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Georgia State Panthers 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

Georgia State Panthers 2017 Preview

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The Georgia State Panthers open a new stadium with a new head coach and hopes of a Bowl in 2017.

Overview: Shawn Elliott takes over a Georgia State program that is still testing the FBS waters. Elliott has some pieces to lean on but will it be enough in the top heavy Sun Belt?

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Georgia State Panthers 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: The Georgia State Panthers have been known for their passing style offense and with one year of experience under his belt, quarterback Connor Manning will look for more consistency. The good news for the Panthers receiving corps is Penny Hart is due back after missing much of 2016 with injuries and he’ll join the cast of Jawan Nobles, TE Ari Werts and several freshman to form a competent group. The GSU ground game wasn’t very productive but Kyler Neal showed some potential in an injury riddled 2016. The offensive line wasn’t a world beating unit a season ago and four starters are back along with some highly touted freshman so this group logically should be better. 

Defense: Georgia State doesn’t have a history of being great defensively but they were very competitive a season ago and bring back many of those faces in 2017. End Makendy Cheridor made his share of plays along the Panthers defensive line with NT Julien Laurent giving the interior of the line some beef and altogether this unit gets back four of their top six. Michael Shaw gave Georgia State 12 TFL at linebacker and three of the top four return for this group. The Panthers stout passing defense will be strong once again with the secondary getting back six of their top seven so the defense that once was an afterthought has become a dependable strength.

Special Teams: The Panthers were not a very good special teams squad and virtually ever body returns. Punter Brandon Wright doesn’t have a big leg and his punts were generally returned while longer field goals were not on the menu which was is why Georgia State was ranked near the bottom in special teams.

Outlook: The Georgia State defense might be leaned on once again if their counterparts on offense struggle throwing the ball and have more issues on the ground but I think the potential is there for Bowl eligibility.

Schedule:

8-31 vs. Tennessee State

9-16 @ Penn State

9-23 @ Charlotte

9-30 vs. Memphis

10-7 @ Coastal Carolina

10-14 @ UL Monroe

10-21 vs. Troy

10-26 vs. South Alabama

11-4 @ Georgia Southern

11-11 @ Texas State

11-25 vs. Appalachian State

12-2 vs. Idaho

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