Coach compares GSU, James Madison

Greetings, all-

Hope you’re well, and glad you liked the stuff about Josh Moore. It’s  impressive to me that he was willing to give up a pretty sweet pension to start at the bottom of a profession that is a grind and offers no guarantees he’ll get to where he wants to go. But he’s following his passion and dream and he’s to be admired for that. I imagine he’ll do well no matter what he chooses to pursue.

Anyway, a couple things…

1. I talked to Morehead State coach Matt Ballard Thursday morning. Perhaps afternoon. He said plenty of kind things about the Panthers – well-coached, sound, played hard. He said he was impressed how smoothly the offense played given the little amount of time players had been together. Defensively, he said the secondary “covered us like a blanket.”

Here’s what he had to say comparing Georgia State and James Madison, which opened the season with a 48-7 win over Morehead State, is now 3-1 and ranked No. 7 in FCS. You’ll remember the Dukes upset Virginia Tech earlier in the year. GSU will join the CAA and James Madison in 2012.

Ballard: “Very similar in a lot of ways. I thought that Georgia State was just as athletic, or maybe more.”

More: “Experience, for sure, tipping towards James Madison’s side. James Madison probably had a little more speed, quickness than Georgia State. But I think Georgia State could hold their own. I felt like probably James Madison’s offensive line was probably a little further along than Georgia State’s, but again, Georgia State could hold their own. The direction that Georgia State is heading, that is a marvelous fit and I think both Georgia State and that conference are going to be served well.”

If you’re wondering, Georgia State goes up to Morehead State next year.

2. Some tidbits from Bill Curry’s press conference.

My thanks to Goose and TaxAccountant for their questions from the blog about the running back rotation. I asked Curry and he gave a pretty good answer about why he starts (and will continue to start) Rosevelt Watson and how he uses his backups, Parris Lee, Travis Evans and Sam Burkhalter.

Watson starts, he said, because he is the best blocking back, the most versatile and the most dependable. Curry called him “one of our most stable influences.” Watson hasn’t produced with the ball – his yards-per-carry average is 3.0, compared to Evans (6.7), Lee (5.1) and, for that matter, Burkhalter (3.2). But you’ll remember that those averages are a little misleading in that they’re boosted by some long runs. That said, I’d say it speaks to the importance of the passing game in the Georgia State offense that Watson’s pass blocking is a big part of his remaining the starter.

As for the others, Curry said he rotates the backs and plays whoever gets hot. Mostly, I’d say that’s been Evans. It wouldn’t surprise me if the backs keep getting playing time but Evans gets more and more of the playing time as he develops.

3. About Star Jackson. Curry said he pressed – which Jackson himself said – in his first game last Saturday, when he threw two interceptions in four pass attempts.

Curry said that Jackson was back out at practice Tuesday working hard and that “he’ll get another opportunity in due course.”

I’d bet he’ll play Saturday against Savannah State.

68 comments Add your comment

pantherpride

October 7th, 2010
7:13 pm

itsmeagain

October 7th, 2010
7:26 pm

Lets hope we have a decent lead before Star gets put in. Not that i doubt he has the ability, just, although this game should be in the bag, we dont need to be giving any help to the other team no matter what, and since his performance last week, we should probably give Star some buffer room to shake the rust off.

GSUtimes2

October 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

You mentioned we are playing Morehead State at their place next year. Is there a schedule out for next year? Am I missing it somewhere?

Montinod

October 7th, 2010
7:54 pm

No, schedule is not out yet, but we do have confirmed dates to at least 3 or 4 games next year.

itsmeagain

October 7th, 2010
8:01 pm

Well crap. And what are those 3 or 4 games?

Ken Sugiura

October 7th, 2010
8:03 pm

lambuth, campbell and morehead state are three i know about. i’ve been trying to nail down more. perhaps montinod knows more.

Goose

October 7th, 2010
8:11 pm

I hope we play some top 25 FCS teams at home next year. Wouldn’t even mind App St. at home just to see how we match up against them. We definitely need Furman or GA Southern at home just to draw a big crowd. Perhaps for the season opener.

itsmeagain

October 7th, 2010
8:16 pm

I’d like to see us play someone people care about (and make some quick money while we’re at it). I am anxious to get into playing some of those bigger FCS teams as well (not like Jacksonville wasn’t a real FCS team…), but i suppose in all honesty, we’ll never really know how our team looks until we start playing in our conference with something to win for

itsmeagain

October 7th, 2010
8:18 pm

So isn’t Southern playing UGA this year? Makes me kind of sad… Not because i want it to be us, but because at the rate UGA is playing, Southern probably wont get stomped. And we play the #1 Bama, and will most likely get stomped twice over. Which will undoubtedly lead to Southern saying something along the lines of “we did so much better than you against an FBS team.”

