Georgia State’s football team will start spring practice on March 24 at the practice complex on MLK Drive.
The team returns nine starters on defense and seven on offense.
This is an interesting year for coach Trent Miles as he looks to build momentum on last year’s 6-7 season, which included the first bowl appearance in program history.
This is the first in a 10-part blog series on the people I’m most excited to watch this spring.
Most of these are people who either didn’t play last year, didn’t play a lot last year, or are trying to replace the few key starters who graduated and/or used up their eligibility.
Nos. 10-4 are in no particular order. The final three are.
No. 10 Andrew Everett
Position: Outside linebacker/rush end
Class: Redshirt senior
Stats from last season: He sat out last season after transferring from Old Dominion. He played at Collins Hill High School.
Why is he on the list? Because he produced at Old Dominion. He started 12 games at end in 2014 for the Monarchs, making 36 tackles with seven quarterback hurries. He also started 12 games in 2013 with 31 tackles and two hurries.
A team can’t have too many players that can pressure the quarterback, and Georgia State needs more players who can rush the quarterback. This is especially true because Georgia State will likely rely heavily on its defense in the few few games while the offense, under a new quarterback, finds its rhythm.
Why am I interested to watch him practice? As well as Georgia State played on defense last year, they still had just 18 sacks in 13 games. That was seventh in the Sun Belt and trailed the leader Appalachian State by 17.
Outside linebacker Michael Shaw and rush end Mackendy Cheridor combined for 5 ½ sacks last season. That’s not a bad total, but neither placed in the Sun Belt’s top 15. Adding Everett may be able to give them enough of a rest during games that they can still go full speed at the end of games.
Here are more posts:
Georgia State football
Georgia State basketball
The six-part series on what went wrong for the team in 2016: