Parris (Lee) in the fall

Five insights into running back Parris Lee, the leading rusher in Georgia State history. Lee ran eight times for 62 yards and two touchdowns against Shorter last Thursday. It looks like he’ll keep a prominent role in the backfield.

"Just don't get tackled and everything will be fine."

"Just don't get tackled and everything will be fine."

1. Lee came to Georgia State as a slot wide receiver after playing the position at Fletcher High in Jacksonville, Fla. In preseason training, after nearly a year of practice, Bill Curry moved him to running back.

“Coach said, ‘Would you like to play a little running back?’” Lee said Tuesday. “I said, ‘Sure.’ From that day on, it became natural. Just play football.”

2. Lee actually wanted to play running back – he played both slot and back in high school – but accepted his assignment and said he didn’t bug Curry or offensive coordinator John Bond about switching.

“I sit back and I play my role,” he said. “Whatever they ask me to do, I do it and I do it to the best of my ability.”

3. I remember one play in particular against Shorter, Lee patiently kept running parallel to the line of scrimmage, waiting for his block to get set up before turning upfield and gaining yards. Curry likes his instincts and vision. He said Tuesday that he was telling running backs coach Todd Perry that he needed to tell Rosevelt Watson where to run on a certain play and Sam Burkhalter where to run on another. But with Lee, he said he told Perry, “I don’t want you to say anything to Parris Lee. I just want you to hand him the ball.”

4. I imagine a player with Lee’s skill set has to intrigue Curry and Bond. A guy who can run and catch and can make yards on his own is not a bad piece in the puzzle. I can see him getting moved around a good bit.

5. Lee doesn’t have a Facebook account. I learned this after I asked him how many friend requests he’d gotten after his performance against Shorter. He said he had an account, but he closed it down. He said he’s trying to stay focused on football.

My story for today’s paper about NAIA football powerhouse Lambuth, enrollment 450.

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18 comments Add your comment

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
10:01 am

Great to have a State reporter. Now can you get a Fan Blogger to do live game blogs and the insdie fans view?

J'boro Panther

September 8th, 2010
10:13 am

Go blog on the Lee kid. Also enjoyed your story on Lambuth, thanks for the link. Glad to see the legendary Ron Dickerson back in the game, and more humble this time.

Hammer22

September 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Nice article. I’m checking this thing everyday now.

GStateBen

September 8th, 2010
10:24 am

Nice work on PLee. The kid turned down offers to South Florida to sign with us. He’s going to be special and will only get better with our coaching staff.

gsu01

September 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Good stuff Ken! This blog has been bookmarked and now part of my morning routine!!

GT BABY

September 8th, 2010
10:47 am

hey, does everyone know ug@y fans are the worst!

Ken Sugiura

September 8th, 2010
11:20 am

thanks for the kind words, all. and i see GT Baby has broken the seal. i guess it was only a matter of time.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
11:58 am

Ken I am a TECH fan too, but I like Mr. Curry very much so I am following GSU. Mark Bradley Sent me his Press Pack from the game including his Press Pass. Now I am trying to get it to Coach Curry and see if I can get the entire team to sign it. Do you think you can help me get that done? 5150 is the police code for a CRAZY person. P.O.A.D. stands for Pi.s on a Dawg. I can’t talk about dawgs on this blog until UGA or GT play the Panthers. Notice I didn’t start your new blog with the STUPID 1st thing. Keep up the good work. Are you guys going to do LIVE in Game Blogs too? Will you get a fan blogger?

dawg day afternoon

September 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

I see a few north avenue virgins have graced this blog. Good luck to GSU against Lambuth, and especially against Jax State: that’s going to be a war for you guys. Also, my condolences to tech, the “other” college football program in Atlanta. Looks like tech now has two big brothers!

Ken Sugiura

September 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

5150 P.O.A.D. Thanks for the kind words, and I do applaud you for not succumbing to the cult of firstie. I’m not sure what to tell you about getting your press pass signed. Let me look into it. Not sure about a fan blogger. I take it you’re volunteering?
Check out the new blog – position changes at quarterback!

GSU Panthers

September 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

Really great job Ken. Parris Lee turned down offers from a slew of FBS programs just to be a part of something new and his name will forever live in GSU history. Keep the stories coming Ken!

English

September 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Great little article Ken. I love the title, very good play on words. How about The Judbement of Parris? That works too. Lee is going to be a lot of fun to watch this year and I expect Burkhalter to deliver some hard nosed yards as well.

Please refrain from the UGA/GT talk as you have plenty of other space to write your dribble.

Go State!

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

No I am not volunteering> Dad and I go to the TECH games. That is our fun time. GSU has journalism as a degree and some student sports writers that I think would jump at the chance.

Hammer22

September 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

The GSTATE blog is never a place to talk about Tech or UGA stuff. Go somewhere else for that mess.

ryan

September 8th, 2010
7:30 pm

phhbhthbht

the UGA and GT fans going after each other happens on every blog. Trying to stop that is like trying to stop time.

But, seriously, no. The real question is how long before those whining Southern fans show up yipping about who the real GSU is.

In advance of that inane drivel… http://www.gsu.edu

itsmeagain

September 9th, 2010
1:59 am

lol about southern. Regardless of what they say, State is and always will be the real GSU. But i really do hope that when we play them at football we beat them so that it’s over and done with

itsmeagain

September 9th, 2010
2:04 am

Lol. I just read the Georgia Southern record attendance; 25,725. Sorry boys, we beat you in our first game.

Fan

September 9th, 2010
9:55 am

Ken,

Great article Parris Lee is going to be special. One thing I noticed in last Thursdays game is that there was a good bit of substitutions during the game except for the O-line as they keep them in the whole game even when the outcome was never in doubt in the 4th QTR. I wonder what they would have felt if one of the starters was injured in the 4th QTR. Just thought it was worth mentioning.