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Georgia Southern Prepares for 'Almighty' Edwards
Georgia Southern football coach Chris Hatcher knows who stands between his Eagles and the Division I-AA playoffs.
The Almighty Edwards, that is.
Hatcher previewed this Saturday’s showdown with Appalachian State and quarterback Armanti Edwards during Monday’s Savannah Quarterback Club meeting. The Eagles’ second-year coach told the crowd his young son, Ty, pronounces Edwards’ tongue-twisting first name as Almighty.
“That’s pretty appropriate,” Hatcher said.
Georgia Southern’s taken down Almighty and his followers before. The Eagles defeated Appalachian State last season. The victory put GSU in position to win the Southern Conference title and make the playoffs, but a loss in the league finale sent Appalachian State and Wofford to the postseason instead.
The rematch with the Mountaineers on Saturday could propel the Eagles on another run to the playoffs, Hatcher said. Georgia Southern is 3-3, and two of those losses were decided in the final seconds. Elon kicked a game-winning field goal on Sept. 20, and Wofford beat the Eagles a week later when GSU failed on a two-point conversion in overtime.
“We’ve been so close all season long, and to be able to beat App at home would put us a step closer towards this run we’re hoping to make towards the playoffs,” Hatcher said. “It may be the game that gets us over the hump that we’ve been looking to have.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 3 p.m. in Paulson Stadium.
Hatcher spoke to the quarterback club for close to 30 minutes Monday. He talked about his relationship with Hal Mumme, who he worked under at Kentucky, as well as his days with Will Muschamp, currently Texas’ defensive coordinator.
Muschamp worked on Hatcher’s staff at Valdosta before moving on to LSU, Auburn, the Miami Dolphins and now with the Longhorns.
Muschamp is a popular choice to succeed Tommy Bowden at Clemson, who stepped down Monday. Unhappy fans at Auburn and Tennessee talk fondly of Muschamp, too.
“He’s a pretty smart coach,” Hatcher said. “He’ll be successful wherever he goes.”
Hatcher: GSU prepares for ‘Almighty’ Edwards
By Adam Van Brimmer, The Savannah Morning News