No. 2 of 10 people I’m excited to see at Georgia State’s spring practices

Emiere Scaife. (Georgia State)

Emiere Scaife. (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

No. 3 was Aaron Winchester

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.

Emiere Scaife

Position: Quarterback

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Height: 6-2

Weight: 218

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.

Scaife said he has worked on studying film so that’s he’s better at recognizing defenses.

 

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

Hunter says no comment about Wright State job

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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