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  Darren Grainger threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth and Georgia State's ground game churned out 326 yards and four more touchdowns as the Panthers crushed Louisiana-Monroe, 55-21 on Saturday night. The Warhawks scored the game's first touchdown when Chandler Rogers tossed a 25-yard strike to Zach Rasmussen with 9:35 left in the first quarter, but Georgia State roared back to score five touchdowns before Louisiana-Monroe finally answered with a Rogers-to-Zach Jackson touchdown from 18-yards out. Grainger was 18 of 25 for 230 yards and led the Panther (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) ground game with 84 yards on 12 carries. Tucker Gregg added 83 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, Jamyest Williams had 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Cornelious Brown IV carried twice for 33 yards and a score. Rogers was 15 of 23 for 208 yards and two touchdowns for UL-Monroe (2-3, 1-2 Sun Belt), carrying 14 times for 72 yards. - Georgia State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger completed just six passes, but two of them went for touchdowns - including a go-ahead 34-yarder to Ja'Cyais Credle in the third quarter - to help Georgia State turn back Charlotte 20-9 in nonconference play on Saturday for the Panthers' first win of the season. Charlotte took a 7-0 lead on Chris Reynolds' 36-yard scoring strike to Elijah Spencer midway through the second quarter. After the two teams traded punts, Grainger needed just two plays to pull Georgia State even - hooking up with Jamari Thrash for a 35-yard TD at the 4:03 mark to forge a 7-7 halftime tie.

The 49ers (2-1) used a safety to take a 9-7 lead, but Grainger put Georgia State in front for good with his scoring strike to Credle with 5:06 left in the third quarter. Jamyest Williams capped the scoring for the Panthers with a 13-yard TD run in the final quarter. Grainger finished with 139 yards on 12 pass attempts with one interception for Georgia State. Destin Coates rushed for 83 yards on just four carries. Tucker Gregg ran for 76 yards on 22 carries, Williams carried seven times for 73 and Grainger added 64 on 16 totes as the Panthers piled up 298 of their 437 total yards on the ground. Reynolds completed 13 of 28 passes for 158 yards for Charlotte. The 49ers were held to 276 yards of offense. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Georgia State quarterback Cornelious "Quad" Brown IV has been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The watch list includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The Manning Awards was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

Brown, the sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., was the MVP of Georgia State's 2020 LendingTree Bowl victory over Western Kentucky. In his first season, he accounted for 2,579 yards of total and 24 touchdowns as he passed for 2,278 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 301 yards and seven scores. He finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in passing (227.8 ypg), total offense (257.9 ypg) and points responsible for (14.6 ppg). - Georgia State Football


(DS#29 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cornelious Brown IVGeorgia State
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  Georgia State senior offensive lineman Shamarious Gilmore, the only four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection in GSU history, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy for the second straight year. The prestigious Outland Trophy has been awarded since 1946 to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman on offense or defense. The preseason watch list, announced Tuesday by the Football Writers Association of America, recognizes 80 returning standout interior linemen. Gilmore, the super senior from Riverdale, Ga., and Drew High School, is a four-year starter at left guard who has started 47 straight games. He is a key figure in the top three rushing seasons in program history in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has helped the Panthers average 221 yards rushing, 433 yards of total offense and 32 points per game over the last two years. - Georgia State Football

(DS#24 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  07/26/21 - Roger CarterrSr/2022, Georgia State, 6-2, 250 (DS#16 FB) + More +

  Roger Carter, Georgia State's two-time All-Sun Belt Conference tight end, has been named to the 2021 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. The John Mackey Award is presented annually by the Friends of John Mackey to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. Carter, the super senior from Columbia, S.C., has been a key component in Georgia State's high-powered offenses with his pass-catching and blocking ability. The three-year starter has 76 career receptions for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns in 44 career games. Carter's 10 career touchdown catches are sixth in Georgia State history and tied for first among tight ends. - Georgia State Football

(DS#16 FB) rSr/2022 FB Roger CarterGeorgia State
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  07/25/21 - Sam PinckneyrJr/2023, Georgia State, 6-3, 210 (DS#48 WR) + More +

  Georgia State wide receiver Sam Pinckney has been named to the Preseason Watch List for the 2020 Biletnikoff Award, announced Thursday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. The Biletnkoff Award annually recognizes the college football season's outstanding receiver regardless of position. Pinckney, the junior from Greenwood, S.C., is a Preseason First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection after earning second-team all-conference honors a year ago. He led led the Panthers in 2020 with 47 catches for 815 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking fourth in Sun Belt with 81.5 receiving yards, fifth with 4.7 receptions per game and second with 17.3 yards per catch. Over the last two seasons, Pinckney has accumulated 83 catches for 1,275 yards and 12 touchdowns in 19 games. - Georgia State Football

(DS#48 WR) rJr/2023 WR Sam PinckneyGeorgia State
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  07/23/21 - Destin CoatesSr/2022, Georgia State, 5-11, 198 (DS#66 RB) + More +

  One day after he was tabbed to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference first team, Georgia State running back Destin Coates was named a candidate for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, announced Wednesday by the PwC SMU Athletics Forum. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's top running back. Coates, the senior from Tallahassee, Fla., is the first Georgia State running back to be recognized as a candidate.

