1 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 0-2 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-1 0.0% 2-2 100.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 0-0 0.0% 1-2 50.0% 6-12 50.0% 3-13 23.1%

Overtime

0-0

0.0%

0-0 0-0

0.0% 0.0%

TIME OF POSSESSION Date

Opponent

Sep 04 Savannah State Sep 11 at Navy Sep 18 at Coastal Carolina Sep 25 Elon Oct 09 Wofford Oct 16 at Chattanooga Oct 23 at The Citadel Oct 30 Samford Nov 06 Appalachian State Nov 13 at Western Carolina Nov 20 at Furman Nov 27 South Carolina State Dec 04 at William and Mary Dec 11 at Wofford Dec 18 at Delaware Georgia Southern Avg 3 Opponents Total Avg.

Overall

1st

2nd

3rd

36:32 8:47 27:24 5:25 33:36 9:02 39:33 9:35 28:41 8:47 27:21 9:12 37:11 10:17 30:08 9:18 34:52 8:23 32:11 9:31 38:20 9:46 41:40 8:46 33:49 3:38 26:23 7:19 30:38 5:49 344:08 83:54 1:17 7:37 315:51 81:06 28:42 7:22

12:04 6:00 7:48 9:35 8:54 8:05 9:44 6:06 7:59 6:34 7:08 9:14 10:09 5:30 6:49 84:17 7:39 80:43 7:20

5:32 9:35 8:27 11:43 5:36 4:23 9:25 9:05 10:16 5:28 8:51 11:58 10:39 3:55 9:23 78:22 7:07 86:38 7:52

4th

OT

10:09 6:24 8:19 8:40 5:24 5:41 7:45 5:39 8:14 0:00 10:38 12:35 11:42 9:23 9:39 8:37 97:35 8:52 67:24 6:07

Georgia Southern’s offensive line, “The Hawgs,” helped the team win the battle in time of possession in 11 games.

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2010 STARTERS OFFENSE

SSU

WR Barker

LT Byrd

LG DeBartola

RG Lonas

RT Moore

WR T. Butler

SB Wilcox

QB Shaw

SB FB Bryant Brown

at Navy

Barker

Byrd

Maxwell

DeBartola Lonas

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Hickey Brown

at Coastal

Barker

Byrd

Byrne

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner Ds Robinson Shaw

Hickey Brown

Elon

Barker

Byrd

Byrne

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner Ds Robinson Shaw

Wilcox

Wofford

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Hickey Banks

at UTC

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Hickey Banks

at Citadel

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Hickey Brown

Samford

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox McKinnon Dn Robinson Brown

App. State

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

at WCU

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

at Furman

Williford

Byrd

Byrne

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

S.C. State

Williford

Byrd

Byrne

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

at W & M

Sumner

Byrd

Byrne

Mann

Maxwell DeBartola Moore (H)

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

at Wofford

Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

Sumner

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

at Delaware Williford

Byrd

DeBartola

Mann

Maxwell

Moore

T. Butler

Wilcox

Shaw

Dn Robinson

Brown

a

C Mann

Akinniranye

DEFENSE

SSU

DE DT DuBose Tinsley

NT Russell

DE Douglas

MIKE Rowe

WILL Webb

BANDIT Eubanks

CB Scott

S FS Mattingly Heyden

CB Hill

at Navy

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

Mattingly Heyden

Hill

at Coastal

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb Oehlbeck

Scott

Mattingly Heyden

Hill

Elon

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb

Cave

Scott

Mattingly Heyden

Hill

Wofford

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

Mattingly Heyden

Hill

at UTC

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

Westbrooks

at Citadel

DuBose Mention

Russell

Douglas Spaulding Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M. Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

Samford

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas Spaulding Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M. Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

App. State

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M. Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

at WCU

DuBose

Tinsley

Russell

Douglas

Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M.Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

at Furman

Douglas Tinsley

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M.Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

