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Estrada enjoys spring scrimmage
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Georgia Southern right guard Marcelo Estrada looks back at the sideline during the Blue-White Game Saturday. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier
STATESBORO — Former Liberty County High School football star Marcelo Estrada was pumped for Georgia Southern’s Blue-White game Saturday.
The senior right guard and the offensive line had a good game and fun in the process.
“It was fun. We had a good turnout and everybody was having fun,” Estrada said. “I think that’s the biggest thing this year. Everyone was having fun and having a good time.”
Estrada impressed offensive line coach Shawn Bostick.
“Marcelo has been a treat,” Bostick said. “The guy goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is a great player and a great person. I am extremely happy I have the pleasure of coaching that guy.”
Estrada’s Blue team lost 17-7  to the White team in front of over 3,000 screaming Eagle fans.
The Blue-White game is the culmination of spring practice, where the roster is divided into two teams.
Chris Hatcher is the third coach in as many years for Estrada to play under, but it’s nothing new for Estrada, who played under three different coaches at LCHS.
“It’s hard, but Hatcher made it a lot easier, especially the way he came in,” he said. “He came in looking up at us and told us we are all doing a good job. Everyone is excited and we have a good squad.”
Estrada also is excited about the new offense, the “Hatch Attack,” which is a  shotgun-oriented spread offense.
“It’s a fun offense and it better suits our style and personnel than last year with the pro,” he said.
In the spring game, fans saw the “Attack” at work.
The Blue team passed the ball 34 times for 187 yards and the White team threw the ball 50 times for 367 yards.
Last season, Estrada and the line were in a three-point stance, this season they switch to a two-point stance.
Estrada explained that in the two-point stance, the linemen’s hands aren’t on the ground and they bend over more like a linebacker. This stance helps in executing the spread offense.
Last season, Estrada started all of GSU’s 11 games. He grounded 149 defenders and had a team-high 21 against Central Arkansas.
Estrada and the offensive line did an excellent job protecting the quarterback, allowing only six sacks. The offense averaged 360 yards a game.
Estrada joined the program as a preferred walk-on during fall pre-season camp in 2003 as a freshman.
Though he did not see any playing time because he was redshirted, he was an instrumental member on the scout team, providing quality game-day looks to  GSU’s defensive front.
Estrada earned a starting job and scholarship as a redshirt freshman, but snapped his Achilles tendon in the summer and missed the entire season.
While at Liberty County, he lettered in football all four years and was captain for his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
He led the Panthers in tackles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
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