When the Georgia Southern offense takes the field for the first time in 2017, it'll be Shai Werts lining up at quarterback.
Head coach Tyson Summers tabbed the redshirt freshman the team's starter at Monday's weekly press conference.
"We're certainly not in an offensive scheme where we're throwing the ball 75-80 percent of the time, but I think he has the accuracy to give us a chance to make explosive plays," Summers says. "From a timing standpoint, understanding the offense and the route tree, I think he gives us a chance to make some of the quick throws as well."
"It feels good with all the hard work I've been putting in," Werts says. "I called my mom, and she just went crazy. I'm glad she's proud of me, and I can't wait to tell the rest of the family."
Werts has taken most of the first-team snaps this fall, and will be charged with leading Bryan Cook's new option offense.
"These next few weeks, Coach Cook is going to get me ready. I believe in him and I know he believes in me," Werts says. "I'm just ready to play. It'll be my first game in college, and I'm just ready."
"He tries to take advantage of every rep. I think he's going to get better every day that we play with every rep that he gets," Cook says. "He's young now. He's got a bright future for himself, and I'm anxious to see what he can do."
The Clinton, SC native dressed for several games in 2016 as a backup QB, but did not play. Werts was named the 2015 HSSR-SCHSL Division I AA Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,308 yards and passing for 1,204 yards with 32 total touchdowns.
The Eagles open the season September 2 at #12 Auburn.