Georgia State post-game thoughts

Three quick takes

1) All three phases stood up, the defense in particular. Consider this performance in the first half — Morehead State had nine possessions. Six were three-and-out. Of the other three, the defense forced a turnover, forced a field goal after the Eagles got the ball on the GSU 23 and the last ended the half.

2) Drew Little keeps getting better. He’s good at what he does, which is execute the offense, throw accurate passes and make good decisions. He was 21 for 29 for 287 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and I think at least a couple were throwaways.

He’s got a very capable target in Danny Williams. Good hands, fights for yards after the catch. Eight catches, 101 yards.

3) Panthers did what they had to do. Morehead State is not at the level of Georgia State, and the Panthers’ play reflected that, unlike games against Lambuth and Campbell. I guess maybe we shouldn’t be doing backflips because of that – they did what they were supposed to, essentially – but it’s a step in the right direction and a sign of growth as a team.

The game was never really in doubt, which is not something you could say in the Lambuth and Campbell games.

The next step is putting two good weeks of practice and play together.

What do you think?

45 comments Add your comment

TICKETMAN

October 2nd, 2010
5:44 pm

It looks like they had the right guy taking up tickets for an actual head count this game. The last home game was more like a preacher’s count.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 2nd, 2010
5:56 pm

My thoughts:

1. Star Jackson looked terrible out there and it probably has to do with missing the first four games. I really was hoping he could have shown better decision making and throwing ability(2 interceptions). I don’t see how he is going to win the starting job this season. As long as Drew Little continues to grow and perform like today I don’t see a reason why he would lose the starting job.

2. Defense showed they are getting better but this was against MS so it is expected. I hope they can continue to improve but I still think they need a bigger D-line.

3. Our student section can improve with getting into the game. I hate it when I’m the only one in my section cheering the panthers. If you want to sit and watch the game than stay home and watch it on CSS or wait the remaining games will only be on radio.

4. Go Panthers!

GSU fan

October 2nd, 2010
6:28 pm

GSU Mex- I have to disagree abt the student section. They’re the most hyped up of all the other sections. Sometimes I wish my seats were there! And as far as Star Jackson goes, I now know why he’s third string, I was not impressed. Drew Little and Kelton obviously deserve their positions. Hopefully he can improve. Good game panthers! See you next week

Ken Sugiura

October 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

As you might imagine, Jackson was not very happy with how he played but had a lot of good words for Little and the team. He said he pressed and was forcing things because, as you noted, GSU_mex_panther, he was finally playing after sitting out. i think we’ll see better from him.

Dksmash

October 2nd, 2010
6:47 pm

The 15000 plus attendance was definitely overstated as I have been to the Dome for many HS games and the lower section was only about half full even with the late arrivals. The offense under Little looked very efficient if not real explosive. Star threw two picks but should have throw three, obviously very game rusty. Kelton is explosive and probably should be a slot receiver and spot runner as Star gets more comfortable and takes over as number two. Did not run the ball with great authority as hoped, but were somewhat effective at times. The defense was stellar especially in the first half and forced 3 and outs and turnovers. The kicking game was very good except fot the missed field goal in the first half. Overall, very good and fun game and a loud boistrous crowd. First Homecoming definitely a success!

Hammer22

October 2nd, 2010
7:08 pm

Ken, I know this is very early. But, will you be covering the basketball team as well. Football is king in the south and that’s the only reason we got a blog. But, I’d love to have your coverage for the bball team as well.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 2nd, 2010
7:15 pm

@ GSU fan – I know that they are the loudest of all the sections but that is mostly concentrated in the “end zone” section. I have been to all four home games and the “side” student section is lacking some spirit at times with the exception of the first game.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 2nd, 2010
7:17 pm

@ Ken: Were you surprised not to see Bo Schlecter be a bigger presence at wider receiver like he was against JState?

