General Information



Pounce, Georgia State's #1 Fan, is always on the prowl! You can find Pounce at GSU Football and Basketball games, as well as other athletic events. He also takes time to attend a variety of campus and community events.

Pounce is one of the most recognizable and beloved mascots in the Atlanta area. He has become a centerpiece for the continued growth and expansion of Georgia State Athletics. Whether Pounce is center court or in center field, fans and players alike eagerly anticipate his fun and exciting performances.

Always "ON THE PROWL", Pounce serves as an integral part of the community programs of Georgia State Athletics. He makes appearances at various schools, hospitals, and charity events throughout the city. When taking time out for himself, Pounce enjoys dancing, playing, exploring the Atlanta Zoo, and merely lying back at home watching ESPN.

History of Pounce

Pounce has been an integral part of Georgia State's history since athletics joined the NCAA in 1963-64.  

Once an evening college, the GSU logo mascot was an owl from 1940 to 1947. At this time, the nickname was changed to the Ramblers. In 1963 the name Panthers was selected by the students for Georgia State. However, there was not an official mascot at games and events until 1989, when Urbie, a crimson panther was born. Urbie didn't last too long either. In 1993, Pounce, a blue panther was created. Pounce has had a few makeovers over the years. After his most recent makeover, he debuted on December 22, 2009 at a men's basketball game vs. Georgia Southern. Pounce was certainly a vital part of the start of GSU Football in 2010. For the full history of GSU's mascot, click here


Pounce is a great hit at events of all kind! If you are interested in booking Pounce for an event, please download the appropriate form here and e-mail the completed form to GSU Spirit Coordinator Darryl Lyons at For questions, please call (404) 413-4019. Requests cannot be processed until the correct form is completed.

Are you interested in being the next Pounce?

Candidates for Team Pounce should be at least 5 foot 8 inches in height with an athletic build.

These candidates will be asked to perform a two-minute skit using props and music. Typically, we choose three to four members for this team. Contact Darryl Lyons at or call (404) 413-4019.

Darryl Lyons
Head Coach - Spirit Groups                                                                 
Phone: 404-413-4019