NC State vs Georgia Southern Preview


On Saturday, August 30, 2014 the Georgia Southern Eagles visit Carter-Finley Stadium for the season opener for both teams. That’s right, it is time for NC State vs Georgia Southern.

The GOOD news:  The 2013 version of an Eagles triple-option offense that amassed more than 3,900 yards (tops in the FCS) is gone.

The BAD news:  Coach Jeff Monken took the Army head coaching position in January and was replaced with former Sam Houston offensive wiz Willie Fritz who prefers to deploy spread offenses similar to that of Larry Fedora at UNC and East Carolina’s Ruffin McNeill.  The twist in this 2014 Eagle squad is that Fritz is likely to keep some of the fan favorite triple option plays while also incorporating some spread offense schemes. All this amounts to a tricky first game for the Pack.

Georgia Southern will be playing its first game as a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member. However, don’t be fooled. This Eagle team from Statesboro, Georgia Southern, has a strong tradition of winning as they are a six-time FCS champion and is coming off a 7-4 season that highlighted one of the biggest upsets of the 2013 football season.  Last year, this Sun Belt Conference foe drubbed the  Florida  Gators in  Gaineville 26-20. Though only a six  point victory, Georgia Southern dominated  the  game behind  429  yards rushing while not completing  a  single  pass.

Returning  to the  helm of this presumably  dual threat offensive  attack is sophomore QB Kevin Ellison. The Wolfpack had better be prepared. Any team that can go into the Swamp and leave victorious, can come to Raleigh and do the same.

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Meanwhile, N.C. State  is looking to get off to a good start after a disappointing 2013 season.   First year starter quarterback Jacoby Brissett will finally get his shot after sitting out last season.  Guess where Mr. Brissett transferred from?

You guessed it.    The Florida Gators.

With the  return of  injured wide  receiver  Bryan Underwood and the  re-instatement of junior  running back Shadrach  Thornton the Wolfpack hopes to have a little positive karma on their side this season. If the Big 3 can gel early and the Wolfpack defense is improved as expected, this could be the beginning of a very interesting football season.