The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia State football player Jordan Strachan for an exclusive interview Nov. 18. Topics with the junior outside linebacker included the Panthers trying to rebound from its close loss at Appalachian State the previous week, Strachan setting the team’s sack record for a season, having a bounce-back season after an injury-shortened 2019 campaign, what he learned from the year away from playing, having a prep career at highly-competitive Camden County and Georgia State preparing to face South Alabama Nov. 21.
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ATLANTA – Georgia State wide receivers coach Tim Lappano called Wednesday the best overall day of practice for the wide receivers. The first-year coach was pleased with the effort and the attention to detail of his young group.
“We’ve had some flashes. Some guys have done some really good things. We’ve made a lot of mental mistakes that we got cleaned up today,” Lappano said.
Lappano joined Trent Miles’ staff after five years as an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions, where he coached players like All-Pro Calvin Johnson. Lappano said that most of the drills he uses on the Georgia State receivers are the same ones he used during his time in the NFL.
Lappano did note that this group is young and that there is a lot of teaching needed, but he says that their ability to be coached is what will allow them to become an elite corps of players.
“There’s stuff to learn every day and it’s important that we get some leadership out of the older guys,” Lappano said. “I really believe deep down that well-coached, fundamental football teams win games.”
Lappano expects the leadership to come from the likes of senior LynQuez Blair as well as sophomore Robert Davis, who was the Panthers’ second-leading receiver behind current Kansas City Chief Albert Wilson.
Davis, had 44 receptions for 711 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, was quick to point out the depth of the receiving group.
“When you have great receivers like LynQuez [Blair], Nate Minor, Donovan Harden, Avery Sweeting, the list goes on … who are you going to cover?” Davis said. “We’ve got speed, hands, we got everything. It’s just going to be a hard group of guys to cover this year.”
Blair, GSU’s only senior wide receiver, pointed out after practice on Wednesday the effect of having a guy like Davis on the other receivers.
“Once we get some one-on-one matchups with him on the outside, we’re going to go to him. But, once they try to double-team him, that’s when the other receivers are going to come in,” Blair said.