Mocs Expect Big Test Against GSU Offense
How good is Georgia Southern's offense? They're the last team to score twenty points...against Alabama. GSU scored 21 against the Tide in November of last year. This weekend, it's the Mocs turn to try and stop the Eagles.
Georgia Southern heads to Chattanooga racking up 34-points a game. So Mocs coach Russ Huesman has to be excited about the challenge that presents for UTC's stingy defense..right? "No. (laughter) I like our defense. I think we've got guys that can make plays. That's important. I'd rather be playing the last team in the nation offensively."
With their famous option attack, the Eagles are racking up nearly 400-yards rushing a game. So how do they do it? Said Huesman,"I think speed. They've got tremendous athletes."
The Eagles rarely throw. They've got 43 pass attempts for the year, and they beat Wofford without attempting a single pass. But that doesn't make their offense any easier to defend. Said Huesman,"Well I think it's a scarier offense this year than it has been in the past. The quarterback is a threat. He's a threat to take it to the house."
The Mocs defensive players dread practice for the Georgia Southern game. Said linebacker Wes Dothard,"Just have to run. There's a lot of running. The ball hits so fast. It's so downhill. It hits so fast that one person not doing their assignment can lead to a 20-yard run just like that."
So what will be the key on Saturday to slowing down the Eagles? Said Huesman,"You somehow have to get them in negative yardage plays. If you don't, and they are allowed to stay on schedule, you've got a long day."