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  • McNaboe is a junior journalism major from Snellville. He is the current football reporter.

Trevor Mcnaboe

If I told you that Georgia Southern was 4-2 with two losses by a combined five points would you believe me?

Homecoming week has arrived in Statesboro, and amidst the celebration of former students, faculty and players arriving back to Georgia Southern, we can take a moment to reflect the season the football team has had.

A 4-2 record overall and more importantly a spotless 3-0 Sun Belt record is something that students and fans alike can be proud of.

Many media outlets this season, and I can lump myself in that category, predicted the Eagles would struggle in the FBS after playing the last three decades in the FCS. I predicted Georgia Southern to go 5-7 this season, and for every reason I chose that record, the Eagles have managed to prove me wrong.

I knew that Willie Fritz had a spread system coming from his former school, Sam Houston State, and that he had a quarterback that threw for 2,500 yards in the previous three seasons. Just as a side note in Georgia Southern’s history: no quarterback has ever eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark through the air.

What I didn’t know was how the team would respond to changes from a traditional triple option to a shotgun spread formation, and how they would then proceed to lead the nation in rushing with 375 yards a game on the ground, and average over 40 points a game.

I knew that Georgia Southern always defended the run well. We relied heavily on defensive lineman to shed blocks and solid linebackers to make plays, but were always a bit uneasy with the secondary.

What I didn’t know was the secondary up to this point would lead the conference in interceptions with nine this season, and would hold their own against two ACC teams to help keep the team in the game.

I knew that there would be a new group of running backs that would be getting significant time after the graduation of Jerick McKinnon and the loss of Dominique Swope.

But what I didn’t know is that Matt Breida would turn into the same big threat that McKinnon was when he donned the Blue and White. I didn’t know he would break off a 61-yard touchdown run in Raleigh and follow it up two weeks later in Atlanta with another 69-yard touchdown run.

In the first half of the season you’ve seen the new upper deck on the away side, the new Football Operations Center, and the bright lights of ESPNU come to Statesboro.

You’ve seen history as Georgia Southern’s got the first win as an FBS program with a score of 83-9 at home, and on Saturday you’ll see the Eagles don a new uniform.

It takes a man to admit when he is wrong, and I was thoroughly wrong about the Eagles for the first half of the season.

From No.1 L.A. Ramsby to No.99 Jay Ellison, it’s been a hell of a good first half of the season. What’s next?