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Plan, Process, & Persistence

By Emory Hunt
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What people ought to understand is that Summers is a man with a plan. 

Georgia Southern has definitely seen better days. The Eagles have a 67% winning percentage all-time. They’ve won 11 conference titles, 6 national championships and since moving to the FBS, they are 1-0 in bowl games. The Blue and White have also produced 65 All-Americans, a Walter Payton Award winner and several coaching legends. I brought you there to bring you here: 2nd Year Head Coach Tyson Summers gets it.

Summers was born in nearby Tifton, Georgia. He grew up in the era when the Eagles were winning national championships. So, he understands the significance of this program and what the fans and alumni expect from their beloved Eagles. He understands that the current record of 0-4 isn’t acceptable. Trust me, he gets it. What people ought to get, and understand, is that Summers is a man with a plan. 

The old adage goes, ‘plan your work and work your plan’. And as with any plan that wants to get implemented, there’s a process involved. That process has been finding the right mix and blend of old and new with their offensive approach.  We’ve seen the Eagles get away from, to only come back to a version of the option, which has in a way become synonymous with the Georgia Southern program. Now that they have direction on that side of the ball, you started to see improvements in that area during the last game against Arkansas State; which should breed confidence and continuity that should carry over to this upcoming game against New Mexico State. 

Part two of his plan is to continue to rebuild a defense that lost a ton of playmakers his first season and were breaking in a lot of youth and inexperience on that side of the ball. The plan was to get young guys ready to play college football. The process is allowing them to learn on the job and get them valuable game experience. The persistence is seeing the process through and watching the growth, development and understanding start to take place. The 2017 Eagles have 7 freshman or sophomores in the starting lineup and 13 in total on the 2-deep. 

Trust me, Coach Summers gets it.

Persistence is the process of seeing a plan come to fruition. Coach Summers has a track record of success that dates back to his collegiate playing days back at Presbyterian and spans across 14 years of coaching football, more in particular the defensive side of the ball. So, needless to say that things will get back on track in Statesboro, because the man the University has entrusted with the keys to its beloved football program has a plan, a process, and the persistence to get the job done.

Emory Hunt - Emory Hunt, "The Czar of the Playbook", is a former UL Ragin' Cajun running back nw covering the Sun Belt for Southern Pigskin. His other work can be found at Twitter: @FBallGameplan