STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - 2021 is bringing a wave of change with it to Statesboro.
Days after the Eagles won the New Orleans Bowl, the athletic department announced that the interim tag had been removed for Doug Ruse and he would be Southern’s next offensive coordinator.
Over the holidays, both Dimitri Donald and Ron Hudson were fired.
Hudson, served as the offensive line coach for three seasons in Statesboro. He had over 25 years of college coaching experience. According to his bio on the Georgia Southern Athletics website, “In his first year in Statesboro, he mentored a line that featured a pair of All-Sun Belt performers in Curtis Rainey (first team) and Jeremiah Culbreth (second team). The Eagles saw a massive improvement up front and averaged almost 40 more rushing yards per game with nearly 20 more rushing touchdowns with Hudson leading the way.”
Behind Hudson’s O-line, in 2020 the Eagles offense rushed for 3,699 total yards and 29 touchdowns.
Donald, was in his first season as the wide receivers coach, but spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant for Georgia Southern. His official bio said, “Under Donald, the Eagle wide receivers provided tough perimeter blocking for the run-heavy offense, but also came up with big catches in key moments. Mark Michaud led the team with four touchdown receptions in 2019, including two in overtime to help the Eagles down Coastal Carolina. In all, the wide receivers accounted for six of the nine touchdown reception in 2019. Donald was made one of the 10 on-field coaches for Georgia Southern’s Cure Bowl game against Liberty after the departure of Lamar Owens. As a graduate assistant in 2017 and 2018, the Eagle receivers caught a combined nine touchdowns under his guidance and helped pave the way for a top-10 rushing offense with strong blocking.”
The Eagles overall in 2020 were 97-176 passing with 9 touchdowns through the air.
Those two positions, in addition to a tight ends coach, will have to be filled.