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  Marcus Carroll ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead Georgia State to a 42-14 rout of Southern Miss on Saturday. Georgia State (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt Conference) has won four of its last five games while Southern Miss (5-4, 3-2) ended a three-game win streak. Carroll scored on an 18-yard run and twice more from short yardage. Darren Grainger threw for 133 yards and two touchdown passes and added 143 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Jamari Thrash made two touchdown catches and had 60 yards receiving. Frank Gore Jr. had a 43-yard touchdown run that pulled Southern Miss to 28-14 late in the third quarter and finished with 87 yards rushing. Trey Lowe threw for 84 yards and a score. It was Georgia State's first time playing in the state of Mississippi. - Georgia State/AP College Football

Jr/2024 RB Marcus CarrollGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger passed for 195 yards and a touchdown and he ran for 109 yards and another score to help Georgia State beat Old Dominion 31-17 on Saturday. Michael Hayes gave Georgia State a three-score advantage on a 26-yard field goal with 6:20 remaining in the fourth quarter and Justin Abraham sealed it with a interception with 1:23 left. Tucker Gregg added 52 yards on the ground with a touchdown for Georgia State (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt Conference). He became the leading rusher in program history with 2,165 career yards. Marcus Carroll also rushed for a score for Georgia State, and Jamari Thrash had three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Georgia State needs three more wins in its last four games to gain bowl eligibility for fourth straight year. Hayden Wolff threw for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Old Dominion (3-5, 2-2). Javon Harvey had three grabs for 124 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead. - Georgia State/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger threw for a pair of touchdowns and Tucker Gregg ran for two scores and Georgia State held off Georgia Southern 41-33 on Saturday. The Panthers (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) built a pair of 17-point leads at 27-10 and 34-17 before Georgia Southern (3-3, 0-2) closed to within four when Kyle Vantrease threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Khaleb Hood with 7:29 left in the third quarter, Five minutes later, Vantrease threw a 24-yard touchdown to Amare Jones and the extra-point was blocked to reduce the deficit to 34-30. The Panthers countered, and Tucker Gregg's 33-yard scoring run sealed it.

Gregg ran for 111 yards on 22 carries, and Jamyest Williams totaled 129 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. With 335 yards rushing, the Panthers have run for 200-plus yards in 12 of the last 14 games. Grainger has accounted for 34 touchdowns in 16 starts (30 passing, four rushing) since taking over the starting role in the third game last year. Vantrease threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns but tossed four interceptions. Georgia State has won three in a row over Georgia Southern and holds a 6-3 series lead, which began in 2014. - Georgia State/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Georgia State repelled Army on Saturday for a 31-14 win, the Panthers' first of the season. After a Michael Hayes field goal opened the scoring, a shanked punt gave the ball back to the Panthers (1-4) at the Army 38 with Grainger scoring on a 13-yard keeper. Jamyest Williams' 33-yard burst up the middle was good for a 17-0 halftime lead after Army (1-3) turned the ball over on downs. After Army closed within three in the second half, the Panthers scored two late touchdowns. Army scored on its first drive of the second half on Tyhier Tyler's 1-yard run. A Panthers field-goal attempt went off the right upright and Tyler scored on a 5-yard keeper on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Army got the ball back after a fumble but the Black Knights were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the Georgia State 1. The Panthers had to punt from their end zone but Army, after taking over from its 45, failed on a fake punt on fourth-and-11 with the Panthers then clinching the win on Grainger's 57-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Cyais Credle with three minutes left. Georgia State's Tucker Gregg added a 56-yard touchdown, his school-record 20th rushing score to break a tie with Tra Barnett (2016-19). Gainger threw for 157 yards and ran for another 48. Gregg rushed for 124 yards on 16 carries and Williams had 106 yards on 12. Jordan Veneziale sparked the Georgia Southern defense with two fumble recoveries, one coming deep in Panthers territory in the final minute of the first half. Tyler had 110 yards rushing on 19 carries. - Georgia State/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Georgia State's defense kept losing its impact players Saturday against Charlotte. All-conference linebacker Blake Carroll suffered a serious lower body injury, was carted to the locker room and came back to the sidelines on crutches. By the end of the game the Panthers were without cornerback Quay White, safety Antavious Lane and safety Jacorey Crawford. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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


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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


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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


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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

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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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