In a terrifying moment for coach Jeff Monken and his Georgia Southern football program, an Eagles player was sent to the hospital after lightning struck a nearby tree at the practice field. According to Savannah Now, the yet-to-be-identified player was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment.
“I’ve never been close to a bomb going off, but I have to think (the lightning strike) was close to that,” Monken said. “It was scary, for sure.”
The team had moved practice up an hour from 3:45 to 2:45 in hopes of beating out the weather, but unfortunately failed to do so.
“We got them off the field as quickly as we could,” Monken said.
The unidentified player wound up being released from the hospital and is, extremely luckily, back with the team. He did not participate in any later drills.
It would seem the coaching staff has learned its lesson: The Eagles’ next practice is scheduled for 5:30 in the morning at the school’s Recreation Athletic Center – an indoor facility.