GSU’s Jackson ready to play

Greetings, all-

Hope this finds you well. Got a few things for the blog.

1. I spoke with Star Jackson Tuesday morning about not playing, which leads the notebook in Wednesday’s paper. He was diplomatic, saying he understood why he’s not playing and that he’s just waiting for his opportunity.

“Right now, I feel like I could go in at any time,” he said. “If Coach (Bill) Curry feels that I need to wait until he’s comfortable with that, that’s Coach’s decision. That’s why he’s paid to coach.”

Curry said he’s anxious to put him in, but that he wants to wait for a game in which Georgia State is comfortably ahead, which hasn’t happened since the Shorter game. Curry said he has “enormous empathy” for Jackson and his situation.

“I think it’s very much to Star’s credit that he’s had as good an attitude as he has,” Curry said.

2. Turnovers are high on Curry’s priority list, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes around any football coach, especially Curry and especially this team. Georgia State’s turnover margin is -4 and the Panthers have dropped several would-be interceptions, including one by cornerback Justin Hughes last Saturday that would have been a touchdown had he held onto it.

I would think it would be especially important this week against Morehead State. The Eagles are quite adept at passing and putting up points and don’t need much help from Georgia State.

3. Not sure how much run stopping will be a factor for the Panthers this week, given that Morehead State isn’t much of a running team. (The Eagles average 2.3 yards per carry, which is remarkably low.) Regardless, I talked to defensive line coach Chris Ward about the line’s play against the run. He sounded like the problem was execution and technique.

“We’ve got to get better at using our hands and getting off blocks,” he said. “These guys, they’re trying to do whatever they can to scrap, but they’ve got to take the things that we’re teaching and learning on the (practice) field and transition them into games.”

Curry said the goal is for the defense to average under 4.0 yards per carry. (GSU is at 4.2) Ward was more ambitious. He said under 3.0 yards per carry.

4. Curry, a big baseball fan, gave a pat on the back to retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox for an unlikely reason. Curry said he learned from Cox’s example after he was fired as Braves manager in 1981, when Curry was coaching at Georgia Tech.

“[Being fired] is a very public, embarrassing thing for your family,” Curry said. “You never forget that and it’s really important to have role models that handle it with great dignity and Bobby Cox has been one of those for me.”

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GSU_MEX_PANTHER

September 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

FIRST! Go PANTHERS!

Panther Prowler!

September 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

We need quick hands and quick feet, so we can capitalize on those would-be-pick-6’s.

Welcome home, Panthers!

GStateBen

September 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

Amen! Welcome home Panthers! Any road win is a great win! Good work again Ken. Love Star’s attitude and I believe we will see him unveiled vs. Savannah State.

Let’s creep above .500 on Saturday vs. Morehead State.

Itsmeagain

September 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

Is there any chance of this being a winning season?

Bernie Matt

September 29th, 2010
2:24 pm

What is going on with this situation! Everyone knows he’s the best QB on the roster. If he did something wrong suspend him and get it over with or kick him off the team. Otherwise he needs to be on the field now! The quickest way to build this program is for elite prospects to see other elite talent on the field! Point Blank! Quit messn with kids heads.

GSUtimes2

September 29th, 2010
2:32 pm

I agree he must have talent, but aside from the Lambuth game, Drew Little has proven himself and has put in the time to be the starter. At the end of the day, having two talented quarterbacks (Four, actually) is a good problem to have. But I will say, so far Little’s deep passes have been floater/rainbows. A little nerve racking when the receivers go long.

GSUtimes2

September 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Oh, and I couldn’t travel for the Campbell game. Were Little’s deep passes any sharper in Buie’s Creek?

F. Bisher

September 29th, 2010
2:36 pm

Welcome to our new QB coach, Bernie Matt !

Fred

September 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Who would have predicted this summer, that with 4 games played, the Panthers would have a better record than the Bulldogs?

Can I have an amen?

Hammer22

September 29th, 2010
3:18 pm

Amen Fred!

I hope we can get it done on all cylinders this week and embarrass this team LIKE EVERYONE KNOWS WE CAN.

Smokewagon

September 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

As a UGA fan I am quite proud of the GSU Panthers. Seems to be a great organization with a great coach. Wish you guys well all season. Heck, I may even go buy myself some blue.

Debbie Downer

September 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

Of course we have a better record than UGA. They play real teams and we play NAIA teams. But at least their four-star recruits get playing time. (~wah wahhhhhhhh~)

Multiple personality Coach

September 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

Curry has “enormous empathy” for Curry.

GStateBen

September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Winning Record? SB Nation Thinks So:

Georgia State Panthers – 6-5

You heard it hear first, Georgia State will definitely finish its first season with a winning record! After starting out 2-2 and consistently playing to the level of its opponents, the Panthers will end the season 6-5. In fact, this past weekend’s victory over Campbell was just the beginning of the Panthers’ own four-game winning streak (all over FCS opponents!).

