Elliott: Panthers look to improve against Memphis in nationally televised game

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
September 11, 2018 - 10:35 am

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Georgia State faced their first road test against N.C. State over the weekend, and it's a game more than likely the team would like to have back.

Wolfpack QB Ryan Finley gave the Panthers everything he had, completing 31 of his 38 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-7 final. But Georgia State will need a short memory as they'll face another tough road test on national TV against Memphis.

Panthers head coach Shawn Elliott joined John and Hugh on Tuesday and said despite the score, there were a lot of positives to takeaway from Saturday's loss.

“With our team, we have to stay positive and really focus on the things you can pull out (and use as motivation). That game was an opportunity game. We were outmatched in certain areas, so we have to focus on the things we can control. I told them we gave everything we had and fought until the very end. We’re proud of that and look to continue to improve.”

Elliott believes Friday’s game is another chance to expose his program to the nation (it’s on nationally on ESPN), and they’re excited about the opportunity to compete after a tough weekend at North Carolina State. 

“Anytime you have adversity, you have to pull things out and learn from them. You can certainly learn a lot from adversity,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys who have to step up and the lessons they learn are invaluable.” 

While his attention is on this week’s game against Memphis, the program is building a competitive foundation with future opponents like North Carolina and Navy upcoming on their schedule.

You can hear Georgia State @ Memphis LIVE on 92.9 The Game on Saturday at 7 p.m.