The Georgia Southern football team took some time away from preseason practice for Little Eagles Field Day on Saturday afternoon at Paulson Stadium.
After a 22-period morning workout that lasted a little less than two hours, Georgia Southern loaded its yellow school buses and headed to the stadium, where more than 200 children were getting ready for drills. The children were broken up into groups and ran through drills at six stations.
“I love working with kids, especially the younger ones,” junior quarterback Favian Upshaw said. “They have so much fun and don’t care if they make it or miss it and then get back in line. I love working these camps. I know these kids look up to us, and we try to be good role models for them and make sure they have fun.”
The drills lasted an hour, and then head coach Willie Fritz, senior linebacker Antwione Williams, junior linebacker Deshawntee Gallon and senior safety Matt Dobson spoke to the campers. The Eagles’ seniors and Fritz then signed autographs for the campers on the 2015 schedule posters.
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“Our guys might have more fun than the kids,” Fritz said. “It’s a chance to get out, cut loose a little bit. I’ve been doing this for 23 years at different places. It’s good to get these younger kids indoctrinated to Georgia Southern football. We want to make this fun because football is a fun sport.”