Yes, it’s still July, and we’re more than a month away from the start of the 2017 football season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for the upcoming season. To do that, we’ll have a series throughout the summer counting down to the season.
The series continues as we break down the season for the state’s Division I and Division II teams.
A, A.J. Gray: Gray has become a star for the Georgia Tech defense and could have a big season in 2017.
B, Bell: Kerwin Bell led Valdosta State to an 8-3 season in 2016 in his first season with the program.
C, Chubb: Georgia fans had to be thrilled when Nick Chubb announced he would return for his senior season.
D, David Dean: The former Valdosta State head coach and last year’s co-offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern takes over as West Georgia’s head coach.
E, Eason: After a solid freshman season, Jacob Eason looks to take the next step as Georgia’s starting quarterback.
F, Fromm: If Eason stumbles, former Houston County star Jake Fromm will be a freshman with the Bulldogs.
G, Gabe Giardina: Albany State’s first-year head coach takes over the longtime SIAC power.
H, Hardman: Georgia plans to use Mecole Hardman as a wide receiver in his sophomore season after he didn’t get much action as a freshman.
I, Indiana: Georgia makes its first-ever trip to South Bend, Indiana, for a game against Notre Dame on Sept. 9.
J, Jacksonville: The Bulldogs make their annual trip to north Florida on Oct. 28 to take on Florida.
K, Kaelan Riley: The former Calhoun star likely will take over as Mercer’s starting quarterback after redshirting last year.
L, Lamb: Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb’s program is heading into its fifth season.
M: Mills: Dedrick Mills had a breakout season at Georgia Tech last year as a freshman.
N, Nauta: Isaac Nauta is becoming a star at tight end for Georgia.
O, Oliver: Former Northside standout Tobias Oliver has moved on to Georgia Tech.
P, Porter: Kevin Porter led Fort Valley State to an SIAC title in 2016 in his first season with the program.
Q, Quarterback: Who will it be at QB at Georgia Tech after Justin Thomas finished his Yellow Jackets career last season?
R, Road trips: Mercer has two big-time ones this season against SEC opponents: Auburn (Sept. 16) and Alabama (Nov. 18).
S, Smart: Kirby Smart is entering his second season as Georgia’s head coach after a solid first season.
T, Tyson Summers: Summers shook up his coaching staff after his first season at Georgia Southern didn’t go as planned.
U, Ukwu: Ike Ukwu was a member of Georgia Southern’s Eagle Honor Roll for the fall.
V, Valdosta State: The Blazers open their season against Albany State and Fort Valley State.
W, Waycross: Fort Valley State and Valdosta State will play their game Sept. 9 in Waycross.
X, Ten: Paul Johnson is entering his 10th season as Georgia Tech’s head coach.
Y, Year one: Shawn Elliott is set for his first season as a head coach at Georgia State.
Z, Zane: Zane Ashley signed with Georgia Tech in February.