S.C. State

Tinsley

Mention

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M.Butler Heyden

Westbrooks

at W & M

Douglas Tinsley

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Webb

Eubanks

Scott

M.Butler Heyden

Hill

at Wofford

Douglas Tinsley

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Stevenson Eubanks

Scott

M.Butler Heyden

Hill

at Delaware Douglas Tinsley

Russell

Gebhardt Rowe

Scott M. Butler Heyden

Hill

a

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Cave

Eubanks

Heyden J. Martin


PLAYS OF 20-PLUS YARDS GEORGIA SOUTHERN Opp Player(s) Type Down 1 SSU Shaw to Wilcox pass 2-4 2 SSU Shaw to D.Robinson pass 1-10 3 SSU Shaw to Bryant pass 1-10 4 SSU R. Brown run 3-9 5 SSU Wilcox run 2-4 6 SSU McKinnon run 3-6 7 SSU McKinnon run 2-5 8 SSU Gilmore run 3-2 9 CCU Shaw run 2-4 10 CCU Shaw to T. Butler pass 1-10 11 CCU Shaw to Sumner pass 2-14 12 CCU Shaw to Williford pass 3-2 13 Elon Dn Robinsin run 3-3 14 Elon Shaw to Wilcox pass 1-10 15 Elon Shaw to Wilcox pass 2-1 16 Elon Dn Robinson rush 1-10 17 Elon L. Scott INT ret 17 Elon Banks rush 1-10 18 Elon Hickey rush 1-10 19 Wof Shaw to Wilcox pass 2-10 20 Wof Banks run 1-10 21 Wof Shaw to Hickey pass 3-11 22 Wof Wilcox run 2-9 23 Wof Dn Robinson run 1-10 24 UTC Shaw to Wilcox pass 2-8 25 UTC Akinniranye (QB-JM) run 3-3 26 UTC Shaw to Wilcox pass 1-10 27 Cit McKinnon run 3-5 28 Cit McKinnon run 3-4 29 ASU Shaw to Dn Robinson pass 3-11 30 WCU Shaw to Sumner pass 1-10 31 WCU Shaw to Wilcox pass 1-10 32 WCU Brown run 1-10 33 WCU Shaw to Williford pass 1-10 34 FUR Shaw to Wilcox pass 1-10 35 FUR Shaw to Wilcox pass 2-11 36 SCSU Brown (QB-Shaw) run 1-10 37 SCSU Brown (QB-JM) run 2-9 38 SCSU Banks (QB-JM) run 1-10 39 WM Brown run 1-10 40 WM Dn Robinson run 1-10 41 WM Wilcox run 2-4 42 Wof Shaw to T. Butler pass 1-10 43 Wof Douglas fum rec run 1-10 44 Wof Shaw run 3-3 45 UD McKinnon run 2-7 46 UD Dn Robinson run 1-10

Yds 23 24 20 27 t-26 22 t-20 43 20 t-25 40 35 21 31 20 21 t-36 23 37 28 20 40 22 t-78 t-58 t-60 63 28 33 21 22 46 t-80 29 41 47 36 20 23 45 44 23 t-25 t-20 21 53 22

OPPONENTS Opp 1 SSU 2 SSU 3 SSU 4 Navy 5 CCU 6 CCU 7 CCU 8 CCU 9 CCU 10 CCU 11 CCU 12 Elon 13 Elon 14 Elon 15 Wof 16 Wof 17 Wof 18 Wof 19 Wof 20 Wof 21 UTC 22 UTC 23 SAM 24 SAM 25 SAM 26 SAM 27 ASU 28 ASU 29 ASU 30 ASU 31 ASU 32 WCU 33 WCU 34 WCU 35 WCU 36 WCU 37 FUR 38 FUR 39 SCSU 40 SCSU 41 SCSU 42 SCSU 43 WM 44 WM 45 Wof 46 Wof 47 Wof 48 Wof 49 Wof 50 Wof 51 UD 52 UD 53 UD

Player(s) Type Down Babb run 2-12 Defilippis to Babb pass 1-10 Defilippis to Lackey pass 1-10 Dobbs to G. Jones pass 1-10 MacDowall to Long pass 2-2 MacDowall to Willis pass 1-10 MacDowall to Whitley pass 2-10 MacDowall to Morgan pass 2-3 MacDowall to Hazel pass 3-3 O’Neal run 1-10 MacDowall to Willis pass 3-4 Riddle to Mellette pass 3-10 Riddle to Jeffcoat pass 3-5 Riddle to Mellette pass 3-7 Rucker run 2-3 Reed run 1-10 Allen to Reed pass 3-17 Breitenstein run 1-10 Allen to Bersin pass 2-12 Allen to Breitenstein pass 3-5 Coleman to Awuah pass 2-10 Coleman to Sutherland pass 3-8 Taliaferro pass 3-7 Evans run 3-1 Evans run 3-1 Evans run 1-10 Presley to B.J. Frazier pass 1-10 Presley to Elder pass 1-10 Presley run 3-11 Presley to Hillary pass 2-15 Presley to Quick pass 1-10 M. Johnson run 1-10 Cockrell run 1-10 Brindise to Mitchell pass 2-13 Rhodes run 1-0 Brindise to Alexander run 3-5 Worley to Mims pass 1-10 Worley to McFadden pass 3-8 Long to McDonald pass 3-10 Wherry run 2-7 Long to McDonald pass 3-17 Long to Elmore pass 2-9 Grimes run 2-11 Callahan run 3-6 Allen to A. Young pass 2-8 Breitenstein run 1-15 Marshall run 20 Allen to Bersin pass 1-10 Allen to Marshall pass 4-2 Allen to Bersin pass 1-10 Pierce run 2-1 Devlin to Thaxton pass 2-10 Pierce run 1-10