Coates is the third-leading rusher in GSU history with 1,452 career rushing yards, and he ranks second with 15 rushing touchdowns and tied for second with six 100-yard games. He was a third-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2020 after finishing third in the league with 85.4 yards per game. Coates rushed for 769 yards in nine games, the second-highest season total in program history and scored seven touchdowns last fall. - Georgia State


(DS#66 RB) Sr/2022 RB Destin CoatesGeorgia State
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  The offensive promise of this year's Georgia State football team is obvious from the choice of four players as first-team selections on the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team that was announced Tuesday. Six other players were included on the second team, two on offense and four on defense. Georgia State, which was 6-4 and won the LendingTree Bowl last season, returns 11 starters from the team that averaged a school-record 33.3 points per game. The Panthers return nine starters from a defense that ranked seventh in the nation in sacks, with 35.

Named to the first team were running back Destin Coates, guard Shamarious Gilmore, receiver Sam Pinckney and kicker Noel Ruiz. Second-team selections were tight end Roger Carter, receiver Cornelius McCoy, defensive linemen Hardrick Willis and Dontae Wilson, and defensive backs Antavious Lane and Quavian White. The Panthers were picked to finish third in the East Division by the conference coaches, behind Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State, who tied for first, and ahead of Georgia Southern and Troy. Louisiana-Lafayette was picked to win the West Division. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


(DS#24 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  Already Georgia State's career leader in sacks, senior defensive end Hardrick Willis will look to add to that total this fall. Three-year starter and two-time All-Sun Belt performer has 12.0 career sacks, including 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. Last fall, the Jonesboro, Ga., native was second on the team and third in the Sun Belt with 6.0 sacks, helping Georgia State rank No. 7 in FBS with a school- record 35 sacks. He was also a key contributor on a GSU defense that allowed averages of 3.86 yards per rush (school record) and 136.7 rushing yards per game (second-best in school history).

Willis teams with senior noseguard Dontae Wilson to give the Panthers a veteran presence on the defensive line, where every key contributor returns. Willis will always hold a special place in Georgia State football lore for a huge play that he made in the Panthers' iconic victory at Tennessee in 2019. That afternoon at Neyland Stadium, on the second play of the game, he caused a fumble that teammate Ed Curney recovered at the UT 23 to set up a touchdown and start the Panthers on their way to the 38-30 win, the first in school history against a Power 5 opponent. - Georgia Southern Football


(DS#142 DE) rSr/2022 DE Hardrick WillisGeorgia State
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  To say that All-Sun Belt Conference offensive guard and team captain Shamarious Gilmore is the elder statesman of the Georgia State program would be an understatement. One of six "super seniors" who have elected to utilize the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic, Gilmore is the only one who has been in the program for six years. He enrolled at Georgia State in the fall of 2016 and took a redshirt year. Gilmore earned a starting berth as a redshirt freshman, and he has been in the lineup ever since. Not only has he started 47 consecutive games on the offensive line, but he has rarely come out of the game.

During that time, he has been a key figure in the top three rushing seasons in program history in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has helped the Panthers average 221 yards rushing, 433 yards of total offense and 32 points per game over the last two years. Gilmore is the first player in GSU history to be a four-time all-conference selection, including first-team All-Sun Belt honors last season. He also made history as the first, and still the only, GSU offensive lineman to score a touchdown. He realized that lineman's dream as a freshman in 2017 at Charlotte, when he recovered a fumble in the end zone after a blocked field goal. Known as "Quion," his full name is Shamarious Da'Quion Bernard Gilmore. - Georgia State Football


(DS#24 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  07/10/21 - Michael HayesrSo/2024, Georgia State, 5-09, 181 (DS#999 K) + More +

  In addition to returning 11 starters on offense and nine on defense, Georgia State welcomes back both of its starting kickers, including sophomore punter Michael Hayes. Hayes earned the starting nod as a redshirt freshman in 2020 and performed well, averaging 40.4 yards on 50 punts, with a net of 39.6 yards per kick, including one touchback in 10 games. When starting placekicker Noel Ruiz was unavailable for last season's game at South Alabama, Hayes showed his versatility by handling the placekicking and kickoffs in addition to his punting duties.

