2018 Georgia Southern Eagles Football Team
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2018 Georgia Southern Eagles Football Team
2018 Georgia Southern Eagles football
Georgia Southern Eagles wordmark.svg
Camellia Bowl champion
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
DivisionEast Division
2018 record10-3 (6-2 Sun Belt)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBob DeBesse (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorScot Sloan (1st season)
Home stadiumPaulson Stadium
(Capacity: 25,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Appalachian State xy$   7 1         11 2  
Troy x   7 1         10 3  
Georgia Southern   6 2         10 3  
Coastal Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Georgia State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Louisiana xy   5 3         7 7  
Arkansas State x   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana-Monroe   4 4         6 6  
South Alabama   2 6         3 9  
Texas State   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

The 2018 Georgia Southern Eagles football team represented Georgia Southern University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Eagles played their home games at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia, and competed in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Chad Lunsford. They finished the season 10-3, 6-2 in Sun Belt play to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Camellia Bowl where they defeated Eastern Michigan.

The Eagles had the biggest turnaround in FBS in 2018, going from a 2-10 record in 2017 to 10-3. They also set a new FBS record by losing only five turnovers during the season. The previous record of eight had been achieved by six teams, most recently by LSU in 2017.[1]

Previous season

The Eagles fired head coach Tyson Summers six games into the season. He was replaced by interim head coach Chad Lunsford. They finished the season 2-10, 2-6 in Sun Belt play to finish in a tie for tenth place.

Following the season, interim head coach Chad Lunsford was promoted to head coach.[2][3]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.South Carolina State*ESPN+W 37-615,260
September 86:00 p.m.UMass*
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
ESPN+W 34-1315,071
September 1512:00 p.m.at No. 2 Clemson*ESPNUL 7-3879,844
September 296:00 p.m.Arkansas State
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
ESPN+W 28-2117,320
October 63:30 p.m.South Alabamadagger
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
ESPN3W 48-1317,622
October 117:30 p.m.at Texas StateESPNUW 15-139,545
October 206:00 p.m.at New Mexico State*W 48-317,300
October 257:30 p.m.No. 25 Appalachian State
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA (rivalry)
ESPNUW 34-1419,252
November 33:00 p.m.at Louisiana-MonroeESPN3L 25-4413,787
November 101:00 p.m.Troy
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
ESPN+L 21-3516,289
November 175:00 p.m.at Coastal CarolinaESPN+W 41-179,886
November 242:00 p.m.at Georgia StateESPN+W 35-1420,011
December 155:30 p.m.vs. Eastern Michigan*ESPNW 23-2117,710
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[4]

Game summaries

South Carolina State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 6 0 6
Eagles 13 3 7 14 37

UMass

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 7 3 0 13
Eagles 0 17 10 7 34

at Clemson

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 7 7
No. 2 Tigers 0 21 3 14 38

Arkansas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 3 11 7 21
Eagles 0 7 7 14 28

South Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 6 0 7 13
Eagles 7 10 10 21 48

at Texas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 10 5 0 15
Bobcats 0 0 7 6 13

at New Mexico State

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 10 14 21 3 48
Aggies 14 3 7 7 31

Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Mountaineers 0 7 0 7 14
Eagles 0 17 10 7 34

at Louisiana-Monroe

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 10 8 7 25
Warhawks 13 14 14 3 44

Troy

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 3 14 11 7 35
Eagles 14 0 0 7 21

at Coastal Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 10 21 7 41
Chanticleers 7 3 0 7 17

at Georgia State

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 13 15 7 35
Panthers 0 0 0 14 14

vs. Eastern Michigan (Camellia Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
EMU Eagles 0 7 7 7 21
GASO Eagles 7 10 0 6 23
Georgia Southern taking the field before the 2018 Camellia Bowl

Awards and Honors

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[5] Curtis Rainey C SR
Doak Walker Award[6] Wesley Fields RB SR
John Mackey Award[7] Ellis Richardson TE SR
Lou Groza Award[8] Tyler Bass K JR
Wuerffel Trophy[9] Wesley Fields RB SR

Sun Belt coaches poll

On July 19, 2018, the Sun Belt released their preseason coaches poll with the Eagles predicted to finish in fourth place in the East Division.[10]

East Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Appalachian State 46 (6)
2 Troy 44 (4)
3 Georgia State 26
4 Georgia Southern 22
5 Coastal Carolina 12

Preseason All-Sun Belt Teams

The Eagles had six players selected to the preseason all-Sun Belt teams.[11]

Post-season finalists and winners

All-Sun Belt Selections

Twelve Georgia Southern football players were honored by the league coaches and members of the media as the Sun Belt Conference announced the selections for its all-conference teams.

  • Offensive Selection
Curtis Rainey - OL (First team)
Wesley Fields - RB (Second team)
Jeremiah Culbreth - OL (Second team)
Wesley Kennedy III - RB (Honorable mention)
Shai Werts - QB (Honorable mention)
  • Defensive Selection
Kindle Vildor - DB (First team)
Raymond Johnson III - DL (Second team)
Monquavion Brinson - DB (Second team)
Logan Hunt - DL (Third team)
Rashad Byrd - LB (Honorable mention)
Ty Phillips - DL (Honorable mention)
  • Special Teams Selection
Tyler Bass - PK (First team)

per Sun Belt Conference[12]

References

  1. ^ "Georgia Southern tops Eastern Michigan 23-21 on Bass' FG". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Georgia Southern taking interim tag off Lunsford". SBNation.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Chad Lunsford promoted to full-time head coach at Georgia Southern". Underdog Dynasty. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "2018 Georgia Southern Eagles Football Schedule". Georgia Southern Athletics. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ http://sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/18/mountaineers-red-wolves-selected-as-division-favorites-in-2018-sun-belt-football-coaches-preseason-poll.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/20/sun-belt-announces-2018-preseason-all-conference-football-teams.aspx
  12. ^ "Sun Belt Announces 2018 Football Postseason All-Conference, Individual Awards". Sun Belt Conference. Retrieved 2018.

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