Goose

October 7th, 2010
8:20 pm

So would we are going to Lambuth for a game? Let’s try to avoid NAIA teams in general. It’s a waste of time in my opinion.

Steve

October 7th, 2010
8:25 pm

Playing @ Jax State and UTSA. And I think USA is coming to the Dome…

Ken Sugiura

October 7th, 2010
8:30 pm

lambuth is a home game again.

Goose

October 7th, 2010
8:31 pm

I hope we have 7 home games just like this year. We really need to draw in a major ACC or SEC team to play us at the DOME.

Goose

October 7th, 2010
8:45 pm

Ken – Do you happen to know of any recruiting news? Any prospects coming to the Dome for visits? I know you mentioned it during the Jax St. game.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 7th, 2010
9:34 pm

Great stuff Ken!

@itsmeagain: Are you going to be at the game this weekend?

Brian

October 7th, 2010
9:53 pm

I’m sick of hearing about Star Jackson. Just because he was a D-1 third stringer doesn’t mean he needs to be starting at State. Where’s the praise for Drew’s 250yds, 3 TDs IN THE FIRST HALF last week? Drew earned the starting job, now all the atlanta sports writers are trying to put the “Star” in.

The REAL GSU is in Statesboro

October 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

It’smeagain needs to remember that the Georgia Southern Eagles have won SIX national championships at our level and we only started playing ball in 1982. Talk to us in 2038 IF you have that many flags flying in the Dome. I am impressed with what Ga. State has done on the field (other than losing to a team with a student body less than 1,000), but y’all aren’t anywhere near ready to talk trash to those of us who have been around for a while. If you cross the 50 yard line in Tuscaloosa, it will be miraculous.

itsmeagain

October 7th, 2010
10:21 pm

@GSU_MEX_PANTHER – Damn right i’ll be at the game. I’ll be tailgating at 9:30 in the brown lot with a keg and grill too.

@Blahblahblahwhydoesmyschoolgetnoattentionblah – Georgia State has won THREE games and we only started playing ball 4 weeks ago! Talk to us in 2038 IF you actually ever get anywhere beyond FBS football. I am also impressed with what GSU has done on the field, having a winning inaugural season this far, and you Southern girls should probably not get too used to being trash talked by us because pretty soon you’ll be forgotten about by us (the rest of the state never really knew you existed in the first place). If we cross the 50 yard line in Tuscaloosa, it will be miraculous. But then again, it would be if Georgia did too (and i’ll go ahead and say, you’ll still get stomped by Georgia).

Eagles

October 8th, 2010
8:32 am

Its funny to hear how State thinks they can even put State and Georgia Southern in the same conversation. Its going to be funny to see you guys lose to Savannah State, a team we beat by 40. Then you guys will see how much you guys actually suck. You have played NOBODY this season, and the thing is you guys got BEAT by them!!! hahaha 6 National Championships(Most Ever in FCS history)!!!!! When you guys have Walter Peyton Award Winners (Southern=2), players in the NFL, and players starting in the Pro Bowl like Georgia Southern has, then maybe you can but until then DO NOT try to compare us.

Georgia Southern

October 8th, 2010
9:01 am

Georgia Southern is ranked 16th in the nation. What is Georgia Sate ranked????

Georgia Southern

October 8th, 2010
9:02 am

Georgia Southern is ranked 16th in the nation. What is Georgia State ranked??? Yea that’s what I thought.

GStateBen

October 8th, 2010
9:08 am

Let’s see when you guys play Jacksonville State or another CAA school. Thanks and good night. Troll on, troll on.

GSUtimes2

October 8th, 2010
9:44 am

Since 2006, Southern is 21-23. Hardly the mark of excellence. Southern is like Al Bundy: Old, balding, forgotten, and pointless…occasionally nostalgically recalling the stories of those old football glory days that no one else remembers. It seems like Southern fans continue to drink the Kool-Aid made from the water in that drainage ditch they call a creek.

Georgia Southern

October 8th, 2010
10:17 am

Old football glory days? Did i forget to mention that we are ranked 16th in the nation?

GSUtimes2

October 8th, 2010
10:44 am

Well, golly, let’s throw a parade.

Panther Prowler!