The biggest news to come out of Atomic Football’s predictions for GSU is that the Panthers WILL NOT LOSE BY TRIPLE DIGITS TO ALABAMA. GSU is predicted to finish its season with (only) a 57-0 loss to the Crimson Tide. But who knows, they do have a 0.1% chance of winning (I guess those algorythms have some GSU bias too).

Additionally, if Georgia State had the opportunity to play the remainder of its season 1,000 times, it would win out one of those times!

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

thanks for catching that, multiple personality.

to answer your question, gsutimes2, the only deep ball i can remember little throwing was to albert wilson, who ran a go route down the sideline. it had a good bit of air under it, but it was put in a place where it’d be hard for a defensive back to intercept. wilson caught it in stride and would have scored had he not fumbled.

as far as a winning season goes, i’d say it’s possible. morehead state, savannah state, n.c. central and lamar all seem like games gsu would have a reasonable shot at winning. the others will be tougher.

Focused

September 29th, 2010
5:22 pm

Hey Ken, whats you take on our chances against South Alabama? I know they’re undefeated but I really think their only true test has been against Nicholls State. Are they truly a good team?

drzlstrangelovejr

September 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

I am just looking for the georgia southern blog. Please help.Ga state sucks.

itsmeagain

September 29th, 2010
7:06 pm

lol nice one

No.1 team in GA

September 29th, 2010
7:52 pm

Bring on the Dawgs, Jackets, & Eagles…..the Panthers are the new state power!!!! We rule!!!

Montinod

September 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

@Bernie Matt. Sir, you are spot on!

Carl34

September 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

Georgia Southern is 200 miles from Atlanta. Clemson and Auburn are about 100 miles. Even AUB and Furman are closer to Atlanta than Ga Southern. And there are other colleges and universities in the Atlanta area that want attention from the AJC. Statesboro is not in the AJC’s market.

GSUtimes2

September 29th, 2010
8:13 pm

I thought Ga. Southern folk spelled it “sux” not “sucks”….They surprise me everyday.

panther prowler

September 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

Enter your comments here

panther prowler

September 29th, 2010
8:34 pm

Bernie, you are spot off. Little threw a 59 yard bomb saturday to Haynes. Respect Coach Curry. When he say’s Little won the job accept it. Star get’s a chance everday at practice and will eventually get to play but in the mean time give credit to a qb they are having to run the offense through. He has thrown to 14 different receivers in 4 games.

6- time national champs

September 29th, 2010
8:35 pm

The real GSU on Sportsouth right now. Enjoy seeing how real football is played!

SchoolGurl

September 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

So what. Georgia is on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, ESPN, SportsSouth, etc with special reports every other weekend.

6- time national champs

September 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

Mmmmm…..check out all the Hotties tailgaiting at the real GSU!!!!!!

http://www.statesboroherald.com/multimedia/1889/

Oldschool

September 29th, 2010
10:13 pm

Here we go again with all this Star talk. I have nothing against the youngman, but lets get serious. Just because he was at Alabama doesn’t mean he is all world. Major D1 schools make mistakes with players all the time. I am not saying Star is not talented, but he is not a D1 QB. Every QB that came into Alabama passed him on the depth cart. I wonder why Saban was so quick to sign his release. Trust me, its not that simple to get a release in some cases.

panther pride

September 29th, 2010
11:02 pm

Oldschool – Good point. There are lots of examples of former 4 star recruits that transferred to FCS schools because they were passed on the depth chart. At the FCS school they weren’t exactly standouts.

GSU

September 30th, 2010
12:22 am

Star may or may not be all world, but give the kid some playing time in a real game enviornment.

Itsmeagain

September 30th, 2010
1:47 am

Are they tailgating on tractors?

GSUtimes2

September 30th, 2010
8:49 am

HOLY CRAP, thanks for the hilarious video. I didn’t see any goats/farm animals or “hotties” as you call them. I did see some really drunk Southern tards that don’t know how to put up a pop-up tent around minute 1:55. Hahahahahahahahaha. Ok, ok, seriously. Two things:

1) The girl wearing the 1 Jersey was pretty cute.
2) Are the guys at Southern required to wear their hats backwards?

GStateBen

September 30th, 2010
9:11 am

All I kept thinking is I was watching an underage drinking video that may end up used as “What’s Wrong With College Kids these days.”

Come on man!

Ken Sugiura

September 30th, 2010
9:50 am

Focused – I have to confess I don’t know a whole lot about South Alabama, and as you pointed out, there’s not a lot you can conclude from the schedule thus far, except for that the team has put away inferior opponents, which is not something that Georgia State can say.
I do know the school plans on going to FBS in 2013 and has more than a dozen FBS transfers. I’d have to guess it’ll be one of the two toughest games of the year after Alabama.

PTC DAWG

September 30th, 2010
10:16 am

GSU is in Statesboro.

Go Panthers!

September 30th, 2010
10:46 am

I’ve said it many times before. Star might be the second coming of Vince Young, but he’d probably be playing already if he was.