GSUtimes2

October 2nd, 2010
7:30 pm

I really wanted to see Star do well, but the upside is that there is no QB controversy. Since I finished my Master’s 2 years ago (yes I have a GSU BS too ), I can get a free ticket to the student section. I have to say it was much more boisterous than my regular seats. I watched the first two series from there! Good times! On the game. We did what we were supposed to. Period.

Ken Sugiura

October 2nd, 2010
8:23 pm

gsu_mex_panther – i guess a little bit surprised, considering how well he’d done previously. however, jordan giles came back, and that means you’ve got danny williams, sidney haynes and giles ahead of schlechter. so he’ll generally get in on four-receiver sets or to give one of the first three a break. and with the way danny williams was catching it, it makes it tougher for him to get the ball.

GSUtimes2 – that is a silver lining. little is playing so well it’s hard to see either hill or jackson being able to make a strong push this season at the job. of course, these are kids and things can always change.

hammer22 – it’s not up to me, but i’d be surprised. gsu starting football is a big story and gsu basketball, right now, is not. and, as you point out, in these parts, football>basketball, for better or worse. please don’t shoot the messenger.

i’m curious what others think about dksmash’s attendance observation. i only got to see the home side in the third quarter, when i presume people had started leaving. 15K means lower bowl more than half-filled.

Hammer22

October 2nd, 2010
8:48 pm

Kinda sucks to hear that.

A lot of us have been following the bball team for yrs. and it’d be a great recruiting tool for the program if we could tell recruits you’d regularly be in the AJC. Also, it’d be a great way to keep alums informed about the inside info going on in the program and the game threads would help when we can’t make it downtown during the week.

I understand though.

Panther Prowler!

October 2nd, 2010
9:14 pm

I’m too wired to even blog about this game!!! Great Homecoming, GSU!!!

Eagles are Endangered

October 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

At first I was disappointed about the attendance from the look of it, but you have to remember this the Dome and it seats around 70K! I am please with the attendance today and it was definitely 15k as the lower bowl was more than half full.

Montinod

October 2nd, 2010
10:23 pm

As someone mentioned, the Panthers came out and did what they were suppose to do. It was great to see all three phases step up. If we continue to play at this level, we’ll be a tough out.

Hats off to Little. He has gotten better every week. Keep it up big fella!

I was eager to see Star play today, but the game was moving way too fast for him. Hopefully this will make him work and study harder to get himself ready.

GSU!

itsmeagain

October 2nd, 2010
10:39 pm

Regarding attendance – before attendance was announced i had estimated about 15000 so i’d say it was fairly accurate.

Regarding the student section – i always sit on the side as opposed to behind the goal. I’m loud as hell. Infact, i got a warning from the dome for running down the isle with my shirt off yelling “come on panthers.”

Just sayin…

GSUGrad06

October 2nd, 2010
10:55 pm

Great game Panthers! Congrats to Drew Little for leading this offense to a great showing today. I kind of feel bad for Star but I think it’s clear now who our #1 is for the rest of the season. I think Little will have to self implode for him to lose his job. Also, Danny Williams has become one of my favorite players up there with Polamalu Jr.

GSUGrad06

October 2nd, 2010
10:56 pm

itsmeagain: I see no problem with that…don’t let them ruin your spirit! ;-)

Ken Sugiura

October 2nd, 2010
11:04 pm

itsmeagain – i think you win.
thanks, everyone, for chiming in on attendance.
i think you’ll see jackson improve in games to come.

Oldschool

October 2nd, 2010
11:09 pm

@ Ken
I have made it very clear that I think Drew should be the starter. I don’t think that Star is terrible, but I think he was really over-hyped. I think he is a true athlete, but I really don’t think he is a very good QB. I know he was at Alabama and all, but I think that you will see that Kelton will keep the backup role.

Go Panthers!

October 2nd, 2010
11:33 pm

If that was 15K, then the crowd must have all been on one side.

We were all thinking that it might have been our least attended game of the season.

Looking across the way, the visitor’s side looked Lambuth-esque.

The Jax State game seemed a lot better attended from where we sit.

