Georgia State College Football Postscript
With the 2022 football season coming to a close, it’s time to look back at our teams and add a final note of what we as fans saw versus what we expected.
Mercer Bears: The Bears finished 7-4, which was disappointing as they were projected to at least make the playoffs like last year. Several of their losses have been stunning, including the most recent double overtime loss to Samford. Quarterback Fred Payton did have a very good year, passing for 3,019 yards and completing 67 percent of his passes with 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Kennesaw State Owls: Kennesaw State may have been the most disappointing team in the state as they finished with a 5-6 record, which was a significant underachievement from previous years. Considering they went 11-2 last season, with two losses to Georgia Tech and a first round playoff loss, a lot was expected of this team.
Although the attack was productive, the Owls’ defense seemed to give up a lot of points, leading to several turnovers. Coach Bohannon needs to get a better result next year so they are ready to move to Conference USA next year.
Georgia State Panthers: The 4-8 record, while not great, is a bit misleading because the two losses came to South Carolina and North Carolina, both bowl teams. And the losses came late in those games, as they were the result of two blocked punts returned for touchdowns by South Carolina and a late game-winning touchdown by North Carolina.
A 41-17 rout of Appalachian State was the only contest in which State was outscored. A few bounces the other way and the Panthers likely would have gone to the bowl.
Georgia Southern Eagles: Freshman Clay Helton led the Eagles to a 6-7 record in their bowl game loss at Buffalo by two points. The highlight of the season was a big 45-42 win over Big 10 Nebraska that led to Scott Frost’s sack. The Eagles finished 6-6, a turnaround from last year’s 3-9 season.
Georgia Tech: After replacing coach Jeff Collins after the fourth game, the Jackets finished 5-7 and fell one disappointing loss to Virginia from making a bowl game. While 5-7 isn’t anything to write home about, it ended a three-year hitting streak and was better than projected for a three-win season.
Coach Brent Key came in as an interim manager and reorganized his charges into a team that looked tougher and more disciplined. With his appointment as head coach, Key is gearing up for a better year in 2023.
Georgia: How about their dogs. They were predicted to win it all and that’s exactly what they did. Being a national champion two years in a row is not easy, but Coach Smart kept his team focused and disciplined. And guess what? They just might make it three in a row.
Born in Newnan, Richard Proctor recently returned from Denver, Colorado and is an avid college football fan as well as a published author. He is the son of Dr. Ernest Proctor of PAPP Clinic.
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