Georgia Southern three quarterbacks in App State game mix


STATESBORO – Last Saturday night Georgia Southern turned to a third-string quarterback who had never played a down to start against the then number one. 14 Brigham Young.

This Saturday, the Eagles (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt Conference) could throw Connor Cigelske again after the red jersey rookie made a solid debut in the 34-17 loss to the Cougars.

On Monday, interim head coach Kevin Whitley also left the possibility that quarterbacks Cam Ransom and Justin Tomlin were healthy enough to play against the team’s biggest rival, Appalachian State (9-2, 6- 1, SBC), in the regular season. final at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC (2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN +).

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Georgia Southern quarterback Cam Ransom throws the ball in practice earlier this season.

Host Mountaineers won the SBC East Division title and met with West Division champion Louisiana for the league crown on Dec. 4 in Lafayette.

Whitley, a third-year cornerback coach, will head coach the Eagles for the last time before Clay Helton takes over at the end of their season on Saturday.

Whitley said on Monday that Ransom attended training on Sunday, while Tomlin did not.

Ransom, a true freshman, sprained his left shoulder (pitch) in a 38-30 victory over Texas State on November 13. Ransom and was banned from the BYU game as a precaution after showing concussion-like symptoms during the week.

“I think both are improving,” Whitley said on the Sun Belt’s weekly media conference Monday Monday. “Cam seems to be making progress. I hope we get all three of them for this week. At the moment, I cannot say for sure. “

Georgia Southern quarterback Connor Cigelske got his first game time and first start on Saturday against No.14 BYU at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro.

Cigelske, who hadn’t played since his senior season with Marist in Atlanta, scored 11 of 14 for 122 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He also ran eight times for 20 yards in the team’s home final before a best appearance at Paulson Stadium of the season with 20,862 spectators.

“Yell at Connor. He’s made a giant leap, ”junior defenseman Khaleb Hood said at the team’s weekly press conference on campus Monday. “He was playing games everywhere, knowing what to do, doing the right readings.”

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Whitley agreed, echoing his own comments after Saturday night’s game in praising the 6-foot, 195-pound player for handling the game well, especially under the circumstances.

“I don’t think the game was too big for him,” Whitley said on Monday. “For this upcoming game, I think he deserves to play.”

Whitley said he doesn’t have a depth chart at QB, but will speak with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Ruse before making a decision.

Georgia Southern quarterback Justin Tomlin (17) returns to pass and looks for an open receiver against the Georgia State defense on Oct. 30 at Paulson Stadium in Stateboro.

“If all three are healthy it would definitely be difficult to try and play all three,” Whitley said. “It will be based on this week’s practice. I was really impressed with Connor. I knew he would do a good job. He comes from a good high school program. He’s getting ready for this moment and I think. that he did a great job. “

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Cigelske became the fourth different player to start as the Eagles quarterback this season, a new high in the modern era of the program. He shared a few snaps with Amare Jones, a senior transfer from Tulane who came to Statesboro to play running back, wide receiver and returner. Jones started the season opener at quarterback in a 30-25 win over Gardner-Webb.

Connor Cigelske, South Georgia quarterback.

For the season, Jones was the first QB in limited action with 4 of 8 passes for 45 yards and an interception, which came on Saturday. He also ran 34 times for 179 yards and caught 20 passes for 295 yards in nine games.

Tomlin has 74 of 143 passes for 977 yards, nine interceptions and two touchdowns in eight games (seven starts). He also has 80 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

Southern Quarter of Georgia Justin Tomlin

Ransom has 39 of 83 passes for 494 yards, three touchdowns and no pick in nine games (two starts). He also has 38 carries for 122 net rushing yards.

Hood, the team’s leading receiver this season (39 catches, 479 yards) in the team’s modern first-run option, and also the top punt and kickoff returner, had not seem to have a preference for a quarterback over others.

Southern Quarter of Georgia Cam Ransom

“We just play ball. Their way of playing is their way of playing,” Hood said. “Everyone has their strengths. Everyone has their weaknesses. At the end of the day, we all play ball.”

Nathan Dominitz is the sports content editor for Savannah Morning News and Email him at [email protected] Twitter: @NathanDominitz


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