Former Dawson County football player Bryson Broadway is taking his talents to Statesboro, confirming his transfer to the Georgia Southern program from Georgia State in a Twitter post on Monday, Dec. 12.
Broadway, an offensive lineman who helped protect Zach Holtzclaw in his first season as Tigers quarterback, began his collegiate career at FCS (Division 1-AA) Eastern Illinois for two seasons before making the leap to the FBS (Division 1-A) at Georgia State.(Story continues below)
Staying in the Sun Belt Conference, Broadway will join a Golden Eagles squad that is coming off a regular season that included an upset victory over Nebraska and an overtime win against rival Appalachian State.
They will also soon play in their fifth bowl game in just nine seasons in the FBS.
Broadway was impressed with the coaching staff at Georgia Southern both for how they coach and who they are.
“Coach Helton and his staff were and are very welcoming people. They’re more than coaches, they’re a family,” Broadway said. “In I believe 538 snaps they only allowed seven sacks this whole 2022 season, which is to me very impressive and speaks volumes to the players’ investments and the coaches’ eagerness to coach them to greatness every week and every Saturday.”
Broadway believes his talents will complement a team coached by the aforementioned Todd Helton — who was a longtime head coach at Southern California before taking over in Statesboro at the start of the 2022 season.
Already having a full season of Sun Belt experience, Broadway will be tasked with protecting a new starting quarterback next season.
He believes he can bring plenty of contributions to the Golden Eagles with his attributes and experience as a starter.
“I’m a very aggressive football player — physicality and effort are huge parts of my game,” Broadway said. “My run blocking, to me, is one of the best in the Sun Belt Conference. You can have someone who’s a better athlete or has better technique, but if you beat the [defense] off the ball and you’re physical…they can’t get a chance to showcase their ability.”
Outside of his pending move to Statesboro, Broadway expressed his excitement at his high school team’s success this season.
“It’s always good seeing your old team win the region and have great success,” Broadway said. “I’m very proud of those boys and what coach Maxwell is continuing to do over there between the white lines at Tiger Stadium.”
He also made sure to give the people of his former community some recognition as well.
“You see [the team’s] success, you see the community buy into the program and love those players as their [own] and it’s truly amazing,” Broadway said. “Dawsonville is one of the best towns full of the best people in the state of Georgia…and I’m sure those players feel that as well.”