2017 Georgia State Panthers football team

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2017 Georgia State Panthers football
Georgia State Athletics wordmark.svg
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2017 record 3–2 (2–0 Sun Belt)
Head coach Shawn Elliott (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Travis Trickett (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Nate Fuqua (1st season)
Home stadium Georgia State Stadium
(Capacity: 23,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Appalachian State   3 0         4 2  
Arkansas State   3 0         4 2  
Georgia State   2 0         3 2  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 1         3 3  
Troy   1 1         4 2  
Louisiana–Lafayette   2 2         3 4  
South Alabama   1 1         2 4  
New Mexico State   1 2         3 4  
Idaho   1 2         2 4  
Georgia Southern   0 2         0 5  
Coastal Carolina*   0 3         1 5  
Texas State   0 3         1 6  
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Georgia State Panthers football team represents Georgia State University (GSU) in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers are led by first-year head coach Shawn Elliott. While in previous seasons the Panthers have played in the Georgia Dome, the 2017 season will be the first in which they will play in the newly acquired Georgia State Stadium, a renovated Turner Field with artificial turf and a 22,000 person capacity. The 2017 season is the Panthers' fifth in the Sun Belt Conference and seventh since starting football.

Background

Previous season

In 2016, the Panthers regressed from their previous, bowl invitation winning season, managing a 3–9 season. By their penultimate game, the university fired previous head coach Trent Miles. At the same time, the Panthers ended their tenure at the Georgia Dome, with a new on-campus stadium, Georgia State Stadium, being built out of the former Turner Field.

2017 NFL Draft

Panthers picked in the 2017 NFL Draft:

Round Pick Player Position Team
6 209 Robert Davis WR Washington Redskins

Recruits

As of December 21, 2016, the Panthers have a total of 20 recruits committed. Eight are three-star recruits.

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chris Sibilia
OT
Suwanee, GA North Gwinnett High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 290 lb (130 kg) - Jul 19, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 68
Connor Robins
OT
Saint Augustine, FL Pedro Menendez High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 330 lb (150 kg) - Jan 21, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 71
Jack Walker
QB
Madison, MS Madison Central High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) - Jan 18, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 72
Jaylon Jones
S
Dacula, GA Dacula High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) - Jan 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Jalen Jackson
G
Loganville, GA Grayson High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 300 lb (140 kg) - Jan 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Pat Bartlett
C
Newtown, PA Council Rock High School North 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 305 lb (138 kg) - Jan 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Chris Bacon
S
Atlanta, GA Westlake High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 181 lb (82 kg) - Jan 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Roger Carter
TE
Blythewood, SC Blythewood High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 245 lb (111 kg) - Jan 29, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 69
Tamir Jones
WR
Norcross, GA Norcross High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Kerryon Richardson
CB
West Columbia, SC Airport High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) - Dec 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Trajan McQueen
LB
Charlotte, NC West Mecklenburg High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) - Jan 16, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Camryn Johnson
WR
St. Matthews, SC Calhoun County High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Dontae Wilson
DT
Jefferson, GA Jefferson High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 295 lb (134 kg) - Jan 30, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Victor Heywood
LB
Hoschton, GA Mill Creek High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) - Oct 31, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Deandre Applin
S
Milledgeville, GA Georgia Military College 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.89 Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Jalen Wade
LB
Milledgeville, GA Georgia Military College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jan 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Malik Sumter
DT
Irmo, SC Dutch Fork High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 284 lb (129 kg) - Jan 21, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 68
Jhi'Shawn Taylor
LB
Cordele, GA Crisp County High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) - Jan 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Kevin Kwapis
OT
Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Western Community College 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 315 lb (143 kg) - Jan 30, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Hardrick Willis
DE
Jonesboro, GA Mundy's Mill High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) - Jan 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 124   247Sports: 99  ESPN: 101
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 

Coaching and support staff

Name Position Consecutive season at
Georgia State in current position
Shawn Elliott Head coach 1st
Travis Trickett Offensive coordinator, quarterback 1st
Nate Fuqua Defensive coordinator, outside linebackers 1st
Chris Collins Assistant coach, safeties 1st
Skylor Magee Assistant coach, defensive line 1st
Trent McKnight Assistant coach, wide receivers 1st
Sam Shade Assistant coach, cornerbacks 1st
Josh Stepp Assistant coach, running backs, tight endss 1st
Cedric Williams Assistant coach, offensive line 1st
Rusty Wright Assistant coach, inside linebacker 1st
Ben McLane Graduate assistant, offense 2nd
Steve Wojcikowski Director of football operations 1st
Scott Holsopple Head strength and conditioning coach 2nd
Bob Murphy Associate AD, sports medicine and nutrition 2nd
Nicholas Vogt Equipment manager 4th
Reference:[1]

