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Local players in line for rings if Georgia Southern wins title

Posted: December 14, 2011 - 1:06am

The Georgia Southern Eagles spent several weeks ranked as the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision before a couple of late-season losses.

The Eagles have regrouped and find themselves in familiar territory: the national semifinals. Georgia Southern made it to the semifinals last season; head coach Jeff Monken’s first in Statesboro.

The school boasts an incredible six national championships since 1985, with the latest coming in 2000. This year’s group stands at 11-2 after a 35-23 win over Maine on Saturday. One of their losses was a 45-21 setback at Alabama, which will play LSU for the Bowl Championship Series national title in January.

If the Eagles are able to win two more games, several former area athletes will be getting fitted for national championship rings.

Kendrick Wilson (Greenbrier); running back; redshirt freshman.

Wilson walked on last season and redshirted.

William Banks (Augusta Christian); slot, sophomore.

Banks also was a walk-on last season.

Darius Eubanks (Harlem native, Thomson High graduate); defensive back, junior.

Eubanks is having another terrific season for Georgia Southern.

He is third on the team with 62 tackles. He has more than 150 career tackles. He also has three tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble.

John Douglas, of Aquinas, also is having a stellar season for the Eagles. He was named second team all-conference this season. He has 32 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and five quarterback sacks.

Georgia Southern plays at North Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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