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2011 Georgia State Football Rosters: Jake & Louie Muasau Lead Linebackers

Continuing to take a look at the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers may see a shuffle within their linebacker corps to open the spring. Within the 3-4 hybrid scheme employed by defensive coordinator/mad scientist John Thompson, the LBs are required to be mobile, tackle well and be able to drop in coverage.

Outside Linebacker
Senior Jake Muasau

RS Sophomore Allen McKay

Inside Linebacker
RS Senior Louie Muasau

Sophomore Cole Moon

Inside Linebacker
Junior Qwontez Mallory

Senior Evan Bostic

Outside Linebacker
RS Sophomore Robert Ferguson

RS Sophomore Mark Hogan
RS Junior Akeen Felder

*Projected Starters in Bold

Analysis
This unit is an area of concern entering spring practice as poor tackling lead to many long runs in 2010 and contributed to the inability to get off the field on 3rd down. Fortunately, the Panthers were able to add instant contributor Mallory from Georgia Military College who is bigger, faster and able to make plays in space. This group may see some serious player movement from last year’s roster. Between disciplinary issues (Femi Opanubi has already been kicked off the team and Evan Bostic missed time in at least 2 games in 2010 due to academic and off the field issues and will miss the first week of Spring practice) to possible attrition, this group may have the most names shifting out of the rotation of any this spring. OLB Brad Chahoy was a contributor on special teams has given up football and will not be on the team. ILB Trey Ennis has exhausted his eligibility.

The younger players and new addition will have to step up and solidify a group that is filled with question marks. Who steps up and provides leadership amongst the group?

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.