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Georgia Southern looking for big plays from special teams

The Georgia Southern Eagles are hoping to turn their special teams into a weapon, and they have been working on that throughout the early part of the preseason.

“We need to do a better job of punting and kicking, and we need to get better in the return game,” Eagles head coach Willie Fritz said. “We started off the season really well and then kind of faded at the end of the year with our accuracy or our distance. We also had 17 penalties on special teams, and that’s 17 too many.”

With their top two place-kickers, long-snappers and kick returners back from a season ago, along with plenty of speed in their return men, the Eagles have high hopes for their special teams.

“Coach Fritz drills it every day, and a lot of it is about mental focus, knowing what your responsibilities are, mastering technique and being mentally tough,” senior receiver and return specialist Montay Crockett said. “I think special teams can be a real weapon for us this year.”