Yds 30 28 31 44 41 26 t-26 25 21 30 t-34 34 28 46 t-36 21 21 22 t-52 23 t-46 t-43 31 34 24 22 21 20 40 25 40 44 29 25 22 32 71 23 34 54 20 58 29 26 27 20 3-2 t-37 22 38 38 t-24 35

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GEORGIA SOUTHERN SCORING SUMMARY Qtr Pl Yds Time vs. Savannah State

Result

Qtr Pl Yds Time Samford

Result

1 10 1 6 2 11 2 8 2 8 3 6 4 11 4 6

Mora 39 FG R. Brown 2 run (Mora kick) Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) L. Brown 6 run (Mora kick) Mora 34 FG Wilcox 26 run (Mora kick) McKinnon 20 run (Mora kick) Akinniranye 2 run (C. Rogers kick)

1 12 4 3

McKinnon 1 run (Wilcox rush failed) Shaw 11 run (Mora kick)

57 31 45 36 29 80 78 80

4:31 2:56 6:33 3:24 3:38 2:22 5:56 2:34

at Navy 3 10

49 5:52

Shaw to Wilcox 17 pass (Mora kick)

at Coastal Carolina 2 10 57 5:49 2 4 5 1:55 2 2 8 75 3:34 3 6 32 2:34 3 10 68 4:46 4 4 4 44 1:15

Mora 41 FG R. Brown 1 run (Mora kick) Heyden PAT return T. Butler 25 pass from Shaw (Mora kick) Mora 36 FG Wilcox 15 pass from Shaw (Mora kick) Oehlbeck 8 fumble recovery (Mora kick) Shaw 1 run (Mora kick)

Elon 2 15 86 7:51 2 12 80 5:01 3 11 65 5:49 4 7 56 2:34 4 4 9 42 4:27

Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) Shaw 2 run (Mora kick) Dn Robinson 4 run (Mora kick) Akinniranye 4 run (Mora kick) L. Scott 36 INT return (Mora kick) Mora 23 FG

Wofford 1 2 10 45 5:12 3 11 74 3:21 3 4 5 62 2:38 4 1 78 0:16

Gebhardt safety Mora 36 FG Shaw 2 run (Mora kick) Webb 0 fumble recovery (Mora kick) Wilcox 22 run (Shaw pass failed) Dn Robinson 78 run (Dn Robinson rush failed)

Chattanooga 1 10 1 4 2 6 2 16 4 6

64 70 80 54 82

5:11 1:50 2:52 5:32 2:14

Mora 37 FG Wilcox 58 pass from Shaw (Mora kick) Akinniranye 60 run (Mora kick) Mora 33 FG Shaw 1 run (Mora kick)

5:42 4:35 3:24 4:15

Mora 26 FG R. Brown 3 run (Mora kick) Mora 26 FG McKinnon 3 run (Mora kick)

The Citadel 1 11 1 10 2 7 3 9

31 45 35 48

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69 5:39 21 0:28

Appalachian State 2 14 3 16 ot 4

56 4:20 76 9:27 25

Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) Dn Robinson 2 run (Mora kick) Brown 4 run (Mora kick)

Western Carolina 1 9 2 4 3 1 4 11

65 78 80 78

5:03 2:53 0:11 6:25

Wilcox 2 run (Mora kick) Shaw 2 (Mora kick) R. Brown 80 run (Mora kick) Shaw 1 run (Mora kick)

at Furman 1 10 2 12 3 8 4 20 4 5

62 69 82 93 33

5:34 6:22 3:58 10:58 1:07

Shaw 3 run (Mora kick) Mora 41 FG Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) Wilcox 1 run (Wilcox rush) Shaw 4 run (Mora kick)

vs. South Carolina State 1 11 80 5:02 1 1 2 7 44 3:07 3 9 28 5:19 3 10 50 4:22 4 4 11 61 5:33 4 5 19 2:22

