Now, that Georgia State’s football team is through the first third of the season, which freshmen are making an impact and which are likely headed for redshirts?
It’s a good time to look at the situation because typically players can be redshirted if they have appeared in no more than three games, and then suffer an injury that prevents them from playing the rest of the season. Or they can play in no games and receive the redshirt, a process that occurs after the season. Tight end Bill Teknipp is an example from last year. He suffered a knee injury in the third game against West Virginia that sidelined him for the rest of the year. He was given a redshirt.
The Panthers (1-3) are off this week and will play at Louisiana-Lafayette next week.
Coach Trent Miles said he will play whomever gives the team the best chance to win. At the same time, he is still building a program and there are certain numbers of players that must redshirt to balance the classes by year and position. He also said the he isn’t going to use a player for one game and burn the chance at a redshirt. So if a freshman has yet to play, chances are he will redshirt. Injuries can change everything, however.
He said the team is still two years ago from reaching the maximum of 85 scholarships that can be used.
A look at the scholarship freshmen:
Antreal Allen, defensive back: He has played in one game with one tackle. That action came in the fourth game.
Todd Boyd, wide receiver: He has played in four games with one catch for five yards.
Niemus Bryant, linebacker: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Tevish Clark, wide receiver: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
B.J. Clay, defensive back: He has played in four games and made one tackle.
Maaseiah Francis, wide receiver: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Krysten Hammon, running back: Played in first two games and was team’s leading rusher until being passed by Kyler Neal last week. Was suspended for game against Air Force in week 3 and didn’t travel with team to Washington. Hammon left the team earlier this week.
Nich Long, defensive lineman: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Gabe Mobley, offensive lineman: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Ronald Peterkin, safety: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Malik Ricks, linebacker: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Emiere Scaife, quarterback: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Michael Shaw, linebacker: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Glenn Smith, athlete: He has played in four games, catching 17 yards in passes and 71 in returns.
Jerome Smith, defensive back: He hasn’t played. Seems likely to redshirt.
Alex Stoehr, offensive lineman: He has started every game at guard.
Chandon Sullivan, defensive back: He has played in four games.
James Traylor, linebacker: Has yet to play, but may get a chance if starting outside linebacker Mackendy Cheridor (knee) is out.
By my count, 10 freshmen are likely to redshirt.
Mile said before the season that he thought at least 10 freshmen will play this year. So far, six have played.
That’s not a bad thing. Among the reasons why so few have played may be that the upperclassmen are playing well. Or, the positions of need don’t match up with the freshmen available.
Of those I classified as certainties, I have been correct on four (Stoehr, Smith, Hammon and Sullivan) and wrong so far on one (Ricks). To be fair, at the time Trey Payne was supposed to sit out at least the first four games. He returned in the second game and has been a force at linebacker.
Of those I classified as probable, I have been correct on two (Boyd and Allen) and wrong so far on Shaw, Traylor and Francis. To be fair, the wide receivers have played much better than I expected, which has made it hard for Francis to get on the field.
Of those I classified as possible, neither Scaife nor Bryant have played.