Eagles turn up intensity at third spring practice

Marqus Williams and Kelly Strojny

The GSU football team is getting ready for the upcoming fall season with new mind set and a new head coach. There is a lot of anticipation for the fall season with many changes as they bring in new starters and a new head coach.

“We are working hard on fundamentals, getting better day in and day out, and learning the offense and defense,” senior linebacker Ironhead Gallon said.

The Eagles are looking to replace several players on the defensive side of the ball. It’s a chance for former backips and newer players to make an impact on the field.

“Coach [Lorenzo] Costantini has a good game plan and we are ready to roll in,” Gallon said. “The challenge for the defense is coming out and being the top 10 defense in the nation.”

He believes the players that fill the starting roles this season will adjust and fit in well as a drop off in talent won’t be a problem.

Of the four games the Eagles lost last season, three of them the defense gave up 30 plus points to their opponents. The Eagles ranked 21st nationally in total defense and 41st in points given up. This team for the upcoming season seems to have confidence that they will be as good as they were last season, if not better.

“We want to push them to be as mentally tough as they can and we want to do that by making a lot of physical demands,” head coach Tyson Summers said. “We want them to think when they are tired, push when they are tired, and we want to see who loses when they are tired.”

Football fans will be excited to see what all Coach Summers has been working on with the team. There are key position battles across the board at all positions and the coaching staff is wanting to see how everyone performs.

“We are trying to create as much competition as we can,” Summers said. “I’m having a lot of fun. I think our coaches are having a lot of fun and I think the kids are at moments. I think we have to continue to build the trust with each individual as we go through it.”

The success of the Eagles these past couple of years will have the fans optimistic about the upcoming season. With a strong spring and summer, the Eagles could be in the conversation for a second Sun Belt championship in three years.