No. 8 of 10 people at Georgia State spring football I’m excited to see


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.

No. 9 was Jonathan Ifedi.

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. 8 Ari Werts

Position: Tight end

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6-4

Weight: 225.

Stats from last season: He had five receptions for 84 yards, including three for 63 yards in the Cure Bowl.

Why is he on the list? First, I want to see him score a touchdown so I can watch him do the Juug (Jug?, I’m no longer hip to the scene) Walk that he talks about on twitter. Second, he has the physical tools to create mismatches in the offense once he is put into motion. I’m not sure a linebacker can cover him as a tight end, and I’m not sure a cornerback can be physical enough with him if he goes into motion and lines up as a wide receiver.

Why am I interested to watch him practice? Tight end Keith Rucker will likely be the starting tight end, but Werts, Bill Teknipp and Hunter Atkinson will challenge for playing time. Put Rucker, Werts and Atkinson together and there could be some interesting offensive formations and play-calling. Of course, I wrote a few years ago that the Panthers were going to use Rucker, Joe Ruiz and Bill Teknipp were going to be included in formations featuring three tight ends and I think I’ve seen that twice since then. Not exactly a thick part of the playbook.



Here are more posts:

Georgia State football

Georgia State spring tour dates

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


Ongoing 2016 schedule previews



Air Force

Ball State

View Comments 0