Curry committed to running game for GSU

Greetings, all-

Not a ton to report at the moment, but just a few things to share.

1. Someone had asked about video replay at the FBS level. It came up at the press conference, and it sounds like cost and logistics would make it a non-starter for that level.

You’d want to make it as uniform as possible, which would require a lot of schools that don’t have cameras at their games or the installed technology to get both, not to mention hire people to work everything. Replay challenges are only used for the FCS semifinals and championship. It’d be hard to imagine it changing.

Bill Curry did say, though, that when the staff found out the game would be on TV, a call was made to see if replay could be used, but to no avail.

2. One thing to think about regarding the pass coverage, which was a bit loose against Jacksonville State, something I hadn’t thought of until I was talking to secondary coach Anthony Midget. The starting corners, Brent McClendon and Justin Hughes, are a redshirt freshman and true freshman, respectively. Then McClendon went out and he was replaced by true freshman Demarius Matthews. So it makes some sense why defensive coordinator John Thompson would play it conservative.

(The conservative coverage sort of helps explain the relatively tame pass rush. JSU QB Marques Ivory could get rid of the ball on time because receivers were open. If receivers were covered more aggressively, he’d have to hold onto the ball a little longer, which would give the pass rush a little more time to get to him.)

“Now we’ve got to get to a situation where we also have to start making plays when we get our hands on the ball and create some plays back there in the secondary,” Midget said.

That said, I can’t imagine it changing too much this week. Two true freshmen will start (Hughes and either McClendon, Isaiah Howard or Jamal Ransby) and a third (McClendon, Powell or Ransby) will play nickel.

Jamal Ransby (left) will likely see playing time Saturday.

Jamal Ransby (left) will likely see playing time Saturday.

Midget said Tuesday that he had some concerns, naturally, about experience and the younger players’ being able to communicate with each other what they’re seeing.

I also asked Midget whether or not his players are better at catching the ball in practice than they were Saturday.

“They always get ‘em in practice,” he said, with some mock frustration. “I’ve got this rocket right here.” (he proudly held up his right bicep, which launches his throws to players during passing drills.)

It’s something they definitely work on. It’s just a matter of bringing it to Saturday.

3. Wide receiver Jordan Giles practiced Wednesday and could play on a limited basis Saturday. Giles broke his finger two weeks ago, which precipitated Bo Schlechter’s move to wide receiver.

4. Expect the Panthers to come out running the ball. I’d say that Georgia State has a little more margin to play with than it did last week against Jacksonville State and can be a little intent on working on its own stuff while trying to win, whereas last week, when coaches realized they probably couldn’t run consistently against Jacksonville State, so they stuck more with the pass.

The running game and run defense were two of the first things Curry brought up at his Tuesday press conference as far as points of improvement, along with tackling.

If you take away the three longest runs of the season – Kelton Hill’s 53-yard scramble against Lambuth, Travis Evans‘ 46-yard touchdown run against Jacksonville State and Darren McCray’s 41-yard reverse, also against JSU – Georgia State is averaging 3.9 yards per carry. I confess, that’s actually higher than I expected it to be, considering that Curry said the goal is more than 4 yards per carry, which the team is actually achieving with those three runs included.

Parris Lee breaking a no-look palm-on-helmet tackle attempt vs. Shorter.

Parris Lee breaking a no-look palm-on-helmet tackle attempt vs. Shorter.

That said, the goal is consistency, a running game that can pump out runs of 3, 4 and 5 yards with regularity. If you’ve watched GSU play, you know that’s not the case.

Said Curry, “That’s what we’ve got to do. We haven’t done that a single time for a whole game.”

Curry wouldn’t put responsibility on the line, although offensive lines deservedly gets credit when the running game works and blame when it doesn’t. He said quarterbacks need to make the right checks at the line and backs have to run to the right hole and with the right timing.

“It will come, but it’s (taken) a lot longer than I would have thought because we’ve had a year to work on this,” Curry said.

Worth noting – Campbell has given up 5.4 yards per rush this season.

That’s about it. Hope you’re having a good week. Follow me on Twitter.

35 comments Add your comment

GSU Mens BB Fan

September 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

Panther Prowler!

September 22nd, 2010
6:44 pm

Second!! According to the Camels fans, their team has ZERO defense!! What gives??

Ken Sugiura

September 22nd, 2010
6:50 pm

Congrats, BB fan
I’m not sure Campbell has zero defense, though the statistics certainly suggest they’re not exactly a defensive powerhouse. I don’t think the fact that Old Dominion put up 44 points and 463 yards on them shouldn’t come as a great surprise. Campbell is a less competitive team in a non-scholarship league. Old Dominion is apparently already a pretty competitive team (nearly beating No. 8 William & Mary last week) and gives out scholarships.

