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.
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:
D is for Robert Davis
Miles may not like me writing this, but Davis has every chance to become the program’s highest-selected draft pick if he can stay healthy and productive in his pending senior season.
Of course, that bar isn’t very high. Christo Bilukidi going in the sixth round in 2012 remains the team’s highwater mark for the draft.
But Davis (and an NFL partner) may change that.
Because Davis has produced, and has size (6-foot-3, 198 pounds) and speed, he should go higher next April. He is a two-time all-conference selection with 155 receptions for 2,423 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Not bad for someone with just one FBS offer coming out of Northside High School in Warner Robins.
The knocks against Davis may include sometime lapses in concentration (dropped passes), and I’m curious to see how his speed will measure up against the true burners that he may face if he is invited to the NFL combine.
Other positives for Davis include his leadership: he is typically first to do position coach Tim Lappano’s various drills. He has maintained his production through two quarterbacks, various combinations of players at his position and even when teams knew Georgia State was going to throw.
It will be interesting to see if Davis can maintain his level of production with a new quarterback throwing the ball. Davis has been able to work some with Emiere Scaife for 2-plus years, Aaron Winchester for slightly more than a year and Conner Manning for a few months.
It can be difficult for receivers and quarterbacks to form a chemistry, but offensive coordinator Luke Huard seems to find ways to put the passing positions into situations in which they can succeed.