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Georgia State Football: Way-too-Early Look at 2016 - Defensive Backs

Today, we look at the secondary.

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Author's Note: So I forgot that I was on linebackers, so I'll be doing the linebackers next.


Who's Gone: Bruce Dukes

Who's New: Cedric Stone

Outlook: Georgia State loses a key contributor and part-time starter in Bruce Dukes. He spent a good chunk of time as the nickel corner last year. He finished with nine pass break-ups and an interception. He also set a school record by breaking up six passes against New Mexico this season.

The good news here is that the Panthers are returning their two main corners. Chandon Sullivan is the standout player here. As just a sophomore this season, Sullivan finished as a 2015 All-Sun Belt honorable mention. He had 50 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and eight pass break-ups.

Joining Sullivan will be Jerome Smith (redshirt freshman this year), who led the team in pass break-ups with 11.


Who's Gone: Nate Simon, Terry Batiste, Dartez Jacobs

Who's New: Kendrec Grady, Kwon Williams

Outlook: At safety, the Panthers are returning one starter in Bobby Baker, who was the team's free safety this season. He finished the season with 76 tackles (53 solo), three interceptions and a forced fumble.

At strong safety this past season, Tarris Batiste and Nate Simon were the top two guys, with Batiste being the starter. He finished the season with 100 tackles (67 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The competition to replace him should be fun. There's two primary players on the roster right now that will probably compete for the job. The first one is Bobby Baker's primary backup from this season, Bryan Williams. Standing at 6 feet, 3 inches and 200 pounds, Williams is a physical freak, with fantastic size for a strong safety. He finished the season with 22 tackles (12 solo) and an interception.

The other option is JUCO transfer Cloves Campbell. He spent most of his time on special teams this season, but he managed to finish the season with 3 tackles.

The Panthers also have two options coming in as freshmen who could compete for the strong safety job in Kendrec Grady and Kwon Williams. They both have the style of strong safeties, but I would say that Williams is better suited for the position.