New faces you will see in camp

Here are some of the new faces you will see if you attend Georgia State’s first football practice of the fall:

Running back Donald Russell (formerly of Kentucky): He was the Wildcats’ third-leading rusher with 293 yards, a 4.6 average and two touchdowns last season. He has two seasons of eligibility.

Tight end Alex Smith (formerly of Kentucky): While in high school in Cincinnati, he was No. 11-rated tight end in the nation by He redshirted last season and has four seasons remaining.

Defensive end A.J. Portee (formerly of Connecticut): He attended Mays High School. He played in nine games last fall at Connecticut, with six tackles. He has two seasons of eligibility.

Inside linebacker Dexter Moody (formerly of Fort Scott CC): Moody’s travels are well-known. Can he stick at GSU?

Freshman signees who didn’t attend summer school: placekicker Christian Benvenuto (Palm Coast, Fla.), wide receiver Mark Young (Charlotte, N.C.) and athlete Lynquez Blair (Swainsboro). Also joining are placekicker Matt Ehasz (Camden County), punters Matt Hubbard (Starr’s Mill) and David Miller (Bradwell Institute), defensive back Daniel King (Marietta/Arizona Western), offensive lineman Victor Ozieh (Peachtree Ridge), and defensive end John Kelly (Norcross/Nevada).

Coach Bill Curry said this about a few more of the new faces: “One of them you have already seen in the spring, D’Mario Gunn.  He’s a good player and we expect a lot of good things from D’Mario Gunn. Qwontez Mallory was one of his teammates at Georgia Military. He is a linebacker and we expect Qwontez to make an immediate impact. We have the young placekicker, Christian Benvenuto, who had a tremendous high school career. He will be trying to replace our third-team All-American Iain Vance, but he will have competition from some talented walk-ons.”

True freshmen that attended summer school are:

Offensive lineman Tyler Ferguson

Defensive tackle McClain Head

Strong safety Nick Henderson

Offensive lineman David Huey

Quarterback Ben McLane: “We would love to redshirt Ben McLane,” Curry said. “If it is the right thing to hold somebody out, then we would like to do that. If we can, we will. If we have to play him, we will prepare him to play.”

Wide receiver Nathaniel Minor

Defensive end Roderick Thompson

Wide receiver Mark Young

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow on twitter @ajcgsu

19 comments Add your comment


August 3rd, 2011
7:31 pm

Great to hear ball is starting again.


August 3rd, 2011
8:44 pm

Im seriously excited about this season, and regardless of our QB situation I think we will still have an impressive season


August 3rd, 2011
9:31 pm

Glad to see these guys are official. Is Dexter Moody a DE though? I thought he played ILB. We have depth at both positions, but could probably use the help more on the line.


August 3rd, 2011
9:34 pm

YES YES YES!! Cannot WAIT!! Got my Tix, in the Huddle really excited about catching up w/ friends at the alumni tent. Oh, and believe it or not the Kroger @ Georgetown plaza has some GREAT GSU shirts. Guess we’ve made it then right? Seriously though, really hope that our O & D lines hold firm if they do we will have a great season. Cannot wait to see what the new guys are going to do. Welcome to the panther nation!!!!!


August 3rd, 2011
11:05 pm

Welcome to all the New Comers and Freshman. It’s going to be a GREAT second year! See ya in the Orange Lot tailgating as well as in the Huddle. Come on all you GSU Panther Alums, especially the 100,000 strong in the Metro Atlanta area, and be at the home games jn the “Pantherdome” in the Concrete Jungle. You won’t be disappointed as our Men are going to make a Statement this year about the future of GSU Panther Football! GO PANTHERS!!!


August 4th, 2011
12:06 am

Great to hear about the new additions! Can’t wait to see these guys on the field this fall. GO PANTHERS!!!


August 4th, 2011
12:34 am

Football needs to be here soon! I can’t wait! Season Ticket Holder Sec 120 Go Panthers!


August 4th, 2011
6:29 am

Yes, Dex is a linebacker. Former Under Armor All American and the highest ranked defensive player in our short history.


August 4th, 2011
6:30 am


Gotta love Auto Correct.


August 4th, 2011
8:09 am

Couldn’t get a transfer QB from an FBS program? Seems like Ga State got one from every other position.


August 4th, 2011
8:18 am

We ArE tHe ReAl GsU!!! http://WWW.GSU.EDU <——- CHECK THA LINK


August 4th, 2011
8:54 am

Looking at this list makes me feel a lot better about our recruiting class. Some added treats in there. Gunn better produce with all this hype around him.


August 4th, 2011
9:31 am

Great to have all these players, and hope they have their good heads on their capable body.

We don’t need the meatheads who can’t keep their team rules or the laws of the land leading our team. Who needs the speedy guys running or throwing the ball to other endzone.

Hope we have as good or even better year than last.


August 4th, 2011
11:33 am

I ran into Thomas Frierson on campus. He wen to my High School (WHITEWATER n Fayetteville). He was awesome in high school. He had 26 TD’s in two years, 14 his Junior year, and 12 his Senior year. He didn’t even play 2 games his Senior year due to injury. He just transferred from some little JC in Iowa. He is walking on.

He is much bigger now and he says he is just as fast. We will see, but if he can do anything near what he did in high school, GA STATE will be the beneficiary. Since he is a walk on, he can’t practice with the team until next week or so. I hope they take a good look at him. You can YouTube him. He had some incredible runs of like 60, 70, 80, and even 90 yards! Give him the ball Coach Curry!

Watch out for THOMAS FRIERSON. I said it first………



August 4th, 2011
11:40 am

Did all of Georgia State players get out of jail?


August 4th, 2011
3:24 pm

Yeah onion they did, around the same time they got up off of your mom!


August 4th, 2011
4:29 pm

@Pantherpride- hahahahahha


August 4th, 2011
9:24 pm

Goooo Gunnnn!!

Panther pride

August 5th, 2011
4:53 pm

Ga State became GSU in 1969. Georgia Southern became GSU in 1990. “The facts are so blinding that I can listen to a word you say or agree with what you write.” Careful when responding…. the quote comes from a Souhtern Alumnus.