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Eagles look to rebound after disappointing '03

July 13, 2004

Statesboro--For most college football programs a 7 and 4 season is considered a successful year. For Georgia Southern it's a big disappointment, especially when it means missing the playoffs. The Eagles enter 2004 off their worst season in seven years, even though they were three games above five hundred.

Some of the streaks that were snapped in 2003 included a string of six straight Southern Conference championships, six consecutive trips to the playoffs and six straight 10 win seasons.

But despite their sub-par year, the Eagles still ranked top in the conference in offense and even won the NCAA rushing title for the second straight year. Still, the fans in Statesboro expect more out of their Eagles and the seniors are already making sure that 2004 will be a whole lot different than last year.

"I think last year we kind of lost sight of take one game at a time mentality. I think we just looked too far ahead in the schedule and didn't take teams as we should've. And I think this year the seniors really stepped up, trying to promote that to the younger players," senior Victor Cabral said.

"You go 7 and 4 and that's not something you want to see happen. In Statesboro that's not something people approve of, fans don't like that and players don't like that especially. So we're looking to turn that around this year," senior Paul Wilson said.

The Georgia Southern Eagles kick off the 2004 campaign on September 4th in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Posted at 6:43pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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