Wilcox 5 run (Mora kick) Team safety on kickoff Gebhardt 34 fumble recovery (Mora kick) Mora 32 FG Mora 23 FG Mora 45 FG Team safety on kickoff Wilcox 1 yd run (Mora kick) DeMasi 1 yd run (Mora kick)

at William & Mary 1 4 2 10 3 4 13 4 10

61 54 81 72 69

1:35 5:38 2:01 7:36 4:36

Brown 6 run (Mora kick) Shaw 1 run (Mora kick) Shaw 18 run (Mora kick) Mora 21 FG Shaw 3 run (Mora kick)

at Wofford, quarterfinals, 12-11-10 1 9 69 5:06 1 2 7 17 3:17 8 56 1:05 4 6 11 2:27

T. Butler 25 pass from Shaw (Mora kick) Douglas 20 fumble recovery (Mora kick) Mora 33 FG Mora 21 FG Mora 37 FG

at Delaware, semifinals, 12-18-10 3 6 4 14

60 2:53 64 8:27

Mora 40 FG Brown 6 run (Mora kick)


OPPONENT SCORING SUMMARY Qtr Pl Yds Time Savannah State 2

7

Result

Qtr Pl Yds Time Appalachian State

30 2:15 D. Williams 31 FG

1 3 1 11

35 6:44 Buckley 18 FG 1 1:24 Buckey 42 FG 40 4:44 Dobbs 1 run (Buckley kick)

Western Carolina

Navy 1 10 1 4 2 8

1 1

5 7

Coastal Carolina

Furman

2 3 3 4

1 1 1 3 2 13 3 3

6 8 7 7

67 2:11 O’Neal 4 run (kick blocked) 74 2:58 Whitley 26 pass / MacDowall (pass failed) 73 3:18 Duran 12 pass / MacDowall (Durham kick) 95 1:36 Willis 34 pass / MacDowall (Durham kick)

1 5 2 7 4 13

63 1:55 Peterson 15 pass / Riddle (Shreiner kick) 70 2:00 Mellette 3 pass / Riddle (Shreiner kick) 85 4:08 Mellette 19 pass / Riddle (Shreiner kick)

Elon

Wofford 1 6 1 7 3 6 4 11 4 10

75 58 86 61 67

2:56 2:28 2:46 5:23 4:17

Rucker 36 run (Reed kick) D. Johnson 14 run (Reed kick) Berson 52 pass from Allen (Reed kick) Breitenstein 2 run (Reed kick failed) Breitenstein 5 run (Reed kick failed)

2:21 5:01 9:01 1:35 2:55

Awauh 46 pass from Coleman (Veres kick) Wynn 1 run (Veres kick) Coleman 11 run (Veres kick) Jackson 3 run (Veres kick) Sutherland 43 pass / Coleman (Veres kick)

Chattanooga 1 6 2 11 3 17 3 4 4 7

70 56 80 25 94

The Citadel No scoring

98 10 45 21

12 1:08 Presley 3 run (Vitaris kick) 80 4:29 Moore 1 run (Vitaris kick) 51 1:58 Bostic 36 FG 41 2:53 Bostic 38 FG 71 26 81 8

0:24 1:07 5:57 1:27

Mims 72 pass from Worley (Early kick) J. Williams 6 run (Early kick) Uhaa 1 run (Early kick) Maples 10 pass from Worley (Early kick)

South Carolina State 2 2 8 74 3:18 4 16 41 0:45

Elmore 90 kickoff return (Erickson kick) Erickson 21 FG Elmore 58 pass from Long (Erickson kick failed)

William & Mary 1 9 45 4:49 1 13 58 4:46 2 12 60 3:09

Kuhn 32 FG Kuhn 36 FG Francks 48 interception return (Callahan pass failed) Kuhn 33 FG

Wofford, Quarterfinals, 12-11-10 2 13 17 6:56 3 12 80 5:31 4 17 68 7:27 4

Reed 21 FG Bersin pass from Allen (Reed kick) Reed 27 FG Goltry 19 fumble recovery (Reed kick)

at Delaware, semifinals

Samford 2 14 2 7 3 7 4 4

Result

4:20 2:58 3:18 1:24

Evans 5 run (Yaw kick) Yaw 46 FG Yaw 31 FG Barnett 5 run (Yaw kick)

