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2018 Georgia State Panthers Football Team
2018 Georgia State Panthers football
Georgia State Athletics wordmark.svg
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
DivisionEast Division
2018 record2-10 (1-7 Sun Belt)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTravis Trickett (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorNate Fuqua (2nd season)
Home stadiumGeorgia State Stadium
(Capacity: 23,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Appalachian State xy$   7 1         11 2  
Troy x   7 1         10 3  
Georgia Southern   6 2         10 3  
Coastal Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Georgia State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Louisiana xy   5 3         7 7  
Arkansas State x   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana-Monroe   4 4         6 6  
South Alabama   2 6         3 9  
Texas State   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

The 2018 Georgia State Panthers football team represented Georgia State University (GSU) in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by second-year head coach Shawn Elliott. The season was the Panthers' sixth in the Sun Belt Conference, first within the East Division, and ninth since starting football. They played their home games at Georgia State Stadium. They finished the season 2-10, 1-7 in Sun Belt play to finish in last place in the East Division.

Previous season

In 2017, the Panthers played their first season under new head coach (and accompanying staff) Shawn Elliott. After a short recruiting year (due to turnover of staff), Elliott managed to put together one of Georgia State's highest rated recruiting classes. After losing the opening game at the Panther's new stadium Georgia State Stadium, a conversion of the former Turner Field, the Panthers would go on to become bowl eligible for the second time in the programs seven-year history, defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at the Cure Bowl.

Recruiting

Recruits

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

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40? Commit date
Despelado Alexandre
OT
Deerfield Beach, FL Deerfield Beach High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Danterius Ellington
QB
Fulton, MS Itawamba Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Jacorey Crawford
CB
Thomson, GA Thomson High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Diondre Champaigne
WR
North Charleston, SC Fort Dorchester High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Tyler Gore
CB
Little River, SC North Myrtle Beach High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Destin Coates
RB
Tallahassee, FL James S. Rickards High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Swift Lyle
QB
Mobile, AL St. Paul's Episcopal School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Sam Pinckney
WR
Greenwood, SC Greenwood High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Akeem Smith
DT
Virginia Beach, VA Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.68
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Courtney Williams
WR
Hogansville, GA Callaway High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 179 lb (81 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Blake Carroll
LB
Lawrenceville, GA Mountain View High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 4.84
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Cornelius McCoy
WR
Deerfield Beach, FL Deerfield Beach High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Quavian White
CB, RB
Greer, SC Greer High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 4.78
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Dawson Hill
RB
Hoschton, GA Mill Creek High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.58
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Travis Glover
OT
Vienna, GA Dooly County High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 310 lb (140 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
D'angelo Knight
S
North Charleston, SC Fort Dorchester High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Jontrey Hunter
S
Tampa, FL Sickles High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.50
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Seth Paige
RB
Glen Saint Mary, FL Baker County High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 4.47
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Brandon Joseph
OG
Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 280 lb (130 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Herman McCray
TE
West Palm Beach, FL Oxbridge Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.86
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Mario Dungy
DT
Eight Mile, AL Blount County 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Marlon Young
LB
Opelousas, LA Opelousas High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.67
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
TJ Smith
DE
Laurinburg, NC Scotland County High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 240 lb (110 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Zachary Dixon
TE
Hollywood, FL Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.60
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Tre Moore
DE
Johnston, SC Strom Thurmond High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Johnathan Bass
OT
Marietta, GA Carlton J. Kell High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 5.20
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Samuel Oshodi
WR
Fort Lauderdale, FL Cypress Bay High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   247Sports: 94
  • 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:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2018.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Fred Biletnikoff Award[1] Penny Hart WR JR
John Mackey Award[2] Camrin Knight TE JR

Sun Belt coaches poll

On July 19, 2018, the Sun Belt released their preseason coaches poll with the Panthers predicted to finish in third place in the East Division.[3]

East Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Appalachian State 46 (6)
2 Troy 44 (4)
3 Georgia State 26
4 Georgia Southern 22
5 Coastal Carolina 12

Preseason All-Sun Belt Teams

The Panthers had five players selected to the preseason all-Sun Belt teams.[4]

Coaching and support staff

Name Position Consecutive season at
Georgia State in current position
Shawn Elliott Head coach 2nd
Travis Trickett Offensive coordinator, quarterback 2nd
Nate Fuqua Defensive coordinator, outside linebackers 2nd
Tim Bowens Assistant coach, running backs 1st
Chris Collins Assistant coach, safeties 2nd
Blake Gideon Assistant coach, cornerbacks 1st
Skylor Magee Assistant coach, defensive line 2nd
Trent McKnight Assistant coach, wide receivers 2nd
Josh Stepp Assistant coach, tight ends 2nd
Cedric Williams Assistant coach, offensive line 2nd
Rusty Wright Assistant coach, inside linebacker 2nd
Steve Wojcikowski Director of football operations 2nd
Scott Holsopple Head strength and conditioning coach 3rd
Bob Murphy Associate AD, sports medicine and nutrition 3rd
Reference:[5]

Schedule

Georgia State announced its 2018 football schedule on February 27, 2018. The 2018 schedule consists of 6 home and away games in the regular season. The Panthers host Sun Belt foes ULM, Coastal Carolina, Texas State, and in-state rivals Georgia Southern, and traveled to Troy, Arkansas State, Louisiana, and Appalachian State. Georgia State will not play Sun Belt foe South Alabama this year.[6] The team will play four non-conference games, two home game against Kennesaw State, an FCS team from the Big South Conference, Western Michigan from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), and two road games against NC State from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Memphis from the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.No. 5 (FCS) Kennesaw State*ESPN+W 24-2023,088
September 812:30 p.m.at NC State*ACCRSNL 7-4156,017
September 148:00 p.m.at Memphis*ESPNL 22-5927,678
September 222:00 p.m.Western Michigan*
  • Georgia State Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPN+L 15-3415,264
September 292:00 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe
  • Georgia State Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPN+W 46-1414,368
October 47:30 p.m.at TroyESPNUL 20-3722,903
October 187:30 p.m.at Arkansas StateESPNUL 35-5118,176
October 272:00 p.m.Coastal Carolina
  • Georgia State Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPN+L 34-3715,648
November 32:00 p.m.Texas State
  • Georgia State Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPN+L 31-4011,312
November 105:00 p.m.at LouisianaESPN+L 22-3614,945
November 172:30 p.m.at Appalachian StateESPN+L 17-4522,315
November 242:00 p.m.Georgia Southern
  • Georgia State Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA (rivalry)
ESPN+L 14-3520,011
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule source:[7]

Game summaries

Kennesaw State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 (FCS) Owls 7 7 6 0 20
Panthers 0 14 0 10 24

at NC State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 0 7
Wolfpack 10 10 7 14 41

at Memphis

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 6 6 22
Tigers 21 17 7 14 59

Western Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 17 14 0 34
Panthers 0 9 6 0 15

Louisiana-Monroe

1 2 3 4 Total
Warhawks 7 7 0 0 14
Panthers 14 16 6 10 46

at Troy

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 3 3 14 20
Trojans 14 9 0 14 37

at Arkansas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 14 14 35
Red Wolves 20 14 7 10 51

Coastal Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Chanticleers 17 3 7 10 37
Panthers 7 6 21 0 34

Texas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 13 0 20 7 40
Panthers 7 3 0 21 31

at Louisiana

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 7 8 22
Ragin' Cajuns 7 6 3 20 36

at Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 3 7 17
Mountaineers 14 3 14 14 45

Georgia Southern

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 13 15 7 35
Panthers 0 0 0 14 14

References


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