With the Georgia Southern
game just one week from tomorrow (Sept. 24), it's time to have another look at our preseason preview of the #1 ranked Eagles
. The Eagles of Georgia Southern University
A preseason preview of the Catamount's
third opponent of the 2011 football season, preseason #1 ranked Georgia Southern Eagles.
Western's first conference game is on the road as the Catamounts
travel to Statesboro, Ga
. to Paulson Stadium
to meet Georgia Southern
for the 22d time. The Cats
will face the triple option offense for the second time in first three games in this young football season. GSU
currently owns a 19-2 overall record against the Catamounts, and the Catamounts have never won in Statesboro.
enters his second season as head coach of the Eagles
, coming off an initial 10-5 season, and going 3 games deep into the NCAA Div. I football playoff series in 2010. In Monken's
initial season as a head coach, he defeated 5 ranked teams, and lead the Eagles
into the FCS playoffs for their first appearance since 2002.
The Eagle have a total of 48 letterwinners returning (19 on offense, 25 on defense, & 4 on special teams) which includes a total of 23 starters returning from the 2010 team (all 11 on offense, 9 on defense, & 3 on special teams). Jaybo Shaw
will again be leading the Eagles at quarterback. Shaw throw for over 1200 yards last season, including 5 touchdowns, rushing for 514 yards and 16 touchdowns. Running back Robert Brown
rushed for 1,004 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Returning senior and cornerback Laron Scott
set twp school records in 2010, the single season record for interceptions, & for kick off returns (yardage).
WCU connections: Two former WCU players are assistant coaches on the Eagle staff. John Scott
(2000) - Defensive line/Special Teams Coordinator (2d season) and Lamont Seward
(2003) - Wide Receivers (2d season)
: Georgia Southern has a very experienced team returning, losing only two of their 2010 starting 22. The Eagles won 28-6 in Cullowhee last season, and will be coming off a home game with Tusculum.
won at Samford
, 31-17, and pulled away from Tusculum
in the second half 62-21 in Paulson Stadium
: WCU: 17 GSU: 21
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