Georgia State Football: First Practice of 2017 is in the Books

Georgia State Football: First Practice of 2017 is in the Books

ATLANTA — “It was good effort, good focus and a good way to start,” Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott said after the Panthers’ first practice of the 2017 preseason.

Elliott’s squad held a spirited workout in shorts and helmets Tuesday morning at the GSU Practice Complex as the Panthers begin their preparations for their Aug. 31 season opener. Georgia State hosts Tennessee State in the Thursday night (7 p.m.) contest that will be the inaugural game at Georgia State Stadium as well as Elliott’s debut as the head coach of the Panthers.

Georgia State returns 17 starters, but Elliott and his staff have stressed competition, among the returnees and a talented recruiting class.

“We need to see if these guys can play and play quickly,” Elliott said. “We’ve got a game in 30 days, and if they’re the best, they’re going to be out there on the field.”

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Travis Trickett echoed that sentiment.

“The biggest thing we have to accomplish is to identify the guys who are going to help us win on Saturdays and get them ready to play,” Trickett said.

Trickett also follows Elliott’s mantra of building a physical football team.

“Coach Elliott, as you know, he’s a physical guy as far as mentality, and that coincides with my mentality,” Trickett said. “We’re going to be physical and our kids are going to play hard.”

For Trickett, the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, the chance to coach in the inaugural season at Georgia State Stadium represents a unique opportunity.

“I’ve grown up in football, but this is the first stadium project I’ve been a part of,” Trickett said. “This stadium is phenomenal. There’s a lot of excitement around this program and this stadium, so we’ve got to building on it and keep progressing.”

Preseason practice continues Wednesday morning.

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