4. Doubling-up: Nine players on the roster have duplicate numbers. This is now permitted by the NCAA, as long the players are not on the field at the same time. For example, receiver Jonathan Ifedi and linebacker Trajan Stephens-McQueen both wear No. 6 but one plays offense and the other defense.
5. Lucky No. 13: Dan Ellington wore that number last year. This season it belongs to freshman Christian Thomas, a wide receiver from Greater Atlanta Christian.
6. Making a switch: Last season quarterback Quad Brown won No. 1. This year he will wear No. 4, which was vacated by the graduation of cornerback Khai Anderson.
7. Breaking down the class: This year’s roster includes seven seniors and nine fifth-year seniors – include grad transfers kicker Noel Ruiz (North Carolina A&T) and safety Chris Moore (Virginia). There are 23 juniors, 19 sophomores, 23 redshirt freshmen and 21 freshmen. In addition to the two grad transfers, there are four others on the roster who have earned their undergraduate degree: wide receiver DeAndre Bowman, guard Shamarious Gilmore, Ifedi and receiver Matlin Marshall.
8. Where they’re from: There are 57 players from Georgia on the 103-man roster. South Carolina and Florida are represented by 16 players apiece, followed by Alabama and North Carolina with four apiece, Tennessee and Virginia with two each and Mississippi and Pennsylvania with one.
9. Representing the ATL: There are 24 players on the roster from metro Atlanta. Dacula High in Gwinnett County has three of those: cornerback Jaylon Jones, outside linebacker Victor Heyward and inside linebacker Joseph Lopez. Acworth, Dallas and Jonesboro each have two players on the team.
10. Stepping into the record book: Several Panthers are moving up on the school’s all-time list. Nose guard Dontae Wilson has 8.5 sacks, two away from the record. Stephens-McQueen is No. 6 in tackles (198). Wide receiver Cornelius McCoy in No. 6 with 105 receptions an 1,252 receiving yards.