STATESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Southern Football Program continued its preparations for the 2011 season with 21 periods of practice on the banks of “Beautiful Eagle Creek.” The start of the Eagles' first practice in shells (shoulder and thigh pads) was delayed by approximately four hours due to lightning in the Statesboro area.

We are disappointed not to get as long as a practice as we would have wanted,” said Head Coach Jeff Monken. “I think the guys were happy to practice in the cooler weather, but I feel a little slighted by having to practice in the evening. We like to practice in the afternoon when its warm. We feel like it helps get better physically and it helps us develop some mental toughness.”

Practice began at 6:50 p.m. with special teams installing kickoff and punt return programs. The Eagles totaled four periods (20 minutes) of offense versus defense in two separate sessions to close the halves of practice. The practice ended as darkness took over the overcast Statesboro evening.

The Eagles will practice again in shells on Sunday afternoon at 3:20 p.m. on the banks of “Beautiful Eagle Creek” before practicing in full gear on Monday. The season's first full pads practice starts at 9:30 a.m.

Coach Monken also announced that Friday and Saturday's practices on August 12th and 13th, previously scheduled for 2:45 p.m., will now take place in the morning hours at the practice fields.

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