The Georgia Southern Eagles football team are entering their second year as a member of the FBS and their first year of postseason-bowl eligibility. In 2014, the team went 8-0 in the Sun Belt and were recognized as conference champions, but were not allowed to compete in a bowl.
The team will enter the 2015 season down a key piece of their offense as it was reported Wednesday evening that quarterback Kevin Ellison was ruled academically ineligible. According to WJCL in Savannah, Georgia, Ellison will miss the first two games as a result of the ruling.
Ellison, who rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards in both categories in 2014, will miss the opening game on the road against West Virginia and the home opener against Western Michigan. Junior Favian Upshaw, who filled in nicely for Ellison when he was out with minor injuries, is slated to start for the Eagles in his absences.
Eagles running back La Ramsby tweeted what seemed to be his support of Ellison and the team following the announcement.
Underdog Dynasty gave an update and a few more details on the situation Thursday morning. After speaking with the school’s Sports Information Director, it seems as though Ellison may have not met the correct requirements to be eligible.
The Eagles take on the Mountaineers in Morgantown on September 5.
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