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.
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.
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Stats from last season: He played in three games, not completing a pass in eight attempts. I wouldn’t read too much into those minuscule stats because most came at Oregon. He passed for more than 2,500 yards as a junior at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.
Why is he on the list? Because he definitely has the physical tools (he’s as a big as a linebacker) and has two-plus years of experience in Georgia State’s offense.
Repeating what I wrote about Aaron Winchester yesterday, 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? I want to see what he’s learned from Arbuckle, coach Luke Huard and his experience.
It’s fun to watch Scaife throw because the ball looks and sounds different when he throws and it hits the hands of a receiver.
I wasn’t exaggerating when I said he’s as big as a linebacker. He also brings an ability to run with the ball that wasn’t Arbuckle’s strength.
Here are more posts:
Georgia State football
Georgia State basketball
The six-part series on what went wrong for the team in 2016: