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 continue a series of quarterback Q&A’s with Scaife.
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: My personal goal is to establish myself as a starter, team leader and captain.
Q: How has your life changed since the win streak and bowl berth?
A: You can see the difference on campus how we are treated; the people who work with us, how much more generous they are to us.
Q: Describe how you have improved because of the winter workouts.
A: I’ve done a lot of extra film study on my own. I feel like I have a lot better grasp of the offense. My biggest hing is working on timing, so it’s a lot better of recognizing and analyzing defenses.
Physically, I’ve gained some weight, but I feel like I move pretty well with the weight I’ve gained. Bigger, faster, stronger is always the goal.
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: Get the ball to the best player on the field so it’s a touchdown.
The good thing, everybody on the field is a great player. You can’t stop all of them at one time. Somebody will be open.
Q: What is your least favorite route?
A: I don’t think I have a least favorite route. Screen passes. You’re falling off, it’s an awkward throw.
Q: Which teammate are you most looking forward to seeing this spring?
A: Ari (Werts)and Niemus Bryant. Me and Nemo have a god personal relationship. We talk a lot. I’m just ready to see what he does this spring.
A lot of people were doubting Ari at points last year, but I think he’s ready to prove himself.
Q: What’s your strength as a quarterback?
A: My arm strength, my physical attributes.
Biggest strength will always be arm strength, making all the throws.
Q: What do you need to work on?
A: Watching a lot of film, my timing has gotten a lot better with receivers.
Q: Who will win the presidential election?
A: I don’t know who is going to win. I wouldn’t mind seeing Hillary (Clinton) in the White House. I think she’s a lot more of a people person.
Q: Do you remember your first touchdown?
A: Flag football. I don’t remember the details, but I remember it was a long run.
Q: First touchdown pass?
A: I don’t remember. That’s crazy.
My most memorable was against Charlotte Catholic, a non-conference game. They were supposed to be the team to knock off Mallard Creek. They had Elijah Hood.
Going into half, a couple of seconds left, Zane Talley runs a seam down the middle. We were already winning, but that set it straight that they weren’t in competition with us.
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