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