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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22) — October 4, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia State football player Tucker Gregg for an exclusive interview October 4. Topics with the senior running back included the Panthers earning their first win of the season at Army October 1, Gregg scoring a rushing touchdown in the victory setting the mark for the most career TDs on the ground in program history, the art of rushing between the tackles for yards and the team preparing to host rival Georgia Southern in Sun Belt Conference play October 8.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech volleyball head coach Michelle Collier for an exclusive interview October 5. Topics included the team's win at Notre Dame September 30, loss at nationally-ranked Louisville October 2 on ESPN, the impact of being on national television for the program, the play of senior libero Paola Pimentel, the importance of incorporating the Yellow Jackets' alumni into the program and the team preparing to host Virginia October 7 and nationally-ranked Pitt October 9. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Notre Dame interview (9.28.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Breland Morrisette pre-Wake Forest interview (9.22.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Wake Forest interview (9.20.22)
The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Shawn Elliott post-Charlotte presser (9.18.22) — September 18, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Shawn Elliott post-Charlotte presser (9.18.22)

Georgia State football head coach Shawn Elliott
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Georgia State football head coach Shawn Elliott following the team’s 42-41 home loss to Charlotte September 17.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech volleyball head coach Michelle Collier for an exclusive interview October 5. Topics included the team's win at Notre Dame September 30, loss at nationally-ranked Louisville October 2 on ESPN, the impact of being on national television for the program, the play of senior libero Paola Pimentel, the importance of incorporating the Yellow Jackets' alumni into the program and the team preparing to host Virginia October 7 and nationally-ranked Pitt October 9. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Notre Dame interview (9.28.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Breland Morrisette pre-Wake Forest interview (9.22.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Wake Forest interview (9.20.22)
Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls at home to Charlotte, 42-41 (9.17.22) — September 17, 2022

Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls at home to Charlotte, 42-41 (9.17.22)

Despite outgaining Charlotte in total yardage and holding a lead late in the fourth quarter, the Georgia State football team remained winless for its 2022 campaign with a 42-21 home defeat at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta Saturday night.
The Panthers (0-3) took the 41-35 lead at the 1:39 mark in the fourth quarter on Darren Grainger’s 32-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Jamari Thrash. Grainger scored the two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper.
Grainger threw for a team-high and career-high 343 yards and four touchdowns in the defeat. Thrash had a game-high and program-high 213 receiving yards on 10 catches.
Charlotte (1-3) got the ball and drove the ball down the field. The 49ers had their drive extended when Jaylon Jones was called for pass interference defending wide receiver Grant DuBose in the end zone. After a ChaVon McEachern one yard run on first down, he was stopped for a one-yard loss on second down on a tackle by Jordan Veneziale and Jontrey Hunter. However, Charlotte able to take a 42-41 lead with 17 seconds remaining on Chris Reynolds’ two-yard touchdown pass down the middle to DuBose.
Reynolds finished with a game-high 401 passing yards and five touchdowns. DuBose caught a team-high nine passes for 85 yards.
Georgia State got one final possession but weren’t able to ge the ball past midfield as time expired.


“It was a poorly executed football game starting right here at the top with myself,” Panthers’ head coach Shawn Elliott said. “It goes down to our assistant coaches, our captains, our seniors, everyone in that locker room. Everybody take a turn from offense to defense to special teams. I’m sick and mad. Its hard to come in here and talk when you experienced what we just experienced.”


The Panthers outgained the 49ers in total yardage 602-501. Georgia State ran 89 plays compared to only 66 for the 49ers.
Charlotte first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter resulted in a score as Reynolds found Henry Rutledge for a short pass towards the left sideline and behind a group of blockers he took the ball 31 yards into the end zone, making the score 35-27 in favor of the 49ers.
Georgia State responded with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Tucker Gregg with 11:00 left in regulation. The Panthers’ two-point attempt to tie the contest was unsuccessful as Grainger’s pass into the end zone was broken up. Gregg had a game-high 100 rushing yards.
Georgia State was able to stop Charlotte on the road team’s next possession on fourth down when Veneziale broke up a Reynolds pass intended for Dubose.
The Panthers went for it on fourth and four from the Charlotte 38-yard line but were unable to convert due to an incomplete pass by Grainger to Thrash.
Georgia State’s defense was able to hold and forced a punt, giving the Panthers the ball down 35-33 with 4:21 left in regulation.
From the beginning of the contest, both teams were able to advance the ball with ease offensively.
Georgia State jumped out to the 7-0 lead on its first possession of the contest on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Grainger to Kris Byrd.
Charlotte answered on its first offensive possession with Dubose’s seven-yard touchdown catch from Reynolds to tie the score.
On the next possession, Jamyest Williams’ 13-yard run precipitated a 34-yard touchdown pass towards the left side of the end zone over two Charlotte defenders from Grainger to Robert Lewis.
Georgia State got a big stop on fourth down deep in their territory on Charlotte’s next possession when Thomas Gore tackled Shadrick Byrd for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the three-yard line.
On the first play of the second quarter, Charlotte tied the score at 14-14 when Barutti Mazangu’s sack forced a fumble by Granger which was recovered by Markees Watts and returned 52 yards for the touchdown.
The 49ers forced another turnover when pressure from defensive tackle Jalar Holley forced an errant pass from Grainger intercepted by defensive lineman Amir Saddiq.
The Panthers got the ball back with another interception in the contest. Quavian White intercepted a pass by Reynolds intended for Dubose.
After forcing a punt, Charlotte took a 21-14 lead on two-yard TD pass from Reynolds to Victor Tucker with 9:04 left in the first half.
Georgia State was able to cut the deficit to 21-20 on its next possession when Gregg rushed it down the right side for a two-yard touchdown. The big play of the drive was a 73-yard pass from Grainger to Thrash. Michael Hayes missed the extra point attempt at the 7:29 mark of the second quarter.
The Panthers outgained the 49ers in total yardage in the first half 309-223.
Leading 21-20 at halftime, Charlotte took the opening possession of the third quarter and proceeded to have a five-play, 75-yar scoring drive culminating in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Reynolds to Elijah Spencer.
Georgia State scored on its first possession of the second half as well as Grainger connected with Byrd on a six-yard touchdown pass on the left side, cutting the 49ers lead to 28-27.
The Panthers’ defense stepped up and stopped Charlotte on fourth down deep in its territory when Reynolds’ pass to Spencer in the end zone was broken up by Jaylon Jones late in the third quarter.
Georgia State returns to action on Thursday, September 22 at home against Coastal Carolina in its Sun Belt Conference opener.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Robert Lewis post-North Carolina presser (9.11.22) — September 11, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Robert Lewis post-North Carolina presser (9.11.22)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Georgia State football player Robert Lewis following the team’s 35-28 home loss to North Carolina September 10. The wide receiver has career highs with 10 receptions for 115 yards along with two touchdowns in the defeat.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech volleyball head coach Michelle Collier for an exclusive interview October 5. Topics included the team's win at Notre Dame September 30, loss at nationally-ranked Louisville October 2 on ESPN, the impact of being on national television for the program, the play of senior libero Paola Pimentel, the importance of incorporating the Yellow Jackets' alumni into the program and the team preparing to host Virginia October 7 and nationally-ranked Pitt October 9. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Notre Dame interview (9.28.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Breland Morrisette pre-Wake Forest interview (9.22.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Wake Forest interview (9.20.22)
The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Shawn Elliott post-North Carolina presser (9.11.22) —

