Welcome to the AJC’s Georgia State blog

Greetings, folks-

Welcome to the Georgia State blog. I will be filing regularly with tidbits about Bill Curry’s ball team. If you’ve read the many excellent blogs on ajc.com, you’ll know that we want this to be interactive and fun, so if you’ve got questions, shoot them my way.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to the season because I think it’s hard to know what’ll happen and it’ll be fun to find out as we go along.

So with that, I’ll drop some information as we all wait for kickoff Thursday night.

- Our video guy Ryon Horne put together a “Know Your Panthers” series, the first batch of which you can see here. It’s the second video from the top.

- Starting lineups:

Offense: RB Rosevelt Watson, WR Sidney Haynes, WR Danny Williams, SL Jordan Giles, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, LT Clyde Yandell, LG Joseph Gilbert, C Ben Jacoby, RG Harrison Clottey, RT Grant King. Curry hasn’t named a starting quarterback, but all signs point to Drew Little with Star Jackson as the No. 2 backup.

Defense: DE Kalan Jenkins, NG Dion Peary, DT Christo Bilukidi, OLB Jake Muasau, OLB Robert Ferguson, ILB Evan Bostic, ILB Olufemi Opanubi, FS Brandon Jones, SS Fred Barnes, CB Brent McClendon, CB Justin Hughes.

If you’re wondering, that’s 11 players recruited out of high school and 11 transfers. Also, 10 players from Georgia, five from Florida, two from South Carolina and one each from Arizona, California, North Carolina, Texas and Canada.

- If you missed it, my stories from our college football preview section which came out Sunday. Bill Curry Q&A, five players to watch, season projection.

- and stories that ran today. advance box, story, notebook.

- At his press conference Monday, Curry talked about the impact that football has already had at Georgia State. He said that last year, he was contacted by a colleague on the academic side who was involved in recruiting a noted professor to the school. The colleague asked Curry to contact the professor and assure her that the school would have a football team. The professor was a “football junkie,” in Curry’s words, and apparently needed to know that her future employer had a team. Curry did as he was asked, and the professor took the job.

“She’s got her tickets,” Curry said. “What does that mean (about football’s standing on campus)? I don’t know. But it’s something.”

- My two cents on the game. Simply because of the difference in talent level, I have to think it’s Georgia State’s game. After all, the school wouldn’t have scheduled a team it thought it would have a good chance of losing to for its first-ever game.

Consider that Georgia State has several players good enough to play at the FBS level – offensive linemen Joseph Gilbert, Clyde Yandell and Ben Jacoby, wide receiver Sidney Haynes, quarterback Star Jackson and tight end Bailey Woods all played at that level. Quarterback Drew Little was recruited by Tech (by GSU offensive coordinator John Bond, to be specific) before a coaching change.

Shorter can’t make that claim.

An NAIA school, Shorter has played a handful of NCAA schools, including Division II West Alabama last week (a 37-7 loss), Division II Lenoir-Rhyne last year (a 21-14 loss) and FCS (the division GSU is in) Western Carolina two years ago (a 35-0 loss). For what it’s worth, West Alabama is a very good Division II team and Lenoir-Rhyne not so much. Western Carolina was 3-9 in 2008 but in a tough conference.

So maybe we could say that Shorter equates to being an average or low-end Division II school. While what division a school is in doesn’t say everything, it certainly says something.

The X factor, of course, is that Georgia State has never played before. As Curry has mentioned a few times, no one knows what will happen Thursday night. However, it’s not like the team got put together three weeks ago. It’s been practicing for a year under some pretty good coaching. The Panthers should be fine.

I hope you all have fun tonight. For GSU students and alumni, I think this will be a day to remember.

66 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

September 2nd, 2010
12:24 pm

First! Welcome to the Concrete Jungle Ken!

lady j 80

September 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

GOOOOOOOO! Georgia State Panthers.I am a proud alumni and want to see our football team go allllllll the way. We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and I am amped up. I am ready to see some panther gear in the stores with the ga. tech and uga stuff. Let’s play some footballllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PantherRyan

September 2nd, 2010
12:28 pm

Finally.

Ken, I have really enjoyed your articles, awesome to see this blog.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 2nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Go BILL CURRY and good luck Panthers. This Tech fan will be at the game. Glad to see a GSU Blog. Are you going to get a Journalism Major and Sports fan to start a GSU fan blog?

Paddy

September 2nd, 2010
12:31 pm

If in town I would be there. Good Atl story. Attended the first Chicago Fire football game, rather uneventful except for the 2hour thunderstorm we sat thru.

GSU Alum '83

September 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

The young Panthers will prowl tonight!!!

This is very exciting.

billy

September 2nd, 2010
12:48 pm

Is it going to be televised?