2 16 7 3 7 4 3 6

86 67 63 60 10

7:42 2:21 3:51 1:26 2:08

Schenauer 6 pass from Devlin (Perry kick) Perry 21 FG Thaxton 24 pass from Devlin (Perry kick) Hayes 7 run (Perry kick) Perry 20 FG

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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAM STATISTICS SCORING OFFENSE 1. Appalachian State 2. Elon 3. Chattanooga 4. Furman 5. Wofford 6. Georgia Southern 7. Samford 8. Western Carolina 9. The Citadel

G TD FG XPT 2XP DXP 13 59 55 0 2 11 11 47 45 0 0 8 11 49 41 0 0 4 11 43 40 0 0 11 13 49 43 0 0 13 15 50 46 1 1 19 11 21 19 0 0 17 11 24 22 2 0 4 11 20 18 0 0 8

S 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1

Pts Avg/G 446 34.3 351 31.9 347 31.5 333 30.3 376 28.9 413 27.5 196 17.8 182 16.5 164 14.9

RUSHING OFFENSE G 1. Wofford 13 2. Georgia Southern 15 3. Appalachian State 13 4. The Citadel 11 5. Samford 11 6. Chattanooga 11 7. Furman 11 8. Elon 11 9. Western Carolina 11

Att 697 849 547 586 473 405 391 324 360

Yards 3871 3918 2826 2275 1936 1681 1662 1241 1180

Avg. 5.6 4.6 5.2 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.3 3.8 3.3

TD 35 40 36 13 13 18 21 18 7

Yards/G 297.8 261.2 217.4 206.8 176.0 152.8 151.1 112.8 107.3

SCORING DEFENSE 1. Georgia Southern 2. Wofford 3. Appalachian State 4. Samford 5. Furman 6. The Citadel 7. Elon 8. Chattanooga 9. Western Carolina

G TD TG XPT 2XP DXP 15 34 28 0 0 15 13 29 24 0 1 14 13 42 34 0 0 7 11 38 35 0 0 5 11 37 32 2 1 7 11 38 35 0 0 11 11 41 34 0 0 7 11 47 45 1 0 4 11 50 44 0 0 12

S 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Pts Avg/G 277 18.5 246 18.9 307 23.6 278 25.3 281 25.5 296 26.9 303 27.5 343 31.2 380 34.5

RUSHING DEFENSE G 1. Georgia Southern 15 2. Wofford 13 3. Chattanooga 11 4. Samford 11 5. The Citadel 11 6. Appalachian State 13 7. Elon 11 8. Western Carolina 11 9. Furman 11

Att 533 489 442 451 429 512 471 478 542

Yards 1905 1724 1788 1793 1833 2170 2176 2241 2329

Avg. 3.6 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.3 4.2 4.6 4.7 4.3

TD 16 13 24 15 23 23 25 26 28

Yards/G 127.0 132.6 162.5 163.0 166.6 166.9 197.8 203.7 211.7

PASS OFFENSE 1. Elon 2. Chattanooga 3. Appalachian State 4. Western Carolina 5. Samford 6. Furman 7. Wofford 8. Georgia Southern 9. The Citadel

G Comp 11 453 11 394 13 358 11 327 11 334 11 275 13 122 15 152 11 107

Att 303 220 217 163 188 152 65 75 38

Int 6 13 8 16 15 9 3 7 9

Pct. 66.9 55.8 60.6 49.8 56.3 55.3 53.3 49.3 35.5

Yards Avg. 3546 7.8 3049 7.7 2775 7.8 1975 6.0 1972 5.9 1875 6.8 1179 9.7 1271 8.4 569 5.3

TD Avg/G 28 322.4 27 277.2 22 213.5 13 179.5 6 179.3 18 170.5 12 90.7 5 84.7 3 51.7

TOTAL OFFENSE G 1. Elon 11 2. Appalachian State 13 3. Chattanooga 11 4. Wofford 13 5. Samford 11 6. Georgia Southern 15 7. Furman 11 8. Western Carolina 11 9. The Citadel 11

PASS DEFENSE 1. Wofford 2. Georgia Southern 3. Furman 4. The Citadel 5. Appalachian State 6. Samford 7. Elon 8. Chattanooga 9. Western Carolina

