GSU’s Curry talks up NCCU

Greetings, all

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.

24 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

October 12th, 2010
5:03 pm

Good write up. Both of the Muasau brothers will have their hands full as well. They do have difficiencies in the kicking game and don’t have explosive WRs. 8 in the box and let’s do work!

Itsmeagain

October 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

Lol, I see this Southern/State thing has become a central theme. I wonder if anyone really cares. Probably not

Itsmeagain

October 12th, 2010
5:17 pm

Btw, a 283 lb fullback?! Good god!

Fire Rodney Ho

October 12th, 2010
5:23 pm

Northern Chatham County University representin’!!

It will be a good game, GSU needs to take advantage of their remaning home games because the upcoming road schedule gets much tougher.

Ken Sugiura

October 12th, 2010
5:57 pm

while i’m not on board with your screen name, Fire Rodney Ho, a pretty good one nonetheless.
i’m bracing for hate mail from North Coast Credit Union.
and, i’m with you, itsmeagain. and he’s not even a converted guard, as i figured he might be. he played fullback in high school, which i would definitely like to see footage of.

Goose

October 12th, 2010
8:04 pm

Tired of the Ga State and Southern back and forth banter. Let’s just focus on the controllable factors like the game on Saturday. I really wish we could have more of a solid starting unit especially in the running game.

John

October 12th, 2010
8:45 pm

Aren’t the “real” Eagles in Philadelphia? I appreciate the Curry comments but he owes it to the team to pick actually decide and the best starters based on merit. “even if we think it might help us” is the type of thing that could take the motivation out of a collective group. This is the kind of talk on my eight year old’s soccer team– appreciate and agree with it for children– not college football programs. Yikes

John

October 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

Sorry folks for the typos!

itsmeagain

October 12th, 2010
9:03 pm

I would generally agree with you John, but being that for these first two years its more of a warm up than a competition, it’s a good time to get each player (no matter where on the depth chart) some real, in game experience. By the time the competition actually begins, those (mostly) freshman will be juniors and have two years of practice under their belts, and that should really bring the competition to the CAA and the rest of the FCS

dirty harry

October 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

I find the GSU-on-GSU hate is very entertaining. Even the the same points are thrown out there every blog from both sides I still go out of my way to read the State blog just for that.

dirty harry

October 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

I should have proof-read that.

dirty harry

October 12th, 2010
10:11 pm

btw, Georgia Southern surpassed State in attendance.

itsmeagain

October 12th, 2010
10:25 pm

Lol. I have no doubt that they did

Ken Sugiura

October 12th, 2010
10:32 pm

a point well taken, john. here’s what i’d say in curry’s defense. he also said – and has said in the past – that he’ll stay with a hot hand, so it’s not like he’s rotating guys in and out regardless of production.
i could certainly see a problem if, for instance, one of the backs got going and curry pulled him in the fourth quarter of a tight game for the sake of the rotation.
something else he has to consider is, if he sticks with one guy, he risks the others transferring out and it could very well be that the most productive back right now might not be the best in two years.

itsmeagain

October 12th, 2010
10:32 pm

Then again, that was a second lowest attended game and we still ranked in the top 15. I don’t think thats anything to be ashamed of

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 13th, 2010
9:26 am

After attending all 5 home games I vote for moving Kelton to running back because the kid is the most natural runner that GSU puts on the field. He definitely has the moves and speed of Gale Sayers. I honestly believe he could be the best runner collegiately in the State of Georgia. You still have Star Jackson and Bo Schlechter, who I understand can really tear it up at QB. Leaving Little or Hill on the sideline is a huge waste of talent!

glw

October 13th, 2010
9:55 am

Saw NCCU, play earlier this year against App State, while they were overmatched in a lot of areas, they did play tough, and have really good RB, the guy that returns kicks put a move on one guy that you wouldnt believe. Think it will be a good challenge for GSU.

English

October 13th, 2010
10:48 am

“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.”

Quite possibly the funniest opening line of your series so far Ken. Love it, keep it up.

Ken Sugiura

October 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Thanks, English. Just acknowledging reality.
glw – While Curry, like most coaches, likes to throw bouquets at every opponent, I agree this will be a much tougher test than the past three. I think we’ll especially find out more about the run defense.
baseballalum – I’ve never asked this, but I do think it’s easier to run from the quarterback spot than from running back. I think it’s partly why the Wildcat has become en vogue. Regardless, he is an incredible runner; he is something to watch in the Wildcat.
I don’t see a switch happening, but something to consider.

GSUtimes2

October 13th, 2010
11:44 am

I like the role that Kelton Hill plays. It throws the opponent even if they have an idea of what is coming. Having said that, I’d like to see some plays with both Hill and Little in at the same time. Maybe even a trick play with Hill at QB spot in the wildcat and Little lined up as a receiver. We’ve had some success with catching our opponents off guard (remember JSU)….I’d love to see some more of that.

Ken Sugiura

October 13th, 2010
2:06 pm

Time2, it’s funny you say that. they actually had a package with Little and Hill on the field at the same time for Savannah State, with Little lined up at wide receiver.
I asked OC John Bond about it and he said it’s just something they do to give defensive coordinators one more thing to prepare for. I don’t know if they plan to do anything out of it involving Little, but coaches look at it as, any time an opposing coach has to spend teaching players how to defend that look is time they’re not spending on the basic stuff.

GSUtimes2

October 13th, 2010
6:18 pm

Wow, where was I? I didn’t see that. I had to leave in the beginning of the second half if that is when they ran that package.

1910 Eagle

October 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

Hey Fire Rodney Ho,
The name of the school is North Carolina Central University. A name that will forever be stamped into the faces of the GSU defenders as our running backs plow over them

elizabeth

October 17th, 2010
10:21 pm

What you fail to mention, when you say the kicker has made 6 out of 15 field goals, is that 4 of these were blocked by the other team breaking through the line, and two had bad snaps.