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Shawn Elliott post-North Carolina presser (9.11.22)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Georgia State football head coach Shawn Elliott following the team’s 35-28 home loss to North Carolina September 10.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech volleyball head coach Michelle Collier for an exclusive interview October 5. Topics included the team's win at Notre Dame September 30, loss at nationally-ranked Louisville October 2 on ESPN, the impact of being on national television for the program, the play of senior libero Paola Pimentel, the importance of incorporating the Yellow Jackets' alumni into the program and the team preparing to host Virginia October 7 and nationally-ranked Pitt October 9. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Virginia interview (10.5.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Tucker Gregg pre-Georgia Southern interview (10.4.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Notre Dame interview (9.28.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Breland Morrisette pre-Wake Forest interview (9.22.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech volleyball Michelle Collier pre-Wake Forest interview (9.20.22)
The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls to North Carolina, 35-28, in home opener (9.10.22) — September 10, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls to North Carolina, 35-28, in home opener (9.10.22)

Despite scoring 18 unanswered points in the third quarter, the Georgia State football team fell short in its home opener against North Carolina 35-28 at Center Parc Stadium Saturday afternoon.


“I never, ever question what we do as a football team does as far as effort,” Panthers’ head coach Shawn Elliott said. “Some of our execution could have been better, but man, what a team that we have. The way we played against the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina, we’re going to hold our heads high and come back better next week.”


Trailing 21-10 to start the second half, Georgia State (0-2) cut the deficit on its first possession of the third quarter on Robert Lewis’ 49-yard touchdown catch from Darren Grainger.
Lewis has career highs with 10 receptions for 115 yards along with two touchdowns. Grainger finished the game with a team-high 259 total yards (184 yards passing and 75 yards rushing).
The Panthers’ positive momentum continued when on the very next play from scrimmage, linebacker Jacorey Crawford intercepted North Carolina (3-0) quarterback Drake Maye’s pass. Georgia State took advantage and Michael Hayes’ field goal at the 10:19 mark of the third quarter made the score 21-20 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Georgia State created another turnover on North Carolina’s next offensive possession. Maye completed his pass to Kobe Paysour but a group of Panthers tackled the receiver and forced a fumble recovered by Crawford.
Georgia State took the lead on a 10-play, 98-yard drive that culminated with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Grainger to Lewis with 2:04 left in the third quarter. The Panthers converted a two-point conversion on a catch by Jamari Thrash, making the score 28-21.
North Carolina responded with a 58-yard touchdown run up the middle by Omarion Hampton on its next possession tying up the score at 28-28 going into the fourth quarter. Hampton finished the day with a game-high 110 rushing yards.
The Tar Heels retook the lead early in the fourth quarter on Hampton’s two-yard TD run down the middle, making the score 35-28.
Georgia State created another turnover late in the fourth quarter when Antavious Lane’s tackle of Jones forced a fumble recovered by Jontrey Hunter. However, Panthers were unable to score to tie the contest.


“We had the opportunity to take that game but didn’t make the plays we needed to offensively, defensively and special teams,” Elliott said. “It was a team loss.”


On the first possession of the contest, North Carolina converted a fourth-and-one on a two-yard run by Omarion Hampton. The Tar Heels took advantage of their extra plays and scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Maye to Kamari Morales on an inside slant. Maye had a game-high 284 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Georgia State scored its first points of the contest on a 45-yard field goal by Hayes. The Panthers missed a good opportunity for a touchdown of their own on the previous play when Grainger missed a wide open pass to Kris Byrd. Georgia State also got a break when a Grainger fumble was overturned after review to an illegal forward pass.
North Carolina opened the second quarter with another touchdown courtesy of a seven-yard touchdown run by D.J. Jones.
The Tar Heels continued their fast start, increasing their lea to 21-3 on 28-yard touchdown catch by Paysour with 8:58 remaining in the first half.
Georgia State got its first touchdown of the contest on a six-yard catch by Byrd from Grainger at the 5:32 mark of the second quarter.
North Carolina outgained Georgia State in total yards 467-419.