Panthers coach Shawn Elliott noticed Mobley's brains and leadership quickly when he arrived at Georgia State in December 2016 before Mobley's final semester in undergrad, when he made the Dean's List for the third time.
“He was one of the most dependable guys that we had from a physical standpoint and a mental standpoint,” Elliott said. “We knew he could basically set our formations, set our protections, and make all of our calls in our run game. So it was very quickly that all of our other players realized that this is the guy that knows what he is doing.”
Nicknamed “Matlock,” after the fictional TV character and criminal defense lawyer Ben Matlock, Mobley brings more than just his 6-foot-2, 280 pound build to the Panthers’ offensive line. According to Elliott, Mobley brings a calm presence to meetings and games.
“Some things come easier to others of course,” Elliott said. “And when you see him in his academics or in our meeting room, he’s just got that calm sense of, “I know what’s going on, I get this,” and the good Lord blessed him with a great mind. He uses it every single day. I don’t ever see him stress.”
Stress, between law school, studying, and football, is something Mobley learned how to handle, according to the offensive lineman. Mobley said that even finding time to eat was tough during his first semester balancing the schedule of a law student and an athlete.
“The main thing is to find time to do stuff that makes you happy on the side, too,” Mobley said. “You can’t just let the law school and the football pile up together and stress you out, because if you do then you’re just going to crash.”
The Panthers host Kennesaw State on Aug. 30, to kick off the 2018 season. Starting from Game 1, Mobley has goals for his senior season, including his hopes to reach the Sun Belt Conference Championship game in its first year and to make all A’s in his second year of law school.