Scouting the Broncos

Robert George

The Broncos come into this game with a perfect 3-0 and have wins over two BIG 10 Conference opponents in Northwestern and Illinois. This is a high-scoring team that can put points on the scoreboard in a hurry.

Through their first three games, the Broncos have averaged almost 500 yards of offense per game. They’re balanced too with an average of 281 yards on the ground and another 207 through the air.

That unit is led by star wide out Corey Davis. The 6’3″ senior averages 100 receiving yards a game and has three touchdowns on the season. He is bigger than most of GS’s secondary and will be the best offensive player on the field for the Broncos.

Their two lead running backs, Jamauri Bogan and Jarvion Franklin, combine to form a thunder and lightning tandem. Bogan is the speedster and Franklin is the bruiser. Together, they form a dynamic duo and one that can punish opposing defenses.

Zach Terrell returns as the quarterback in his final collegiate season. The Eagles did manage to pick him off three times in last season’s game. However, the senior has averaged about 230 total yards a game and has scored seven total touchdowns this year. The Eagles will try to force him into more turnovers once again this Saturday.

“He’s a dynamic guy,” Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern head coach, said. “He’s a great game manager and extremely smart but talented.”

Defensively, the Broncos are anchored by a solid line backing corps and a competent secondary. Up front, Keion Adams is a force at the defensive end position, and is a regular in opponent’s backfield.

Junior cornerback Darius Phillips might be the most electric player on the Bronco’s roster. In addition to his duties as the No. 1 cover man, he is an excellent returner, and already has a touchdown on a punt return this season. He also averages good yardage on both punt and kick returns as well. It will be interesting to watch how the special teams unit game plans for him.

Last season, the Eagles demolished the Broncos 43-17 at Paulson. However, the Broncos will be ready this time around and will be playing in the confines of their home stadium. The Eagles are in for a fight, and will have to play well if they want to come back to Statesboro undefeated.