Six players to watch for when ULM plays Georgia Southern

Amanda Arnold

With Georgia Southern riding high on a 7-1 record and undefeated in the East division of the Sun Belt, the pressure is building to remain consistent and focused on the field.

Coach Chad Lunsford has emphasized the importance of taking one game at a time. With another conference game in Monroe, Louisiana this weekend, the Eagles are looking to remain No. 1 in the Sun Belt.

In 2016, the last time these two teams met, the Eagles scraped by in a 23-21 victory. With so much on the line, here are six players to keep your eye on.


Derrick Gore, #44, RB

With five touchdowns and 431 yards and counting this season, Gore is an essential component for the Warhawks’ running game. This University of Alabama football transfer leads the team in rushing yards. In the last play of the game against Coastal Carolina on October 12, Gore broke a tackle to run a 46 yard TD with 36 seconds left, to reach a season high 147 yards.

Caleb Evans, #6, QB

This dual-threat QB has 1,746 total yards so far this season, though he is prone to be sacked, with thirteen already racked up. The ULM offense depends on his high passing accuracy, 59 percent, and his rapid movement of the ball.

Donald Louise Jr., #58, DL

Leading the team with 4 sacks, Louise is a strong player on the defensive line. This Louisiana native is responsible for 22 total tackles this season. In September, he was awarded with the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Southern Miss. He recorded two sacks, six tackles, and a forced fumble.

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Shai Werts, #4, QB

Werts has been on fire this season. Acting as an effective rusher and passer, Shai knows how to make big plays. Being interception-less over the course of eight games, Werts has played a huge part in keeping the offense consistent. Coming off of a strong game against Appalachian State, where he had his second most career high rushing yards, Werts was honored as the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week. He ran for a total of 129 yards with 14 carries.

Darion Anderson, #81, WR

Coming off a 57 yard receiving game and his second career touchdown against the tough App State defense, Anderson is ready to rack up more receiving yards against the Warhawks.

Kindle Vildor, #20, CB

Racking up four interceptions this season, with two alone last week against the Mountaineers, Vildor was honored as the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week. His other interception was against the only GS loss, Clemson, and New Mexico State. He has played a huge role for the Eagle defense, and has recorded 33 tackles so far.

Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Contributor,