No. 3 of 10 people I’m excited to see at Georgia State spring practices

Aaron Winchester. (Georgia State)

Aaron Winchester. (Georgia State)

Georgia State’s football team will start spring practice on Thursday 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

No. 6 was Cloves Campbell

No. 5 was Ed Curney

No. 4 was Kendrick Dorn

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.

Aaron Winchester

Position: Quarterback

Class: Redshirt freshman

Height: 6-2

Weight: 175

Stats from last season: None because he redshirted. He was a two-time all-state selection at Mount Pisgah.

Why is he on the list? Because Georgia State needs a new starting quarterback. Nick Arbuckle exhausted his eligibility after passing for more than 4,300 yards last season and being named the Sun Belt Conference student-athlete of the year. Arbuckle, who holds most of the school’s passing records, was more than just a quarterback; he led film studies and served as another coach on the field.

Why am I interested to watch him practice? This may have just been an oversight on Arbuckle’s part when discussing the film sessions, but when asked who else attended he usually mentioned Winchester. I don’t remember him saying Emiere Scaife. Again, that could be an oversight on his part or me simply not remembering the conversations accurately.

Anyway, Winchester has the height (and working on the weight) and the physical tools to be a solid quarterback. As with Scaife and Conner Manning, it now remains to be seen if he knows the offense, can read defenses and move teammates into the proper positions. Because Winchester ran the scout team last year, he didn’t get opportunities to show these skills. A version of this ability to read defenses will be repeated for the next two people in this series.

The quarterback will have help: most of the receivers return, including Penny Hart, Robert Davis and Keith Rucker. Three starters on the offensive line return, though it can be argued that has advantages and disadvantages based upon the 33 sacks allowed in the passing game and 3.1 yards per carry in the rushing game.

 

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

Other Georgia State stuff

Frady sets baseball record


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