Georgia State DC Jesse Minter previews Liberty

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

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

Georgia State (1-2) will host Liberty (2-2) on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.

The Flames were No.. 10 in the FCS poll before last week’s 34-13 loss to Southern Illinois. The Panthers were off.

Here’s Minter, with some facts in italics:

“They are very balanced offense.”

The Flames are averaging 23.2 points, 120 yards rushing and 261.8 yards passing per game.

“Little bit of a pro-style, which we haven’t seen much of up until this point.”

I don’t think Georgia State has faced a consistent pro-style offense since Western Kentucky or Alabama two years ago.

“They will mix in some two-back runs, two tight end run game.”

Desmond Rice leads the team with an average of 61.8 rushing yards per game. D.J. Abnar averages 44.5 rushing yards per game.

“The quarterback is a really good football player. He’s their career leader in total offense. He throws a nice deep ball. He’s got a couple of good receivers. It’s a big challenge.”

Yes, yes their quarterback is a really good football player. Josh Woodrum is completing 58.2 percent of his throws for 1,005 yards. He has five touchdowns and one interception. Zac Parker is the leading receiver with 21 catches for 257 yards. Dante Shells has 10 catches for 224 yards. B.J. Farrow has 14 catches for 197 yards. Darrin Peterson has 15 catches for 192 yards.

“They will come in here and try to be very balanced: run the ball, throw the ball, take some shots down the field. We have to be on point and do our job.”

Georgia State is allowing averages of 38.7 points, 186.3 yards rushing and 305.7 yards passing per game.

What has been their impact plays?

“They’ve hit some big passes off some run-action looks and some sprint-out looks. They’ve hit a few explosive plays. That’s how they beat Montana, they hit a 70-something yard touchdown pass early in the game. They scored on a trick play on a jet sweep pass.”

“Guys have to play with great discipline. They are going to come in here with nothing to lose and give us their best shot.”


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