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 second 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. 9 Jonathan Ifedi
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman from Charlotte, N.C.
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
Georgia State basketball
The six-part series on what went wrong for the team in 2016: