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.