Georgia State game thread

Greetings, all

Just settled into the press box at the Georgia Dome. Looking for a strong performance today from Georgia State. First impressions of Savannah State – they didn’t bring many people. I’m counting roughly 50-55 players in uniform for the Tigers.

Here’s my fearless prediction for the game. I think Star Jackson will either score or throw for a touchdown. Also, Georgia State will have its first 100-yard rusher. I’ll go with the chalk and go with Travis Evans. Those of you checking in before game time are welcome to make your own predictions.

Here are two Savannah State facts, the first courtesy of Georgia State sports information guru Mike Holmes. The Tigers have yet to play a home game this season. They’ve played five games, three on the road and two more neutral site. They won’t be at home until November 13.

The second: Savannah State actually used to be called Georgia State. It was founded in 1890 in Athens as the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth. It moved the next year to Savannah. In 1932, the school changed its name to Georgia State College. (The school that would eventually became Georgia State University at the time was called the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce, which, among other things, would be pretty hard to fit on a uniform.)

At some point between 1949 and 1963 (the Savannah State website is a little fuzzy), the school changed its name to Savannah State College, and then became a university  in 1996.

The Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia became Georgia State College in 1961 and then GSU in 1969.

Something tells me this won’t have a lot of bearing on the game. I just thought it was interesting.

Something a little more pertinent that hopefully I’ll write more about later. Watch for cornerback Brent McClendon in a position called “Gator.” He was working at it this week. Defensive coordinator John Thompson calls it a hybrid safety/outside linebacker/nickel back position. Where McClendon normally lines up opposite a receiver, when he plays Gator he’ll line up more or less where you’d put a safety.

Said Thompson, “You’ve got to have some savvy back there and we’d give him some freedom with some things but also kind of just let him not so much freelance, but we let him kind of sandlot a little bit back there and make some plays, hopefully.”

Obviously, it’s a position where you put playmakers, and McClendon has revealed himself to be such a player.

Game on.

74 comments Add your comment

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

If I had to guess, I think you’ll see Star Jackson the third series of the game, like last week.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

Already fumbled by savannah

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:12 pm

good opportunity to set the tone

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
1:13 pm

And we fumbled it back to them

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

three turnovers in first five minutes.

panther pride

October 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

Ken,

What do you estimate the attendance at? Thanks

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

Alright. Opportunity

Caliente Chica

October 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

What’s the score?

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

three takeaways in first quarter for gsu. i can see why savannah state is 0-5.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Ok. That ls 2 touchdowns panthers 0 savannah. Were dominating again

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:31 pm

without being able to see home side, maybe 10K.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

savannah state has run six plays from scrimmage. half of them have ended in a turnover.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

gsu having some trouble with run defense again.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
1:51 pm

Meh. Bloody penalties!!

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
1:59 pm

looks like the pattern of playign backup qb on third series of the half is on the shelf.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:01 pm

two wide set with schlechter and bo carter. interesting.

6- time national champs

October 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Ken – Is there a cricket infestation in the dome? I was checking it out on TV and heard a bunch of crickets and saw a lot of empty seats.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

ha ha. it’s not the most robust of crowds. give it time.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

Pretty sure thats the southern game. 17-7 panthers

amb

October 9th, 2010
2:12 pm

is the game on tv?

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

no, it isn’t. our interloper is just being his crazy silly self.

amb

October 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

whats star jackson doing?

6- time national champs

October 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

it is on channelsurfing.net

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:22 pm

is it? my bad. jackson is on sideline. i thought he’d play third series, but hasn’t. kelton hill came in last drive playing wildcat. 24-7, gsu.

amb

October 9th, 2010
2:23 pm

GSU 40- UGA 7

HIRE BILL CURRY AT UGA

DJlaysitup

October 9th, 2010
2:27 pm

Pick! now 3rd and goal for us.

DJlaysitup

October 9th, 2010
2:29 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

you would like a touchdown there, considering the field position.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

you’d like to see how savannah state could have done if it hadn’t turned it over so much and committed to the run early.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

and wasn’t a penalty machine.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

and wasn’t committing penalties like bananas.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
2:39 pm

Lol. Another touchdown. 34-7 panthers

Wat Wat Wat

October 9th, 2010
2:40 pm

chalky

October 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

Wow! Go Panthers! (I realize that Sav St. isn’t exactly Bama, but you know…)

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
2:43 pm

gsu recovers pooched kickoff, but offsides gsu. less than ideal execution both sides.
regardless, chalky, point taken. gsu doing exactly what they should be doing.

chalky

October 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

Dominate the inferior opponent. That’s the name of the game.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

Go Panthers!

@ itsmeagain: are you the guy yelling “block that kick”?

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
2:53 pm

Yes I was. I believe I’m the only one there

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
2:54 pm

Yelling like that should I say

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

@itsmeagain: I got your back next time I’m in the front row.

GSUsenior

October 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

@itsmeagain We (true GSU fans) appreciate it. I couldn’t be there today but I’m wearing my panther jersey here in Statesboro letting the locals know who the true GSU is.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

Dude I’m gonna be there cheering even if it’s just me. Join in. Especially on those kick offs!

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

given that savannah state hasn’t scored more than 14 points in a game this season, chances of a comeback are a bit iffy.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
3:14 pm

Yeah. Another td and extra point. 41-7 panthers

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

That’s what I’m talking about! Go BLUE!

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

Thats the second holding penalty when jackson is in the gane. I don’t understand it!

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

it is kind of strange, re: jackson and penalties. he’s about to go out again.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

attendance, btw: 14,908.

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
3:54 pm

Oh. Another touchdown. 48-14 panthers

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 9th, 2010
4:13 pm

Attendance was disappointing considering every student could get a FREE companion ticket for this game. I personally brought three friends.

Btw Kelton Hill looked great running the wildcat!