Samford prepares for No. 16 Georgia Southern

Pat Sullivan watches over Samford Spring Practice
Pat Sullivan watches over Samford Spring Practice

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Birmingham, AL (WIAT)-Samford continues Southern Conference play this weekend at home against Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs now 3-2, are looking for their second conference win of the season.  Head coach Pat Sullivan talked about the keys to victory against the league’s top ranked offense.

“Not giving up the big plays and creating the big plays,” Sullivan said. “You go back to last year and they had five plays of over 40 yards against us. You have to tip your hat to them for doing that, but if we just hold one or two of those to a 10 yard gain, it’s a different ballgame. We have to eliminate the big plays and turnovers, and create some turnovers, and if we do that, it should be a heck of a ballgame.”

The full press release is below, courtesy Samford Athletics.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Samford football team held its final full practice of the week with a one-hour workout in shorts and helmets Thursday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.

The Bulldogs are preparing for Saturday’s game at 16th-ranked Georgia Southern. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said he feels his team has had a good week of preparation.

“I thought we had a good week of practice,” Sullivan said. “Getting back into the option game that Georgia Southern runs, obviously presents a different look for our defense that they hadn’t seen all year. We have our work cut out for us. I know Georgia Southern is a good football team, and I think we are too.”

Sullivan talked about some of the keys to the Bulldogs coming away with a win in Saturday’s game.

“Not giving up the big plays and creating the big plays,” Sullivan said. “You go back to last year and they had five plays of over 40 yards against us. You have to tip your hat to them for doing that, but if we just hold one or two of those to a 10 yard gain, it’s a different ballgame. We have to eliminate the big plays and turnovers, and create some turnovers, and if we do that, it should be a heck of a ballgame.”

Sullivan said he hopes to see a good crowd again this week for the final Southern Conference matchup between Samford and Georgia Southern.

“One thing that I thought really helped us last week was our crowd,” Sullivan said. “I know Georgia Southern will bring a good crowd, and I hope our crowd will come back this week for us.”

Samford will have one final walk-through Friday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.

Samford’s game against Georgia Southern is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday from Seibert Stadium. The game can be heard locally on FM-99.5 The Vibe, or worldwide on the internet at www.995thevibe.com.  The game can also be viewed online for free via Samford Sports TV at www.samfordsports.com/showcase.

Saturday’s game will be Military Appreciation Day at Seibert Stadium. All Active Duty military and retired members with a valid ID will receive two free tickets to the game (entry through gate B).

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