Doug Ruse named offensive coordinator

Chad Lunsford officially finds his new offensive play caller

DJ Cadden, Sports Correspondent

Eagle football head coach Chad Lunsford announced the hiring of Doug Ruse as the program’s offensive coordinator Saturday. Ruse finished the 2020 season as the interim coordinator.

“Doug was given a hard task during the season to take over as offensive coordinator and help us finish out the season and I think he did an awesome job in a short amount of time,” said Lunsford in a statement.

While Ruse was the interim play-caller, the Eagles went 2-1. The offense averages 385.3 yards per game, 271.7 rushing yards per game, and 28.0 points per game.

“I’m very excited, as well as very grateful, for the opportunity to once again serve as offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern,” said Ruse.

Ruse was the Georgia Southern offensive coordinator for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. During those two seasons, the Eagles averaged 37.7 points per game and led the FBS in rushing. In his first season, the Eagles won the Sun Belt championship and their first bowl game.

Ruse should have a much easier transition to the offensive coordinator position in 2021 as the Eagle are projected to return at least 16 players on offense who have started at least one game.