ATLANTA -- The Georgia State football program opens its second spring under head coach Trent Miles as the Panthers begin spring drills with a workout Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the GSU Practice Complex.

The Panthers are scheduled to practice this week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday before taking next week off for GSU's spring break.

Spring practice resumes March 25 and runs through April 12, with scrimmages scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays on March 29, April 5 and April 12. Times and locations are to be announced. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public.

Continuing the building process that Miles and staff began in 2013, the Panthers must replace 27 seniors. GSU has added five talented junior college players who are enrolled for spring and look for continued improvement from the numerous young players who saw action last fall.

"There will be a lot of position battles as we try to replace 27 seniors and fill a lot of holes. All positions are open," Miles said.

"We are a little thin in numbers for spring with graduation, injuries and other situations, but we feel good about the competition. We are still are a work in progress.

"It's going to be fun but a challenge to keep everyone healthy while still getting in all the work we need."

Top returnees for the Panthers include junior linebacker Joseph Peterson, GSU's leading tackler the last two years who earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference recognition last fall, senior punter Matt Hubbard, who owns a career average of better than 42 yards per punt, and sophomore wide receiver Robert Davis, who was second on the team in receiving to All-American Albert Wilson.

With the graduation of so many seniors, virtually every position is affected, in particular the secondary, the wide receiver corps and the offensive line.

GSU added three junior college offensive linemen who are enrolled this semester and are expected to contribute immediately in 6-4, 285-pound Taylor Evans (Saddleback, Calif., College), 6-5, 360-pound Michael Ivory (Coffeyville, Kan., CC) and 6-6, 315-pound Steve Wolgamott (Butler, Kan., CC). In the secondary, Iowa Western Community College transfer Marcus Caffey looks to be another immediate contributor at cornerback.

The Panthers return starting quarterback Ronnie Bell (2,573 yards, 15 TD, 11 int) and backup Ben McLane (354 yards, 2 TD, 1 int), but as the Panthers seek more consistency, junior college transfer Nick Arbuckle from Pierce (Calif.) College and sophomore Clay Chastain, who redshirted last fall, enter the competition this spring.

"Our kids are starting to understand what we expect in terms of preparation," Miles said. "We've made gains in the weight room, and our young players are getting bigger and stronger as they mature. Things are going well, but we still need time grow and develop."