ATLANTA -- Week 3 of spring practice is complete for the Georgia State Panthers, and only one week remains before the team's annual Blue-White Spring Game, scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at Georgia State Stadium.
The Spring Game will begin at 1 p.m., with free admission and free parking in the Green Lot. The team will hold its annual Youth Clinic on the field prior to the game, beginning at 12 noon.
Head coach Shawn Elliott, entering his third season at GSU, put his squad through a scrimmage Friday morning at the GSU Practice Complex, The Panthers ran approximately 115 plays, plus kicking, and the offense had a strong showing.
"If you look at today's scrimmage, the offense really took control right from the very beginning," Elliott said. "We put them inside the 10 and they had four touchdowns in a row. Offensively we came out with a great mindset. The execution was good, from the receivers to the backs to the o-line and tight ends blocking, and the quarterbacks made wise decisions. Probably their most complete day of the spring."
With All-Sun Belt Conference quarterback Dan Ellington returning to lead the offense, one of the interesting competitions is for the backup quarterback position, where redshirt sophomore Jack Walker and redshirt freshman Swift Lyle are competing.
"Good competition. You've got Swift and Jack, and right now, they're neck and neck. We're looking to push them in this last week, and we'll see how it unfolds."
One of the bright spots in the scrimmage was redshirt freshman receiver Sam Pinckney, who had seven catches including a touchdown. Pinckney showed promise in three games last fall before a season-ending knee injury.
The offense has undoubtedly benefited from continuity on the offensive line, led by senior left tackle Hunter Atkinson and junior left guard Shamarious Gilmore, both returning All-Sun Belt performers. Redshirt sophomores Malik Sumter at center and Pat Bartlett at right guard each started five games last fall, while 6-6, 330-pound redshirt freshman Travis Glover is working at right tackle.
"We've had a lot of good work, and I've been really pleased with their progress," new offensive line coach Thomas Austin said. "I'm excited about this group. We want to win, so we've got to win every rep, every drill, every day. We've got to continue to build toughness, and as coaches we're trying to take guys further than they can go on their own."
The Panthers have three more practices next week leading up to the Spring Game.
"We've had really good focus and really good energy at practice, and I'm looking for that to continue right through the game," Elliott said. "We're going to push hard right up until the spring game and then see where we are after next Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to it. It's been a really good spring practice, and the team has really moved forward."
Georgia State opens the 2019 season Aug. 31 at Tennessee, while the home opener at Georgia State Stadium is Sept. 7 vs. Furman. Season tickets for Panthers' the six-game home slate begin as low as $60, with discounts available for GSU faculty and staff. 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.).