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Georgia Southern’s toughest game may come before Appalachian State
The usual suspects continue to get hype as serious challengers to defending Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern. Count on Appalachian State, along with Wofford, as contenders for the league’s football crown.
But possibly the key to the Eagles’ season comes down to an Oct. 27 game at Chattanooga, just when GSU might be looking ahead to a matchup the following week with App.
There was a time when it was fun to mock the Mocs. In five years under coach Paul Johnson (Jeff Monken was an assistant), the Eagles defeated Chattanooga all five times by an average of more than 33 points a game.
Coach Mike Sewak kept the domination going with wins by 28, 31, 34 and 38 points.
Last season, the Mocs went 5-6. But that team lost three games by a point, another game by two points, and had five losses by a total of 12 points.
GSU won at home last season, 28-27, but only after stopping a late Chattanooga two-point conversion try.
The Mocs have a lot of talent back and motivation to reverse fortunes against Southern and the rest of the league. Quarterback Terrell Robinson, who shined against the Eagles with three touchdowns and 114 rushing yards, was the SoCon Freshman of the Year. Seven other Mocs made the conference’s all-freshmen team.
DB Kadeem Wise was the Freshman of the Year in 2010.
The entire starting offensive and defensive lines return, along with middle linebacker Wes Dothard, who earned All-America honors in 2010.
Chattanooga signed Rivals.com’s three-star wide receiver Al Thompson.
And the Mocs are coached by one of the best in the league – Russ Huesman, who was the SoCon Coach of the Year in 2009 after taking a one-win team to six.
GSU has lost two of its last three games in Finley Stadium. It won’t be any treat to go there this season either.
By Donald Heath, Savannah Morning News