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Football Scoop's Zach Barnett reports that Georgia Southern has fired HC Tyson Summers.

The nail in Summers' coffin came when the Eagles were blown out 55-20 by a previously win-less UMass squad on Saturday. That loss dropped Georgia Southern to 0-6. Summers managed just a 5-13 record since assuming the helm in December of 2015. Per Barnett, TE coach Chad Lunsford will take over as interim head coach with Summers being shown the door.
Oct 22 - 4:11 PM

Georgia Southern redshirt freshman QB Shai Werts (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday's game against UMass.

Werts (5'11/188) suffered the injury at some point in last week's loss to New Mexico State, but it's unclear when. If Wertz is unable to play, the Eagles will likely start Ellis Richardson under center.
Oct 16 - 6:14 PM

Georgia Southern junior RB Wesley Fields ran for 103 yards on 13 carries in a 35-27 loss to New Mexico State on Saturday.

Fields (6'0/200) scored on a 48-yard yard run just before the first quarter, but was held in check on his other dozen carries. Unfortunately, that's happened quite a bit in the Georgia Southern offense this year, and it's been a lot more of the latter than the former. Fields and the Eagles get UMass next week.
Oct 14 - 9:38 PM

Georgia Southern redshirt freshman QB Shai Werts rushed for 112 yards while completing 10-of-18 passes for 160 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Wednesday's 43-25 loss to Arkansas State.

Werts led the Eagles with his 112 rushing, though those came at just a 3.9 YPC pace. He tried his best to keep Southern alive with repeated deep ball attempts, too, most of which went uncompleted. His highlight play in the passing game would not come until the fourth quarter, when he uncorked a beautiful 50-yard touchdown pass to Obe Fortune off of play-action to draw Georgia Southern to within 36-25 (following a successful two-point conversion). The Red Wolves would answer with a touchdown of their own to put the game out of reach. With the loss, Werts and company dropped to 0-4 on the season. They will try once again for the first win of the campaign when they take on New Mexico State on October 14.
Oct 5 - 1:03 PM

Georgia Southern named redshirt freshman QB Shai Werts the starter for the coming season.

Werts (5'11/188) catapulted himself into the driver's seat with a strong spring and carried that work into preseason camp to earn the starting nod. He beat out LaBaron Anthony and Seth Shuman for the gig. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 37 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the 2016 cycle. During his final year in high school, he threw for 1,204 yards, rushed for 1,308 and scored 32 touchdowns.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 21 - 3:48 PM

Georgia Southern sophomore QB Seth Shuman will not play football this season while he focuses on baseball.

Shuman (6'1/195) was selected by the Orioles in the 39th round of the 2016 amateur draft. On the gridiron, he played in five games as a true freshman last season, rushing for 39 yards on eight carries while throwing for 357 yards with a 1/3 TD/INT ratio. He was in line to start for the coming season, but that burden will now fall to one of Alabama State transfer Ellis Richardson, redshirt freshman Shai Werts or JUCO transfer Kado Brown.
Source: wjcl.com
Jul 20 - 8:57 PM

Georgia Southern junior RB Wesley Fields is the team’s top returning rusher and the leading candidate to replace Matt Breida.

Breida struggled last season (168 carries for 646 yards) but was dynamite the year before. If GSU can get its ground attack back to pre-2016 levels, Fields immediately becomes a highly intriguing fantasy asset. Last season, Fields ran for 492 yards and three touchdowns on 94 carries (5.2 yards per carry). Fields also caught 11 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He and redshirt senior L.A. Ramsby will likely handle most of the running back touches early on.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 9 - 3:13 PM

Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers said redshirt freshman QB Shai Werts "had a tremendous spring."

That said, Summers isn't prepared to name a starter yet. "We’re a long ways away from naming our starter," Summers said. "We’ll do that at the end of our camp before the Auburn game. We’ll figure out if it’s play one and play the second one a little bit or play the second one a lot or play the second one none. We’ll figure those things out really in camp." Werts will try to fend off LaBaron Anthony and Seth Shuman in the summer. He's expected to do so. Werts (his first name is pronounced SHY) ranked as the No. 37 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports coming out of high school.
Source: macon.com
Jul 7 - 3:18 PM

Chiefs selected Georgia Southern LB Ukeme Eligwe with the No. 183 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Eligwe (6'2/234) started his career as a top recruit at Florida State, winning a championship with FSU in 2013, but he broke his foot in 2014 and was dismissed from the team the same year after violating team rules. He spent one year at Georgia Southern, earning honorable mention All-Sun Belt, leading the team with 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Eligwe figures to play inside in the Chiefs' 3-4 and try to earn an initial role on special teams.
Apr 29 - 3:53 PM

Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers announced that he won't retain co-offensive coordinators David Dean and Rance Gillespie.

"Decisions like these are never easy," Summers said. "I have the utmost respect for both David and Rance as people and football coaches, but we did not have the production nor the scoring numbers we had hoped for. We need to get back to our roots of having one of the most explosive rushing attacks in the country. That begins with me and the hiring of a coordinator who will fit that culture." We assume he's talking about identifying a candidate steeped in the type of triple-option offense that Georgia Southern is known for.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 02:51:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries in the school's 28-24 win over Troy.

Breida's drop in production for his final season is astounding. In 2014 he carries the ball 171 times for 1,485 yards and 17 touchdowns. He improved on those numbers in 2015 with 203 carries for 1,608 yards and another 17 touchdowns. It was a different story in 2016, totaling just 646 yards and 3 touchdowns on 168 carries. We will review the tape this season to see what happened, as Breida prepares for the NFL.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Georgia Southern redshirt senior QB Kevin Ellison completed 10 of 14 attempts for 127 yards and two touchdowns in this school's 28-24 win over Troy.

He added another 115 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Eagles recently moved up to the FBS level and beat Florida back in 2013. Georgia Southern is not bowl eligible, but they did rain on Troy's parade, as the opposition was playing for a share of the conference title.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 03:23:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida rushed for 18 yards on 14 carries in Thursday's loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Breida's entire season has been a frustrating one, but Thursday might have been his magnum opus of disappointment. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior averaged just 1.3 YPC with a long run of four yards. After rushing for a combined 3,094 yards and 34 touchdowns over the past two seasons, Breida has managed just 524 yards and 10 touchdowns through 10 games in 2016. He averaged 8.3 YPC from 2014-2015. In 2016? Just 3.7 YPC. Ouch.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 03:45:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the school's 37-27 loss to Ole Miss.

In 2014, Breida rushed for over 1,400 yards. In 2015, he topped 1,600. Both seasons included 17 touchdowns. This season is lackluster compared to those astronomical figures. On the year, Breida has 506 yards and two touchdowns and this was his first game of 100 yards.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 35-24 loss to Georgia Tech.

Once more, nothing doing here for Breida. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior averaged a ho-hum 4.4 YPC with a long run of 15 yards. This season, he has rushed for 337 yards and one touchdown through six contests. As tough as it might be to cut ties with a runner who has posted back-to-back seasons of 1,400-plus yards rushing in his career, there are no signs that a turnaround is coming for fantasy purposes.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:59:00 PM


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