G Comp 13 335 15 358 11 259 11 247 13 371 11 282 11 312 11 278 11 333

Att 179 193 146 149 198 163 175 171 194

Int 16 15 14 10 14 15 13 13 11

Pct. 53.4 53.9 56.4 60.3 53.4 57.8 56.1 61.5 58.3

Yards Avg. 1993 5.9 2399 6.7 1770 6.8 1889 7.6 2350 6.3 2153 7.6 2194 7.0 2282 8.2 2633 7.9

TD Avg/G 11 153.3 15 159.9 7 160.9 15 171.7 18 180.8 19 195.7 14 199.5 19 207.5 21 239.4

KICKOFF RETURNS 1 . Georgia Southern 2. Samford 3. Wofford 4. The Citadel 5. Chattanooga 6. Western Carolina 7. Appalachian State 8. Elon 9. Furman

G 15 11 13 11 11 11 13 11 11

No. 58 34 48 46 53 67 55 51 49

TOTAL DEFENSE G Rush Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Avg/G 1. Wofford 13 1724 1993 824 3717 4.5 24 285.9 2. Georgia Southern 15 1905 2399 891 4304 4.8 31 286.9 3. The Citadel 11 1833 1889 676 3722 5.5 38 338.4 4. Appalachian State 13 2170 2350 883 4520 5.1 41 347.7 5. Samford 11 1793 2153 733 3946 5.4 34 358.7 6. Chattanooga 11 1788 2282 720 4070 5.7 43 370.0 7. Furman 11 2329 1770 801 4099 5.1 35 372.6 8. Elon 11 2176 2194 783 4370 5.6 39 397.3 9. Western Carolina 11 2241 2633 811 4874 6.0 47 443.1

PUNTING 1. Georgia Southern 2. Furman 3. Appalachian State 4. The Citadel 5. Western Carolina 6. Elon 7. Samford 8. Wofford 9. Chattanooga

G 15 11 13 11 11 11 11 13 11

No. Yards Avg/P Ret. Avg. 56 2298 41.0 45 0.8 53 2031 38.3 15 0.3 61 2374 38.9 57 0.9 52 2021 38.9 61 1.2 69 2660 38.6 133 1.9 42 1542 36.7 50 1.2 71 2752 38.8 195 2.7 50 1828 36.6 132 2.6 42 1511 36.0 163 3.9

Yards TD 1362 0 787 0 1041 1 923 0 1063 1 1343 0 1070 0 988 0 900 0

Avg. 23.5 23.1 21.7 20.1 20.1 20.0 19.5 19.4 18.4

----Gained ---- ---- Lost ---TURNOVER MARGIN G Fum Int Tot Fum Int Tot 1. Furman 11 12 14 26 8 9 17 Samford 11 11 15 26 2 15 17 3. Appalachian State 13 15 14 29 11 8 19 4. Elon 11 9 13 22 9 6 15 5. Wofford 13 13 16 29 18 3 21 6. Georgia Southern 15 16 15 31 22 7 29 7. Chattanooga 11 14 13 27 14 13 27 8. Western Carolina 11 8 11 19 15 16 31 9. The Citadel 11 9 10 19 23 9 32

TB Net/P 3 39.2 0 38.0 4 36.7 4 36.2 4 35.5 4 33.6 9 33.5 3 32.7 5 29.7

Mgn Per/G +9 0.82 +9 0.82 +10 0.77 +7 0.64 +8 0.62 +2 0.13 +0 0.00 -12 -1.09 -13 -1.18

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Rush 1241 2826 1681 3871 1936 3918 1662 1180 2275

PUNT RETURN AVG 1. Chattanooga 2. Elon 3. Furman 4. The Citadel 5. Georgia Southern 6. Western Carolina 7. Samford 8. Appalachian State 9. Wofford

G 11 11 11 11 15 11 11 13 13

PASS EFFICIENCY 1. Wofford 2. Elon 3. Appalachian State 4. Chattanooga 5. Furman 6. Georgia Southern 7. Western Carolina 8. Samford 9. The Citadel

G Comp 13 122 11 453 13 358 11 394 11 275 15 152 11 327 11 334 11 107

Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Avg/G 3546 777 4787 6.2 46 435.2 2775 905 5601 6.2 58 430.8 3049 799 4730 5.9 45 430.0 1179 819 5050 6.2 47 388.5 1972 807 3908 4.8 19 355.3 1271 1001 5189 5.2 45 345.9 1875 666 3537 5.3 39 321.5 1975 687 3155 4.6 20 286.8 569 693 2844 4.1 16 258.5

