ATLANTA -- After capping the 2017 season with the first bowl game victory in school history, Georgia State gets its first look at 2018 as the Panthers open spring practice Wednesday under second-year head coach Shawn Elliott.
Georgia State posted a 7-5 record in Elliott's first season, capped by the 27-17 victory over Western Kentucky in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
All spring practice sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m., beginning with Wednesday's first workout. Practice No. 2 is scheduled for Thursday, and then the Panthers will pause for spring break. Spring drills resume Monday, March 19 and continue through the April 7 Blue-White Spring Game at Georgia State Stadium.
"We are ready to get out there. We've got some momentum and we want to keep it going," Elliott said.
The Panthers return 52 letterwinners from last year's squad that earned the program's first winning season at the FBS level, led by returning All-Sun Belt Conference performers in wide receiver Penny Hart, linebacker Michael Shaw, defensive end Marterious Allen and offensive guard Shamarious Gilmore.
Perhaps the biggest question for the spring is at the quarterback position, where the Panthers must replace two-year starter and AutoNation Cure Bowl MVP Conner Manning. GSU has four quarterbacks in spring ball in junior Aaron Winchester, senior Jaquez Parks, redshirt freshman Jack Walker and junior college transfer Dan Ellington, who enrolled this semester.
"It certainly is a critical position, as everyone knows; it's the backbone of your offense," Elliott said. "All of those guys have different qualities that we can attack with. What a great position battle we're going to have."
Season tickets for Panthers' the six-game home schedule at GSU Stadium begin as low as $100, with discounts available for GSU faculty and staff. Single game tickets range from $20 to $25 per game, while group ticket packages are available for groups of 10 more ranging from $10 to $15 per game.
Fans can purchase tickets online at GeorgiaStateSports.com/TIX or by calling the ticket office at 404-413-4020 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).
SPRING PRACTICE DATES:
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Monday, March 19
Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
Monday, March 26
Tuesday, March 27
Thursday, March 29
Friday, March 30
Monday, April 2
Tuesday, April 3
Thursday, April 5
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7 - SPRING GAME at Georgia State Stadium