Schedule

Georgia State announced its 2017 football schedule on March 1, 2017. The 2017 schedule consists of 6 home and away games in the regular season. The Panthers will host Sun Belt foes Troy, South Alabama, Appalachian State, and Idaho, and will travel to Coastal Carolina, ULM, Georgia Southern, and Texas State. Georgia State will not play two Sun Belt teams this season, Louisiana and New Mexico State.[2] The team will play three non–conference games, one home game against Tennessee State from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), and two road games against Penn State from the Big Ten and Charlotte from Conference USA.

The scheduled home game against Memphis was cancelled when the AAC bought out the contract between the schools for $1.1 million to reschedule a conference game between Memphis and UCF that was cancelled during the second week of the season due to Hurricane Irma.[3][4]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 p.m. Tennessee State* Georgia State StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN3 L 10–17   24,333
September 16 7:30 p.m. at No. 5 Penn State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN L 0–56   102,746
September 23 6:00 p.m. at Charlotte* Jerry Richardson StadiumCharlotte, NC Peachtree TV W 28–0   11,029
September 30 Memphis* Georgia State Stadium • Atlanta, GA Canceled[a]
October 7 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina Brooks StadiumConway, SC ESPN3 W 27–21   15,991
October 14 5:00 p.m. at Louisiana–Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA ESPN3 W 47–37   12,578
October 21 2:00 p.m. Troydagger Georgia State Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN3      
October 26 7:30 p.m. South Alabama Georgia State Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPNU      
November 4 3:00 p.m. at Georgia Southern Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA (Rivalry)      
November 11 at Texas State Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, TX ESPN3      
November 25 Appalachian State Georgia State Stadium • Atlanta, GA      
December 2 Idaho Georgia State Stadium • Atlanta, GA      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.
Schedule source:[5]
  1. ^ The game between Georgia State and Memphis was bought out by Memphis.

Game summaries

Tennessee State

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 7 7 0 17
Panthers 0 3 0 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
  • First game at Georgia State Stadium.

at Penn State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Nittany Lions 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Charlotte

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 14 0 14 28
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2015 CHAR, 23–20

at Coastal Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 7 0 6 27
Chanticleers 0 7 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at ULM

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 13 13 14 7 47
Warhawks 10 0 14 13 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2016 ULM, 37–23

Troy

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0
Panthers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2016 TROY, 31–21

South Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0
Panthers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2016 USA, 13–10

at Georgia Southern

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0
Eagles 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 GSU, 30–24

at Texas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0
Bobcats 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2016 GSU, 41–21

Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0
Panthers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2016 APP, 34–7

Idaho

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0
Panthers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2016 IDA, 37–12
  • Barring a possible bowl appearance for Idaho, this will be the Vandals' final game as an FBS member for the foreseeable future. Idaho football will downgrade to FCS, joining the school's other sports in the Big Sky Conference for 2018 and beyond.

Personnel

Roster

2017 Georgia State Panthers Football

Quarterback

  • 2 Jaquez Parks - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 205)
  • 7 Conner Manning - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 205)
  • 10 Ruggiero DeLuca - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 225)
  • 11 Aaron Winchester - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 190)
  • 16 Joshua Shim - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 205)

Running Back

  • 1 Kendrick Dorn - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 205)
  • 5 Tra Barnett - Sophomore (5'10, 180)
  • 8 Taz Bateman - Redshirt Junior (5'8, 190)
  • 17 Glenn Smith - Senior (6'1, 200)
  • 23 Darius Stubbs - Sophomore (5'10, 200) *
  • 24 Anthony Valverde - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 205)
  • 25 Kyler Neal - Redshirt Senior (5'11, 215)
  • 28 Demarcus Kirk - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 206)
  • 43 Deandre Bowman - Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 48 Maurice Lauchner - Redshirt Junior (5'9, 205)