DawginLex

September 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

This can be a great situation for GSU if handled correctly. Up here in KY, tiny Georgetown college has numerous football and basketball titles. They sign kids all the time from D-1 programs and destroy the competition they face.

With GSU going D-1 right away, it could be different but if they schedule right, they could win a lot of games.

TILTman

September 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

almuni here currently residing in california. been a long time coming. wish i could be there. is the long-term goal for GSU to become a 1-A team in, say, 10 years? Could we be the next south florida? sure would be nice to have a 15K capacity stadium rocking on or near campus. what’s swinging around the rumor mill there? go panthers!

collegeballfan

September 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Good luck State!

How long before Georgia State is equated with Florida State, Louisiana State, Mississippi State and North Carolina State?

Do not know about TV but the game is not on espn3.

Joseph

September 2nd, 2010
1:07 pm

Let’s go GSU! Let’s go GSU! Let’s go GSU! I’m so ready for tonight!

'93 Grad

September 2nd, 2010
1:10 pm

I guess they are now my 2nd favorite team.

itsmeagain

September 2nd, 2010
1:12 pm

I started at State in fall 2006, now i’m a fifth year senior and finally we have a football team. I don’t know if i should go to class or go get tailgating!

jtaylor27

September 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

As someone who has spent entirely too much time at GSU, I can say that the campus was electric this week. I teach there and I have a couple of football players in my class. They are excited, and–from what I can tell–the students, faculty, and staff are extremely supportive. Also, thank you, Ken, or AJC in the sky for finally putting together a GSU blog. Will you cover the other sports as well?

Hampt

September 2nd, 2010
1:35 pm

My body won’t be there tonight but my money will. I have just enrolled my oldest child (girl)So go Panthers. I’m big fan of all georgia teams with a slant to the bulldogs. I live in alabama, but I’m from Vidalia GA.

We'll Be There

September 2nd, 2010
1:44 pm

My son is a GSU / GT (Masters) graduate and we wouldn’t miss the inaugural game for anything. We have always been HUGE Bill Curry fans!!! Looking forward to many years of great GSU Panthers football as well as Tech. THWG!!!

Montinod

September 2nd, 2010
1:49 pm

“Fight Panthers to victory…” In less than six hours history will be made. I am so thrilled to enjoy this from the ground-up. The atmosphere will be electric and I will be there screaming. Go Panthers!

GSU! GSU! GSU!

F9F

September 2nd, 2010
1:57 pm

My degree is so old it looks like it should be in a glass case at the Smithsonian, but I’ve never been prouder of it. A lot of us have been looking forward to this for a long time, Ken. Gotta go polish my Panther license plate!

GStateBen

September 2nd, 2010
1:58 pm

5150 P.O.A.D ,

Join us at PantherTalk.com. I write a daily blog on there and I promise you will see us in full effect tonight.

Ben

5150 P.O.A.D

September 2nd, 2010
2:01 pm

DawginLEX I thing we found something to agree on. HAHAHA Who’da Thunk? HAHAHHA

5150 P.O.A.D

September 2nd, 2010
2:04 pm

GSateBen hit AJC I have called then to get us a GSU fan Blog like Tech and UGA too to be posted on their Sports page and you need a VENT under the sports too.

PantherPride

September 2nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Looks like a good idea to run towards the left side of the line with Yandell and Gilbert holding it down.

Jacques Cousteau

September 2nd, 2010
2:11 pm

Opponents of the University of Florida are fearful of playing in “The Swamp.”

Now, opponents of Georgia State University can be fearful of coming to play in “The Ghetto.”

mitch

September 2nd, 2010
2:12 pm

How does the kicking game look? Can the punter’s pin the opposition inside their 20, can we get 3 points every time we get inside the oppositions 35? Haven’t ready anything regarding these guys.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 2nd, 2010
2:13 pm

Old TECH men getting more education is never a bad idea PantherPride.
Where will the Fans be Tailgating/ Pre-Game partying tonight? Will it be on(HAHAHAH GSU Campus) the parking deck area where Falcon fans set up too?

Man

September 2nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Anyone know if the game will be on TV tonight?

5150 P.O.A.D

September 2nd, 2010
2:20 pm

“Man” you must not be from around here. SEC football is GOD and high school football will get more respect than GSU until they go FBS. PeachtreeTV would be your best shot but Tyler Perry and his Black crap showes take up all the Time the Braves are not scheduled.

GSU Panthers

September 2nd, 2010
2:21 pm

GSU Football has arrived! Welcome to the JUNGLE!!!

English

September 2nd, 2010
2:27 pm

Holy smoke, look at another new toy for us GSU alums/fans to play with. GSU has come a long way. I guess the AJC isn’t the ugAJC I always thought it was. Great job AJC. Hoist up the Jolly Roger it’s time to play some football.

