Georgia Southern's New High-Flying Offense
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Wow. That is the first word to come to mind when looking at the numbers the Georgia Southern Eagles are putting up offensively. After two games, one against a FCS school and one against a Power Five school, the Eagles are averaging 52 points per game and 573 yards of offense. QB Kyle Vantrease is currently 5th in all of college football with 776 passing yards and the Eagles are currently averaging 573 yards per game which is good for second in the country behind the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
After years of being a run-based offense, the new coaching staff for the Eagles used the transfer portal to get some players to fit the new scheme and it has worked out well so far. QB Kyle Vantrease has been unbelievable so far aside from one errant throw. He has thrown three interceptions, but two came as he was getting hit during his release. He has thrown for 776 yards and 5 touchdowns in his first two games at the helm.
On the ground, the Eagles have used a two headed monster made up of RB Gerald Green and RB Jalen White. Green has rushed for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns while White has rushed for 120 yards and 4 touchdowns. RB OJ Arnold and QB Kyle Vantrease have also added a rushing touchdown - none bigger than the 8 yard game-winner by Vantrease last Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As far as special teams goes, Georgia Southern has not had to rely on the kicking game yet. K Alex Raynor is 2-2 on the season. As the Eagles get into Sun Belt play, there will be times that the kicking game plays a factor in wins and losses.
It will be exciting to see how OC Bryan Ellis keeps things rolling for the Eagles. So far, very good... Next up: Birmingham, Alabama to take on the Blazers of UAB.
Written by: Logan Colburn