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Sun Belt Teleconference: Week Four

The Fun Belt head coaches addressed the media on Monday morning. Here are the highlights.

Georgia State v Appalachian State
Can Scott Satterfield’s club pick up a Power Five win this weekend?
Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Scott Satterfield (Appalachain State)

  • It will be a difficult challenge for App State this week when they host Wake Forest on Saturday. Satterfield believes the Demon Deacons play really hard and are coached very well by Dave Clawson.
  • The Mountaineers need to start to “play well off the bat” after getting off to a brutal start against Texas State.

Blake Anderson (Arkansas State)

  • SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton could be “the best wide receiver we see all year” per Anderson.
  • Anderson reports that stud defensive tackle Dee Liner should be back for the Red Wolves this week.

Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina)

  • Chadwell was “proud of the team” for fighting back in their second half comeback against UAB.
  • Chadwell believes the turnovers really put the Chants in bad situations and that must be corrected moving forward.
  • This week, Coastal plays FCS Western Illinois and they are one of the “top teams in FCS”.

Tyson Summers (Georgia Southern)

  • Summers states the Indiana offense will be a difficult challenge because of their two quarterback system. The Hoosiers have nice balance as they can pass it and run it very well.

Shawn Elliott (Georgia State)

  • In the bye week and during the Penn State game, Elliott and his staff “found out a lot about our football team”.
  • Elliott expects Saturday to be a battle as GSU and Charlotte are “both looking for a win”.

Paul Petrino (Idaho)

  • Petrino believes his team “overachieved” in their performance on the road against Western Michigan.
  • The Vandals head to Mobile on Saturday and South Alabama has a lot “of talent and is very fast”.

Mark Hudspeth (UL-Lafayette)

  • Hudspeth believes there were “a lot of positives” to take away from Texas A&M game as the Cajuns made some defensive personnel changes and the offense consistently moved the football.
  • Hudspeth believes wide receiver Keenan Barnes is one of the “top receivers in the Sun Belt Conference”.

Doug Martin (New Mexico State)

  • Martin states the loss to Troy was just a “great football game”.
  • Martin mentions that the Aggies haven’t beaten UTEP in eight years. The Aggies have the chance to beat New Mexico and UTEP for the first time since 2002.

Joey Jones (South Alabama)

  • Jones believes the Jags “played well” in all three phases on Saturday.
  • Saturday will be a huge challenge against Idaho as Paul Petrino is one of the “better minds in football”.

Everett Withers (Texas State)

  • Withers states that the reason the Bobcats are having success rushing the passer is because they are staying out of third and short situations.
  • Withers believes the UTSA-Texas State series is a “rivalry for fan bases”. He doesn’t believe you can be rivals with someone you’ve hardly played.

Neal Brown (Troy)

  • The victory over New Mexico State was a “big road win” and the trip to Las Cruces is very difficult as the Trojans went west for the second time in three weeks.
  • Brown states senior quarterback Brandon Silvers did a “great job making decisions” against NMSU. The Aggies brought pressure all night and Silvers did not make any mistakes.
  • Moving forward, Brown wants his defense to get more pressure on the quarterback and to start producing some turnovers.

Matt Viator (ULM)

  • Against Southern Miss, Viator believes his team “played really good at times” in the home loss but there are still some things the Warhawks need to work on.
  • Viator believes UL-Lafayette quarterback Jordan Davis is “making good decisions” and the new look Ragin’ Cajuns offense will be tough to stop.