Winning is what’s needed next at Georgia State, says Miles

Georgia State, led by Trent Miles, went 1-11 last season. (Phil Skinner / AJC)

Georgia State, led by Trent Miles, went 1-11 last season. (Phil Skinner / AJC)

Now that Georgia State has an improved training table, and now that construction has started on the strength and conditioning center, coach Trent Miles said there’s one thing left for his team to start doing to gain traction as an FBS program: win.

“We’ve just got to win football games,” he said on Tuesday at the Peach State Pigskin Preview in Macon. “There’s a plan, a good plan. We are sticking with the plan.

“Our young men are ready to start winning football games. We have the size and talent to start winning.”

Fixing the two issues – nutrition and strength – have been two of the bigger hurdles Georgia State has faced going back to its first season.

Though progress has been made, there are still issues with both.

Practice schedules and cafeteria hours have been changed to give the players better opportunities to eat three good meals a day. But the coaching staff would like to have a full-time nutritionist so that the players can put on and maintain the right type of weight.

The strength and conditioning center isn’t finished and seems to have progressed glacially, which doesn’t bode well for the Turner Field project should it ever reach the point that Georgia State actually purchases the property.

So, now that Georgia State’s administration seems to have taken care of the two biggest issues affecting the overall health and future of the program, most of the responsibility for winning now shifts to Miles and his staff.

It’s not a responsibility that anyone has shirked, but really winning now does fall upon their experienced shoulders.

Will it start to happen? Will the Panthers win their first Sun Belt game this year?

The team finally seems to have the depth at all positions, something Miles noted yesterday, so that the loss of a couple of players won’t force a deck-chairs-on-the-Titanic reshuffling of the roster and game plan, which happened last year when the running backs were decimated by injuries and left tackle Michael Ivory was lost for the season.

The players seemed excited about the new strength and conditioning coach and looked noticeably bigger during the spring practices. The infusion of players from UAB will help the leadership and experience.

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