ATLANTA, Ga.-When the Panthers of Georgia State University take the artificial surface at Milan Puskar Stadium for Saturday's noon encounter with the Mountaineers it won't only be the team's first visit to Mountaineer Field, but the first time fans of the old gold and blue will have seen the team in action.
So, it is only appropriate that fans take a moment to discover just who the Panthers are.
The move to FBS is a two-year transition which began in 2012, when the Panthers played an FCS and CAA schedule. Georgia State began playing football in 2010.
Head coach Trent Miles spent the 2000 season as an assistant coach on Mike Sherman's staff with the Green Bay Packers. Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski served on the Packers' staff from 1999-2003. He then moved to the Atlanta Falcons as tight ends coach in 2004 and offensive line in 2005 before going back to Green Bay in 2006 as offensive coordinator.
Secondary coach and special teams coordinator J.D. Williams was a first-round draft pick in 1990 by the Buffalo Bills, where he played in four straight Super Bowls. Wide receivers coach Keary Colbert spent six years in the NFL, four of them with the Carolina Panthers.
Starting quarterback Ronnie Bell played in seven games in 2012 after transferring from Ohio University. He made his first start against William & Mary, passing for 157 yards, but throwing four interceptions.
For his career the Georgia native has completed 71-of-140 attempts for 983 yards and six touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
Evans also has 48 receptions for 306 yards and two scores.
The remainder of the starting lineup will have junior Sean Jespesen (6-0, 225) at fullback, freshman Keith Tucker (6-3, 232) at tight end and senior Danny Williams (6-4, 210) at the final wide receiver spot.