Coming off an impressive performance against Ole Miss last week, Georgia Southern will host their homecoming game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday.
The Eagles fell to Ole Miss 37-27 last week, but their performance showed that their offense is getting life back. It is a short turnaround, and it is interesting to see how the Eagles fare.
Last week, the Eagles had a few key players get banged up. Wide receivers Montay Crockett and Malik Henry will be game time decisions for Thursday’s matchup. Crockett participated in practice on Tuesday, but he was limited. Running backs LA Ramsby and Wesley Fields will also be game time decisions. Running back Matt Breida played the past few weeks with a bad back, but it is unlikely that his back will keep him out of the game against ULL.
With quarterback Favian Upshaw being out another week, the Eagles might stay with the same QB system they used against Ole Miss.
“It gave us the opportunity to do what we wanted to do and that is limiting our packages. In the two quarterback world, we had too broad of packages. With one quarterback it gave a chance to center in on what we though can do,” Tyson Summers, football head coach, said.
Breida had his first 100-yard game against Ole Miss, and we will be looking for much of the same against ULL. A 68-yard in three plays into one of their drives in the second quarter showed the crowd a glimpse of the one of the best players in the country last season. Mr. He Gone just might be on his way to getting back to his 2015 form.
Defensively, GS has the task of trying to stop the balanced passing and running game of the Ragin’ Cajuns. The young GS secondary will have to find ways to keep ULL Wide Receiver Keenan Bares out of the end zone. Barnes has five touchdowns on the season so far and is averaging 10.5 yards per catch. The key matchup to watch will be GS’s outstanding linebacker Ukeme Eligwe against Elijah McGuire in the running game.
The game will be broadcasted live this Thursday on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. This is the Homecoming game, so all Eagles fans are encouraged to show up and represent Eagle Nation.