Sorry for the delay. I’ll give you a few notes and let you get back to debating the relative merits of Georgia Southern and Georgia State.
1. It sounds like North Carolina Central should be pretty tough competition. Coach Bill Curry went on and on about the size of the Eagles’ players and their excellent special teams units. (He somehow neglected to mention that their kicker is 6 for 15 on field goals. In fairness, though, the Eagles have a returner who’s taken back two kickoffs for touchdowns.) But he’s right about the size. NCCU – I should point out it’s the “real” NCCU – has a 283-pound fullback, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard of before. The Eagles average 310 pounds across the line of scrimmage. Given the problems Georgia State has had defending the run, this could be problematic.
Nose guard Khiry Karriem and tackle Christo Bilukidi are going to have to have a man-up kind of day Saturday, I think.
2. I asked Curry if he thought Georgia State’s running game would be more consistent if the team played one back instead of rotating. He acknowledged it might be possible, but said “at this stage of our program, I’d rather have a role for everybody who’s earned it where possible. Everybody who has come out and busted it over the last year and a half, who has really paid the price, it’s hard for me to sit him and let somebody get 20 carries, even if we think it might help us.”
An interesting answer, I thought. It makes sense to me. I think I said at some point on the blog that there is a tension, if you want to call it that, of playing for 2010 and for 2012.
Also, “where possible” is a very important qualifier. I suppose if he hadn’t said those two words, his phone might be buzzing with phone calls from parents of players who’ve also busted it but haven’t gotten on the field much.
3. Lastly, Curry and offensive coordinator John Bond gave plaudits to Kelton Hill for his work with the Wildcat.
Curry: “He is tough, he’s aggressive, you don’t know if he’s going to make you miss or hit you right under your chin. You’ll see more of him.”
Noteworthy, I thought. I don’t know how Curry will divvy up series between Drew Little, Hill and Star Jackson, especially if he says he’ll play Hill more. A bit of a challenge.
Talk to you soon.