GSU players prepare for UGA obstacles

Jannah Bolds

Sizing up to a renowned powerhouse of a football team, the Georgia Southern University Eagles have the challenge of overcoming a more advanced team ahead of them if they wish to succeed this weekend against the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Winning or losing this game will still give the Eagles a spot in the playoffs, but head coach Jeff Monken says that this game will be challenging but no different from any other game.

“It’s not the first time we have been out done in athleticism, size and speed, so UGA will be no different,” Monken said.

“Going into the season we always play one FBS game, and we will just go in this week and prepare to play a good team,” junior quarterback Jerick McKinnon said.

One of the biggest obstacles that GSU will run into is UGA’s All-American junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jones is one of the Bulldog’s top defensive leaders with 56 tackles, 10.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

“They are one of the best teams in the country, and to beat a team like that will take a perfect effort. I believe with fundamentals and execution, it can be done,” Monken said.

The GSU defense will also have to face off against the famous Bulldog starting quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray has posted high statistics all around the board, except in the rushing category. The Bulldog quarterback has actually rushed for -40 yards on the season. However, his passing yardage makes up for his rushing yardage loss. Murray has racked up a total of 2,656 passing yards and is averaging 261.6 yards per game.

“To play the University of Georgia will be a great privilege, and it has always been a dream for everyone to play on national television,” senior safety J.J. Wilcox said.

Monken said, “A lot of people believe in this football team. I believe in this football team, and we are going to finish out with determination.”