by, 03-02-2010 at 10:01 PM (1284 Views)
There’s been news around the Southern Conference involving quarterbacks, not all of it good.
Miguel Starks, one of three quarterbacks who made an impression calling signals last fall for The Citadel, has been charged in a robbery in Charleston that allegedly occurred over the weekend. Starks generated 327 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-28 upset of Furman in 2009. He rushed for 408 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 435 yards and two more scores.
The Citadel reportedly is making the switch to a triple option offense this spring.
On a more positive note, new Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken will welcome a familiar face to the quarterback battle in Statesboro in August. Jaybo Shaw, the number two quarterback at Georgia Tech the past two seasons, is transferring to Georgia Southern. Monken, of course, coached at Georgia Tech in 2008 and 2009 before returning to Statesboro to take over the Eagles football program.
Injuries and the play of starter John Nesbitt limited Shaw’s playing time in 2009, but in 2008 he rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns and added 321 yards passing in a backup role. He will have two years of eligibility at Georgia Southern.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Furman spring football game on April 17. The Paladins will draw on their football history to add some flavor to the game by inviting former head coaches Art Baker and Dick Sheridan to lead the teams that day. Baker compiled a 27-24-4 record in five seasons (1973-1977) at the helm of Furman football. Sheridan (1978-1985) succeeded Baker and finished 69-23-2 in eight seasons.
It’s of interest to me since – as high school football player in the 70s – I attended Baker’s summer football camp that included Sheridan as one of the coaches on the camp staff – not that either of them would remember me being there.
Can’t say I’m thrilled about the FCS title game moving to Frisco, Texas. Chattanooga was one of my favorite cities to visit before I joined CSN and had the opportunity to cover Appalachian State’s victory in the 2007 championship game there. Few things last forever, of course, so the decision came as no real surprise. I do hope that Chattanooga will have the opportunity to host the game again. Who knows, maybe I’ll make the trip to Frisco and like what I see.