Go State!

Atl College Fan

September 2nd, 2010
2:28 pm

This is kinda like seeing an expansion team playing its first game.
It will be cool to see the Panthers possibly playing Ga. Southern and maybe even Kennesaw St. in the future. Good luck tonight!

English

September 2nd, 2010
2:39 pm

What’s Terrance Moore thinking now? Terrance next time please know your audience before you write an article titled, “Georgia State football can’t succeed” submitted Monday, April 23, 2007, 08:08 PM

Kevin Costner will tell you “If you build it they will come.”

Go State!

puppydawg

September 2nd, 2010
2:39 pm

Although I’ve been a UGA fan my entire life, I actually got my degree from GSU. My family simply could not afford to send their 4 kids away to school. I had to work full time and pay my own way at GSU. I was happy to do so because the result was a GSU diploma that I am very proud of. I will be at GSU’s inaugural game tonight to cheer for my alma mater and plan to go to more games, including @ Alabama on 11/18. This post is not intended to be my autobiography but I’m providing a little background because I have a question for the trade school turd sniffers that criticize the UGA fans that did not attend UGA. Please explain to everyone’s satisfaction why I am disqualified from being a UGA fan simply because I did not matriculate there.

GStateBen

September 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

The game tonight will not be televised but will be on WCFO 1160 AM and WRAS 88.5 FM and streaming online on both websites.

Just to give everyone an update: Less than 1,000 tickets remain for theh lower bowl. Student attendance is expected to top 10,000.

Join the conversation @ PantherTalk.com.

Thanks again Ken and the staff at the AJC!

Army of the Gators

September 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

Just want to wish Coach Curry and staff good luck on your history making season at GSU.This program is up and coming,fans please support it. GO GATORS!!

GO Panthers

September 2nd, 2010
2:50 pm

GSU is a wonderful school. 5150 P.O.A.D. Sorry you don’t understand but only GOD can judge us andguess what judgement day is coming soon. no ghetto here at GSU. there are so wonderful people that attend and have degrees from GSU . Sorry that you didn’t think of starting this program or maybe you WEREN’T considered to even be apart of this program.. so to you 5150P.O.A.D watch out it’s HERE!!!

Matt

September 2nd, 2010
2:51 pm

F the Gators, Let’s go STATE!

GO Panthers

September 2nd, 2010
2:52 pm

IT”S just the beginning!! GO State!!!

Mcdawghna

September 2nd, 2010
3:03 pm

As a die hard Dawg fan I must admit Bill Curry is one of the finest MEN to ever step foot on a football field in this state…..Its hard for me to talk so highly of a Tech man……..I wish him and the new program nothing but the best

Honky Talkin'

September 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

This is a great day for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Go Panthers!!!

DILLIGAF

September 2nd, 2010
3:08 pm

I’ve always admired Bill Curry, he’s a stand up guy.
Good luck Coach and the GSU Panthers!

Go Dawgs! GATA!
UGA/85

puppydawg

September 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

English, Terrance Moore has never had an intelligent thought in his life. Guesss that makes me a racist in his book.

puppydawg

September 2nd, 2010
3:19 pm

It won’t be long until the north avenue trade school is the 2nd best team inside the perimeter.

eplayerj

September 2nd, 2010
3:21 pm

Class of 94. This is a dream come true. Way to go Ga State. Good luck tonight. Go Panthers.

GT BABY

September 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

CLASS OF 09 BABY! THE ROBINSON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS!

Panther Prowler!

September 2nd, 2010
3:49 pm

There needs to be a link to this blog on the bottom of the main sports page, and on the main GSU page. Also, a Georgia State Vent would be nice!

Ken Sugiura

September 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

To answer a question that I saw a couple times, the game is not on TV. So far, only two games are being televised — Jacksonville State (on CSS) and Alabama (ESPNU).

bigdawg1

September 2nd, 2010
4:13 pm

First of all, it’s “Terence” Moore. And, secondly, he’s had more important thoughts while taking a dump than you have in your life, puppydawg. You’re just a typical closet racist who gets defensive when those “uppity” types point out your failings! Please go back to your Glenn Beck lie-fest!

bigdawg1

September 2nd, 2010
4:18 pm

Hey stupid racists! Pls post your drivel over at the Drudge Report of similar publication of hate and vanity, such as FAUX Noise’s blog!

El Pantero

September 2nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Oh yeah…….just a few more hours before the start of something special…it has been a long time…..thank you, GSU. Giving them hell in the A-T-L….a little corny, but it is our fight song….

snes

September 2nd, 2010
5:01 pm

GSU Alumni and I’m going to the game tonight Lets go Panthers!!