On Monday, coach Shawn Elliott handed out five game balls. One of them went to Wilson, his second of the season. The last one came after the surprising win over Tennessee.
“It made me feel really good because I originally committed to West Point,” Wilson said. “So, it was a special game to play and to get a game ball.”
This season, the junior has 28 tackles, three for loss, two sacks, one hurry and once forced fumble.
“Dontae has been a steady contributor since he’s been here,” Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott said. “He’s just a guy that’s relentless, powerful and strong. He’s a stalwart of our defense. I gave him a game ball because he’s such a critical guy in there. It’s hard to pull him out of the game because he’s really the backbone of our defense.”
Wilson and his teammates will have a different challenge Saturday when the Panthers (5-2, 2-1) return to Sun Belt Conference play. Georgia State will host Troy (3-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium. Georgia State has won three consecutive and needs one more victory to become eligible for a bowl game.
Unlike the time-crunching offense that Army brought to town last week, Troy features a spread attack and plays a similar style to Georgia State. The Trojans average 35 points and have nearly a 50-50 balance between passing and running. Troy quarterback Kaleb Barker has thrown for 1,670 yards and 16 touchdowns
“It’s going to be a challenge with their quarterback and receivers and skill play,” Elliott said. “We’ve been practicing against it for a long time. We’ll see if we can get back and turn our attention to more of a throwing game.”
Georgia State will be playing without linebacker Ed Curney and defensive end Terry Thomas, a pair of seniors who were injured last week. T.J. Arnold and redshirt freshmen Tre Moore and Zach Dixon will be asked to play significant roles.