He was perfect on five placements, nailing four extra points and a 23-yard field goal that gave the Panthers a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter, helping GSU to a 31-14 victory. That was also one of his best punting games as he netted 44.2 yards on four punts, including a season-long 58-yard boot that was downed at the 3-yard line. After his solid debut season, Hayes already ranks fourth in GSU history in career punts and punting yards and fifth with in punting average. Hayes also serves as the holder for Ruiz, the first-team All-Sun Belt Conference placekicker who led the league with 1.44 field goals per game, making 13-of-16 field goals and 33-of-35 extra points. - Georgia State Football


(DS#999 K) rSo/2024 K Michael HayesGeorgia State
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  07/08/21 - Quavian WhiteSr/2022, Georgia State, 5-09, 185 (DS#39 CB) + More +

  Senior cornerback Quavian White has a chance to etch his name into the Georgia State record books this season. He enters 2021 with six career interceptions, just one behind Chandon Sullivan's school record of seven. White also ranks third in GSU annals with 23 career pass defended (interceptions plus breakups), two behind Sullivan's record of 25. Georgia State's season opener against Army should bring back good memories for White. In the Panthers' 2019 victory over the Black Knights, the GSU cornerback sealed the 28-21 win with an interception at the 2-yard line on fourth down with one minute left.

White had similar late-game heroics last season against Georgia Southern with an interception in the final two minutes to preserve the Panthers' 30-24 victory. The Greer, S.C., native earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2020 as he ranked fifth in the conference and No. 20 in FBS in pass defended with three interceptions and eight pass breakups, helping the GSU defense rank No. 8 in turnovers forced. White also contributed 1.5 of the Panthers' school-record 35 sacks from his cornerback position. - Georgia State Football


(DS#39 CB) Sr/2022 CB Quavian WhiteGeorgia State
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  During practice leading up to the 2020 season, when head coach Shawn Elliott was asked to name some younger players who might emerge, he frequently mentioned Jeffery Clark. And the defensive end from Powder Springs, Ga. and McEachern High School did not disappoint. Earning a starting berth as a redshirt freshman alongside veteran defensive linemen Hardrick Willis and Dontae Wilson, Clark made his debut against nationally-ranked Louisiana and responded with 1.5 tackles loss, including a shared sack. He had another big game in Georgia State's defensive effort at Appalachian State, collecting a season-high seven tackles with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. He had another tackle for loss in the LendingTree Bowl win over WKU, helping the defense allow a season-low 284 total yards. Clark finished with six tackles for loss on the season, including 3.5 of the Panthers' school-record 35 sacks. He also helped the GSU defense hold opponents to 136.6 rushing yards per game, the second-lowest mark in program history, including a school record 3.86 yards per carry. - Georgia State Football

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2024 DE Jeffery ClarkGeorgia State
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  07/01/21 - Cornelius McCoySr/2022, Georgia State, 5-11, 185 (DS#188 WR) + More +

  The elder statesman of Georgia State's deep and talented receiving corps is Cornelius McCoy, the senior who has earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors each of first three seasons with the Panthers. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native ranks fourth in GSU history with 136 career receptions and 1,699 receiving yards, trailing only the NFL trio of Robert Davis, Penny Hart and Albert Wilson. McCoy's 10 touchdown catches are tied for sixth in the Panther record book. McCoy has not only been prolific but consistent, catching at least one pass in every game he has played (32), including at least two receptions in his last 27 games. McCoy teams with Sam Pinckney to give the Panthers one of the top receiving tandems in the nation as the pair combined for 78 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2020. - Georgia State Sports

(DS#188 WR) Sr/2022 WR Cornelius McCoyGeorgia State
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  With the college football season just over two months away, now is the time for fans to quench their appetite with preseason magazines. Phil Steele's College Football Preview recently hit the streets featuring 14 Panthers on its Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference teams, led by four first-team selections: RB Destin Coates, WR Sam Pinckney, G Shamarious Gilmore and PK Noel Ruiz.

Six more Panthers made Phil Steele's Preseason All-Sun Belt second team: TE Roger Carter on the offensive side, as wells as NG Dontae Wilson, DE Hardrick Willis, ILB Blake Carroll, CB Quavian White and S Antavious Lane. That's five members of a Georgia State defense that ranked in the Top 10 in FBS in sacks and turnovers created while setting a school record for fewest rushing yards per carry allowed. - Georgia State Football


(DS#24 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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