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Central Arkansas vs. Georgia Southern: Dorian Byrd surprised by all-conference selection

The Eagles offensive lineman made the all-conference team despite an injury-plagued year.

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Georgia Southern offensive lineman Dorian Byrd made the All-Southern Conference team this season, which came as a bit of a surprise to him considering that injuries have cost him some games. But Eagles offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Brent Davis said Byrd played like an all-conference player when healthy.

"He’s played well when he’s been in there," Davis said. "He’s definitely an all-conference player."

Byrd has been a mainstay since stepping on the Georgia Southern campus. He started all 15 of the Eagles' games as a freshman in 2010 and earned Southern Conference All-Freshman team honors. He made nine starts last season and played in 12 games, earning a second team all-conference nod in the process.

Thanks in part to Byrd's efforts, Georgia Southern has one of the top offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Eagles are No. 1 in rushing offense with an average of 392.2 yards on the ground per game.

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