Cat-Man-Du

September 22nd, 2010
7:06 pm

Ken, are you going to the game? Damn, the Camels are going to get SMOKED!!!!

English

September 22nd, 2010
7:40 pm

I’m loving the write ups. Good insight and I hope Travis Evans get the ball quite a bit. He was pretty productive when he got some touches.

itsmeagain

September 22nd, 2010
7:42 pm

While i’d like to go ahead and say we have this in the bag, i’m gonna hold my tongue after the Lambuth game. We should have this in the bag, but i wont count us 2-2 until it happens.

Ken; were you supposed to write “worth noting” at the end of your post? Right now it says worth nothing…

gsuLivingstone

September 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

Listen close: this game is IN THE BAG!!

Ken Sugiura

September 22nd, 2010
8:28 pm

Ha! thanks for pointing that out. i’ll make the fix.

jtaylor27

September 22nd, 2010
8:38 pm

This is awesome, Ken! Great article. I’m glad the offense will probably have a chance to work on some stuff. Also, your notes about the secondary make a lot of sense. I could not believe how badly our d-backs were getting shredded last week. However, when one remembers that these guys are true freshmen playing their first season together it makes things a bit clearer. Looking forward to listening on the radio this weekend.

GSU Panther Fan

September 22nd, 2010
8:52 pm

I understand everyone is weary because of the loss to Lambuth, but Campbell is nowhere near Lambuth’s level. Lambuth actually gives out scholarships to some very fine athletes. There is a reason they beat, yet again, the No. 8 nationally ranked D2 team West Alabama last Saturday. I have no doubt the Panthers will manhandle Campbell, although a shaky and nervous start would not surprise me since it’s the first away game in program’s history.

jtaylor27

September 22nd, 2010
8:58 pm

That’s a good point Panther fan. This is the first away game, so it will be interesting to see how the guys respond.

itsmeagain

September 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

I actually contemplated driving to Campbell to watch the game. Honestly, 4 hours away and i would be there. But 12 hours on the road is just too much, especially as i have class and work on Friday and work on Sunday.

I need to set up a listening shrine of sorts; ipad to keep blog updates coming, laptop to keep the radio going, and phone to keep conversations with people at the game.

Anyone willing to stream live video from the game? You’d be my hero…

itsmeagain

September 22nd, 2010
9:18 pm

And is there anywhere on the internet that has a highlight reel or something from the jacksonville state game?

Concrete Cat Burglar

September 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Not just the first away game, but the first outdoor game. Hope they’re ready for that aspect too.

GSUGrad06

September 22nd, 2010
9:29 pm

itsmeagain: You can go to the Campbell Camels athletics (Camels…AH HA HA HAAA!)website and pay a single game pass to stream live audio and video. I think it’s about $7. This is what I’m doing on Saturday.

Howard

September 22nd, 2010
9:30 pm

I’ve been to Campbell…it’s in the sticks…a little NC town called Buies Creek. You drive out in country for miles and then Bam! There it is. Campus is quite nice and homey…football stadium in nice too…no lights last time I checked so that’s why all games are in day-time. The Camels lose their humps big-time in this one…GSU 48 Campbell 6.

Ken Sugiura

September 22nd, 2010
9:44 pm

Thanks, GSUGrad – here’s the link http://bit.ly/aB4P5l

GSUtimes2

September 22nd, 2010
10:05 pm

Last week, I considered a competitive 4 quarter + OT loss versus JSU actually as a win for the program. This week, I think anything less than a blow out versus Campbell is a loss. No disrespect to the Lambuth’s and Campbell’s of the college football world, but if we are going to be taken seriously, we need to beat the teams we are supposed to….and do it handily.

Itsmeagain

September 22nd, 2010
10:59 pm

Gsugrad06… You are my hero

Panther Prowler!

September 22nd, 2010
11:09 pm

I’m driving up to Buies Creek, and there better be some cute girls up there ready to party with a “big city” guy LOL. Or at least some cheap beers, AMIRITE??

GState08

September 23rd, 2010
5:13 am

I definitely want to see us run the ball more efficiently in the next few games.

Hammer22

September 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

Great article! Love how so much info was put in the 4 points in the article.

Ken, “The Panther 4 points” may be a good thing to put in all the blogs. Great theme and something to look forward to (though may be a lot of work on you).

Hammer22

September 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

By the way. Can G-State Ben be our fan blogger? I think he would love to get into the sports journalism about GSU.

