No. 1 of 10 people I’m excited to see at Georgia State’s spring practices

Conner Manning

Conner Manning

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

No. 2 was Emiere Scaife

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.

Conner Manning

Position: Quarterback

Class: Redshirt junior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

Stats from last season: None, which is one of the reasons that he left Utah for Georgia State. He played in two games for the Utes, both as a back up. He was affected by changes in the coaching staff and offensive systems that didn’t fit his particular skills, which is as a back-up passer who passed for a mind-blowing 9,400-plus yards in high school in California.

Why is he on the list? Because Georgia State needs a starting quarterback and Manning is one of three likely candidates to take over for Nick Arbuckle, who passed for more than 4,300 yards last season.

Why am I interested to watch him practice? Anybody that passed for that many yards in high school is worth a few minutes of time, you think?

I have no idea if he accumulated that many yards throwing screen passes to what must have been a posse of Division I prospects at wide receivers and running back.

I have no idea if he accumulated that many yards throwing passes against what must have been some of the worst high school defenses since I watched Freedom roll over Watauga in the early 1990s.

Either way, I want to see how it happened.

I also want to see if he can read defenses and put his teammates in the correct positions to succeed, the same thing I said for Aaron Winchester and Emiere Scaife.


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


Ongoing 2016 schedule previews



Air Force

Ball State

Other Georgia State stuff

Frady sets baseball record

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