GSU 78

October 3rd, 2010
12:34 am

Ken,

This was a fun game. The crowd was a good 1-AA crowd, realistically around 10,000. All in all, we are doing fine. Great starting quarterback, Jackson was disappointing. That number 17 made some great plays too. thanks for the blog.

panama

October 3rd, 2010
12:51 am

Great game! I had esimated the crowd at about 15,000 on http://www.panthertalk.com in the 2nd quarter and apparently that is what it was. 15000 IS half full guys as the lower boall seats just under 29k. I keep having to remind people that the Ga Dome announces the crowd. Its scanned tickets and people through the turnstile. My wife went around the turnstile because she had surgery this week. The Dome staff escorted her around the turnstile, scanned her ticket and then manually turned the turnstile. That is a lot of work and diligence for madeup numbers. I noticed that the student section was about 3/4 full which would mean around 6000. There seemed to be a lot of season ticket holders missing and of course Moorehead State bought almost nobody which didnt help. Hopefully Savannah State being so cole by will help next week.

jtaylor27

October 3rd, 2010
7:38 am

I listened to the game on the radio (wedding out of town), and I was very impressed with our performance. We needed this as a program. I think it’s clear we are growing. We just need to keep building.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 3rd, 2010
9:24 am

Kudos to the GA State Football Team and Coaching Staff!!! You all are coming together as a unit and it makes me extremely proud of my University and Athletics Department. Keep up the good work as I believe that this group is going places and our City and State needs to get behind your efforts! I am a season ticket holder and Pack Member. I challenge all Georgia State Alumni and current students to get down to the Dome (”The Concrete Jungle”) and support our University and Team. Remember this: “A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with a theory”. Come see what you are missing on Saturdays!!! Go Panthers!!!

GSUtimes2

October 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

Did anyone else start thinking that Star Jackson might make a good wide receiver?? Tall, good speed, very athletic. Maybe it wouldn’t be feasible this year. We do need a backup QB in case Little gets hurt and as much as I like Kelton Hill, he doesn’t seem to have an arm (yet). But, to add another option for Drew Little couldn’t hurt.

Timber

October 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

The attendance was definitely just over 15k. Think about it this way, 1/2 the lower bowl is 14,078 (77.5, but you can’t have a 1/2 seat)…..If you take the student section and the season ticket holders we are probably just below 14,078 yesterday. Add in the fans from the opposite side (assuming thats the main tv side) you easily clear 15k. Simple.

Panther Prowler!

October 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

People seem to forget that the Georgia Dome has luxury boxes, and that season ticket holders from the Huddle section downward have access to the Verizon Level. Also, unlike some stadiums, you can see the game from the concourse. Not everyone sits in their seats to watch the game. Ever heard of Turner Field? ;)

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

@ itsmeagain – I saw you running up and down the stairs. We need more students with your spirit!

GSUtimes2

October 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Sorry, Ken. I know you probably don’t like links that navigate readers away from this blog…but these pictures are pretty cool:

http://www.sportspagemagazine.com/content/fb/c-fb/g-c-fb/ncaa-football-georgia-state-university-37-vs-moreh.shtml?42295

itsmeagain

October 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

@GSU_mex_panther – hahaha. I knew somebody had to see it. Somebody has to do stuff to show we aren’t just a bunch of bored students. I would have streaked if i wouldn’t get arrested for it.

Goose

October 3rd, 2010
7:55 pm

I honestly thought the students came out in full force yesterday. It wasn’t like the first game, but still they were loud. Only disappointment was that the left early. It seems like everyone did. I don’t get that. We need to stay for the entire game. Blowout or not. Otherwise, Drew Little’s long ball is improving with every game.

Goose

October 3rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Star Jackson does not have a shot at playing much this season. I feel like we are most lethal in the shot gun formation and that helps open up the running and option game. I am becoming a huge fan of Drew’s now. He is the best QB in the state of GA now. I still don’t get why Roosevelt Watson starts the game. He is not as effective as Travis Evans nor Paris Lee. Travis hits the whole extremely hard.

