MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Teams from both Georgia Southern University and Eastern Michigan University arrived in the Capital City on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams have a full itinerary for the week leading up to Saturday’s game, including community service events and historic tours.
Eastern Michigan Offensive Lineman Jeremy Hickey said he’s particularly excited to go on the tours that are planned.
“Being a history major, I’m excited to see the Rosa Parks Museum,” Hickey said. “I did my homework. I want to see all of those things and be a part of where a lot of history was made in the United States.”
Hickey, a Michigan-native, said he’s also happy be somewhere warmer. His teammate, Linebacker Kyle Rachwell, said despite the distance, they are expecting a good crowd.
“We have a lot of families, a lot of parents, a lot of alum and supporters who will be down here," Rachwell said. “It’ll be very exciting.”
Georgia Southern Quarterback Shai Werts said his team is also expecting a lot of fans.
“Our fans travel well,” Werts said. “It will be like a home game for us.”
Georgia Southern Cornerback Kindle Vildor said his team is working to keep the same focus for the bowl game that they had during the season.
“We try to have the same energy just like in any other game,” Vildor said. “Every body wants to go out there, play the same way and have the same energy.”
Georgia Southern is staying at the Embassy Suites while Eastern Michigan is staying right across the street at the Renaissance Hotel.