Previewing Georgia State’s fourth opponent: Liberty

 Josh Woodrum leads Liberty's offense. (AP Photo)

Josh Woodrum leads Liberty’s offense. (AP Photo)

Georgia State won’t open summer camp until August, so it’s a perfect time to start looking ahead to the teams the Panthers will face during the upcoming season.

I’ve already done the opener against Charlotte, Week 2 opponent New Mexico State and Week 3 opponent Oregon.

Let’s turn to Liberty. The Panthers will host Liberty for homecoming on Oct. 3. Kickoff is TBA.

Liberty

2014 record: 9-5, 4-1 and co-champions of the Big South.

Coach: Turner Gill, in his fourth season.

Starters returning: Seven on offense, six on defense, three on special teams.

Offensive system: One-back set.

Defensive system: 4-3.

Three significant stats last year:

  1. The Flames averaged 411.2 yards and 32 points per game. They were extremely efficient in the red zone, scoring 89.7 percent of the time.
  2. Defense allowed 380.6 yards and 26.6 points per game last year, in the middle of pack for FCS.
  3. The Flames finished No. 17 in the FCS polls.

Key starters returning:

  • Quarterback Josh Woodrum accounted for 3,201 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
  • Leading rusher D.J. Abner ran for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns.
  • Darrin Peterson had 85 receptions for 1,379 yards.

How does Georgia State match up

This is a game the Panthers should win. The offense should be able to move the ball well against a defense that, with the exception of the nose guard, will be under-sized.

The defense will just need to make a couple of stops against an offense loaded with seniors at the skill positions and on the offensive line.


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