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:
E is for Andrew Everett
Everett is a wildcard for Georgia State’s defense this season.
A transfer from Old Dominion, Everett will start at rush end for the Panthers. He played mostly defensive end in three seasons for the Monarchs, finishing with 86 tackles and a handful of sacks and hurries.
The Panthers have searched (as have most programs) for a bona fide pass rusher for six years. The tam totaled 18 sacks last season, seventh in the Sun Belt and 17 less than league leaders Appalachian State.
Everett has the size (6-foot-5, 240 pounds), now it will be interesting to see how productive he can be as a stand-up end, rather than with his hand on the ground.
His insertion into the starting lineup enabled defensive coordinator Jesse Minter to move Michael Shaw (26 tackles, seven for loss, 2 ½ sacks), who started at rush end last year, to strongside linebacker.
Everett doesn’t even need to get sacks, he just needs to be threatening enough to free up Shaw, defensive end Mackendy Cheridor and/or Alonzo McGee to face single-man blocking and improve their chances of getting to the quarterback.