Georgia State wide receiver Penny Hart. (Photo by Andres Leighton)
Georgia State’s football team will open its camp on Friday ahead of its season-opening game vs. Ball State at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 2.
The team went 6-7 last season, its final defeat coming to San Jose State in its first bowl game, the Cure Bowl in Orlando.
Coach Trent Miles’ squad returns nine starters on defense, six or seven on offense and has a depth that it hasn’t since he took over three seasons ago.
Continuing the position group breakdown.
Wide receivers/tight ends
Who is competing? Senior Robert Davis, sophomore Penny Hart are the notables at wide receiver after all-conference performances last season. Hart led the team in receptions (71), yards (1,099) and touchdowns (8). Davis was second in receptions (61), yards (980) and tied for second in touchdowns (6). Todd Boyd (25/296) is in the mix, as is senior Mattavius Scott, and a slew of freshmen that includes Bryson Duckworth, Eric Elder, Jonathan Ifedi and Matlin Marshall.
Keith Rucker and Ari Werts will compete at tight end. Rucker was all-conference last season after catching 39 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns. Werts had five receptions for 84 yards.
Key stat? The Panthers had the ninth best passing attack in FBS last season, averaging 335.9 yards per game. Of course, they will be led by a new quarterback this season.
Who has the edge? This is easier than trying to predict the starters at quarterback and running back. Davis, Hart and Rucker will start. Boyd should start. Werts could start if the team elects to use either two tight ends, or to flex him out to create a matchup mismatch.
Football A-to-Z series
A is for Alonzo McGee
B is for Backfield
C is for Chandon Sullivan
D is for Robert Davis
E is for Andrew Everett
F is for fumbles
G is for Georgia Dome
H is for Harold Etheridge
I is for interceptions
J is for Jesse Minter (because I’m a dummy, I originally posted this as M is for Minter)
K is for Kicker
L is for Luke Huard
M is for Trent Miles
N is for non-conference
O is for October
P is for Penny Hart
Q is for Quarterbacks
R is for run defense
S is for sacks
T is for Turner Field
U is for undergrads
V is for victory
W is for wideouts
X is for X-factor
Y is for yellow flags
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