From the press conference

Haven’t listened to the recording of the press conference yet, but here’s three things I can tell you.

Your starting quarterback (on the right)

Your starting quarterback (on the right)

1) Coach Bill Curry said quarterback Drew Little will start, that backup Star Jackson may play and that Kelton Hill will play. It’s interesting to note, as it appeared that Hill was the No. 3 behind Little and Jackson going into the first game against Shorter. (Jackson did not play for being late to a team bus.) I’m not sure this is a great surprise – Little did nothing to merit being taken out – but it was one of the first things Curry brought up.

Hill, though, handled himself well – a delay-of-game penalty withstanding – and apparently earned himself some time.

2) Lambuth University is a grade above Shorter. Curry talked up Lambuth, noting the team’s size and experience, and then, in a quintissentially Curry moment, acknowledged that he’d also said that he thought the Shorter game would be decided in the fourth quarter (final score: 41-7).

But he went on to say that a) if the Shorter game had started differently, then perhaps it would have been closer; and b) Lambuth is indeed the real deal, at least for what it is, which is a strong NAIA team.

The player to watch is wide receiver Rod Jefferson, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound matchup problem. Curry said his staff even called Arkansas Tech’s staff (which Lambuth played last week) to confirm his size, which is apparently legit. Jefferson is even drawing NFL scouts’ attention to Jackson, Tenn. Check out highlights here.

Curry: “We have a very definitive plan to try to take him on. People like that can dominate you and actually take the game out of your hands.”

3) Athletic director Cheryl Levick said she expects the crowd to be in the “low teens,” meaning 13-14,000. If you were there Thursday, your presence is apparently expected again Saturday.

Levick: “I do know this. Folks who were there at the dome Thursday had a great time and they were so proud and so excited that they finally had a team that I hope that our team and our football game trumps anything else (on Saturday) Because they had such a great time and they’re so excited about having their own team, I can’t imagine them not showing up on Saturday. they need to be there.”

24 comments Add your comment

JTK

September 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

The best thing GSU can do is play all of their home games on Thursday nights. If given the choice of going to a GSU game on a Saturday or watching UGA or any other big games, I’m staying home. I would be at every Thursday night game, as would many other people who refuse to give up their Saturday’s in front of the TV to watch GSU.

GStateBen

September 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

That attendance number is low. I expect 20K plus. With Georgia and Georgia Tech playing away, there will be people downtown. Also adding to the fact that military, police and fire fighters are beinig honored. Yep, I could see 20K plus.

Star has to earn it and I think this says a ton. I expect him to play and play well and Georgia State to win by double digits.

Hammer22

September 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

Thanks for the write up. Love the press.

GSU has long been a sleeping giant that is just starting to yawn.

panama

September 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Every college football fan who attends games in person is faced with the prospect of missing games on TV so its not just those who will attend GSU games. Saturdays were made for college football and I look forward to enjoying a few at the Dome. Thursday’s are fun on occasion but you cannot play a whole season like that. Also it would be disruptive to classes to play avery game on a Thursday.

I have to believe that at least 75% of those who exeperienced that high Thursday cant wait to do it again, My voice was hoarse for 3 says. I say minimum 23k

Ken Sugiura

September 7th, 2010
5:55 pm

JTK – I have thought the same thing, not necessarily that they should play every game on Friday, but that they’re competing with Tech, UGA and the couch on Saturdays.
GStateBen – we’ll see. I’d guess they wouldn’t throw out low teens without thinking they could get there.

dk

September 7th, 2010
6:05 pm

Will definitely be an interesting matchup. Im looking forward to the jacksonville state matchup even more now though. That game may have increased in popularity just a little bit

Hammer22

September 7th, 2010
6:13 pm

Ken, did you go to any of the practices? If so, what’s your opinion of our DBs. Hughes became the starter at CB and is a true freshman over a few others already there. Do you think he’s got enough talent to hang in for the whole season?

jtaylor27

September 7th, 2010
7:11 pm

I would not be surprised to see 20k, but I think Levick is more than likely correct. At 1pm on a Saturday, GSU will draw 15,000. I hope Star gets situated in the offense soon. He is a real playmaker, but I don’t want anyone who thinks they are bigger than the team out there. Lastly, I am with dk…I am very excited about the JSU game. JSU is ranked #5 now, so we’ll see what happens when real FCS talent shows up in the dome.

Dontavius Supremo

September 7th, 2010
7:38 pm

I think y’all have hit on something with that Thursday night idea. only problem is getting visiting teams to agree. This Saturday at 1:00, when GSU takes the field, I’ll be cheering for them…from home while I watch the UGA/S.C. game.

J'boro Panther

September 7th, 2010
7:51 pm

As football season kicks into full swing, GSU and football fans have many options. Hopefully the lure of many Top 20 match ups on TV won’t keep the crowd down, but GSU AD is probably more realistic. Also, name recognition of its opponent won’t help. Smart move on Curry’s part to hype up Lambuth’s 6-foot, 8-inch receiver as a pro prospect to draw some fan interest. BUT there is a reason that he is at 750-student, NAIA-playing, almost broke Lambuth. Grades? Ability? Or maybe he just wanted to play for the legendary Ron Dickerson. Anyway, GSU by 30 points.

dawg day afternoon

September 7th, 2010
8:01 pm

Missing GSU play in the Dome to watch the Dawgs play is one thing, but I doubt anyone is going to the Joke by Coke instead of the Dome. Nobody really marks tech games on their calendar. Hell, may as well watch Georgia Southern if you can still find SOCON games on satellite, but again, not instead of watching the real GSU play at the Dome.

glsjunior

September 7th, 2010
8:46 pm

The A.D. also thought that the first game would only draw 10K. I don’t think that the administration has any clue about the potential of this program. Assuming that the students come back, that’s 8k plus 6k of season ticket holders, that’s 14k right there. I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect at least 6k of alums to return.

spider

September 7th, 2010
9:00 pm

anytime there is a college football game in town im going before i sit at home and watch on tv. if tv showed the halftime shows instead of a bunch of morons telling what we already know i might stay home and watch but too me part of going to the game is watching the marching bands and cheerleaders.

