ATLANTA -- One of Shawn Elliott's favorite phrases is "fast and physical," and Georgia State's second-year head coach is happy with the physicality he's seen from his Panthers this second week of spring practice.
Thursday's workout was practice No. 5 of the spring. The Panthers opened the spring with two non-padded practices on March 7 and 8, and then broke for spring break. The team returned this week and resumed workouts in full pads.
"We've had good physical practices. The fundamentals are starting to show up," Elliott said.
Even the Panthers' four quarterback candidates -- junior Aaron Winchester, senior Jaquez Parks, redshirt freshman Jack Walker and junior college transfer Dan Ellington -- are getting in on the action.
"We've had some good quarterback play," Elliott said. "There are some live situations where we are letting them run around and take some hits, and to tell you the truth, they are really enjoying it. They're trying to embrace the physical aspects of practice, and we're excited to see those guys run and do some things with the football."
Georgia State returns 52 letterwinners from last season, including 13 starters. Joining the competition this spring are 14 players who redshirted last fall with 11 freshmen and three transfers.
"We're really excited about all the guys we redshirted," Elliott said. "Certainly their bodies have changed a little bit. They've come back stronger, they understand our systems, and they've come out here ready to work. Some are pushing these older guys for playing time, which is exactly what we want."
The largest group of redshirts are on the offensive line. The Panthers have four returning starters on the line and were able to redshirt junior college transfer Kevin Kwapis (tackle) as well as freshmen Malik Sumter (center), Jalen Jackson (guard), Connor Robbins (tackle), Chris Sibilia (tackle, injured for spring) and Pat Bartlett, who actually started the opening game at guard but suffered a season-ending injury.
"Any of those guys could instantly step in and move to a first-team position at any given moment," Elliott said. "They're still learning, of course, but as we go through the course of spring practice, they will continue to develop, and they're coming along nicely."
Georgia State's Blue-White Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium.