STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Football team practiced for the 12th time this fall on Sunday, August 14th, as preparations for the September 3rd season opener at Samford continued. Head Coach Jeff Monken's Eagles practiced in shells (shoulder pads and thigh pads) following Saturday's scrimmage on the banks of "Beautiful Eagle Creek." The Eagles have a two-a-day practice scheduled for Monday, which paves the way for an off-day on Tuesday (August 16). The opening session begins at 9 a.m. with the afternoon practice starting at 4:30 p.m.

The practice, scheduled for 18 periods, came to a premature end in the 17th period when lightning was reported in the Statesboro area. The early portions of practice focused on special teams and positional work. The offense and defense clashed before the halftime break and the teams again split into offense and defense for 15 minutes of work. Two minutes into the final session of the day, offense versus defense, a halt was called to the practice as the team took cover in the pavilion before returning to the locker rooms in the Hanner Building.

Georgia Southern has eight more practice sessions remaining before breaking fall camp and starting classes on Monday, August 22nd. The Eagles open the final week of training camp at 9 a.m. with the first of two practices and the nightcap starting at 4:30 p.m. All practice sessions on the banks of "Beautiful Eagle Creek" are open to the public.

Inside Georgia Southern Football with Head Coach Jeff Monken and the "Voice of the Eagles" Chris Blair returns for the 2011 season and will air each week during the season live from Locos Grill and Pub in Statesboro at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Eagle Football team's 2011 season opener at Samford are now on sale at the Georgia Southern Athletic Ticket Office and online at GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com/tickets. Tickets are $15 each and an additional processing fee of $2.50 will be applied for each ticket ordered. Season tickets and tickets for the Eagles' September 3rd game in Birmingham will also be sold at the "Meet the Eagles" event on Saturday, August 20th.

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Practice Schedule for 2011 Georgia Southern Preseason Camp
August 15, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:30 p.m.
August 16, 2011 - no practice
August 17, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:30 p.m.
August 18, 2011- 2:45 p.m.
August 19, 2011 - 2:45 p.m.
August 20, 2011 - 10:05 a.m. (at Paulson Stadium)
4-5:30 p.m. Meet the Eagles event (at Paulson Stadium)
August 21, 2011 -- 2:45 p.m.
August 22, 2011 -- First day of classes, no practice