Indians getting ready for Dawgs

Arkansas State's preparations for Georgia continue, but the Indians have not yet named a starting quarterback out of five candidates.

Arkansas State, Georgia's first opponent of the 2001 season, is having the same difficulties that many other teams are this year, injuries. The Indians are struggling to make certain that they do not overexert themselves before the Georgia game. The Indians have reduced the amount of hitting at practices because of the amount of player already hurt.

Head Coach Joe Hollis said, "We've got some people tired, we've got some people hurt who are definitely going to play against Georgia. We're going to have to minimize contact because I feel like we're going to have to have our best players to have an opportunity to win in Athens on Saturday, September 1st."

Arkansas State's coaching staff also has to deal with sorting among five possible starting quarterbacks for the Georgia game. Two true freshmen are in the lead for the starting position. Both Elliot Jacobs and Josh Driscoll have been taking the most snaps for the Indians in practice while the other three quarterbacks have taken a few here and there. The Indians have not yet named a starter for the Georgia game, but either Jacobs or Driscoll are likely to start against the Dawgs.

Georgia will already be a solid favorite for the game on September 1st, but Arkansas State still has other issues to deal with like naming a starting kicker as well as determining who among their young secondary will start this season. The inexperienced ASU secondary is also a victim of injuries this preseason. Two true freshmen will start against Georgia in the Arkansas State secondary. This will ease the burden that David Green, the probable Georgia starter, will have in his first game.

The bright spot for the Indians is their solid running back Jonathan Adams, a recent invitee to the 2002 Hula Bowl. Adams' career numbers are 2,001 rushing yards on 435 carries (4.6 average) with 12 touchdowns. He is a Doak Walker Award candidate and was named to the first team All-Sun Belt Conference pre-season team.

Georgia hosts Arkansas State on September 1st in Athens.

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