4-3 or 3-4 for Georgia State’s defense?

Trent Miles said people shouldn’t get too caught up in Georgia State’s switch to a 4-3 base defense from a 3-4 defense.

The Panthers made the switch in last week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette because outside linebacker Mackendy Cheridor was out with an injury. He is expected to miss Saturday’s game against Arkansas State at the Georgia Dome and return next week.

Miles said that in Georgia State’s defense, there’s not much of a difference between the 4-3 and 3-4. The 3-4 is used to allow Cheridor to stand up near the line of scrimmage. With Cheridor out, defensive coordinator Jesse Minter added Carnell Hopson as a fourth defensive lineman, who played with his hand(s) on the ground at the snap.

The results against the Cajuns mirrored what occurred in the season’s first four games: The Panthers gave up 461 yards, nine more than it was allowing, and failed to post a sack. They gave up 266 passing yards, 9.5 more than the season average, and 195 rushing yards, 1.5 less than the season average.

Minter said it’s possible the team will run the 4-3 more this year in some situations because “we have to do what gives us the best chance to win vs. the type of team we are playing.”

Though they didn’t post a sack against Louisiana-Lafayette, it seemed like the Panthers were able to get more pressure on the quarterback than they were in previous games.

There were still issues with gap discipline, which led to a 25-yard run by Terrance Broadway.

Whether they play the 3-4 or 4-3 this week, the Panthers will have a challenge.

The Red Wolves average 186.2 rushing yards per game, 232.8 passing yards per game and average a fast 82.6 plays per game.


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