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Geep Wade is joining Georgia Southern’s staff as offensive line coach and Nick Jones as tight ends coach/special teams coordinator, sources told FootballScoop on Wednesday.

Wade worked most recently as the offensive coordinator at UT-Martin, but has previous offensive line experience at East Carolina, Middle Tennessee and Marshall. Wade’s offensive lines have cleared the way for units that gained at least 460 yards per game at all three schools.

He also has offensive line experience at Western Carolina, Midwestern State (D-II – TX) and Chattanooga, his alma mater.

Jones, a former Georgia player, has coached tight ends at Colorado State, Air Force and Coastal Carolina. He played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks and deposited an NFL coaching fellowship with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles will have a re-worked offensive staff in 2021.

Tight ends coach Doug Ruse was promoted to interim offensive coordinator with three games remaining in the season and named the program’s full-time coordinator after the season. Samford offensive coordinator Derrick Sherman has also been hired as wide receivers coach, as FootballScoop first reported last week.

Ruse will move from tight ends to quarterbacks in 2021. Chris Foster returns to the staff as associate head coach and running backs coach.

Georgia Southern averaged 28 points per game following Ruse’s promotion en route to an 8-5 campaign.

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