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Savannah State comes into the season after posting a 1-9 record last year and 3-43 since the 2011 season. There hasn’t been a whole lot to get excited about with this program since they’ve made the jump to the FCS.

However, the Tigers brought in Erik Raeburn as the new head coach to help the program get off the ground. Raeburn has a career record of 135-39 at the Coe College and Wabash College in Division III. 

“The guy knows what he’s doing as a head coach. He has a lot of experience. He’s done a good job everywhere he’s been,” Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern Head Coach, said.

The Tigers will look to Arshun Spaulding to provide a lot of the punch on offense. The senior quarterback isn’t much of a thrower, having only tossed one touchdown to six interceptions last season. But he is capable as a runner, and was the leading rusher last season for his team as he finished with 640 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. If the Eagles can key on him, that should be enough to neutralize their offense. 

Defensively, the Tigers were a mess last season. They gave up an average of 43 points and about 440 yards of offense a game. They will have senior outside linebacker Marquis Smith back after a 2015 campaign where he finished second on the team with 57 and one sack to go along with an interception, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He’ll try to make a few big plays early on defense to keep the Tigers in the game.

“They’ve got talented athletes and a staff that’s won where they’ve been. They know what they’re doing on both sides of the ball,” Summers said.

Saturday will be a lot of firsts for the Eagles, but a victory against SSU won’t be one of them. They dismantled the Tigers 83-9 in 2014 and should cruise to another win in the season opener.

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Savannah State comes into the season after posting a 1-9 record last year and 3-43 since the 2011 season. There hasn’t been a whole lot to get excited about with this program since they’ve made the jump to the FCS.

However, the Tigers brought in Erik Raeburn as the new head coach to help the program get off the ground. Raeburn has a career record of 135-39 at the Coe College and Wabash College in Division III. 

“The guy knows what he’s doing as a head coach. He has a lot of experience. He’s done a good job everywhere he’s been,” Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern Head Coach, said.

The Tigers will look to Arshun Spaulding to provide a lot of the punch on offense. The senior quarterback isn’t much of a thrower, having only tossed one touchdown to six interceptions last season. But he is capable as a runner, and was the leading rusher last season for his team as he finished with 640 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. If the Eagles can key on him, that should be enough to neutralize their offense. 

Defensively, the Tigers were a mess last season. They gave up an average of 43 points and about 440 yards of offense a game. They will have senior outside linebacker Marquis Smith back after a 2015 campaign where he finished second on the team with 57 and one sack to go along with an interception, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He’ll try to make a few big plays early on defense to keep the Tigers in the game.

“They’ve got talented athletes and a staff that’s won where they’ve been. They know what they’re doing on both sides of the ball,” Summers said.

Saturday will be a lot of firsts for the Eagles, but a victory against SSU won’t be one of them. They dismantled the Tigers 83-9 in 2014 and should cruise to another win in the season opener.