Q&A with GSU defensive lineman Theo Agnew

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.

Here’s a Q&A with GSU running back Donald Russell.

Don’t forget Agnew’s Giants, with former GSU linebacker Jake Muasau, are playing tonight.

– Doug Roberson, AJC.

22 comments Add your comment


August 10th, 2012
7:45 am

Hope he gets to play. Seems like a quality character young man.


August 10th, 2012
8:55 am

Another good piece. Like the background.


August 10th, 2012
9:02 am

Doug, if he’s ruled ineligible, will he lose a year since he’s already taken a redshirt?

Doug Roberson

August 10th, 2012
9:08 am

Yes, he will.


August 10th, 2012
9:15 am

Great interview. Theo is a beast and would be a tremendous boost to the defensive line if he is eligible (which he should).

#BeatSCState #PacktheDome

GSU is in Atlanta

August 10th, 2012
9:16 am

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders (think I read that he is a member of the Honor Society) and really just wants to play some ball. If cleared to play he will be the exact opposite of AJ Portee when it comes to behavior.

Red Panther

August 10th, 2012
9:21 am

Hope Theo makes it to the field this year; he will be a standout on the d line

Georgia Tech is in Atlanta

August 10th, 2012
10:15 am

A few examples of good questions to ask him:

“Why would you leave a decent program like UMass for a raging dumpster fire like Georgia State?”

“Was this your ONLY transfer option?”

“Who told you that Georgia State plays good football?”

“Do you think you’ll like playing in a dome in front of 6,500 people?”


August 10th, 2012
10:21 am

========> This is why he is here and this is why you are nervous about GSU. It’s ok to admit you are scared b/c just posting on here proves your insecurities.

Georgia Tech is in Atlanta

August 10th, 2012
10:35 am

Really, this guy would have been better off going to Savannah State. They’re so bad that they can only get better. Plus they have their own stadium. Georgia State’s best days are already in its mirror after just two years.


August 10th, 2012
10:41 am

Why don’t you log in as Decatur St. Dumpster Fire and have a conversation with yourself?

Anyway. He seems like a good kid. Hopefully the NCAA will allow him to play.


August 10th, 2012
11:00 am

Hopefully the NCAA will rule in our favor and allow him to play. We need as many good defensive linemen as possible. Go Panthers!

5150 UOAD

August 10th, 2012
12:14 pm

Are you going to keep using GSu or getting REAL and start using GaState?

Bogart your name

August 10th, 2012
12:44 pm

Doug, can you please, please, please, please, please…pretty please use GaState instead of GSU??? :(
We rightfully stole the initials from Georgia State University in 1990, even though they have been using them since 1969. We have six national titles in minor league college football to prove that we are the rightful owners of GSU! just check http://www.gsu.edu and you will see that i am right

Chicken Bone

August 10th, 2012
12:57 pm

Frustrated GNATS………. lol Theo knew he didn’t want to play in the BORO with all the GNATS. You all are so frustrated it’s pathetic. AJC will never have a GAG SOUTH blog face it!


August 10th, 2012
3:14 pm

Welcome to the Panther family Agnew!

Hope to see you on the field starting 08/30!


August 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

This Southern troll, Georgia Tech is in Atlanta or ATLGSUEAGLE, who obsess over every blog and message board is one sad troll. Just wish he and I could do the Oklahoma drill together. #Lightsout!


August 10th, 2012
7:35 pm

GT is in Atlanta, please follow your team. Leave us alone if we disgust you.

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August 11th, 2012
10:20 am

If GSU has so many trolls then it means we are doing something right… GSU Football is going to keep growing and that’s always going to attract jealous gnats.

Bleed Blue

August 13th, 2012
10:45 am

Come on trolls you are slipping that’s all you got. I’m used to much better trash talking. Let me get the ball rolling. I heard NDSU started their 3rd string against Ga Southern in the playoff game. Additionally Saban and all the coaches were studying game notes on Auburn during your entire game. To say they looked past you and your triple rugby option style would be an understatement. Oh yeah great basketball game last year. Can we play the girls team this year instead so that even though the game will be a complete blowout you will have a better excuse this time. Love the 8 year plan to jump to the FBS. That is long term vision (40 years later) at its finest.

Response from a Southern Troll using a GT alias in 3-2-1.

Well-Endowed Panther Fan

August 14th, 2012
8:49 am

These trolls make the off-season fly by. The best things in life really ARE free!