Three quarterbacks will compete to replace Nick Arbuckle as Georgia State’s quarterback when its spring practices begin March 24.
Arbuckle was named the Sun Belt Conference student-athlete of the year after passing for more than 4,300 yards and leading the Panthers to their first bowl.
The three most likely candidates to compete for the starting job are: Conner Manning, a transfer from Utah, redshirt sophomore Emiere Scaife and redshirt freshman Aaron Winchester.
We will start a series of quarterback Q&A’s with Aaron Winchester, who played at Mount Pisgah.
I asked each of the quarterbacks (mostly) the same questions. They are designed to give you a glimpse of them on the field and off the field.
Q: What is your goal for the spring practices?
A: To come in and compete and to get better every day. Go out and compete for a starting job is my main goal.
Q: How has your life changed since the win streak and bowl berth?
A: It’s been crazy. A lot of the students have shown a lot of love and praise. Expectations have grown in our circle and outside. We’re trying to work hard everyday and prove ourselves right.
Q: Describe how you have improved because of the winter workouts.
A: My main goal was to get stronger and bigger. As far as weight gain, I’ve gained 15 pounds since the fall. My consistency and accuracy I’ve been working on.
(He’s up to 190 pounds.)
Q: Your team is down by six with the ball on your opponent’s 15-yard line and six seconds left. What’s the route and the result?
A: I would call (a play) to our tight end and it will be a touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Q: What is your least favorite route?
A: I can’t say I have one. Probably the bubble screen. You don’t want to mess up on that throw.
Q: Which teammate are you most looking forward to seeing this spring?
A: There’s a lot. Looking forward to our freshman wide receiver, Johnathan Ifedi. He’s already physically able to compete in the conference, very smooth in his route running.
Q: What’s your strength as a quarterback?
A: Mentally, I’m able to slow the game down; Able to dissect coverages very fast.
Athletically, I’m able to present different matchups to coordinators who have to prep for something different than a drop-back quarterback
Q: What do you need to work on?
A: Fundamentals, consistency and accuracy, throwing the ball on time. That will come with getting reps.
Q: Which movie will win the Academy Award for Best Picture?
A: The Revenant was a very, very good movie.
Q: Who will win the presidential election?
A: Bernie Sanders. I don’t follow politics. I just know that Donald Trump is running and I’m not positive on his ability to run a country.
Because I love our readers, here are two bonus questions:
Q: Do you remember your first touchdown?
A: I was 6 years old, flag football. My dad got to play quarterback, he threw me a go route that we worked on all summer. The first time I dropped it, second time I caught it. He came running down like Brett Favre and picked me up. It was in Big Rapids, Mich. where I’m originally from.
Q: Do you remember your first touchdown pass?
A: I was 8 years old. We played our crosstown rivals in a feeder league. We were down by six with 30 seconds to go. We called a go route to one of my best friends, Ryan. It was a bad pass but he caught it and scored. I overthrew him, but he had enough speed to go and get it.
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