Coach: Chris Creighton
Eastern Michigan Eagles Players to watch:
*Junior DE Max Crosby (6-5/265)
For the second straight season, junior defensive lineman Maxx Crosby was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Crosby ranks sixth nationally in forced fumbles per game (0.36), as well as 10th in tackles-for-loss per game (1.6). He is also fifth in the MAC in sacks (0.68), a mark that ranks 36th in the FBS ranks.
Senior WR Blake Banham (5-9/200)
Banham moved from running back to wide receiver for his senior season and led the pass-heavy Eagles in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and all-purpose yardage. Appearing in all 12 games for the Green and White, Banham has hauled in 54 catches for 714 yards, including five touchdowns.
Senior LB Kyle Rachwal (6-3/240)
Rachwal notched 115 tackles, 10 TFLs, five quarterback hurries, and a pair of interceptions for the EMU defense. He became just the 25th player in school history to record more than 115 stops in a single season, while ranking fifth in the MAC in tackles per game at 9.6.
**Sophomore Punter Jake Julien (6-2/220)
Julien is only EMU player to have recorded two punts of 70-or-more yards. Ranked 23rd nationally with an average of 43.6 yards per punt, the Barrie, Ontario product recorded 12 punts of 50-or-more yards with 22 downed inside the 20-yard line.
Coach: Chad Lundsford
Georgia Southern Eagles Players to watch:
*Junior CB Kindle Vildor (5-11/180)
Vildor enjoyed a strong Junior campaign with 29 solo tackles, 10 assists, 4 interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. Vildor plays a clean game, no penalties were called against him this season.
**Sophomore QB Shai Werts (5-11/190)
Werts has been known as an option quarterback, rushing for 1,751 yards in his first two seasons, but he displayed a major improvement this season as a passer. Werts connected on 60% of his throws with ten touchdown passes and no interceptions.
**Sophomore DE Raymond Johnson III (6-3/240)
A force off the edge for the Eagles, Johnson III leads the team with 8.0 tackles for loss and his 4.5 sacks are second on the team. He is second in the conference lead with three fumble recoveries; has three QB hurries, a forced fumble, two pass breakups, a sack and a blocked PAT. Johnson III had a well-rounded season this year with 33 pressures to go along with 22 defensive stops.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21