No. 6 of 10 people at Georgia State spring football I’m excited to see

Photo courtesy of Georgia State.

Photo courtesy of Georgia State.

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

No. 7 was Rick Minter

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.

Cloves Campbell

Position: Safety

Class: Senior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

Stats from last season: Three tackles in 13 games last season. While at Scottsdale Community College, he had 60 tackles, seven interceptions, 12 passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 2014.

Why is he on the list? Because he is one of several players who will compete to try to replace Tarris Batiste. Batiste was an all-conference selection who had 100 tackles, four interceptions, six passes broken up, 10 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

It is a lot to replace and likely won’t be done by just one person.

Why am I interested to watch him practice? Though it will difficult to replace Batiste stat for stat, Campbell’s play-making production in community college makes him the best available, in my opinion. He has the size and the speed. It remains to be seen how he reads defenses and if he and Bobby Baker in tandem can make the right adjustments. Campbell will compete with Bryan Williams, Ronald Peterkin and Trent Hill.

 

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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