No. 7 of 10 people at Georgia State spring football I’m excited to see

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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.

No. 8 was Ari Werts

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.

Rick Minter

Position: Defensive line coach, though his hire hasn’t been officially announced by athletics.

Class: Henderson State.

Height: Doesn’t matter.

Weight: Doesn’t matter.

Stats from last season: He was the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Why is he on the list? From Wikipedia:

1977 Henderson State (GA)
1978 Arkansas (GA)
1979–1980 Louisiana Tech (DE)
1980–1982 North Carolina State (DE)
1984 New Mexico State (LB)
1985–1991 Ball State (DC)
1992–1993 Notre Dame (DC)
1994–2003 Cincinnati
2004 South Carolina (DC)
2005–2007 Notre Dame (DC)
2008–2009 Marshall (DC)
2009 Marshall (interim HC)
2010 Indiana State (LB)
2011–2012 Kentucky (DC)
2013–2015 Philadelphia Eagles (LB)

Why am I interested to watch him at practice? Where to start? It will be interesting to watch the dynamic between Rick and his son Jesse, who is Georgia State’s defensive coordinator. I can’t find another current example of a father working for his son in college football (Monte working as defensive coordinator for Lane when he was coach at Tennessee is the only one I can think of, ever). There are lots of examples of sons working for fathers, or sons following fathers. So, there’s that dynamic.

And then there’s group of players.

I was critical of the defensive line in 2013 and 2014. They didn’t do much in terms of tackles, tackles for loss or sacks. As a result, it was hard for the defense to do anything because it didn’t seem like it was 11 on 11.

But that was then.

Last year they were arguably one of the best groups on defense, perhaps tied with the cornerbacks. Funny how the play of one can affect the other.

Though their stats weren’t great, you could tell by watching starters Jalen Lawrence (21 tackles, 1 ½ tackles for loss, no sacks), Shawanye Lawrence (41 tackles, ½ sack) and Mackendy Cheridor (34 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss, 3 sacks) that they were causing problems for offensive lines.

Why did they improve? Coach Trent Miles said it comes down to experience, development and coaching. Those who were freshmen in 2013 were juniors last year. It is the difference in high school players competing against grown men. If you don’t think there’s a difference, watch the NCAA tournament and see if you can pick out the seniors. It likely won’t be difficult because they will appear much more muscular.

Now, they’ve had another year of strength and conditioning, another year of experience on the field and now the coaching of Minter to help them fulfill their potential.

 

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

Quarterbacks

Ongoing 2016 schedule previews

Wisconsin

Tennessee-Martin

Air Force

Ball State


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