Because some of you indicated by email or to me on twitter (@DougRobersonAJC) that you liked like series last year, I’m bringing back the Georgia State football A-to-Z series.
If you aren’t a soccer nut like me and have Atlanta United team construction, Champions League, the fight to get out of relegation in leagues around the world, MLS and Copa America Centenario to keep you occupied this summer, I hope this series can provide a daily drop of sunshine fill these non-pigskin doldrums that we must suffer through until camp opens in August.
Quick recap: the Panthers went 6-7 last season with that last loss coming in the team’s first bowl game, the Cure Bowl in Orlando against San Jose State.
Coach Trent Miles will return seven-eight starts on offense (depending upon your definition of what makes a starter) and nine on defense.
The team should be picked to finish in the top half of the media polls and, if not for the lock that Appalachian State will likely have on first-place votes, might even receive a vote or two in that category.
Anyway, off we go:
C is for Chandon Sullivan
Able to concentrate on just one position, cornerback, Sullivan blossomed into an All Sun Belt Conference performer last season. He had two interceptions with eight passes broken up and 10 defensed.
He has the size (5-11, 185), speed and intelligence (Dean’s List several times) to better that performance this season if the pass rush remains at least static.
He and Jerome Smith form a solid tandem at defensive back, one that limited opponents to a completion percentage of 58.8 and 224.5 passing yards per game.
Theirs will be an interesting challenge because it seems most of the opponents will either run a great deal (Air Force, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State) or pass a great deal (Troy, Idaho).
Smith started as a cornerback as a freshman before moving to safety for the final four games. He moved back to cornerback before last season.