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Georgia Southern Vs. Chattanooga: Darius Eubanks leads improved Eagles defense

Georgia Southern has one of the top defenses in the FCS.

Mike Zarrilli

Georgia Southern's defense has improved since the end of the 2011 season, and one reason for that is Darius Eubanks, who moved from outside linebacker to safety in order to help fix the team's passing defense.

"His leadership out there, knowing the defense and making the calls have helped greatly," said defensive coordinator Jack Curtis. "He runs well, covers a lot of ground and the best thing he does is (he) plays great with his eyes. He sees things before they happen and can react."

The Eagles allowed 37.8 points per game over their final four games of 2011, but this season they're giving up just 14.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Eagles are second in total defense, 25th in rushing defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense. Eubanks is averaging 6.3 tackles per game this season.

The Eagles will go for their sixth consecutive win when they take on Chattanooga this Saturday.

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