GSU looks for redemption vs. Howard after App. State loss

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Trevor McNaboe

This Saturday Georgia Southern University ends its Homecoming Week with a 2 p.m. football game against (6-3) Howard University.

Along with it being the Homecoming game it is also Senior Day for 21 Eagles that could be playing their last game at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

GSU is coming off a close loss at home last weekend against Southern Conference rival Appalachian State University by a score of 31-28.

The loss snapped a six game win streak for GSU along with 14 straight wins at home.

HU comes into this matchup with a record of 6-3 and is 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The mighty Bison won their last game by a score of 20-10 against Hampton University.

Players to watch for on HU

Senior running back Terrence Leffall leads the team in rushing yards with almost 120 yards per game and has three rushing touchdowns this season.  Leffall is coming off a career high game with 182 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Junior defensive back Julien David leads the mighty Bison defense with 82 tackles this year, has one interception, forced two fumbles and blocked two kicks.

Freshman defensive end Damon Gresham- Chisholm has been a force on HU’s line tallying up a team-leading 11 tackles for loss including 3.5 sacks and 29 tackles.

Players to watch for on GSU

Junior B-back William Banks has become a reliable option with the absence of Dominique Swope. Banks has accumulated 308 yards and four touchdowns this season. Last game the junior scored a career high three times and gained 129 yards on the ground.

The quarterback tandem of junior Jerick McKinnon and sophomore Ezayi Youyoute have combined for 1322 yards on the ground (McKinnon with 855) (Youyoute with 467) and 13 touchdowns.

Junior defensive end Javon Mention leads the team in sacks this year with 5.5, he has also tallied 7.5 tackles for a loss which is tied for first on the team along with 17 tackles.

Matchup to watch

GSU’s rushing attack against HU’s rushing defense: Whichever team wins this matchup will have a major advantage in winning this game.

The Eagles are averaging 387 yards a game and 35 rushing touchdowns this year. The Bison have held opponents to only 142.8 yards a game and have given up 13 rushing touchdowns this year.