Eastern Michigan eager for fourth bowl game in school history

Bethany-Grace Bowers

The Georgia Southern Eagles are ready to take on their second bowl game, this time against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

GS finished out their season with wins over both Coastal Carolina and their instate rival, the Georgia State Panthers. After losing the two games prier, the Eagles had much to prove to wrap up the season and fans would say that they did.

EMU finished their season at 7-5, while the GS Eagles finished at 9-3.

Here’s what to look for from EMU:

Eastern Michigan Offense

With the 7-5 record hanging above their heads, EMU has something to prove in the upcoming bowl game.

Tyler Wiegers is the number one man when it comes to passing and his ability to throw the ball has been seen over and over again this season. Wiegers’ completions sit at 171 and his percentage sits at about 64 percent.

The Iowa transfer has thrown 11 touchdowns for his team this season and has only had three interceptions which speak well for his game.

With the second ranked quarterback being hurt, much pressure sits on Wiegers’ shoulders to perform well against a strong GS defense.

Senior running back Shaq Vann has racked up 590 rushing yards this season and he will be essential to the game. He might be a threat too, in the red-zone, seeing as he has scored five touchdowns for his team on the season.

Eastern Michigan Defense

With 45 solo tackles on the season linebacker Kyle Rachwal is ending his senior season with the team and has grown each year. Adding his solo tackles to his assists puts him at 115 tackles on the season and the Eagles, on both sides, anticipate seeing more of them on Saturday.

Right behind Rachwal waits Vince Calhoun, a junior defensive back that has 77 total tackles on the season. Another threat to the GS offense, Calhoun has grown over the past three years.

GS will be on their game and is ready to take on each side of the ball that EM brings to the field. The EM Eagles might struggle defensively, if fans refer to statistics, however, all of that can go out the window when playing in a bowl game.

With each team having a clear mind and clean slate, all cards are ready to be played and each player has to play their best hand.  

Kickoff for EMU’s 2018 season finale from the historic Cramton Bowl is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Eastern, and will be aired on ESPN.

Bethany-Grace Bowers, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, [email protected]