Ken Sugiura

September 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

Hammer22 – thanks and good suggestions. i’ll try to keep it up. the decisions about fan bloggers isn’t mine to make, but i’ll ask. you should know, though, if you don’t already, that ben has his own blog at prideofthepanthers.blogspot.com.

Ken Sugiura

September 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

will be going to practice in a little bit. hopefully i’ll come back with something interesting.

Mike

September 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

Don’t underestimate the first road test of the season, so far the team has shown its inexperience and immaturity at times. If they have another good week of practice like last week, they should take care of business. I gotta disagree with GSUtimes, any win on the road for a team with this many underclassmen is a great accomplishment, I don’t care who the opponent may be.

GSUtimes2

September 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

I just think we need to make the Lambuth game look like a fluke. I’ll be happy with a win, but a close win won’t help eliminate doubt in the critic’s minds.

GStateBen

September 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Ken,

Thanks for the blog mention. We help build PantherTalk.com and great info Ken. I think Giles’ will get some time and I believe Travis Evans may even start at RB. I’ll be interested in today’s practice because I believe this is the game that we are able to pressure the QB.

Campbell doesn’t like to throw the ball and would rather run their QB, RB and even FB (who is a converted RB). That’s the one consistent thing we have gotten better at; stopping the run.

Good blog Ken and keep up the good work.

GSU Eagle Fan

September 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Ha Ha Ha…Georgia State is playing a law school in the North Carolina hills. Watch out for Granny Clampett, they say she plays good run defense. Ha Ha Ha, what a pathetic program. A business school plays a law school. Ha Ha Ha, pathetic.

GSUtimes2

September 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

Right, because which NC powerhouse is Georgia Southern playing this weekend? Oh, Elon? Ok, right, I forgot that Georgia Southern has yet to advance out of the FCS in all it’s years of play…still trying to be a big fish in a little pond. I guess when you go to a dumpy South GA school that has Alcoholics Anonymous as core curriculum, you can pick on a football program that is in its first year to feel better. Oops, I may have assumed you actually graduated from there? You may have been one of the many that drop-out after two years of drinking to go to community college.

GSWho Cares?

September 23rd, 2010
10:41 am

Once again, why does it matter who we play GSU Eagle Fan? State is a first year team with a boatload of underclassmen that use this to build experience so then that way in a few years they might stand a chance in the CAA. Usually I don’t stick up for either GSU but this I’m a big fan of pointing out irony and by golly you just fed the troll on this one. Either way you look at it, both teams are in the FCS which doesn’t have many good teams to begin with so I don’t see how you can say when southern is a godsent football team when they can’t even beat teams like Navy (a loss is a loss, nuff said). Second, State is a first year team that has a boatload of underclassmen that have limited experience in collegiate football so its expected for state to play crap teams and yes they will lose, but least they don’t plan on staying in the FCS for another thirty years so at least they plan on trying to become a household name in football. My favorite thing though is when you compare the teams that State and Southern play this season, its not even a close match! Alabama at Alabama is nuts enough but on the first season?! State may be bad but at least they have the kahones to play the best team in the nation on their first season.

P.S. I can make comparisons between two football teams as well: your next game is a party school (elon) against a bunch of inbreds. I’ll let you guess who I’m talking about on that one.

Itsmeagain

September 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

I thought Georgia southern was a community college…

GSUtimes2

September 23rd, 2010
11:39 am

Burn. I stand corrected.

Cat-Man-Du

September 23rd, 2010
2:17 pm

Where will the Georgia Southern fans be when Georgia State is in the Big East?

dirty harry

September 24th, 2010
2:13 am

Excluding Jaybo Shaw, most of the playmakers at Georgia Southern are also underclassmen.
FB Robert Brown – FR
NT Brent Russell – SO
SLOT – Darreion Robinson – SO
SLOT Darries Robinson – SO
SLOT – JJ Wilcox – SO
WR – Mitch Williford – SO
QB – Ezayi Youyoute – FR (in 2 plays Youyoute already has a touchdown)

Yall have to remember that most of the guys starting at GSU this year sat on the bench before Coach Monken got here. A lot of starters left after we switched offenses for this year, like Urbano, Chappelle, 3 WR’s.

Elon is not a cakewalk, their QB is one of the best ever in the SOCON.

About the FBS plans, it is not our fault that our AD is incompetent. I seriously think he has no idea what he is doing. There are plans for FBS. A survey group conducted a survey last year for us to determine the cost and upgrades needed at Paulson for GSU to go FBS. Don’t just assume we want to FCS forever. Everyone here has big dreams that get defecated on by our athletic director. Here is a link to the study.
http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/athleticstudy/