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Georgia Southern prepares for annual Blue-White game
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Georgia Southern football returned to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon after last Saturday's scrimmage, entering the final week of spring drills. The Eagles will practice today in preparation for Saturday's Annual Blue-White game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.
First year head coach Chris Hatcher didn't see the intensity he had in recent practices, as the team had the last four days off from drills, but thought the team responded near the end.
“Well today wasn't quite as intense as it has been, but we got some good work in. That is kind of to be expected... We're at the 13th practice and we had a real big scrimmage on Saturday but we picked it up towards the end,” Hatcher said. “We're still working hard, but it has kind of become monotonous to the guys because we haven't installed any new things. We've been working on the fundamentals we implemented on day one.”
Former Liberty County High School football standout Marcelo Estrada is excited about the spring game.
“I want to have a good showing and a good game,” the senior right guard said. “This is our reward for busting our butts in the spring. We’re going to go out, have fun and let it go.”
Estrada also is looking forward to the fans packing Paulsen Stadium.
“It’s always an adrenaline rush to be out there with all the fans,” he said. “It makes you realize how privileged you are to play football.”
Hatcher brought back several traditions to the Eagles football program so Estrada and the Eagles will ride the old yellow school buses down to the stadium.
“That’s fun. We missed those yellow buses last year,” Estrada said. “It’s nice getting back on the yellow bus and ride up there to the scrimmage.”
To meet the NCAA rule of minimum amount of practices in shorts and helmet, the Eagles will work out today in exactly that.
“We have to go three days in shorts and helmets, if we didn't have to do that we would come out in full pads today" stated Hatcher. "So we're going to come out and have as good a workout you can in helmets and then Saturday go out and have a good time."
The Blue-White festivities begin at noon as fans are invited to tour the Bishop Field House from noon until kickoff. Also, information on season tickets for the upcoming 2007 season will be available and for those wishing to purchase season tickets can do so on Saturday in the Eagle Club, located on the home side underneath the press box. GUS will be there along with some of the Georgia Southern cheerleaders and GUS bobblehead dolls will be available on both concourses of the stadium.
—Jimmy Currier contributed to this article.

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