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POSTED: June 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The movement on Georgia Southern’s football two-deep has continued into the offseason, as the loss of a running back has appeared to cause a chain reaction on offense.

Junior college transfer Ken Thomas, one of the program’s top performers in the spring, is off the team after having been ruled academically ineligible.

Quarterback Alfred “LA” Ramsby, a redshirt freshman, made the move to running back, and wide receiver Ezayi Youyoute moved to quarterback, a position he played under former coach Jeff Monken in 2011 and 2012. Vegas Harley has been moved to safety from quarterback.

Coach Willie Fritz wanted to have both Ramsby and Harley on the field as much as possible, leading to their position moves.

“We didn’t want to have these great athletes standing over on the sidelines,” he said.

Kevin Ellison, a sophomore who played in every game and topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four games, including a season-ending victory against the Florida Gators, remains atop the quarterbacks’ depth chart.

“He throws the ball better than I anticipated, and he’s really got a tremendous amount of explosion,” Fritz said about Ellison. “I always talk about a guy putting his foot in the ground and getting vertical, going north-south up the field. He does a great job of that.”

Favian Upshaw, a sophomore who transferred to GSU from Florida International in 2013, remains a contender at QB.

 

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