More from Gilbert, Yandell

Greetings, all-

I said I’d get a blog Tuesday afternoon and I didn’t make it. My apologies. I was busy writing up the Clyde Yandell/Joseph Gilbert story I wrote for Wednesday’s paper.

Some material that didn’t make the Yandell/Gilbert story. Gilbert said he feels “great” about his level of comfort in the system. He said now he’s not worrying about the fundamentals and footwork and the like, but more about making it his own.

Gilbert: “One of my old offensive line coaches said, ‘I’m not going to micro-manage you. I’m going to teach you how to do it well. Then you learn how to do it great.’ That’s the policy I like to apply.”

One way he’s trying to help his younger teammates is to help them stay poised when things go wrong, either when he’s on the field and there’s a mistake or when the offense is on the sideline and the defense gives up a big play.

Gilbert: “That’s the main thing I’ve tried to bring over (from Tech). You wouldn’t believe how much it helps you. When you’re tight and nervous, you start thinking. You’re not thinking about, ‘Alright, I’ve got to do this, this and this on this play.’ You’re thinking, ‘Oh, (shoot), that last play, I screwed this and this up and everybody’s going to yell at me on Monday.’ You just can’t have that mindset during a game.”

Gilbert’s comparison of Paul Johnson and Bill Curry:

“Coach Johnson brings that more Navy, hard-nosed, old-school style of coaching, more like a military institution because, of course, that’s where he coached at.”

Gilbert on Curry: “He’ll push you, but he’s not the kind of guy that’s going to be up in your face yelling at you every time, dog cussing you, things like that. He’s going to get after you, tell you what you did wrong and keep doing it until you do it right. It’s just two different styles.”

(For what it’s worth, I didn’t get the impression that this was an “I like Coach Curry better than Coach Johnson” answer. As he said, it’s just two different styles.)

Yandell was at the Tuesday press conference alongside Curry, and Curry was saying that he is “rapidly becoming an outstanding offensive tackle, and when I say that, I mean, specifically, he bugs me every week – ‘Coach, what can I improve on?’ He knows that I watch that position maybe more than I should. I’ve given him some challenges and he’s responded to each one of them.”

Yandell said that he chose Georgia State not merely because it was convenient, but because the idea of being on the first team appealed to him. He said he really didn’t consider any other school when he decided to transfer, which it sounds like he was pretty intent on doing.

On what it meant to be named a game captain (for the Morehead State game), and being a leader in general: “I know (Curry) has made some kind comments about me becoming a leader or doing a good job of leading guys and trying to teach them things. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing and I love being in that position. Part of the reason I want to be here too is I really want to be able to help and help people learn from my own experience. So that’s kind of what it means to me. I know Coach Curry is one of the most amazing leaders I’ve ever been around.”

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October 6th, 2010
8:44 am

I still get goose bumps reading stories like this about my Panthers! Thanks Ken!!


October 6th, 2010
8:52 am

Good read Ken!


October 6th, 2010
8:58 am

Good read Ken. It’s always interesting to see how the guys who transfer from across town will embrace Georgia State. I wouldn’t be suprised if they speak to teammates on North Avenue that may be thinking about doing the same. Instant eligibility and more diverse majors. Something to think about if you are not getting playing time.


October 6th, 2010
9:50 am

hopr he does well-main reason, could not get into our MBA, not many schools lose players for that, doesn’t happen often, & we sure could use more O-linemen this year..hope he does great!


October 6th, 2010
10:14 am

Nice read. We are fortunate to have both of these guys.

joe schmoe

October 6th, 2010
10:44 am

Juvneal is correct, if it wasn’t for the mba issue, they both would still be at tech. Good read, and best of luck to those guys


October 6th, 2010
11:07 am

I am glad there was a method for these student athletes to play. Bitter item. Ga Tech could really use both and if they were at UGA they could be getting a magazine/ women’s study degree with an MBA wrapper.

Proud of Ga State and Curry and these two student athletes.

Woody Hayes' Book Club

October 6th, 2010
11:09 am

Good stuff Ken. I’ve been wondering about how things are going for these two since the transfer. Wish the Jackets still had them, but glad to see they landed with Curry. (And Gilbert is a fine name for a young man, no matter what anyone else says!)

Ken Sugiura

October 6th, 2010
11:32 am

thanks for the kind words, all. to clarify one thing, it sounds like clyde yandell would have left anyway.
anyway, gstateben brings up an interesting possibility. you’d think that for any tech player (or uga player, for that matter) that is thinking about transferring and is willing to go to the fcs level, georgia state would be among the first considerations (along with georgia southern, as witnessed by jaybo shaw’s transfer there.)


October 6th, 2010
12:52 pm

So glad that we have these guys on board! Really seems like the line is starting to gel. Onward and upward!

Tech Fan Since 1950

October 6th, 2010
1:26 pm

I am a Georgia State graduate who has been a Georgia Tech fan since I was three years old. In another life (last century) I knew Coach Curry pretty well and he is a great man and coach. Glad to see Gilbert and Yandell are doing well at my alma mater. If my memory is correct, Yandell played on the same high school team as Tim Tebow. It was great to be at the Georgia Dome for the opening game and I plan to be back when I am not at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. It is nice to have two great choices.


October 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

That’s correct. Yandell was actually a highly ranked player coming out of Nease HS (same as Tebow).

Ken, to my earlier point, I believe that we will be presented with multiple opportunities for high major conference transfers. It’s just that we don’t have a ton of room with no scholarship seniors on the roster. I only see a max of 12-13 guys signing unless we have some players leave before February.


October 6th, 2010
4:54 pm

Good article. And it’s nice, for once, to have some positive feedback from non-GSU fans. Looking forward to Saturday where we can hopefully start our first string of consecutive high performance games.

Delbert D.

October 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

Glad to see those 2 guys are having some success and acting as leaders for Ga. State.

GSU Panther Fan

October 6th, 2010
9:42 pm

Great article Ken. I could read stuff like this 24/7. Any way you can dig up some recruiting news?

Tech Man

October 8th, 2010
10:25 am