Less than a minute with Georgia State’s P.J. Volker

Georgia State inside linebackers coach P.J. Volker. Photo by / Jason Getz

Georgia State inside linebackers coach P.J. Volker. Photo by / Jason Getz

In less than 60 seconds, here’s Georgia State’s P.J. Volker giving you the information on his position group, the inside linebackers:

Who has impressed you in your group so far?

Everybody has. We have some guys playing at a pretty high level so far. Coming out of the spring, some guys knew some things that they needed to work on. They’ve improved on those things. Coach Holsoppel , our strength and conditioning coach, did a phenomenal job with them this year. We hit the ground running and I’ve been impressed with everybody that’s in the room.

It seems the group is as deep as at any point I can remember.

It’s a heck of a lot of deeper than it has been since I’ve been here. We’ve got guys that can play. It’s not just going to help us on defense, it’s going to help us on special teams. It’s going to help us in the fourth quarter because guys aren’t going to be restricted to playing the whole game and trying to maintain stamina throughout what is hopefully less than 80-90 plays. If that’s the situation we have to be able to play that. We’ve got guys who can go in and spell other people.

How much of rotation can you see yourself doing?

Quite a bit. I don’t think there’s a big drop off anymore. Years past, there’s been a bit of a drop off, but there’s not much know. Every game will determine the situation – who is playing well, who is not playing well. We are doing that in practice now. If a guy has a hot hand in practice he’s going to go out there with the 1s, or he’s going to get bumped up from the 3s to play with the 2s. If you’re performing you are going to get more opportunity to get more snaps immediately.

Who has caught your eye?

I really think all of them have. I know you want me to name someone in particular. If I had to name someone, you twisted my arm and really got after me, I’d probably say Niemus Bryant. He’s made the biggest jump from the spring until right now in terms of being able to be somebody that we can rely on.

He had an issue in the preseason last year, right?

He broke his hand in a pass-rushing drill, which slowed him down. He probably would have played as a freshman. Things happen for a reason and it probably turned out the best thing for him.

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