No. Yards 11 104 10 91 12 107 23 174 23 159 17 115 17 107 16 88 8 27

PASS EFF DEFENSE G Comp 1. Wofford 13 335 2. Furman 11 259 3. Appalachian State 13 371 4. Georgia Southern 15 358 5. Elon 11 312 6. Samford 11 282 7. The Citadel 11 247 8. Western Carolina 11 333 9. Chattanooga 11 278

TD Avg. 1 9.5 0 9.1 0 8.9 1 7.6 0 6.9 0 6.8 1 6.3 0 5.5 0 3.4

Att Int Pct. Yards 65 53.3 3 1179 303 66.9 6 3546 217 60.6 8 2775 220 55.8 13 3049 152 55.3 9 1875 75 49.3 7 1271 163 49.8 16 1975 188 56.3 15 1972 38 35.5 9 569

TD 12 28 22 27 18 5 13 6 3

Effic. 162.0 150.4 141.5 136.9 127.6 121.2 103.9 102.8 72.6

Att 179 146 198 193 175 163 149 194 171

TD 11 7 18 15 14 19 15 21 19

Effic. 104.7 111.9 115.0 115.6 121.6 133.5 136.5 138.9 143.7

Int 16 14 14 15 13 15 10 11 13

Pct. Yards 53.4 1993 56.4 1770 53.4 2350 53.9 2399 56.1 2194 57.8 2153 60.3 1889 58.3 2633 61.5 2282


SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAM STATISTICS FIRST DOWNS 1. Georgia Southern 2. Appalachian State 3. Elon 4. Chattanooga 5. Wofford 6. Samford 7. Furman 8. Western Carolina 9. The Citadel OPP. 1ST DOWNS 1. The Citadel 2. Chattanooga 3. Samford 4. Wofford 5. Furman 6. Georgia Southern 7. Elon 8. Appalachian State 9. Western Carolina

G Rush Pass Pen Total Avg/G 15 13 11 11 13 11 11 11 11

215 51 128 124 68 171 92 136 184 48 103 80 95 78 56 92 123 21 86 96 97 106 131 108 113 120 114 G

No.

Yards

31 25 25 22 21 20 19 13 9

188 192 137 137 136 129 114 96 44

1. The Citadel 2. Furman 3. Wofford 4. Georgia Southern 5. Western Carolina 6. Chattanooga 7. Elon 8. Appalachian State 9. Samford OPP PENALTIES 1. Western Carolina 2. Chattanooga 3. Elon 4. Appalachian State 5. Furman 6. Georgia Southern 7. The Citadel 8. Wofford 9. Samford

Wofford Georgia Southern Samford Appalachian State Western Carolina Chattanooga The Citadel Furman Elon

3RD-DN CONVERSIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Chattanooga Elon Georgia Southern Appalachian State Wofford Furman Samford The Citadel Western Carolina

OPP 3RD-DN CONVERT

G

No.

Yards

Avg/G

46 46 58 81 63 66 64 80 82

372 398 549 653 537 620 625 773 772

33.8 36.2 42.2 43.5 48.8 56.4 56.8 59.5 70.2

G

No.

Yards

Avg/G

11 11 11 13 11 15 11 13 11

72 62 66 71 65 86 50 53 42

692 619 613 658 537 657 473 479 385

62.9 56.3 55.7 50.6 48.8 43.8 43.0 36.8 35.0

1. Wofford Chattanooga 3. Furman 4. Appalachian State 5. The Citadel 6. Samford Elon 8. Western Carolina 9. Georgia Southern

Pct

TD (R-P)

Furman Georgia Southern Elon Wofford Appalachian State Chattanooga Samford The Citadel Western Carolina

RED ZONE DEFENSE 1. Georgia Southern 2. Wofford 3. Furman 4. Appalachian State 5. Chattanooga 6. Elon 7. Western Carolina 8. The Citadel 9. Samford

OPP 4TH-DN CONVERT 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

178 208 210 215 223 235 239 245 246

Wofford Georgia Southern Furman Chattanooga Appalachian State Elon The Citadel Samford Western Carolina

11 11 13 15 11 11 11 13 11

RED ZONE OFFENSE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

14 18 16 13 11 19 21 18 18

13 15 13 11 11 11 11 11 11

PENALTIES

78 94 97 96 81 108 105 107 114

4TH-DN CONVERSIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9.

