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  OCT 4 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Logan Wright, Georgia Southern, (RS Sr., RB – Jacksonville, Fla.),...Eagles senior running back Logan Wright rushed for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia Southern's 59-33 conference win over Arkansas State. The Jacksonville, Fla., native did his damage on just 10 attempts, averaging 21.4 yards per carry. Wright's touchdown runs were 59-yard and 41-yard carries, as he contributed to a 503-yard effort on the ground for the Eagles. He became the first Georgia Southern student-athlete to run for over 200 yards since Matt Breida against Texas State on Oct. 29, 2015. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#83 RB) rSr/2022 RB Logan WrightGeorgia Southern
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  10/03/21 - Jalen WhiteSo/2024, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Logan Wright and Jalen White each had two of Georgia Southern's seven rushing TDs and the Eagles beat Arkansas State 59-33 on Saturday, giving interim head coach Kevin Whitley his first win. Whitley, who starred as player at Georgia Southern from 1988-91, joined the staff in 2019 and was a cornerbacks coach until this week when he replaced Chad Lunsford, who was fired last Sunday. Whitley was a high school head coach for 18 years, going 49-5 (.907) with three regional titles and 18 all-state players over his final four seasons at Stockbridge, in the Atlanta area.

Wright finished with 10 carries for 208 yards and White added 157 yards on 15 carries. J.D. King, Justin Tomlin and Gerald Green each added rushing touchdowns for Georgia Southern (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt). James Blackman threw a 19-yard TD pass to Corey Rucker to give Arkansas State (1-4, 0-1) its first lead at 19-17 with 4:38 left in the first half but Wright answered about a minute later with a 41-yard scoring run and King added a 5-yard touchdown with 2 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Eagles took the opening kickoff of the second half and ripped off a nine-play, 65-yard drive the culminated when Tomlin scored on a 6-yard run with 10:54 to go in the third and Georgia State led the rest of the way. Blackman - who transferred from Florida State, where he ranks No. 10 in program history with 43 career TD passes - was 28-of-43 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt junior threw three interceptions, including a 22-yard pick-6 by Georgia Southern's Quin Williams, before he was replaced in the third quarter by sophomore Layne Hatcher, who completed 8 of 18 passes for 151 yards and two TDs with one interception. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Jalen WhiteGeorgia Southern
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  SEPT 6 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Britton Williams, Georgia Southern, (Fr., K - Richmond Hill, Ga.),...Eagles freshman kicker Britton Williams tallied a team-high 12 points in his first collegiate contest, as Georgia Southern defeated Gardner-Webb, 30-25. The Richmond Hill, Ga., native drilled a 49-yard field goal for his first collegiate points, before connecting from 25 and 23 yards out. Williams was a perfect 3-for-3 on PATs, had two touchbacks on seven kickoffs and added a tackle on kickoff coverage. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 K) Fr/2025 K Britton WilliamsGeorgia Southern
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  Logan Wright ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and Georgia Southern held off Gardner-Webb for a 30-25 win Saturday in a season opener. Wright's 8-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left extended the Eagles' lead to 30-18. Gardner-Webb then proceeded to march 75 yards in 11 plays and drew within 30-25 when Bailey Fisher threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Justin Franklin with 2:59 left.

Gardner-Webb then forced Georgia Southern into a three-and-out and forced a punt. The Bulldogs marched from their own 30-yard line to Georgia Southern's 29 before the Eagles' defense stiffened and came up with a back-to-back sacks of Fisher for seven and six yards. The six-yard loss came on fourth-and-17 and Georgia Southern took a knee for the final 13 seconds to end it. The Eagles ran the ball 65 times and gained 365 yards on the ground. Fisher threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


(DS#83 RB) rSr/2022 RB Logan WrightGeorgia Southern
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  It was a cruel coincidence how two of Georgia Southern's most experienced football players - whose uniform numbers were each changed to No. 1, befitting their leadership qualities - missed the Eagles' second and final scrimmage of the fall preseason on Saturday. Coach Chad Lunsford said fifth-year running back J.D. King was held out as a precaution as the former No. 15 completes his recovery from a torn ACL that ended his 2020 season prematurely. King has been medically cleared, and played in the Aug. 14 scrimmage, but was on the sidelines Saturday at Paulson Stadium.

