2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Georgia State Offense
The passing game has to be more consistent. The Panthers went bowling in 2015 after completing 62% of their passes and averaged close to nine yards per throw. They went bowling in 2017 after hitting 64% of their passes and averaging close to eight yards per throw.
In the other four years since moving up to the FBS world, the passing attack failed to get to the 60% completion mark and averaged well under eight yards per pass – and they didn’t go bowling in any of those seasons. QB Dan Ellington and the receivers are good enough to change that.
Biggest Key To The Georgia State Defense
Generate more pressure in the backfield, and hope that leads to more takeaways. The Panthers managed a mere 13 sacks on the season with eight of them coming in three games. With that lack of pressure, there wasn’t a whole lot happening to force takeaways with just ten on the year.
The Panthers came up with two in the opener against Kennesaw State, and won. they generated four against ULM, and won. Those were the only two victories of the season, with a mere one takeaway in the final six games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Cornelius McCoy, Soph.
Penny Hart might have had a wee bit of a down year, but he was still good enough to earn All-Sun Belt honors. He was the dangerous go-to guy, and now it’ll be up to the 5-11, 180-pound McCoy to try turning into the No. 1 target.
He was good enough to be an honorable mention All-Sun Belt performance with 495 yards and a score on 35 catches, but he was only good for around three grabs per game. Now he has to be more dangerous.
Key Game To The Georgia State Season
Troy, Oct. 26
If the Panthers want to dream big and have any hopes of coming up with something special in the East, they have to beat Troy for just the second time in seven tries at the FBS level. They fought well on the road in a 37-20 loss last season, but this time around it’s in Atlanta. Win, and with Appalachian State a home game, there’s a shot to dream big – the Panthers leave Georgia just once in the last six games.
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2018 Georgia State Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 133 – Georgia State 52
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 14-of-18 (78%) – Georgia State 17-of-28 (61%)
– Penalties: Opponents 71 for 599 yards – Georgia State 48 for 469 yards