ATLANTA--As Georgia State continues spring practice in preparation for the 2013 season, one of the Panthers' senior leaders is Kail Singleton, a safety from Temple, Ga., and Bremen High School.
Singleton enters the 2013 campaign as one of 30 seniors on the roster.
"It seems like I've been here forever, but then again, it seems like it's flown by," Singleton said. "I can't believe I'm getting ready to play my final season. I'm also graduating this spring with my degree in exercise science, and then I hope to start my master's in HPE (Health and Physical Education) in the fall."
Of the 30 seniors, 18 have been with the program since the fall of 2009, when the team completed a season of practice prior to their inaugural season of competition in 2010.
"I can remember that first day, the luncheon at the Rialto," Singleton said, recalling Aug. 11, 2009, when 71 new Panthers reported for the first time. "We talk about practicing on that field over at MLK Middle School, and now we're so lucky to have our own facility."
The Panthers held their second session of spring practice Friday evening. Even though spring practice is just beginning, the team has been working with head coach Trent Miles and the new coaching staff throughout the winter in the offseason conditioning program.
"Winter workouts made us very, very close, and I think that will make us play better on the field," said Singleton. "It was tough, I'm not going to lie, but that's what it takes.
"The bonding in winter conditioning, just helping each other through the tough workouts, that will help us stay together in the fourth quarter of a tight game."
The 6-2, 212-pounder is coming off a junior season in which made 43 tackles and one interception, which he grabbed in the season opener against South Carolina State. He was selected as one of the team's permanent captains for the 2012 season, and he was named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team.
He is enjoying the new schemes being implemented by defensive coordinator Jesse Minter.
"I like the defense. We don't have everything installed yet, but so far, I really like the scheme," said Singleton.
"I'm playing safety, but I've always told the coaches, put me wherever you need me," added Singleton, who has also worked at linebacker during his GSU career. "I'll play anywhere and do anything to help the team win."
Georgia State continues spring practice with workout number three scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the GSU Practice Complex. Spring practice culminates with the April 20 Spring Scrimmage, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. Admission is free.
SPRING PRACTICE DATES:
Mar. 30 (Sat.), 10:40 a.m.
Apr. 2 (Tue.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 4 (Thu.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 5 (Fri.), 5:25 p.m.
Apr. 6 (Sat.), 10:40 a.m.
Apr. 9 (Tue.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 11 (Thu.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 12 (Fri.), 5:25 p.m.
Apr. 13 (Sat.), 10:40 a.m.
Apr. 16 (Tue.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 18 (Thu.), 8:55 a.m.
Apr. 19 (Fri.), 5:25 p.m.
Apr. 20 (Sat.), SPRING SCRIMMAGE, 1 p.m. at Georgia Dome