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Nathan Deen is a sports writer for Savannah Morning News covering Georgia Southern athletics. His blog, Eagle Extra, will include news and analysis on Georgia Southern athletics.

 
Posted October 24, 2017 07:01 pm

Eagles' OC says Kado Brown earned playing time with UMass performance

STATESBORO -- In his introductory press conference Monday, Georgia Southern interim head coach Chad Lunsford said he expected redshirt freshman quarterback Shai Werts to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback.

That’s if he’s healthy, of course.

Werts started the first five games for GS before he sustained an upper-body injury late in the fourth quarter Oct. 14 against New Mexico State.

“I expect Shai to be our quarterback,” Lunsford said. “As long as he’s healthy and ready to roll, that’s what I expect it to be.”

But Eagles offensive coordinator Bryan Cook said on Tuesday redshirt junior Kado Brown made an impression on him in the quarterback’s first start against UMass.

Brown finished with two rushing touchdowns and was 4 of 9 for 148 yards and an interception through the air. His first play of the game was a 71-yard pass to receiver Mark Michaud, which was fumbled deep into Minutemen territory when it looked as if Georgia Southern had an early red zone opportunity.

“He did really well in the gun triple-option,” Cook said. “I really thought he did a nice job just playing under control with tempo, making good decisions on the perimeter. I think he played like a veteran in that respect within the zone triple option, and I think he finished runs really well.”

With his team trailing 21-0, Brown scampered into the end zone from 12 yards out to put the Eagles on the board. In the second quarter, he showed his raw athleticism when he made his cut on the option keeper and took it in from 10 yards out for another score.

Brown started last season for Moorpark Community College in California, where he was an all-conference selection and accounted for 2,184 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns. He looked a little more confident in his decision making than Werts has this season.

Cook said Brown has room to improve as a passer, however, and said if the throw to Michaud was placed better, Michaud probably would have easily scored.

“He needs to do a better job of deliver the football efficiently to the perimeter,” Cook said. “He made one really nice deep throw on the play action, and the first one he was a little late with. If he had done that, it’s probably seven points, and we’re not having a conversation about the fumble.”

Cook didn’t definitively say he would make a quarterback change, but there could be a position battle developing.

“I think he earned an opportunity to play moving forward,” Cook said of Brown. “How we manage that, we’ll see. The week of practice now becomes really relevant because now you’ve got a couple of guys, and maybe it depends on who practices better. I certainly feel very comfortable putting him back into the game.”