October 8th, 2010
10:55 am

Why do fans of the 6-time champion Ga. Southern Eagles come across as insecure and provincial? The more you speak of your success, instead of letting it speak for itself, the more you cheapen it. Especially when you speak of it on the football blog of a first-year football program. Wow.

Panther Bandwagoner

October 8th, 2010
10:55 am

Go Panthers! I am in on the ground floor with nowhere to go but up!

GStateBen

October 8th, 2010
11:23 am

Folks in Statesboro are woefully insecure. Glad we placed those billboards on I-16 and grabbed several players off of their recruiting board.

Arrogant in victory, ungrateful in defeat.

GSU Eagle Fan

October 8th, 2010
11:29 am

Take it on the field…Then you can crow a bit. I believe Southern would put State on the schedule sometime soon. But don’t think Southern would be the guest. Come to “Our House”. But be sure to knock gently.

Montinod

October 8th, 2010
11:34 am

@ itsmeagain:

In addition to the names Ken mentioned, South Alabama is here 10/22 and we’re flying to San Antonio to play UTSA on 10/29. The Campbell game is slated for 11/19.

itsmeagain

October 8th, 2010
11:46 am

The funny thing is, we took a higher ranked team than the girls at georgia southern and took them into overtime. What makes you think we couldn’t beat you? And the awesome thing is, when we hand your asses to you, then you could shut up finally.

We’ll take you any place, any time, under any conditions, no matter what.

treyingeorgia

October 8th, 2010
12:05 pm

I’ll say it again Southern Fans are living in the past plain and simple… GA State would wipe the field and hold the vaunted high school offense – you had your chance to actually play real football with Hatcher and you bailed on him and didn’t give him time to recruit his players… just think if you actually ran a modern offense and not that high school crap you might be able to recruit some players worth a damn… Kudos to State for being able to recruit actual D-1 players–WOW!!! whereas Southern continues to recruit the 1AA runts… and now we hear Southern is exploring a D1 move, please don’t – it would be an embarrassment to Eagle Nation… sad sad state of GA Southern Football!!! Oh and by the way I am a graduate of GSU ‘ 91….

treyingeorgia

October 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Panther they are insecure for a number or reasons:
1) Then are running a glorified high school offense- basically smoke and mirrors…
2) The fact they are still living in the past….
3) They know for a fact that recruiting better recruits isn’t going to happen with that high school offense- see GA State and their ability to attract actual D1 players….

zgoldatl

October 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

These Ga Southern fans are just sad. Coming on our blog to talk trash about a first year team. I will say that for all its past football greatness, that i think GSU (you know, in Atlanta, the real GSU) would beat Ga Southern this year or next year or whenever the game is played. Georgia State will pass Southern (if it hasn’t already) because it is in Atlanta. We will come down to the drainage ditch if you will come up to the concrete jungle. Hope to see y’all on the field in the next few seasons. Also for what its worth, I like the in state match-up with Savannah St. I think we should go for a game against Tech or UGA next few years. Certainly Ga Southern. G-d Bless and Go Panthers, Jackets, Falcons, Braves, and Hawks.

GStateBen

October 8th, 2010
1:45 pm

And here’s the most fun part to me, as much as the Fake GSU fans come and spout off about playing us, our AD wants to. It’s Sammy who says he doesn’t want to schedule us.

As the Goodie Mob once said, “If you scared, say you scared.”

See you in the Dome tomorrow afternoon!

Brian

October 8th, 2010
1:55 pm

If you compare losses Georgia Southern only loss was to Navy, an FBS school, by 6 points. So we know they can hang with the big boys. As for Georgia State their losses have come from Lambuth, which I literally had more students in my high school then they have, and Jacksonville State. For the wins Georgia State still does not have a quality win. They beat 2 Division 2 schools, Morehead and Shorter, and a team that started a program 2 years ago and doesn’t give out any scholarships. While Georgia Southern has beaten the number 11 team in the Nation, Elon. Going by that how can you say Georgia State would beat Southern. Oh and glorified high school offense? I believe our same option is being ran by last years coach of the year, Paul Johnson.

GATA

October 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

Go check out this link. http://www.coachoftheyear.com/#fbid=HUFya4NRQh2
I believe thats Jeff Monken in the running for Coach of the Year. Wheres Bill Curry at? O yea I forgot Georgia State sucks.

panama

October 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

@The real GSU is Statesboro.