GSUTaxAccountant

October 3rd, 2010
10:39 pm

Goose, you said exactly what I saw yesterday. Since we’ve had a tough time running the ball, Travis Evans really showed how he explodes through the holes as a great downhill runner. Paris Lee has speed, but he uses it when he bounces outside. I think these two are similar runners, just not the exact same. My thoughts are that Roosevelt Watson is just a way to add a back who pounds the defense for Lee and Evans. The latter two need to be splitting carries with Watson on some 3rd and short downs. I disagree with Goose on Star though. Watching the game at the Dome and on CSS later, his throws looked really sharp and really tight. They might have been off target, but that is just a little rust coming off [or splinters working their way out ;) ]. He’ll be a compliment and insurance policy for the rest of the season, especially when our small D-line is taken advantage of in Tuscaloosa! I don’t understand why we don’t work with Curry some more to get him in there as a big nose tackle. He is huge and could really lighten the load off our LBs and move Jake off the line as the 3rd lineman. Just my quick thoughts on a program that is developing into a very competitive CAA one… Do you know anything about these personnel ideas or moves Ken?

GSUFootball2010

October 3rd, 2010
10:49 pm

Little / Heyward… What else will Henry Co. produce for the state?

Oldschool

October 4th, 2010
12:27 am

@ GSU Football2010, They have also Produced Chirs Jackson who played his freshman year at Alabama, Transfered to Georgia Tech last year. Jamal Patterson who is at Stanford. Markeith Ambles who is at USC. Henry County has put a lot of kids out in the past 5 years. Well that is just Henry Co. High school, there are others inside the county as well. Middle GA. football is getting better and better every year.

GSU!

October 4th, 2010
10:53 am

I love this! Go GSU!!!!

GStateBen

October 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ken,

Good post game run down. Doing some work for the blog and our opponents are a combined 31-19 so far this season including #1 in FBS and #3 in FCS. Compare that with a certain school in Lower Alabama that is in their 2nd season and they only play 4 FCS teams all year. Just sayin’…

Mike

October 4th, 2010
3:09 pm

The Dome seats 70k, of course our attendance won’t look good. I thought the crowd was fine, I was hoping for 17-18k since it was homecoming, but I certainly believe it was 15k. It’s year 1 and we average 1k for basketball, I would say attendance has been an overwhelming success this season.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 4th, 2010
7:07 pm

G STATE looking good. Congrats Mr. CURRY & the team.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 4th, 2010
7:11 pm

Win and the fans will come. Students that don’t live on campus have lives and getting then to come back on a Sat. is hard to start. Many Students have Family and other things to do. You also have to remember many GSU students are fans(or married to fans) of other teams for Saturday Football.

6- time national champs

October 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

I am picking Ga State to win the next game. After reading this, I think the opponent will just stay home and forfeit.

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

GSUtimes2

October 4th, 2010
8:32 pm

<—————-Henry County High School graduate, too. So to answer your question, Heyward, Little, then me.

itsmeagain

October 4th, 2010
11:38 pm

I’m pretty sure Tech has had a lot more crime than State recently… I guess thats why all the kids go to Southern. Wait, does southern have its own police force?

itsmeagain

October 4th, 2010
11:46 pm

Lol. Georgia Southern had 700 times more forcible rape in the 07,08,09 years than Georgia State did.

GStateSeniorita

October 7th, 2010
9:58 pm

SO proud of my panthers for our first fall homecoming! about the crime rate-i feel like tech hasn’t necessarily gotten alot more crime than us lately, but they are definitely catching up.
as far as attendance goes-i know it’s important and I’ve been to every home game so far cheering loud and proud in the student section, but i can understand why many can’t/won’t make it downtown to the dome every weekend. anyways, I look forward to watching my panthers maul Savannah state on Saturday!

and why anyone would go to southern, I’ll never know…