J'boro Panther

September 7th, 2010
9:19 pm

If this fan support keeps up, GSU has a shot at finishing in the top 15 in home attendance for the NCAA Div. I FCS judging by last season’s stats:

http://www.google.com/search?q=2009+NCAA+FCS+attendance&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

I’m willing to beat that the 30,000 for the first game will rank pretty high for single-game for a FCS team at home. GSU will give a big boost to the CAA with its attendance because the conference only averaged a little over 8,000 fans last season. GSU get that in student alone.

The potential is great. I could see the Southern Conference trying to scoop us up because geographically, we match up well with their teams. We would have some nature rivalries with Georgia Southern, Elon, Furman and Wofford.

Hammer22

September 7th, 2010
9:45 pm

Most of the alums want to go to FBS asap for many intelligent reason.

JP

September 7th, 2010
10:02 pm

Lambuth is NAIA by classification only. They are transitioning to D2 and playing a D2 schedule so don’t expect them to lie down for GSU. Hopefully the Panthers don’t take them lightly. Let’s go for 2-0!!!

Golden Hand

September 8th, 2010
5:40 am

Low teens sounds doable. If they continue to win, they might even consistently draw 10k-plus. Lose, though, and I expect the crowds to dwindle rapidly; actual Georgia State sports fans are far more thin on the ground than bored Atlantans who figure $15 for college football is a heckuva bargain.

As for the “sleeping giant” notion, eh. I went to Georgia State, and most of my friends there actively disliked sports; it was one reason they chose GSU. Any school that can’t consistently draw 3,000 for Div. I basketball doesn’t strike me as having much potential to draw more than three times that for any other sport.

JSS

September 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Congrads to GA State on their programs grand unveiling! There will be some spots; but be patient… You can be like South Florida and build a sound foundation with fan and administrative support…

@ Ken
Never been happier to see someones picture on the front page. I know you’ll do justice to this fledgling program! Good luck!

Clyde yandell

September 8th, 2010
8:27 am

Ken

Interesting Note: Lambeth has an offensive line man Jacob Yandell that is a relative of Clyde Yandell’s

PantherCJ

September 8th, 2010
8:29 am

Golden Hand, are you really comparing Basketball and Football here in Atlanta? :)

My prediction is around 22K+

Go GSU!

Ken Sugiura

September 8th, 2010
8:46 am

glad we’ve got some reasonable debate going. to add another two cents to attendance discussion, i think jlsjunior hit on something. i really don’t think the department knows what the game saturday and future games will draw because they don’t have a lot to go on. will most of the students who came last thursday come saturday? half?
by my math, there were roughly 14,000 fans who bought single-game tickets last week. hard to say how many were there just because it was a novelty, how many got sucked in and will come back, etc.

as for lambuth, this is a really strange game. it is a school that has 450 students and came close to closing, but the team was ranked seventh in naia, which doesn’t mean everything, but means something. as for rod jefferson, i don’t think curry was trying to build him up to draw attention to the game. when i talked to ron dickerson yesterday, he said he had a scout from the chargers waiting outside for him. i think he’s legit. as for why he ended up there, here’s a story from the summer in the Jackson Sun. sorry i can’t hyperlink.
http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20100819/SPORTS/8190317/Jefferson-has-unfinished-business

great note about clyde yandell. i’ll talk to him today about it.

Michael in Decatur

September 8th, 2010
10:04 am

Georgia State should schedule Georgia Southern for a recurring home and home series ASAP. It would help their attendance and strength of schedule.

ATLNative

September 8th, 2010
1:34 pm

I’ve got no opinion on Lambuth, as I had to look them up on Wikipedia after seeing the GSU schedule. However, as an Auburn and GSU alum, there’s a HUGE difference between Thursday games and Saturday games – tailgating. Yes, I admit Downtown Atlanta is not a “Grove” or “Quad” or what have you, but there are lots for tailgating for Falcons games and GSU needs to start there.

Students and alumni need time to mingle outside the Dome and GSU needs to start looking to areas like Centennial Olympic Park for pregame festivities. A successful college football program is more than 3 hours a week of snaps, throws, and catches – it’s fans devoting an entire day to your school with their family and friends. It’s what keeps students on campus over the weekend and dissolves the notion of a commuter school.

If the experience is fun inside and out of the stadium, then 30K in the Dome each week will be no problem.

OLeSkoolPanther

September 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

Those guys at UGA, Georgia Tech, even Georgia Southern are not concerned about any other team when their team is playing on Saturday. The battle to get a team to call our own to Georgia State University has been a long fought. Now your saying you wont attend because there are supposedly better games on TV. At 1:00 on Saturday I will be at the Georgia Dome cheering for my Almamater. This is what we have been waitng for. We have to follow in the footsteps of Troy State University and UCF and cheer this team to greatness. It will not happen over night.