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:
F is for fumbles
Fumbles remained a problem for Georgia State’s football team last season.
After losing 12 of its 22 fumbles in 2014, the Panthers lost 11 of its 17 fumbles last season. Those losses were a reason why the team finished with a turnover margin of minus-1 last season. The lost fumbles were the second-most in the Sun Belt Conference, despite having the second-fewest carries.
It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly why fumbles happen: sometimes it’s poor fundamentals, sometimes it’s just a good play made by a player on another team.
The fumbles must be reduced this season because it is likely that Miles’ team is going to run the ball much more frequently than it did in either of the past two years when it rushed 390 times in 2014 and 407 last year.
The team will have a new quarterback(s) and it seems unlikely that offensive coordinator Luke Huard will have him Emiere Scaife, Conner Manning or Aaron Winchester slinging the ball nearly as frequently as Nick Arbuckle did the previous two seasons.