You are hilarious! I relish looking for your posts! LOL! You are soooo Al Bundy! “blahblahblah..FOUR TOUCHDOWNS IN ONE GAME!” Seriously! You never fail to lighten the mood of my day and/or make me shoot Coca-Cola through my nose.

panama

October 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

@GAState Ben

Oh they ay are waaaaay SCURRRED! LOL!

Any Place..Any Time!

zgoldatl

October 8th, 2010
2:21 pm

Haha true that. They scared. See u in the dome tomorrow.

egeagle

October 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

Rotweiler mouths, chihuahua a$$e$. It’s ironic that we’re returning to our identity as a fast, hard team at this time. We have been slow and soft since BVG ruined us and Hatcher tried but failed to make us better. Your trash talk might have shaken the chuck and duck Eagles of the past 4 or 5 years, but you don’t want any part of what Coach Monken is restoring in the Boro. Trey, if you were one of the idiots who liked what was going on and feel betrayed, PLEASE hang out with these losers up here. CAA? We have a fine record against the CAA. We’ve owned JMU, beaten Deleware in 3of 5, and had success across the board with their teams. We have Bama next year, Ga in 12, Fla in 13, LSU in 14, and finally, Tech in 15.for our FBS games. With a basically brand-new team, we used three QBs, three FBs, and numerous bench players in waxing poor little Savannah State. I bet y’all will try to roll up a big score, but it won’t matter. Y’all still aren’t even a gnat larva in our Beautiful Eagle Creek, and a visit to the Prettiest Little Stadium in America will bring you nothing but woe and a true taste of the disdain Southern fans have of you mouthy losers. Historically, we have feasted on big, slow outfits like yours.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

The eagle trolls must really be PANTHER fans seeing how often they hang out around the REAL GSU BLOG! ^^^^^

Panthers I’ll see you guys at the Concrete JUNGLE tomorrow!

@itsmeagain: I’ll be taking some friends so we can give Sav state a BIG welcome!

Who are these Southern inbreds?

October 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

Panther fans have to understand that even after 6 FCS championships and 3 decades of playing, Southern is still as irrelevant and as poor as it was 30 years ago. It is clear that the only thing that will EVER help legitimize Southern football is an in-state rival, which is why you see Southern fans here begging for attention. And that’s fine, let them beg because it shows that GSU, as start-up that has played 5 games in history of the program, has already surpassed Southern in relevancy, media coverage, and looks like talent. GSU, a team that has 62 freshmen on its roster, took the No. 3 FCS team in the country to OT in just their 3rd game ever. Talk about a quantum leap. Just wait until these kids get a couple of years of experience under their belt. I would love to throw Southern a bone and play them, but a couple of years from now we would give them the type of beating we just gave to Morehead State.

GSUtimes2

October 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

Hahahah…University of Al Bundy aka Georgia Southern.

treyingeorgia

October 8th, 2010
4:48 pm

egeagle with your high school offense you are going anywhere… do you realize that!!! hatcher wasn’t given anytime to clean up the mess of vg not to mention recruit the players for his system… hello you don’t run his offense with a glorified running back which he had to do the the fact they didn’t have any qb’s on the roster…. like i said with that high school offense you aren’t going anywhere….ill say it again sad.. sad.. state of southern football… once upon a time southern was relevent- boy that was a long time ago… keep on continuing to recruit to run that crappy offense and see where it gets you— tech is about to go down to the tubes do to a lack of true 1a athlete’s…pitiful…

Ken Sugiura

October 8th, 2010
4:50 pm

glad to see things are back to normal on the blog.

GSUtimes2

October 8th, 2010
5:11 pm

I’m actually looking forward to the Savannah State band of all things. So far, Jacksonville State has been the best.

itsmeagain

October 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

@egeagle – Theres a reason it’s called the prettiest little stadium; because it’s little. The reason it’s little is because it doesn’t need to hold many people. The reason it doesn’t need to hold many people is because southern is irrelevant. BTW, that thing you call a creek next to your field isn’t really a creek, it’s a drainage ditch. Just so you know, you probably shouldn’t be climbing into it any time soon.

@GSUtimes2 – is Savannahs band decent? Jacksonvilles was stellar

GSUtimes2

October 8th, 2010
7:04 pm

My friend at work said they were. He showed me some videos. From the looks of it though, they are MUCH smaller than JSU’s. Their drum major’s are pretty theatrical from what I hear.

dirty harry

October 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

At least Georgia Southern’s band is made up of actual Georgia Southern students. Unlike state who has people from KSU, West GA, and some guy from the Netherlands.