ATLANTA -- The Georgia State football team capped an eventful few days with a final scrimmage Saturday morning as the season opener grows closer.

The Panthers host Tennessee State on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the inaugural game at Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium and the debut for head coach Shawn Elliott.

Earlier this week, the team got their first look at their impressive new locker room at Georgia State Stadium, then practiced on the field for the first time before hosting the Thursday's FanFest as the first public event in the new venue. Next up, the student-athletes will begin fall semester classes on Monday.

While recognizing that there is still plenty of work to do, offensive coordinator Travis Trickett said he pleased with the progress thus far.

"I'm extremely pleased with where our kids are and how they are attacking," Trickett said. "These kids have worked their tails off. Is it everything we want it to be on every play? No, but they're trying to do everything we ask of them, and that's the first step in building a program. We are not where we need to be yet, but these kids are fighting.

"They're playing physical," he continued. "We've got to clean up some things, but they're trying to be physical. We have to maintain that every day, but I think that's the biggest thing I'm pleased with."

Defensive coordinator Nate Fuqua, expressed similar thoughts.

"Physically, they've pushed themselves and I think they understand what it's going to take," Fuqua said. "We still have a way to go from a mental standpoint over the next two weeks.We've shown them a lot in camp, so I think things will slow down for them mentally when we start to focus on one opposing offense."

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