Just because he was with Alabama last season when they won the NC doesn’t mean he is covered in magic pixie dust. He isn’t in Tuscaloosa now, and there may be a reason.

Conversely, Drew isn’t exactly a typical FCS QB. He had legitimate interest from Boston College, who produced, ahem, Matt Ryan.

There does exist the possibility that Drew is the superior QB, right?

It seems like a lot of people are assuming that is not the case, just because Star was at Alabama.

Go Panthers!

September 30th, 2010
10:51 am

Ga Southern needs to stop whining about the whole GSU thing.

You guys had a chance to rebrand yourself when you became a university 20 years ago.

You should have gone with USG, but noooooooooo…

You were too daft to foresee the confusion as Georgia State already had been GSU for the previous 21 years.

Don’t go whining for a mistake you caused for yourself.

Itsmeagain

September 30th, 2010
11:14 am

Clearly gsu is in Atlanta as this is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As far as I’m concerned its like all those people who go to middle Georgia tech going to that school between north avenue and 10th and saying “were there real Georgia tech!”

Go Panthers!

September 30th, 2010
11:26 am

B-b-b-b-but Georgia Southern displays the largest tick collection in the world! 850 species of ticks to see!!! Doesn’t that mean at least something?!?!?!?

yo mama

September 30th, 2010
12:28 pm

How ’bout them Panthers!

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

September 30th, 2010
12:37 pm

Ok Panther fans (myself included) just ignore the trolls and they will fizzle out. If they don’t they are just waisting their time.

This board is to discuss GSU Panther Football not to fight with a bunch of trolls of Georgia Southern.

I’ll be at the game this Saturday! There is also a free tailgate even in the Orange lot! FREE FOOD!

GSUstaffer

September 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

On my way to pick up tickets, see you at the Orange lot!

Carl34

September 30th, 2010
2:23 pm

Hey, this Ga. State/ Ga. Southern thing is like UGA/Tech. I wonder if Kennesaw State will feel left out when they start football.

GSUstaffer

September 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

Maybe the schools can set up 3 way competition like the service academies Commanders cup. Seems tailor made for some instate rivalries. Go Panthers!!

Panther Prowler!

October 1st, 2010
8:52 am

There is no Georgia State/Georgia Southern “thing.” We’re more concerned with getting to FBS and showing some fight against the Tide. Happy Homecoming, Panthers!

GSUGrad06

October 1st, 2010
9:47 am

GSUtimes2: On your second point, yes, and at least 75% of their hats must be camo. Everybody knows camo and football go hand in hand.

GStateBen: I’m honestly a little shocked that someone thought it was a good idea to post that video on a news source website. I mean, everybody knows people drink and get a little crazy at football games but most schools choose to keep it in the tailgate lots and not post it online for everyone to see. I thought the guy with the funnel was very entertaining though.

egeagle

October 1st, 2010
10:21 am

Georgia Southern does everything better than State. Y’all sling insults with absolutely nothing to back them up. I love the tailgating comment about there being charity or welfare food in the orange lot. Does the sun even shine in that p-stained dungeon y’all call a campus? A suggestion or two for y’all. Change your nicname to the Moles. Your team rarely sees the sunlight. Also, when you geniuses claim our titles and records are meaningless, that shows you to be less than nothing because you’re not even qualified for our “nothing” league. Why don’t you go on to FBS tomorrow so you can get started on your Homecoming biatch tour. You have zilch to bring in any sort of rivalry, and without any ‘trolls” you’d e even farther ehind the Prep Zone blogs for hits. Ease on over to Talon Talk if you need to. Y’all can’t even come up with good smack.

Go Panthers!

October 1st, 2010
10:25 am

No one says that Southern’s titles are meaningless. That’s inane.

I’ll give credit where it is due. 6 titles is impressive no doubt.

So is that 850-species tick collection y’all have.

Georgia Southern University, AKA “The Tick Academy”

itsmeagain

October 1st, 2010
10:33 am

Georgia State does everything better than southern. You sling insults with absolutely nothing to back them up. I love the tailgating comment about southern not having enough money in its athletic department to afford food at the tailgate. Is there actually anybody educated in that redneck ridden parking lot you call a campus? A suggestion or two for you; change your nickname to the skanks. Your students rarely use their brains if they have any at all. Also, when you geniuses claim our titles and records are meaningless, that shows you to be less than nothing because you’re not even qualified for our “nothing” education. Why don’t you go on to becoming a research university tomorrow so you can get started actually being a university and not just some brainless sports collective. You have zilch… no rivalry, no trolls, and no blog to be upset about. Ease on over to Panther Talk if you need to. You can’t even come up with good smack.

Southern Supporter

October 1st, 2010
4:36 pm

itsmeagain: We probably can’t beat the “other” GSU in crime on campus:

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/third-gsu-student-robbed-650277.html

You all need to be careful on your cozy, little campus next to Hurt Park and Grady Hospital. Keep buying up those downtown buildings so more people can get mugged.