ATLANTA -- Fooball is back as the 2019 Georgia State Panthers practiced for the first time Friday morning at Georgia State Stadium, four weeks and one day before their season opener.
The Panthers have 105 players in camp as they begin preparations for their Aug. 31 season opener at Tennessee (3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. One week later, on Sept. 7, Georgia State opens its home slate by hosting Furman at 7 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium.
Georgia State returns 50 letterwinners, including nine starters on offense, seven on defense and standout punter-placekicker Brandon Wright.
Offensive linemen Hunter Atkinson and Pat Bartlett were sporting a new look for Friday's first practice: bald domes.
"For the first day of camp, the o-line decided to shave our heads bald for this year," said Atkinson, a four-year starter and returning All-Sun Belt Conference performer. "It being my last year, I wanted to come up with something fun. Pat Bartlett and I did it. The rest of them backed out, so we're going to encourage them to do theirs also."
Atkinson, the senior left tackle from Flowery Branch, is the leader of an offensive line that returns four starters, including Bartlett, a sophomore, at right guard, along with junior left guard Shamarious Gilmore and sophomore center Malik Sumter. Redshirt freshmen Travis Glover and Despelado Alexandre are competing for the starting job at right tackle.
"My favorite thing about camp is really getting back to football," Atkinson said. "When you're working out all summer, getting faster and stronger, you're not really doing football. You're doing everything that makes you a good football player. So my favorite thing is coming back with the coaches and actually working on football techniques."
The Panthers return to the practice field Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
Season, single-game and group tickets for all six home games at Georgia State Stadium are on sale now. Call 404-413-4020 or visit GeorgiaStateSports.com/tix.