This Saturday, the Georgia Southern Eagles will face-off against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, making it the second conference game for the Eagles in this early season.
GS is coming off of a very strong performance against South Alabama last Saturday. They were able to keep their opponent out of the endzone for the second straight game. In the matchup against ULM, the Eagles will continue to enforce their intense defense. The focus for this game will be stalling the Warhawks dual-threat quarterback, Garrett Smith.
Smith leads the Warhawks on the ground averaging 7.8 yards per carry, while also averaging nearly 230 yards passing per game. It will take a team effort from the Eagles top-20 defense to make this containment possible. Players like Darius Sapp and Ukeme Eligwe have a chance to be the backbone of the defense. Southern is ranked seventh in the nation when it comes to stopping the run.
The Eagles are averaging 362 yards per game offensively and can look to Kevin Ellison to be a huge factor in the game. Ellison is the sixth player in GS history to both rush and pass for over 2,000 yards. Fans are still waiting for Maxwell Award hopeful Matt Breida to have his breakout game. Around this time last year Breida was in the top 10 in rushing yards. His production in the first two games has been limited because of all the carries he splits with Running Backs Wesley Fields and L. A. Ramsby. The Warhawks are ranked 122 out of 128 when it comes to stopping the run.
GS leads the all-time series against ULM 4-2. This weekend Paulson Stadium has a great chance to break the attendance record. Georgia Southern Athletics is looking to sell out Paulson. At halftime, there will be seven new inductees in the Georgia Southern Athletic Hall of Fame.