You fans, the Pantherratti, seemed to like my open call on twitter for Q&A subjects, so I did it again Thursday. Some of you wanted to hear from one of the new defensive linemen.
So, here is a Q&A with Theo Agnew, a Connecticut native who transferred from Massachusetts.
Agnew is listed at 6-4, 260 pounds. I’ll bet he’s up to about 280 right now. He’s big.
Agnew should start at defensive end, as long as the NCAA rules that he can. Because Georgia State is transitioning from the FCS to the FBS, there’s a chance the NCAA could rule that he isn’t eligible this year as a FBS-to-FBS transfer.
Agnew is well-spoken and seems to be performing well during the practices. The big question is will he be more like Christo Bilukidi, who transferred from Eastern Arizona and produced on the field, or A.J. Portee, who came in from Connecticut and didn’t have the expected impact. He was dismissed for violating team rules during the offseason.
Agnew had 36 tackles and a sack last year for the Minutemen. He started three games.
Q: One of the big questions everyone has is how did you end up in Atlanta from New England?
A: I had to move down into FCS because UMass is FBS. I wanted to go into a good conference and a lot of other schools in the CAA aren’t in the best locations. I chose Georgia State because they play top-level FCS opponents in the CAA and they have a great location as well.
Q: Is it hot enough for you?
A: I’ll tell you, it’s not like UMass at all. UMass hot isn’t like Atlanta hot. It’s just something we have to get adjusted to, me and the other transfers that aren’t from too-hot areas.
Q: What do you bring to the defense? What are your strengths?
A: I’ve been playing in the CAA for a few years now and in Coach Thomas and Coach Ward we’ve got great defensive line coaches and I feel as though my experience in the CAA and my size and my years – I’m a redshirt junior or a senior academically — I feel as though they can bring me and bring the defense to the next level. I just hope to contribute and do everything I can to help this Georgia State defense.
Q: Jets, Giants or Pats?
A: Giants. Because most of role models are on the Giants team. You’ve got Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and [former Giant] Michael Strachan and I do happen to be wearing No. 92, like Strachan. I’ve got a few UMass teammates on the Giants in Victor Cruz and Julian Talley so I’m definitely going with the Giants.
Q: The NCAA has yet to rule if you’re going to be able to play this year. If you could say one thing to the NCAA, what would it be?
A: I was really a victim of circumstance. My entire coaching staff got swept and the new guys up at UMass weren’t conducive to me and a lot of other guys. I just want to play ball. This isn’t some planned out strategic move. I just want to play good football and Georgia State is the place to do it at.
– Doug Roberson, AJC.