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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#123 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#21 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#33 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#33 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#200 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#200 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#21 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  06/11/21 - Malik SumterrSr/2022, Georgia State, 6-1, 295 (DS#63 C) + More +

  The center of attention for the Georgia State offense is Malik Sumter, a three-year starter and two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer on the front line. Including Sumter, all five starters return on the Panthers' offensive line, which has been a key component in Georgia State's record-setting offenses, paving the way for a productive running game while protecting the quarterback for an explosive passing attack. As a unit, the offensive line enters the 2021 season with 137 career starts. Sumter has started 28 straight games at center, helping the Panthers average 219 yards rushing per game since he moved into the starting lineup. Not bad for a guy who had never played center before college! - Georgia State Football

(DS#63 C) rSr/2022 C Malik SumterGeorgia State
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  06/07/21 - Chris MoorerSr/2022, Georgia State, 6-0, 210 (DS#112 SS) + More +

  Safety Chris Moore is one of seven "super seniors" who are back for more, taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic. The Ashburn, Va., native made an immediate impact at GSU as a starting safety with 34 tackles, one tackle for loss, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Moore had one of his best games in the LendingTree Bowl win over WKU with five tackles and two pass breakups to help the defense allow a season-low 284 yards of total offense.

Another top performance came at Appalachian State, when he made a season-high eight tackles as the GSU defense held the Mountaineers to their season low of 310 total yards. In another strong defensive effort at South Alabama, Moore forced a fumble that the Panthers recovered. He also contributed on special teams, executing a fake punt vs. ULM, when he took a handoff and ran 32 yards for the first down. - Georgia State Football


(DS#112 SS) rSr/2022 SS Chris MooreGeorgia State
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  05/20/21 - Terrance DixonrSr/2022, Georgia State, 5-07, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  In 2021, Terrance Dixon earned the unique distinction of becoming the first Georgia State player to wear jersey No. 0. When an NCAA rule change made 0 a legal number legal for the first time, that jersey was coveted, and Coach Elliott elected to award it to the player who best exemplified doing everything the "right way," on the field and off. Although "Lil T" is one of the smallest players on the team at 5-7 and 170 pounds, Dixon is a productive force on the GSU offense. He was fourth on the team with 19 receptions for 215 yards, along with nine rushes for 88 yards.

He saved his best game for Georgia Southern with seven caches for a career-best 77 yards, including two crucial catches on the winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Dixon is a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2019 season, when he originally earned his starting berth. He had a breakout game in the Panthers' win over Furman with eight catches for 68 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half. The Columbus, Ga., native is scheduled to earn his degree this summer before playing his final season. - Georgia State Football


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Terrance DixonGeorgia State
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  Georgia State returns its entire offense from last year's record-setting unit, and no one is more excited about all those weapons than quarterback Cornelious "Quad" Brown IV. "Guys are flying around. I feel like the energy and the competition level is higher than it's ever been," Brown said. "We have 20 of 22 starters back, all 11 on offense. I'm blessed to have a plethora of talent around me. The competition is ultimately what's going to make us great." Quad and the Panthers started spring practice this week and will continue through the April 16 Spring Game at Center Parc Stadium.

The rising junior from Birmingham, Ala., took over as the starting quarterback last fall, and in 10 games, he passed for 2,278 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 301 yards and seven scores. He capped his season by earning MVP honors in the LendingTree Bowl, where he led the Panthers to a 39-21 victory over Western Kentucky. Brown directed the GSU offense to a school-record 33.3 points per game. The Panthers' balanced attack averaged 230 yards passing and 194 yards rushing, and every starter and backup returns. - Georgia State Football


(DS#30 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cornelious Brown IVGeorgia State
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  Coming off back-to-back winning seasons and a victory in the LendingTree Bowl, the Georgia State football team will be back on the practice field to prepare for an exciting 2021 season when spring drills open on Tuesday, March 9. The Panthers will have 15 sessions this spring, culminating with the Spring Game, scheduled for Friday, April 16 at Center Parc Stadium. Admission is free, and fans can enjoy a fun evening of football, with plenty of pregame dining and entertainment options in the burgeoning Summerhill district around Center Parc Stadium. Georgia State will enter the 2021 season on a three-game winning streak after ending 2020 with victories over South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky in the LendingTree Bowl. - Georgia State Football

(DS#21 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  Outside linebacker Shamar McCollum transferred to Georgia State from Wake Forest. McCollum, who is from Hamer, S.C., and is listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, played two seasons for Wake Forest, recording 24 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, in 18 games. He played in seven games in 2020 and collected 10 tackles, including tackles for loss against N.C. State, Syracuse and North Carolina. - Marietta Daily Journal

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Shamar McCollumGeorgia State
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  Four All-Sun Belt Conference honorees are among the 2020 seniors who plan return to compete for the Georgia State football program in 2021, taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted due to the pandemic. First-team All-Sun Belt offensive guard Shamarious Gilmore, the only four-time all-conference player in program history, will return for his sixth year and fifth year of competition with the Panthers. With all five starters returning, the GSU offensive line will enter 2021 with 136 career starts. - Georgia State Football

(DS#21 OG) rSr/2022 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  UCF freshman receiver Ja'Cyais Credle has reportedly entered his name into the transfer portal. 247Sports.com's Jason Beede first reported the news, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Credle appeared in all 10 games during the 2020 season, earning his first career start against Tulane Oct. 24. He finished with eight catches for 76 yards. He was the highest ranked signee of the Knights' 2020 recruiting class, a three-star prospect out of Carver High in Columbus, Ga. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR JaCyais CredleGeorgia State
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