Which GSU freshmen football players will redshirt?

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Because it is moving up to the FBS level, Georgia State isn’t eligible to compete in the FCS playoffs this year, nor is it eligible to play in bowls in  the 2013-14 season.

That’s two seasons with no possibility of postseason rewards for the Panthers’ players.

With that in mind, I asked coach Bill Curry if that will affect how he decides which players will redshirt this year.

“It will not,” he said. “It will strictly be, with us and our numbers, it will strictly be a roll of the dice.

“Like with Ben McLane last year, we came inches from having to play him and there were other guys that we did have to play. This year will be the same thing. It will just be a matter of if we need them to go win a game.

“When you’re down to one [back-up], you can no longer think about redshirting, so that doesn’t remain a priority.

“Where possible, we have some really good young talent that we normally, if we don’t lose three guys at their position, [will redshirt] and three years from now they’ll be really good and by the time they are in their fifth year they will be great players.

Curry said there’s no timetable on when he will decide which players get redshirted.

“We look at the guy,” he said. “If it’s obvious, we would like to hold him out. In this business, the fact that you do have to practice hard, we could be playing him by the second game.

“When there’s issues that you thought someone was going to be really reliable and he’s not coming around, and there’s a true freshman that’s better than he is, he plays.”

Here are the true freshmen who will likely play this year, which means they won’t be redshirted:

DT Joe Lockley: Already the strongest player on the team, he has shown the potential to be the anchor in the middle of the defensive line.

DE Melvin King: He has made plays during scrimmages, including several sacks.

LB Joe Peterson: He will provide depth at the middle linebacker position.

WR/KR Avery Sweeting: Might be the second-fastest player on the team. He’s small (listed at 150 pounds), though.

C Mark Ruskell: The offensive line needs depth.

LS Justin Forrester: The position battle is wide open.

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30 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

August 20th, 2012
8:58 am

Thanks Doug! Look out for Garrett Gorringe as well. Came from a great program in Grayson HS and could see some action at the guard position if injuries/ineffectiveness happen.

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 20th, 2012
9:17 am

I believe Avery Sweeting will be one of the redshirts… I can see him get stronger and add muscle weight.

ajg-marietta

August 20th, 2012
9:18 am

Thanks for the report, Doug. Let’s hope that the team stays healthy, so that the players who need an extra season of preparation can get it. That said, I am looking forward to seeing Lockley this season, by all reports, he is ready.

Jee S. You

August 20th, 2012
9:23 am

Playing them this year won’t hurt as much because we will have big classes the next two years. Need the young guys to get game experience heading into the Sun Belt.

Bleed Blue

August 20th, 2012
9:40 am

Great write up Doug. Hope those red shirted remain positive about their chances next year.

GSOCOACH

August 20th, 2012
9:48 am

There’s a freshmen out there that wears #35 and plays corner. This kids has the best feet and plays like a true corner. I dont know his name ,but the uppercalssmen should be worried.

Jackson

August 20th, 2012
9:58 am

We will probably see Sweeting on KR/PR returns.

Red Panther

August 20th, 2012
10:00 am

Doug: Any freshman likely to start? When will the team post a depth chart? How many players do the Panthers take to road games? Thanks for keeping the Panther Nation informed.

Panama

August 20th, 2012
10:06 am

I think Avery Sweeting. We are deep enough at DB and WR

slimseville

August 20th, 2012
10:23 am

First day of class! That means the official start of the season is just around the corner!

Doug Roberson

August 20th, 2012
10:36 am

Freshman likely to start….that’s a good question. I don’t see any true freshmen that will start. As for the depth chart, I’ll try to find out.

Panama

August 20th, 2012
10:54 am

“starter” gets an asterisk. Some freshmen like Joe Lockley will be heavily rotated in even if they don’t start officially.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 20th, 2012
11:14 am

Bryan Williams? (Younger brother of Arthur “Bully” Williams)

GStateBen

August 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

#35 is Myles Morris. Really like his technical ability. A little light and definite RS candidate.

I agree with Panama. Starting is a bit irrelevant when it comes to defensive lineman because of the rotation and number of snaps. Joe Lockley is going to play a ton. He’s dominant and country strong.

GSU Fan

August 20th, 2012
12:11 pm

there is a true freshman i watched kickoff at the sarurday scrimmage. The kid has a strong leg and was told by another player that day that he will be starting on kickoffs.

GSU Fan

August 20th, 2012
12:11 pm

* I was told

STATEment

August 20th, 2012
12:19 pm

Thanks! Go State!

GSUtimes2

August 20th, 2012
12:29 pm

Can’t wait to see what these kids can do on the field!

Chicken Bone

August 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

I believe there will be many true freshman contributing this year. Hard to say who will be redshirted especially with the change coming in our coaching staff! Going to be an interesting year and can’t wait for 8/30! GO GSU PANTHERS!

GSOCOACH

August 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

@GstateBen -Why would they redshirt him? He’s the same size as all the other corners. Would redshirting him be because they dont wanna give up a year because of the change to D1 status?

RidgeRunner

August 20th, 2012
2:33 pm

True freshman playing cause they are generally of higher quality than the past?

GSU is in Atlanta

August 20th, 2012
3:42 pm

@GSOCOACH I think that he might be redshirted b/c the GSU secondary is probably one of our most stacked positions, Ben correct me if I am wrong.

GSU season ticket holder

August 20th, 2012
4:09 pm

Thanks Doug. No idea who might get the redshirt other than the freshman QB…cant recall his name at the moment.

A person SMART enough to know...

August 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

I am still a loser that comes on here talking smack because I refuse to realize that my team from a stink hole down south isn’t relevant to anyone in real football.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 20th, 2012
4:29 pm

@GSU season ticket holder, I think you are referring to Mark Weidenaar

GSUWI94

August 20th, 2012
5:17 pm

A PERSON DUMB ENUFF TO NO, PLEASE GO HOME.

State

August 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

God I love State!!!!

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A person SMART enough to move out

August 22nd, 2012
1:54 am

I am still just a loser who lives in my parents basement and commutes to school #whattimeisyourmompickingyouup

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