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  Blake Carroll has become one of the more valuable members of the Georgia State defense. A senior outside linebacker from Lawrenceville, Carroll was an All-Sun Belt selection last year and was named to the preseason all-conference team earlier this month. Not bad for guy whose career almost didn't get off the ground. When he arrived at Georgia State as a freshman from Mountain View High School, Carroll and coach Shawn Elliott didn't really see eye-to-eye about a lot of things. It's the sort of clash that easily could have led to internal strife or a move to the transfer portal.

"I just had to realize I'm part of a team, and I'm here for the team. That's all I had to adjust to." "Blake came in, and he was hard-headed," Elliott said. "He didn't like academics. He didn't like structure. He didn't like discipline. I guess he was used to getting rubbed on the back and told how great he was, and I was a different guy, so he and I butted heads early in his career." Carroll admitted as much. But he also was smart enough to recognize the need to reassess the situation and make the appropriate changes if he wanted to stick around and contribute. "I will say that coming in, everybody was the guy in high school," Carroll said. "I just had to humble myself. I wouldn't say I thought I was bigger than the team, but I did think I was going to play a bigger role than I did at the time. I just had to realize I'm part of a team, and I'm here for the team. That's all I had to adjust to." - Atlanta Journal Constitution


rSr/2023 ILB Blake CarrollGeorgia State
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  Georgia State returns one of the nation's top running back tandems in All-Sun Belt Conference seniors Tucker Gregg and Jamyest Williams, headlining a talented position group for the Panthers, who open the season Sept. 3 at South Carolina. Under sixth-year head coach Shawn Elliott, Georgia State Looking to build on its streak of three straight bowl berths. The Panthers return 18 starters from last year's squad that won a school-record eight games, capped by a dominating 52-10 win over Ball State in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl for the program's second straight bowl victory. A big part of that success has been the Georgia State rushing attack as the duo of Gregg and Williams combined for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2021, helping the Panthers rank No. 8 in FBS in rushing with 226.4 yards per game.

After leading the team with 953 yards (third in the Sun Belt) and nine touchdowns last fall, Gregg is the No. 3 rusher in GSU history with 1,560 yards. Williams adds speed and explosiveness, rushing for 859 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging a school-record 6.71 yards per carry, the sixth-best mark in FBS. The former cornerback has gained 1,112 yards in 21 games since moving to offense midway through the 2020 season. But another name to watch in the backfield is junior Marcus Carroll, who had a strong spring, when he was named the team's Top Offensive Player of the spring. "This is one of the deepest groups of backs I've ever had in my years of coaching," Elliott said. - Georgia State Football


rSr/2023 RB Jamyest WilliamsGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: C Malik Sumter, Georgia State,...Sumter has started 41 straight games, blocking for the top four rushing seasons in program history and helping Georgia State average 222 yards rushing per game since he moved into the starting lineup in 2018. In 2021, Sumter served as a team captain and earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors while paving the way for the No. 8 rushing attack in FBS as the Panthers averaged 226.4 yards per game. - Georgia State Football

rSr/2023 C Malik SumterGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: S Antavioius Lane, Georgia State,...Lane, the junior from West Palm Beach, Fla., and Dwyer High School, is Georgia State's career interceptions leader after just two seasons as he enters 2022 with nine career picks; only two active FBS players have more. Lane also owns the GSU season record of five interceptions, which he set in 2021 en route to first-team All-Sun Belt honors. Interception No. 5 was a pick six that he returned 55 yards for the score in Georgia State's bowl victory as became the first Panther with an interception in three straight games and the first with two interception returns for touchdowns. He was the team's third-leading tackler with 82 stops on the season. - Georgia State Football

rJr/2024 FS Antavious LaneGeorgia State
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  Led by first-team selections Malik Sumter, Antavious Lane and Blake Carroll, Georgia State placed eight student-athletes on the 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team, announced Monday ahead of the league's annual Media Days. In addition to Sumter, Lane and Carroll on the first team, five Panthers were named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt second team: running back Tucker Gregg, offensive linemen Travis Glover and Pat Bartlett, tight end Aubry Payne and defensive lineman Thomas Gore.

Georgia State was picked to finish third in the East Division, behind Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina, in the preseason poll, voted on by a panel of head coaches and media members. Defending champion Louisiana was picked to win the West. Lane, the junior safety from West Palm Beach, Fla., is a two-time All-Sun Belt selection and Georgia State's career leader with nine interceptions. Earlier today, he was named to the 2022 preseason watch list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. - Georgia State Football


rJr/2024 FS Antavious LaneGeorgia State
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  Georgia State, which has played in three straight bowl games and four in five seasons under coach Shawn Elliott, placed eight players on the 2022 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team. Three-time all-conference selection Malik Sumter, who's also on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy presented annually to college football's best center, earned first-team honors along with Panthers defenders Blake Carroll (linebacker) and Antavious Lane (defensive back).