Wide Receiver

  • 4 Jawan Nobles - Sophomore (6'3, 180)
  • 6 Jonathan Ifedi - 'Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 14 Devin Gentry - Sophomore (5'10, 190)
  • 15 Todd Boyd - Senior (5'11, 185)
  • 18 Penny Hart - Redshirt Sophomore (5'8, 180)
  • 80 Matlin Marshall - 'Redshirt Freshman (5'9, 190)
  • 82 Chancellor Triplett - Senior (6'0, 180)
  • 85 Eric Elder - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 185)
  • 86 Bryson Duckworth - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 215)
  • Bryan Hypolite - 'Redshirt Junior (5'11, 180)

Tight End

  • 46 Jacob Nesmith - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 270)
  • 49 Brandon Hamilton - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 230)
  • 84 Bill Teknipp - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 245)
  • 88 Ari Werts - Junior (6'4, 225)
  • 89 Michael Kouassi - Redshirt Freshman . (6'4, 220)

Placekicker

  • 93 Brandon Wright - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 180)
  • 98 Jeff Hollingsworth - Redshirt Freshman (5'7, 175)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 56 Alex Stoehr - G - Senior (6'2, 299)
  • 60 Jaylen Fareed - OL - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 310)
  • 63 Davis Moore - OL - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 299)
  • 65 Shamarious Gilmore - OL - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 285)
  • 69 Lucas Johnson - OL - Junior (6'4, 285)
  • 70 Chris Sibilia - OL - Freshman (6'7, 292)
  • 72 Gabe Mobley - OL - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 280)
  • 73 Nick Meyer - OL - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 260)
  • 74 Sebastian Willer - OT - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 285)
  • 76 Hunter Atkinson - OT - Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 285)

Defensive Lineman

  • 5 Mackendy Cheridor - DE - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 275)
  • 30 Javonte Lain - DE - Sophomore (6'2, 230)
  • 50 Jamal Paxton - DL - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 280)
  • 53 Terry Thomas - DL - Sophomore (6'3, 265)
  • 62 Will Cunningham - DL - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 270)
  • 68 Mitchell Shea - DL - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 225)
  • 91 Julien Laurent - DL - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 310)
  • 92 DeQueszman Kelley - DL - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 295)
  • 95 Marterious Allen - DE - Junior (6'2, 270)
  • 99 Clifford Amazan - DL - Sophomore (6'2, 320)

Punter

  • 48 Oliver Holdenson - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 210)
 

Linebacker

  • 3 Ed Curney - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 225)
  • 13 Charlie Patrick - Sophomore (6'0, 225)
  • 32 Malik Ricks - Senior (6'1, 235)
  • 33 James Traylor - Senior (6'3, 230)
  • 34 Niemus Bryant - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 220)
  • 39 Chase Middleton - Junior (6'2, 235)
  • 42 Trey Payne - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 225)
  • 44 Michael Shaw - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 230)
  • 59 Deshaun Faltz - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 215)
  • T.J. Arnold - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 210)
  • Warren McWilliams - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 210)

Defensive Back

  • 9 Cedric Stone - CB - Sophomore (5'10, 185)
  • 10 Chandon Sullivan - CB - Senior (5'11, 195)
  • 16 Jerome Smith - CB - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 180)
  • 20 Bryan Williams - S - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 212)
  • 21 Antreal Allen - CB - Senior (5'11, 190)
  • 22 Trey Chapman - DB - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 190)
  • 26 Kendrec Grady - S - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 28 David West - DB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 185)
  • 29 B.J. Clay - CB - Senior (6'0, 190)
  • 30 Kyndall Phillips - DB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 31 Ronald Peterkin - S - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 185)
  • 35 Leander Howard - DB - Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 36 Khai Anderson - CB - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 185)
  • 40 Remy Lazarus - DB - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 41 Blane Cannon - DB - Redshirt Freshman (5'9, 170)

Long Snappers

  • 54 Daniel Zeigler - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 240)
  • 66 Seth-Patrick Holman - Junior (5'11, 200)

[6]

References

  1. ^ 2017 Georgia State Panthers Football Media Guide
  2. ^ "Complete 2016 Football Schedule Announced" (Press release). Georgia State University Department of Athletics. March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MEMPHIS CANCELS SEPT. 30 FOOTBALL GAME AT GEORGIA STATE". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Culpepper, JuliaKate E. "Memphis cancels game at Georgia State". ajc. Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  5. ^ "2017 Georgia State Panthers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "2017 Roster". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
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