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    Default Auburn opponent early scouting report: Georgia Southern

    Auburn story lines:

    • Debut of Jarrett Stidham
      Though he technically has to win the starting job, the widely accepted reality is Jarrett Stidham is going to be Auburn's starting quarterback and for good reason. Stidham has a vastly superior skill set to Sean White and showed his arm strength on A-Day. How much Stidham stretches the field in the opening game will be an early indicator of what Auburn's offense is capable of this fall.
    • Differences with new offensive coordinator
      Speaking of the offense, Chip Lindsey takes over as play-caller and should provide a boost to a passing game that ranked last in the SEC last season. However, don't expect Auburn to abandon its identity as a power running team when Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson are in the backfield.
    • Does a top wide receiver emerge?
      It would be a lot to ask from the receiving corps in the season opener for one player to immediately emerge as the go-to guy but with Lindsey calling plays and Stidham throwing the ball it's possible. Realistically, it'll take time for a leader of the group to emerge but even getting a clearer idea of defined roles would be a big step in the first game. If Auburn is able to pull away quickly, any diagnosis of the receivers will become harder as the offense shifts to killing the clock.
    • New starters on defense
      There will be no way to assess pass rush against a triple-option offense so determining whether Jeff Holland, Paul James III, Nick Coe, Derrick Brown, Andrew Williams and others are able to make up for the losses of Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams will have to wait. But those are only two of the holes that have to be filled. The secondary lost Josh Holsey and Rudy Ford and while Javaris Davis or Jamel Dean and Jeremiah Dinson or Daniel Thomas are capable replacements at the respective spots, this will be a game about run support. Auburn could be in a true 4-3 or even 4-4 more than it is in Nickel.
    • Run stopping
      Auburn ranked 27th in run defense last season but ended with a dud. Nobody is going to compare Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby to Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine but fact is the Sooners ran all over the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Even amid a year in which GSU got away from its roots, the Eagles still ranked 29th in rushing. Georgia Tech ranked 9th and that's the offensive coordinator in charge now so containing the run will be the key defensively.

    Georgia Southern story lines:

    • Return of the triple option
      Bryan Cook taking over as offensive coordinator is expected to bring Georgia Southern back to its roots. Cook will have to bring back the triple option with a new quarterback and without GSU's lead back from a year ago. Expect Ramsby, who led the Eagles with eight touchdowns last season, to be the focal point offensively.
    • New quarterback
      Starter and leading rusher Kevin Ellison is gone, as is Favian Upshaw so GSU will be turning to either sophomore Seth Shuman, who was 34 for 72 for 357 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions with 39 rushing yards, or junior college transfer Kado Brown, who accounted for 2,184 yards of offense and 17 touchdowns at Moorpark C.C. It appears Brown, a two-star recruit who previously redshirt at Army, could have the bigger arm of the two.
    • Developing pass rush
      With Auburn expected to air it out more than in the past, GSU needs to be able to put pressure on Stidham but that could be a very tall order. The Eagles, who lose two starters off the defensive line, ranked 124th in sacks last year and lose their top defensive back.
    • Former Auburn support staffer Chad Lunsford
      Eagles H-Backs and Slot receivers coach and special teams coordinator Chad Lunsford was a spent four years at Auburn as director of scouting and later as director of player personnel.



    An Auburn win would mean:
    The Tigers did as they were expected. This game isn't about the outcome, that's a sure thing, it's more about appearances. How does Stidham look? How does the new offense compare? How do the new starters on defense look? It's all about delivering as promised and having nothing but wonderful things to think about and work on when heading into Clemson a week later.
    An Auburn loss would mean:
    The greatest win in Georgia Southern history and one of the worst losses in Auburn history. That's simply not happening though. Auburn is 25-0 all-time against Sun Belt teams and this will be another victory.

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    ...no mention of Shai Werts and Brown has a better arm than Shuman?

    Um, sure.
    "I've seen more heat in an Easy Bake Oven, Meat!"

    Carlton Stewart
    c/o 2010, CIT
    Eagle fan since 1999
    Bronze Eagle since 2011
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    If we develop some kind of pass rush, we could make this thing interesting.....

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    Best comments so far from readers of the article.

    This one could get ugly. Georgia Southern may have to take their foot off the gas come the 4th qtr.
    My scouting report: They can run through ya like chit through a tin horn and you can't stop 'em. CAN. NOT. STOP 'EM.
    "Once and Eagle Always and Eagle"
    Valley, Alabama
    Fan of Erk since the 70's, Eagle Scout 1978, Georgia Southern Fan since 2009

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    It wouldn't be that close to the biggest win in program history. I would place a victory over Auburn after the six NC's and after the UF win. So, at best (to me), it would be our 8th biggest program win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJAK View Post
    It wouldn't be that close to the biggest win in program history. I would place a victory over Auburn after the six NC's and after the UF win. So, at best (to me), it would be our 8th biggest program win.
    Biggest? Depends on how you define it. Most impressive? Certainly. A win over what will likely be a top 10 ranked team is a pretty big deal.
    Sean Payne
    Class of 2008 | Graphic Design
    Statesboro, GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlueAlum View Post
    Biggest? Depends on how you define it. Most impressive? Certainly. A win over what will likely be a top 10 ranked team is a pretty big deal.
    True but it's really hard to say because its the first game of the season. If we beat Auburn and they win out then its huge but if we beat Auburn and they stink it up the rest of the season. Personally I hope we win in any situation so Hail Southern

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlue86 View Post
    True but it's really hard to say because its the first game of the season. If we beat Auburn and they win out then its huge but if we beat Auburn and they stink it up the rest of the season. Personally I hope we win in any situation so Hail Southern
    Yes I agree. But it will still likely be the best team we've ever beaten, even if they are mediocre.
    Sean Payne
    Class of 2008 | Graphic Design
    Statesboro, GA

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    Did I just see on Twitter half the AU football team fighting a fraternity?

    Dirk E. Sanchez, Overyonder, GA 2001

    Quote Originally Posted by half-n-half View Post
    you missed JDC's point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDC325 View Post
    Did I just see on Twitter half the AU football team fighting a fraternity?



    It's going to be hard to identify folks if that's the only video that exists.
    Sean Payne
    Class of 2008 | Graphic Design
    Statesboro, GA

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