Five Georgia State players were named to the second team: running back Tucker Gregg, offensive linemen Travis Glover and Pat Bartlett, tight end Aubry Payne and defensive lineman Thomas Gore. Georgia State, which ended the 2021 season with a 51-20 win over Ball State in the Camellia Bowl, opens the 2022 season Sept. 3 at South Carolina. The Sept. 10 home opener against North Carolina will be the first game at Center Parc Stadium against a Power Five opponent. - Marietta Daily Journal


rSr/2023 C Malik SumterGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON JIM THORPE AWARD WATCHLIST: Antavious Lane, Georgia State, Jr.,... Lane, a 5-9, 180-pound safety, is a two-time All-Sun Belt safety and Georgia State's career leader in interceptions with nine after just two seasons ... Also owns the GSU season record of five and is the only Panther to return two interceptions for touchdowns ... Brother Antoine joined the team in 2021 as a backup running back. - Georgia State Football

rJr/2024 FS Antavious LaneGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Jamyest Williams (Sr.), Georgia State,...Running back Jamyest Williams, a super senior from Athens, Ga. (Grayson High School) had GSU's third-best season rushing total with 859 yards in 2021, good for fifth in the Sun Belt, along with nine touchdowns. The honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection averaged a school-record 6.71 yards per carry, the sixth-best mark in FBS. Since moving from cornerback to running back midway through the 2020 season, Williams has rushed for 1,112 yards (eighth in school history) and nine touchdowns in 21 games. - Georgia State Football

rSr/2023 RB Jamyest WilliamsGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Malik Sumter, Georgia State,...Sumter, from Irmo, S.C., and Dutch Fork High School, is a four-year starter who returns for his super senior season. He has started 41 straight games, blocking for the top four rushing seasons in program history and helping Georgia State average 222 yards rushing per game since he moved into the starting lineup in 2018. In 2021, Sumter served as a team captain and earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors while paving the way for the No. 8 rushing attack in FBS as the Panthers averaged 226.4 yards per game. - Georgia State Football

rSr/2023 C Malik SumterGeorgia State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Tucker Gregg (Sr.), Georgia State,... The third-team All-Sun Belt running back in 2021, Tucker Gregg (5-10, 220) is known for hard-nosed style ... No. 3 rusher in Georgia State history with 1,560 yards ... Tied for second with 16 career rushing touchdowns ... Joined the program as a walk-on in 2018 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2019 season. - Georgia State Football

rSr/2023 RB Tucker GreggGeorgia State
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  Steven Krajewski, the UConn football team's primary quarterback last season, is entering the transfer portal. Krajewski made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday, just days after UConn completed spring practice. Penn State transfer Ta'Quan Roberson, a redshirt sophomore, worked with the first team during the Blue/White Showcase Friday night. UConn also has redshirt freshman Tyler Phommachanh, who is recovering from torn knee ligaments, along with freshman Zion Turner from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and redshirt sophomore Cale Millen. Krajewski, a Michigan native who went to high school in Georgia, appeared in 11 games for UConn last season. He passed for 1,217 yard and seven touchdown with 10 interceptions. - CT Post

rJr/2024 QB Steven KrajewskiGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger and Georgia State saved their best for the last game of the season - and especially for a thoroughly dominating third quarter. Grainger passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 122 yards and a fourth TD to lead Georgia State to a 51-20 victory over Ball State in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday. The Panthers (8-5) finished with their seventh win in eight games, dominated the lone bowl played on Christmas Day and set a season record for wins. Coach Shawn Elliott called it "the best performance Georgia State football has had this year." "I think we finished Christmas Day with one of the best presents we could have ever asked for and that's a commanding, dominating win," Elliott said. It was the first time the program had won back-to-back bowl games.

His team was up 20-13 at halftime but scored the next 31 points. Grainger completed 15 of 19 passes and carried 11 times, including a play fake midway through the third quarter when he scampered 34 yards untouched into the end zone. It was the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, and he was named the game MVP. Ball State (6-7) couldn't summon up many big plays after Drew Plitt's 56-yard touchdown bomb to Jayshon Jackson for an early lead. The Cardinals finished with a losing record a year after coach Mike Neu led his alma mater to its first Mid-American Conference championship since 1996. - Georgia State/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DB - Quavian White, Georgia State (Sr., DB - Greer, S.C.),...Also recognized on the Georgia State defense are noseguards Dontae Wilson (third team) and Thomas Gore (honorable mention), linebackers Blake Carroll (third team) and Jordan Veneziale (honorable mention), and cornerback Quavian White (third team). - Georgia State Football

rSr/2023 CB Quavian WhiteGeorgia State
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL - Thomas Gore (RS So., DL - Nashville, Tenn.),...Also recognized on the Georgia State defense are noseguards Dontae Wilson (third team) and Thomas Gore (honorable mention), linebackers Blake Carroll (third team) and Jordan Veneziale (honorable mention), and cornerback Quavian White (third team). - Georgia State Football

rJr/2024 DT Thomas GoreGeorgia State
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE - Aubry Payne (RS Sr., TE - Locust Grove, Ga.),...The GSU offense also features a pair of All-Sun Belt tight ends in Roger Carter (second team) and Aubry Payne honorable mention). That duo has combined for 23 career touchdowns and five All-Sun Belt awards. - Georgia State Football

rSr/2022 TE Aubry PayneGeorgia State
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