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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

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida continued his season-long struggles in Wednesday's 27-26 loss to Arkansas State, rushing for 42 yards on 10 carries.

Almost half of that yardage came on a singular 19-yard run. Breida has posted one of the more disappointing seasons out there in 2016. After topping 1,400 yards rushing and notching 17 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder is averaging just 55.4 yards on the ground in five games this year. Just about the only positive we can say for his season to date is that he has drawn double-digit carries in every contest (even if he hasn't done much with them). NFL Media's Chad Reuter recently cautioned that Breida is in danger of going undrafted if he can't start to show scouts "the same elusiveness, quickness and strength he displayed in 2014 and 2015."
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 12:29:00 AM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida may be in jeopardy of not getting drafted, believes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.

Breida ran for almost 3,100 yards and 34 touchdowns on 8-plus ypc as a sophomore and junior in this triple-option attack. This year, Breida has scored only one TD and is averaging only four yards a run. "At 5-11, 190, Breida isn't the biggest of backs," Reuter wrote. "He'll need to show NFL scouts the same elusiveness, quickness and strength he displayed in 2014 and 2015 through the rest of this season if he is to be considered a draftable prospect."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior RB Matt Breida rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries in Saturday's 23-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Breida averaged a mere 3.8 YPC in the low-scoring win. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder rushed for 1,609 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, but he has yet to break toward those lofty numbers through three games in 2016. To date, he has managed just 195 yards on the ground. He is still looking for his first 100-yard rushing showing.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:25:00 PM

Georgia Southern senior QB Favian Upshaw accounted for four total touchdowns in Saturday's win over Savannah State.

Upshaw scored on a two-yard run with about seven minutes gone by in the first quarter. He would repeat the feat from 33 yards out several minutes later. On that run, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior didn't make any spectacular moves -- just a shift of the shoulders here and there -- but he might as well have been smoke to the Savannah State defense. Last season, Upshaw's season-highlight came at the best possible time, as he rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a GoDaddy Bowl win over Bowling Green on Christmas Eve. Off to a nice start in 2016, now.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 10:47:00 PM

Georgia Southern has vacated three wins from the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The Eagles are erasing these wins off the face of the earth due to a two-year NCAA investigation which revealed that the program played an ineligible student-athlete in three separate victories -- against Savannah State and St. Francis in 2013 and Louisiana-Monroe in 2014. While it is disappointing to vacate these three victories, we get to put this chapter behind us," said Georgia Southern ADTom Kleinlein. "The student-athletes on this year's football team, and teams moving forward, are not affected by the NCAA's ruling and our goals are still in front of us."
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 12:11:00 PM

The NCAA Committee on Infractions placed Georgia Southern on two years' probation.

In addition to the two-year probationary period, Georgia Southern will also be docked two scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Plus, a 10 percent reduction in official visits and a 10 percent reduction in football evaluations for that academic year. According to the NCAA's report, the sanctions stem from a pair of former staff members who skirted the academic rules for several student-athletes. A former assistant compliance director provided a player with a flash drive that contained previously completed coursework, which the player then turned in as his own in one incident, while a former assistant director of student-athlete services turned in 10 extra-credit assignments for a pair of students without their knowledge in another.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 01:49:00 PM

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson indicated that the first conference title game in 2018 will likely occur at the home site of one of the qualifying teams.

"We have great fan bases. We have some great facilities within the Sun Belt that we think could and would showcase Sun Belt football," Benson said. "So I think, in the early stages, the route that we will take will be on one of our campuses." He also said that there are no current plans for the conference to expand after Idaho and New Mexico State are dropped in 2017 and Coastal Carolina added in 2018. "It now allows us to shrink our boundaries and maximize the geography," Benson noted. Entering the offseason, the Sun Belt and the Big 12 were the last two FBS conferences without championship games. Both have remedied that this month.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 07:36:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that the Sun Belt will add a conference title game in 2018.

The Big 12 and Sun Belt had been the only remaining FBS conferences not to utilize title games as of last month. No longer the case on either count. The Big 12 voted for the title game unanimously at the beginning of June and now, per McMurphy, the Sun Belt is following suit. They will first wait for Idaho and New Mexico State to leave the conference in 2017. Coastal Carolina is coming on board in 2018 to give the Sun Belt an even 10 teams. A Wednesday afternoon conference call with commissioner Karl Benson and Texas State president Dr. Denise Trauth should provide more details as to how the title game will be implemented.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 02:02:00 PM


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