• What: Georgia Southern (1-2) at South Alabama (1-1)
• Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
• Radio: Georgia Southern Radio Network (102.1 FM, 105.5 FM)
• Online: ESPN3, gseagles.com.
Georgia Southern saw some key players go down in its 42-38 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta.
Kevin Ellison notably sat out the final two drives of the game after hurting his shoulder. He hit the ground after a 25-yard run and fumbled out of bounds.
He completed the drive — which included a 28-yard pass and another pass for a 2-point conversion — before sitting out the rest of the game.
“I think Kevin’s going to be OK. On the last series, in that run, he landed on his shoulder again. I guess adrenaline allowed him to stay in the next few plays,” GSU head coach Willie Fritz said. “When you’ve got a tough, hard-nosed competitor like him, you believe him when he says he’s going to have a tough time being able to continue to keep going. But we hope he’s going to be fine.”
Cornerback Darius Jones also left with injury, but is expected to return.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Battle, who had three tackles for loss including a sack against the Yellow Jackets, suffered a sprained ankle in the game.
“Right now, we’re kind of day to day,” Fritz said about Battle. “We’re taking all the precautions.”
Tight end Nardo Govan suffered a left knee injury while returning a squib kickoff in the game’s final minutes. He was helped off the field, and was on crutches on Monday. He underwent an MRI, but the results hadn’t yet been returned by press time. He likely won’t play on Saturday when the Eagles (1-2) travel to Mobile, Ala., to face South Alabama in the Sun Belt opener.
Sun Belt honors
NEW ORLEANS (GSU AMR) — Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison earned Sun Belt Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after directing the Eagles’ comeback attempt with 28 unanswered points Saturday at Georgia Tech. The sophomore from Cornelia, Georgia, shared this week’s honors with Georgia State’s Nick Arbuckle.
Ellison started Georgia Southern’s scoring spree with a 32-yard touchdown dash on fourth and one in the third quarter. The Eagles posted 228 yards of total offense in the third period, with Ellison accounting for 77 rushing and 128 passing yards. He connected with B.J. Johnson for a 68-yard touchdown pass for Georgia Southern’s third touchdown of the quarter.
In the second half, Ellison ran for 102 of his total 107 yards and was 7-for-8 passing for 164 yards. His passing-yards total rank as the second-highest of his career and Saturday was his fourth career game with both 100 yards rushing and passing.