ATLANTA -- Bryan Williams, Chandon Sullivan, Conner Manning and Penny Hart will serve as Georgia State's 2017 captains after being elected by their teammates, head coach Shawn Elliott announced at Saturday's practice.

Saturday's workout was actually Monday, signifying five days before the Panthers' season opener. Georgia State hosts Tennessee State on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the inaugural game at Georgia State Stadium.

"We expect leadership from everyone, but these four have stood out," Elliott told the team. "This should mean as much as any honor you will ever receive because you were chosen by your peers. Nothing is given. Everything is earned."

Williams, a safety from Miami, Fla., will make history as the first Georgia State Panther to play a sixth season of eligibility. He was granted the extra year after missing nearly two full seasons (2013 and 2014) with a back injury. He was fifth on the team in tackles last fall with 61, along with six pass breakups, and he has two career interceptions.

Sullivan is a three-year in the secondary, two-time all-conference selection and the Panthers' top returnee on defense. He enters his senior season as a Preseason First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was named this week to the Preseason Watch List for the Reese's Senior Bowl. The cornerback from Winder, Ga., had 43 tackles and three interceptions a year ago, and he is GSU's career leader with six interceptions. Sullivan is also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Manning, the senior quarterback from Lake Forest, Calif., led the Sun Belt with 268.4 yards passing per game in 2016 and tied for second in the league with 16 touchdown passes. He passed for 2,684 yards on 207-of-373 completions in 10 games.

Hart, the redshirt sophomore receiver from Buford, Ga., returns to the lineup after missing most of the 2016 season. As a rookie in 2015, he was a Freshman All-American and the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year after leading the league in receptions and receiving yards. He caught 71 passes for a Sun Belt freshman record 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns.

Season and single-game tickets and parking for the inaugural season at Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium are on sale now by visiting or calling 404-413-4020.