Werts, Fields to lead old-fashioned option

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  • Redshirt sophomore quarterback Shai Werts celebrates with senior Wesley Fields after a touchdown last season.

Ryan Pye

The Georgia Southern football team struggled to put up points in 2017, but now with a more experienced and comfortable offense, the Eagles should be able to drive the football much more efficiently.

The Eagles’ offense seemed to be uncomfortable for most of last season, and it showed on the scoreboard. They averaged just over 20 points per game, in large part due to trying to shake up their game plan from the traditional triple-option style.

This season, the Eagles plan to revert back to that old-school option look, with a few slight modifications, and they will do so with a much more experienced roster. The offensive depth chart shows the Eagles planning to start no freshmen, instead they will line up with players who all have some experience at the collegiate level.

Most notably of those players who now have experience under their belt is starting quarterback, Shai Werts. Now a sophomore, with a year of starting experience, you have to feel that expectations are on the rise for the Eagles’ QB.

If Werts is able to feel more confident in the pocket and under center, you have to start to like the Eagles’ chances, especially with a running back in the backfield like Wesley Fields.

Fields, a senior, is expected to be the veteran leader for the offense this fall. The explosive playmaker was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for 2018, an award giving out to the nation’s best college football running back.

With the experience and leadership the Eagles can now boast on the offensive side of the ball, they have much higher expectations for the 2018 season.

Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu