Here is the latest in the question-and-answer sessions with Georgia State football players.
Today: wide receiver Jordan Giles, who caught 16 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore last season.
Q: How has the team looked in 7 on 7 drills?
A: The team has been looking great. Everyone from the quarterbacks, to the running backs, to the DBs to the receivers are running well. The competition is great.
Q: The question everyone wants to know: how has projected starting quarterback Ben McLane looked?
A: Ben is doing great, along with every other quarterback that came into this offseason. All are competing well, which is why it’s going to be a great competition.
Q: Quarterbacks and wide receivers usually develop a relationship. Have you and Ben developed a relationship yet?
A: Me and Ben, he’s been here since last year. We’ve had a lot of time. We’ve done one-on-one sessions along with every quarterback. The quarterback-wide receiver relationship is vital. Every quarterback wants to improve.
Q: Who was the toughest DB you faced?
A: I can guarantee that all of our DBs will be tough. If I singled one out, that wouldn’t be fair. I alternate between the slot and outside receiver. I think everyone of our DBs will be a force to be reckoned with in the fall.
Q: Who did you usually go against?
A: In the slot, I usually have the outside linebacker over me. If I rotate to the outside, I see a little bit of everybody.
Q: Has someone asked you not to single out teammates, or is that just you?
A: I know how it is with my teammates. Everyone is working really hard. To single one person out wouldn’t be fair.
A: I’ve gained seven pounds since beginning of June. That’s seven pounds of muscle. I improved on my bench, squat, hang clean, I’m faster, I’m in a better shape. That’s true of every player who has been here since June. Coach pollard is working us.
Q: What do you want to improve upon most during the August practices?
A: It’s such a generic reason, but everything. Being a receiver you want to improve. I want to focus on my blocking a little bit more. You can catch the ball better, you can run faster, just becoming the best receive I can be. If I want to improve and be the best I have to improve upon every aspect of every game.
Q: The team has an inexperienced line and a strong group of running backs. If y’all the run the ball a lot early in the season, is that Ok with the wide receivers?
A: Football is a team sport so I think as long as we get the W, we will be happy. Every receiver wants to catch the ball, but there are 11 guys on the field. Sometimes you have give up things for the betterment of the team. We do have a great group of running backs. The line is big, getting stronger and getting faster.
Q: What was the worst moment last year?
A: I will say that looking back, at the end of the season, each loss hurt. But when you look back at the season and see how close we were, we lost so many games by less than a touchdown. One play or another play could have changed the whole season. That was the most frustrating part of the year, there were so many plays that could have changed our season.
Q: Why weren’t y’all able to make those plays?
A: Hindsight is 20-20, but in every game we gave our all. This year we are just more focused, more prepared, stronger mentally and physically. We are healthy and faster and strong.
Those plays that might have been the game-changers last year, we can make those plays and have a better season.
Q: To ask a coach-type question, did you give your all last year, or looking back on it, did you just think you were giving it your all?
A: I think we gave it our all on every single play, but maybe that was our all then. Our all last year isn’t as good as our all this year. When we step on the field we gave 100 percent. Last year we weren’t really making those big plays. This year we will be.