No. 9 of 10 people I’m excited to see at Georgia State spring football

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Can Jonathan Ifedi become the next Donovan Harden? BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

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.

The team will open its season hosting Ball State on Sept. 1 or 2.

This is the second in a 10-part blog series on the people I’m most excited to watch this spring.

No. 10 was Andrew Everett.

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. 9 Jonathan Ifedi

Position: Wide receiver

Class: Freshman from Charlotte, N.C.

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180

Stats from last season: He caught 23 touchdown passes in his last two years in high school.

Why is he on the list? Because Trent Miles’ program has a habit of developing pretty good wide receivers (Penny Hart, Robert Davis, Todd Boyd), and Georgia State’s quarterbacks are already singing Ifedi’s praises. Hart was named the Sun Belt Conference’s newcomer of the year; Davis was an all-conference performer. If the coaches liked Ifedi, they saw talent they can develop combined with good physical attributes.

Why am I interested to watch him practice? Because Donovan Harden and Avery Sweeting used up their eligibility the team is actually thin at wide receiver. Beyond Hart, Davis and Boyd, If Ifedi can show he understands the offense and its reads, he may be able to earn playing time and add depth. Of the returning wide receivers, Hart (71), Davis (61) and Boyd (25) caught all but one of the passes for the group. Octavious Andrews, a redshirt senior, caught the other.

 

Here are more posts:

Georgia State football

Results of Georgia State’s pro day

Georgia State spring game set

Sun Belt schedule superlatives

2016 Georgia State Sun Belt football schedule

Podcast: The Sun Belt retraction excitation

Sun Belt football will condense to 10 teams

10 questions with Georgia State QB Conner Manning

10 questions with Georgia State QB Aaron Winchester

Georgia State and North Carolina schedule home-and-home football series;

Georgia State loses an assistant football coach;

Georgia State schedules home-and-home series with Vanderbilt;

How did Georgia State do on ESPN channels;

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s special teams and recruiting

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s offense

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s defense

Georgia State finds out its Sun Belt opponents for 2016

Georgia State welcomes six early enrollees

Georgia State adds Tennessee State to football schedule

Georgia State’s Hart named All-American

Georgia State basketball

The six-part series on what went wrong for the team in 2016:

Part I: Lack of chemistry.

Part II: Issues at point guard.

Part III: No fast-break game.

Part IV: No post player.

Part V: Not enough shots.

Part VI: Freshmen development.

Georgia State shut out of Sun Belt awards

Georgia State’s Bruise Brothers get last home game

An update on Georgia State’s practice facility;

Georgia State/Atlanta bid to host the Sun Belt basketball tournament;

Video: Ron Hunter after the loss to UALR

Ongoing football review/preview series

Offensive line

Wide receivers

Running backs

Quarterbacks

Ongoing 2016 schedule previews

Wisconsin

Tennessee-Martin

Air Force

Ball State


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