Then Lunsford said he had some bad news that only reinforced why taking precautions is advisable in this contact sport. Inside linebacker Todd Bradley-Glenn, a sixth-year senior with a well-chronicled history of serious injuries while playing at Valdosta High School and in Statesboro, had torn his left biceps muscle in the first scrimmage and will miss the entire 2021 season. "That is a huge blow for us at the linebacker spot, but more importantly, it's a huge blow for us because of what an awesome leader he was on the field for us," Lunsford said. - Savannah Morning News


(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Todd BradleyGeorgia Southern
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  Five Georgia Southern football players have been voted to the Preseason All-Sun Belt squad, as released Tuesday afternoon by the conference. The team was voted on by coaches and selected media who cover the league. Derrick Canteen, who was a freshman All-American last year after tying for the national lead with six interceptions, was the lone first-team member for the Eagles. He has been a unanimous first-team selection in the preseason magazines released thus far. Two members of the Eagle offense - running back J.D. King and lineman Aaron Dowdell - both made the second team while punter Anthony Beck II and return specialist Khaleb Hood both made the second team. As a team, Georgia Southern was picked fourth in the East Division. The Eagles are slated to open their season on Sept. 4 at home against Gardner-Webb. - Georgia Southern Football

(DS#21 CB) rSo/2024 CB Derrick CanteenGeorgia Southern
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  07/20/21 - J.D. KingrSr/2022, Georgia Southern, 5-10, 220 (DS#78 RB) + More +

  Sun Belt Football Media Day is only a few days away, on Thursday, July 22nd, and the conference has announced that Georgia Southern football student-athletes J.D. King and Todd Bradley-Glenn will accompany head coach Chad Lunsford to the 2021 Sun Belt Media Day. Last season, the SBC accumulated an FBS-leading 21 non-conference wins in 2020, including a 3-0 record against Big 12 opponents. Two teams (Coastal Carolina and Louisiana) finished in the final AP Poll, Coaches Poll, and College Football Playoff Rankings for the first time in conference history. In addition to the conference's accomplishments on the football field, the conference boasted a 135 percent increase in TV viewership in 2020, with seven of the conference's games surpassing 1 million viewers. Over the course of the past five football seasons, the conference has posted an FBS-leading .692 winning percentage in bowl games. - Georgia Southern Football

(DS#78 RB) rSr/2022 RB J.D. KingGeorgia Southern
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  Georgia Southern defensive lineman Gavin Adcock is looking to use the new NIL ruling to promote his aspiring music career. Many have debated for years whether or not college athletes should be paid. All that changed June 11 as the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in a landmark antitrust case that specifically challenged the association's ability to have national limits on benefits for athletes. Because of the ruling the NCAA quickly responded by adopted rule changes that will at least temporarily get rid of restrictions that previously prohibited all college athletes from making money. The guidelines provided by the NCAA leave a considerable amount of gray area for schools to sort through and set up a system that will create different rules and opportunities for athletes.

One of the biggest changes to come from the ruling is in relation to the NCAA being unable to restrict the amount of money athletes can generate from their name, image, and likeness. NIL, as it is being called, will allow athletes the opportunity to make money by selling their name, image and likeness rights while playing in college. Coaches, athletic directors and more specifically compliance directors throughout the country have been scrambling to keep up with the latest changes and relay them to the student athletes. Schools like the University of Miami have already caught national attention with the announcement by American Top Team to commit $540,000 to their current 90 football players over the next year for a total of $6,000 per player. - Savannah Morning News


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Gavin AdcockGeorgia Southern
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  Former North Carolina linebacker Khadry Jackson has landed in Statesboro and is set to play for the Eagles this season after venturing through the transfer portal. With the college football world continuing to deal with the transfer portal and the number of players that still don't have a destination the summer is a pretty busy time for coaches who are usually trying to take a little break. At the conclusion of spring practice Georgia Southern coach Chad Lunsford said he expected to sign about four players through the transfer portal. As of this week the Eagles have three and are expected to get the fourth in the next week. Lunsford is excited about addressing a few concerns he still had at a few positions that needed a little depth. The Eagles currently have on campus offensive lineman Liam Ryan (6-2, 308 lbs.) from N.C. State, and linebackers Khadry Jackson (6-2, 230 lbs.) from the University of North Carolina and Kevon Glenn (6-2, 230 lbs.) from Florida State. - Statesboro Herald

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Khadry JacksonGeorgia Southern
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  There is news about Georgia Southern football player James Graham, and it's not about his place on the depth chart at quarterback. In fact, the Georgia Tech transfer is now listed at wide receiver on the Eagles' roster on the Georgia Southern Athletics website. The redshirt junior (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) was a starter at QB for the Yellow Jackets and previously starred at Fitzgerald High School. Graham was expected to compete for the starting job at QB with redshirt junior Justin Tomlin, who filled in ably the past two seasons when four-year starter Shai Werts was unavailable. Graham practiced with the Eagles at the start of the spring but then was absent due to personal issues, according to head coach Chad Lunsford, and missed all of the team's scrimmages and the spring game. - Savannah Morning News

