The Georgia Southern Eagles have a unique talent in Jerick McKinnon. McKinnon has seen time at quarterback, wide receiver and slot back. However, there is a chance that McKinnon could be starting at quarterback on Saturday against Western Carolina.
McKinnon sparked the Eagles offense when he replaced Ezayi Youyoute at quarterback last week against Samford early in the second quarter. On his first drive, McKinnon led the team on a touchdown drive where he scored on a 41-yard run. McKinnon also had a 67-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and ended up with 162 yards on just 12 carries, all of which came while playing quarterback.
Head coach Jeff Monken now has a decision to make on if he is going to start McKinnon or Youyoute on Saturday:
"I don't know," Monken said when asked about who will start. "We'll determine through practice, and who we think will give us the best chance to win."
McKinnon was asked what he prefers to play, and he said he rather would play quarterback:
"You have more responsibility at quarterback," McKinnon said. "The ownership is on you. It doesn't matter what position you're playing. You just have to be ready for what happens on the next play. We had some explosive plays. The offensive line did a great job of blocking, and we got great blocking on the perimeter."
There is no denying that McKinnon is a playmaker for Georgia Southern, but the way he sparked the offense last week it might be a good idea to give him more snaps at quarterback.