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After what can be described as nothing less than a train wreck, Georgia State’s 2-10 2018 season left fans disappointed and with very low expectations for 2019. This disappointment not only came from Panther fans but also from the Georgia State Athletic Staff seeing how the 2019 season began with six new coaches for the team. Starting off strong was going to be no easy task for the Panthers though, they had to travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in week one.
What seemed to be an inevitable loss for the Panthers, left fans and the entire college football world shocked when the Panthers prevailed over the Volunteers in a 38-30 win. This incredible win was spearheaded by Panther Quarterback Dan Ellington who was 11 for 24 with 139 passing yards and two passing touchdowns as well as 61 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Ellington’s performance wasn’t the only key to victory for the Panthers; Tra Barnett and Seth Paige also combined to rush for 135 yards and two touchdowns. This week one win over an SEC school instilled confidence and excitement in the Panthers organization as well as the fan base.
Week two against Furman turned out to be an unexpected challenge for the Panthers. The first half of their home opener was not off to an ideal start seeing how the Panthers were trailing 17-20 at half. Despite the halftime score, the Panthers were able to score 31 points in the second half thanks to four passing touchdowns from Quarterback Dan Ellington. This allowed the Panthers to squeeze out a 48-42 win over Furman.
Next up for the 2-0 Panthers was a battle with Western Michigan in Kalamazoo against the 1-1 Broncos. Despite the hype surrounding the organization, there were problems on both sides of the ball for Georgia State. Starting with the offense, Ellington was held to 126 passing yards and only one touchdown with no help from the Panther defense who gave up just shy of 700 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns. This led to an astounding Panthers loss as they fell to Western Michigan in a 59-10 blowout.
Week 4 was seen by many to be a shot at redemption for the past week’s blowout. The Panthers were on the road again, but this time they were taking on the 0-3 Texas State Bobcats. It seemed as though the Panthers underestimated the Bobcats in week 4. Even though the Panthers led the Bobcats in total offense (420-334 respectively), the Bobcats prevailed over the Panthers 37-34 in a triple overtime thriller. After the game, Panthers head coach Shawn Elliot blamed Turnovers and Time management as the main culprit for the loss stating, “We give them 10 points with turnovers and at the end of the game, we mismanaged the clock and didn’t get out of bounds when we should have.” This most recent loss for the Panthers has them 2-2 going into to their week 5 bye week.
What should the Panthers work on during their bye week? Well it seems that in the past two games, the two main problems for the Panthers has been their Defense and turning the ball over. Hopefully Georgia State uses their week off to find a way to neutralize offenses because no defense should be giving up over 1000 combined yards in two games. Keeping possession of the ball should also be a priority. In their game against Texas State Coach Elliot said himself that turnovers ultimately lost them the game. Both of these problems need to be addressed and fixed in order for the Panthers to be successful in week 6 when the 2-2 Arkansas State Red Wolves come to Atlanta to face the Panthers in their second home game of the season.
Georgia Tech landed their 19th commitment and it came form DE/LB Tyson Meiguez out of Creekside High School here in Georgia. A big commitment as this kid has all the tools to be a real beast on defense and will only continue to add to his 6’2″ 210 pound frame. Meiguez is the 5th commitment from the state of Georgia and bring the Georgia Tech class ranking to #15 on 247.
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@SDZwald041599 | What major offseason moves do you think the Falcons make?
The Falcons absolutely must shore up both the offensive and defensive lines. They also need to take a look at restructuring some contracts in order to get some cap relief. Fortunately, Atlanta is very talented on both sides of the ball and if healthy there’s no reason this team shouldn’t be a contender next year.
@Bret_A27 | Is Vic Beasley a Falcon next season?
Yes. He will have to take a substantial pay cut however. This will be his last chance though.
@BowlinBob | Do you think the recruiting game has changed in the state of Georgia now that Tech has rid itself of the Triple Option offense? Does Georgia have to work double time to get these recruits?
The recruiting game has changed definitely but there’s a huge BUT in my opinion. While Georgia Tech has one of the nicest campuses in the nation, they have a significant recruiting disadvantage. Most four and five star recruits go to school strictly for football and could care less about the actual education. Despite what the media may try to portray, these players at big schools such as Alabama, UGA etc aren’t really doing much “school”. But at Georgia Tech, you’re there for school too. And it pays off for your future. So it’s a give and take. You can really set your future up well going to play for Coach Collins at Tech. All in all, Tech will get some better recruits but I can’t envision any top five recruiting classes and/or making Kirby really sweat in Athens.
@_RMiller30 | What you gonna do when the Hawks make the playoffs this year?
The Hawks absolutely are not making the playoffs this year. While the Hawks have greatly overachieved in the past two months, there’s no chance we can make up that much ground in the last 25-30 games.
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On an afternoon where Atlanta dominated in nearly every facet of the match and Josef Martinez scored two more goals, the Five Stripes were somehow unable to get three points. TFC was stymied 90% of the match and was outshot by a wide margin but were able to get goals in stoppage time of both halves to secure the draw. Yet again, Atlanta United will be left with a sour taste in their mouths after blowing what should have been another win. Hey, at least NYCFC didn’t win. At 48 points, Atlanta once again controls their own destiny in the Supporters’ Shield race.
Mets blank Braves 3-0
Atlanta native Zach Wheeler tossed a gem as the Braves were blanked Saturday afternoon 3-0. Atlanta managed only five hits in the five game winning streak snapping loss. The series wraps up Sunday at 1:10 with Julio on the mound facing Corey Oswalt.
What to Watch for
Braves @ Mets 1:10 PM
Dream @ Lynx 7:00 PM
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