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Georgia Southern starting redshirt junior QB Kevin Ellison will miss the opening two games of the season due to suspension.

Ellison will miss games against West Virginia and Western Michigan. Georgia Southern is a run oriented offense in the mold of Georgia Tech and Navy, but on top of his 1,096 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season, Ellison added 1,001 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Aug 20 - 11:13 AM

Former FSU redshirt junior LB Ukeme Eligwe transferred to Georgia Southern.

Eligwe, who was dismissed from FSU in November for a rules violation, will apply for a waiver seeking immediate eligibility. If he gets it, he'd have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning this fall. Eligwe, a former four-star recruit, picked Georgia Southern over Georgia.
Jun 24 - 9:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Georgia Southern CB Valdon Cooper "has the skills to make a roster at the next level as a dimeback/special teams player."

According to the analyst, Cooper was graded by scouts as a priority free agent before the season. Six NFL teams showed up to Georgia Southern's pro day, mostly to take in Cooper. The 5-foot-10 1/4, 184-pound corner logged a 35-inch vertical, a 10-0 broad jump and hoisted up 15 reps on the bench. He ran 4.51 forty with a 7.01 3-cone drill.
Mar 23 - 9:42 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore LB Ukeme Eligwe has been dismissed from the team for a rules violation.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher did not specify which rule was violated. Eligwe missed the first four games of the season because of a Linsfranc injury he suffered during the spring. He played against Wake Forest on October 4, but has not taken the field in any other game this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:12:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Georgia Southern senior CB Valdon Cooper is "a solid player with next level ball skills."

"The measurables for cornerback Valdon Cooper are below par but he’s a solid player with next level ball skills," Pauline wrote. At the moment, Pauline notes that "it would be a reach for Cooper to be a late round selection" but envisions him "as a dime back/special teams player in the NFL twelve months from now." The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Cooper heads into this season with 33 games of experience and 17 starts under his belt.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Bengals selected Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks with the No. 252 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Westbrooks (5-foot-11, 186) made 41 starts for the Eagles, spending his freshman, junior and senior years at cornerback, and his sophomore campaign at safety. He made seven career interceptions. Westbrooks ran 4.63 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He would be a speed-deficient corner, so we suspect Westbrooks will wind up at safety. He was an efficient college tackler. He'll start out as a special teamer.
Sat, May 10, 2014 07:02:00 PM

Vikings selected Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

McKinnon (5-foot-9, 209) is a favorite of the metrics crowd for his insane measurables. He ran 4.41 at the Combine with otherworldly jumps of 40 1/2" in the vertical and 11-feet in the broad. McKinnon shuttled between quarterback and tailback throughout college, finishing his career with a 6.30 YPC average on 619 attempts and 55 all-purpose TDs (42 rushing, 12 passing, one receiving). McKinnon's athleticism shows up more in workouts than on the field, however, and he's a total project in the passing game, with next to no pass-blocking experience and only ten career catches. He'll be someone to monitor in Dynasty circles as he slides in behind Adrian Peterson.
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:14:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon "is a major sleeper at running back."

"A compact but powerful 5-9, 209, he ran the second-fastest 40 among all RBs at the combine at 4.41 -- behind only the diminutive Dri Archer -- but also had six more reps at 225 pounds than any other RB (32 total), and showed off a 40.5-inch vertical," Kiper wrote. The former quarterback switched positions as a senior and is still raw as an RB. On the positive side, he hasn't taken as much damage as some of his contemporaries. Kiper's ESPN colleague Todd McShay has called McKinnon the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper.
Sat, May 3, 2014 12:18:00 AM

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan, a former NFL executive, said he'd draft Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon as a CB.

"I would draft him and put him at corner for a team that plays a lot of press man coverage," Kirwan wrote. "The kid benched 225 pounds 32 times, ran 4.35, and had a 40 1/2-inch vertical -- all better numbers than any corner in the draft. McKinnon can run, flip his hips and is explosive. McKinnon admitted two clubs were coming in to work him out as corner. Believe me that's a good idea." ESPN's Todd McShay has called McKinnon, a former triple-option QB, the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper, while his colleague Mel Kiper thinks McKinnon would be a steal beyond the third-round.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 08:35:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon would be a steal beyond the third-round.

McKinnon is easily the top athlete among draft eligible running backs and display SEC caliber speed against Florida. He comes from a team that ran the triple-option, so McKinnon might need some time to get comfortable in a more traditional scheme that forces different reads. While he displayed pass protection during the pre-draft process, there aren't many exposures on film. McKinnon is a converted quarterback.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks was clocked by most scouts with a forty in the 4.65-range at Thursday's pro day, though some had him closer to 4.60.

It's important to note that Westbrooks was running on grass as opposed to quicksilver turf. "He did a solid job in drills, but most scouts feel Westbrooks will be a last-day/late-round pick," observed draft insider Tony Pauline. NFLDraftScout.com concurs, listing Westbrooks as a potential 6th-7th round selection.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 09:39:00 PM

Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon worked out as both a defensive back and running back at Thursday's pro day.

"He was fluid, smooth and for the most part looked natural in the secondary," wrote draft insider Tony Pauline, who also complimented McKinnon's work in RB drills. The Cowboys oversaw his secondary work while the Eagles and Raiders directed the RB workout. ESPN's Todd McShay has called McKinnon the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 07:02:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay identifies Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon as a sleeper at the position.

The former quarterback switched positions as a senior and is still raw as an RB. On the positive side, he hasn't taken as much damage as some of his contemporaries. "He is intriguing because of his raw talent and explosiveness," McShay wrote. "He is shifty, can accelerate out of cuts, make defenders miss in space and go the distance if he gets a seam. He ranked at or near the top of nearly every drill among running backs at the combine. He'd be a great find in the sixth or seventh round." McKinnon posted an official 4.41 forty time, and logged unofficial times of 4.35 and 4.38, at the NFL Combine. His 10-yard split of 1.46 seconds tied Kent State's Dri Archer for the best time amongst RBs.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon jumped up two or three rounds after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine.

McKinnon posted an official 4.41 forty time, and logged unofficial times of 4.35 and 4.38. His 10-yard split of 1.46 seconds tied Kent State's Dri Archer for the best time amongst RBs. "This morning sources told me they feel McKinnon has cemented himself as a fourth round pick and could break into the third frame," wrote Pauline. "A few teams now rate McKinnon as the fifth running back on their boards." Coming into the combine, CBS Sports ranked the Eagles' star as the draft's No. 17 running back and a sixth-round pick. The 5-foot-9, 209-pound McKinnon closed out his collegiate career with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks accepted an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFLDraftScout.com lists Westbrooks as a potential 6-7 round selection. Westbrooks isn't expected to run a blazing 40-yard dash time -- the aforementioned site predicts he'll slot between 4.47 and 4.68 -- but he has decent size at 6-foot, 195 pounds. Westbrooks will benefit himself greatly by proving to scouts that he can blanket top-notch receiving prospects in Indy.
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