ATLANTA --"Memphis is a strong football team, as you well know," Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott said as his Panthers prepare for Friday's game at Memphis. The 7 p.m. ET contest at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will be nationally televised on ESPN.
"They are a high-motor offense with a good quarterback, great skilled receivers and good backs. They can put up a lot of points," Elliott continued.
"Defensively, they give us multiple looks we've got to prepare for."
Both teams enter the game with 1-1 records. Georgia State is coming off a 41-7 loss at NC State, while Memphis fell to Navy, 22-21.
Elliott took some positives from his team's performance last Saturday against the Wolfpack.
"I saw a lot of improvement in some areas, and some things we've got to clean up," he said. "The first couple of weeks, you're still figuring out who your are, but we made a lot of steps both offensively and defensively."
Georgia State quarterback Dan Ellington is averaging 190.5 yards passing and 53.4 yards rushing per game, leading the team in both categories. He played at Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, Miss., about 20 miles from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
This will be Georgia State's first appearance on ESPN, although the Panthers have played numerous times on the various other ESPN networks.
"This is a chance to showcase Georgia State University and Georgia State football to see exactly what type of program we are growing into," Elliott said. "We're a fighting bunch, I can assure you of that. It's a great opportunity, and we're ready to go play on ESPN."