277 270 260 251 243 192 189 168 153

G Rush Pass Pen Total Avg/G 11 11 11 13 11 15 11 13 11

SACKS BY 1. Appalachian State 2. Georgia Southern Wofford 4. Western Carolina 5. Samford 6. Chattanooga 7. The Citadel 8. Elon 9. Furman

11 18 21 23 11 9 16 20 9

G 11 15 11 13 13 11 11 11 11 G 15 13 11 13 11 11 11 11 11

Scores-Opps

42-44 51-60 40-48 39-48 50-63 34-49 23-35 18-29 14-27 Scores-Opps

33-45 26-35 38-50 36-45 29-36 35-43 45-55 37-45 28-34

95.5 85.0 83.3 81.2 79.4 69.4 65.7 62.1 51.9 Pct 73.3 74.3 76.0 80.0 80.6 81.4 81.8 82.2 82.4

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Appalachian State Wofford Samford Georgia Southern The Citadel Western Carolina Chattanooga Elon Furman

SACKS AGAINST

32 (19-13) 37 (35-2) 33 (14-19) 28 (26-2) 42 (30-12) 31 (17-14) 12 (11-1) 12 (10-2) 12 (6-6) TD (R-P) 21 (15-6) 16 (11-5) 33 (26-7) 30 (21-9) 25 (18-7) 30 (21-9) 34 (21-13) 29 (20-9) 24 (14-10)

G Conv. 13 15 11 11 13 11 11 11 11

25 35 7 17 20 14 31 27 17

G Conv.

Att.

13 15 11 13 11 11 11 11 11

7 8 6 12 11 9 7 12 16

G Conv. 11 11 15 13 13 11 11 11 11

77 68 92 76 68 52 66 49 44

G Conv. 13 13 11 15 11 11 11 11 11

68 70 57 76 54 66 59 68 81

G 11 11 11 14 11 11 12 11 11

9 9 11 20 24 26 26 29 43

0 4 1 2 1 3 0 4 4

20 19 14 26 21 17 13 20 23 Att. 158 145 214 180 165 134 191 160 144 Att. 184 180 145 192 136 163 142 159 171

Pct. 68.0 62.9 57.1 52.9 50.0 50.0 48.4 44.4 35.3 Pct. 35.0 42.1 42.9 46.2 52.4 52.9 53.8 60.0 69.6 Pct. 48.7 46.9 43.0 42.2 41.2 38.8 34.6 30.6 30.6 Pct. 37.0 38.9 39.3 39.6 39.7 40.5 41.5 42.8 47.4

No. Yards

Made-Att Fum 10-10 14-16 7-9 11-14 8-8 3-9 11-15 6-10 2-5

Att.

17 22 4 9 10 7 15 12 6

I 1 0 1 0 4 3 2 0 2

FIELD GOALS 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Furman Appalachian State Georgia Southern Wofford Samford The Citadel Elon Western Carolina Chattanooga

PAT KICKING 1. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Georgia Southern Elon Western Carolina Furman Samford The Citadel Appalachian State Wofford Chattanooga

INTERCEPTIONS

Made-Att

Pct.

11-12 11-12 19-21 13-16 17-23 8-14 8-15 4-8 4-10

.917 .917 .905 .812 .739 .571 .533 .500 .400

G

Made-Att

Pct.

15 11 11 11 11 11 13 13 11

46-46 45-45 22-22 40-41 19-20 18-19 55-59 43-48 41-47

1.000 1.000 1.000 .976 .950 .947 .932 .896 .872

G

1. Appalachian State 2. Elon 3. Chattanooga 4. Georgia Southern 5. The Citadel 6. Furman 7. Samford 8. Wofford 9. Western Carolina

14 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

TIME OF POSSESSION 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

G 11 13 15 13 11 11 11 11 11

Georgia Southern The Citadel Wofford Chattanooga Appalachian State Elon Samford Western Carolina Furman

No Yards TD

Avg.

18 14 11 11 11 9 7 6 2

15.5 8.0 10.4 8.9 31.0 15.0 9.0 10.2 12.0

279 112 114 98 341 135 63 61 24

0 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 0

G

Poss.Time

Avg/G

15 11 13 11 13 11 11 11 11

498:12 355:16 403:58 339:38 388:28 318:55 318:17 313:11 293:28

33:12 32:17 31:04 30:52 29:52 28:59 28:56 28:28 26:40

KICK COVERAGE

G No. Yds Avg. Retn TB Net.

45 67 83 146 151 196 188 229 305

1. 2. 3. 4.