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB James GrahamGeorgia Southern
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  Georgia Southern cornerback Derrick Canteen is a Preseason All-Sun Belt first-team selection in Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Ten Georgia Southern players were named to the squad. Running back J.D. King, punter Anthony Beck II (a South Effingham High graduate) and punt returner Khaleb Hood were picked for the second team; while offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell and nose tackle C.J. Wright earned third-team honors. Running back Amare Jones (a transfer from Tulane), offensive lineman Brian Miller (Memorial Day School graduate), defensive end Justin Ellis and outside linebacker Randy Wade Jr. were named to the fourth team. Canteen, now a redshirt sophomore, started all 13 games in 2020. He was selected for both the Football Writers Association of America and The Athletic's Freshman All-American teams. - Savannah Morning News

(DS#21 CB) rSo/2024 CB Derrick CanteenGeorgia Southern
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  North Carolina linebacker Khadry Jackson will enter the transfer portal, according to the school. He started on the first-team defense Saturday during the Tar Heels' spring game in place of Jeremiah Gemmel, who was purposely held out of the game by coach Mack Brown to get a better look at Jackson and younger players. Gemmel will be a starter come fall, as will Eugene Asante as a second interior linebacker. Brown has pledged to play more people defensively after Gemmel and Chazz Surratt played most of the snaps the past two seasons. Jackson's decision will make the Heels much younger on the depth chart. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Khadry JacksonGeorgia Southern
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  As physically challenging as football is as a sport, the mental aspect also has brought out Justin Ellis' toughness. For every two steps forward in his career, it seems the Georgia Southern redshirt senior defensive end had taken one step back. "This is always what I wanted to do," Ellis, 21, said after an Eagles practice last week. "You've got to see it through. That's how I've always looked at it...I'll put my faith in God, and whatever happens, happens." He recovered from a broken leg as a high school junior to record 19 sacks his senior season and lead Roswell to a state championship game appearance.

Ellis thought he had missed his chance to play in a Power Five conference and was considering Group of Five programs when Syracuse of the ACC offered him a scholarship after National Signing Day. But his time in Syracuse was brief and unhappy - he points to his position coach's style of coaching - so he came home after his freshman year to the Peach State. He found a much better fit at Georgia Southern, one of those Group of Five programs that recruited him at Roswell. He liked playing for defensive line coach Victor Cabral, whom he knew through summer camps. Ellis sat out the 2018 season as a transfer. - Savannah Morning News


(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Justin EllisGeorgia Southern
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  Canteen led the nation in interceptions last season with six. He was named to The Athletic and FWAA Freshman All-American teams, All-Sun Belt Conference first team and ESPN's All-Bowl team after his three-tackle, one-interception performance against Louisiana Tech. After such a strong debut, many athletes would be looking and training to top that season. For Canteen, he's just hoping to put himself in the best position to help his team win games. "The outside noise from last year doesn't add any extra pressure or expectations for this spring and this year," Canteen said. "I'm always competing with myself. It's always me versus me. I always try to hold myself to a higher standard."

His cornerbacks coach sees Canteen working after practice and wants to see the redshirt sophomore continue to be himself in his second year. Whitley thinks the best way to accomplish this is by leading by example. "If we become vocal leaders, that's great, but when you're talking, it doesn't really mean anything unless you're putting in work," Whitley said. "If he keeps working hard and bringing the young guys along, we'll be good." - Savannah Morning News


(DS#21 CB) rSo/2024 CB Derrick CanteenGeorgia Southern
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  The Georgia Southern Athletics Department and the Sun Belt Conference announced Monday the Eagles' 2021 football schedule. It is a slate that features four teams that finished in the Top 26 of last year's final AP Poll, six home Saturday games, at least one nationally televised game and seven contests against teams that were selected for a bowl game last year. The Eagles will open the 2021 season at home, hosting Gardner-Webb on Sept. 4, before heading to Florida Atlantic on Sept. 11. They then head to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas of the SEC a week later on Sept. 18. The final non-conference game comes in November as the Eagles host BYU on Nov. 20. Georgia Southern opens up Sun Belt play at the end of September on Sept. 25 at home against Louisiana. - Georgia Southern Football

(DS#21 CB) rSo/2024 CB Derrick CanteenGeorgia Southern
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