About the Wildcat

Greetings, all-

I’m in the middle of working on a couple stories for the next few days (one is about Georgia State cornerback Brent McClendon), but had a few notes to offer.

1. There was a post on the last blog from GSUALumBaseball81 (I’m going to go out on a limb and guess he graduated from Georgia State in 1981 and played baseball. I will always remember 1981 as the baseball strike year.) about the possibility of Kelton Hill and Drew Little getting on the field at the same time.

I followed up, but will include a quote here from offensive coordinator John Bond. They ran that a couple times against Savannah State and I would expect we’ll see more of it Saturday. As I said in a post, a lot of it is to give opposing teams one more thing to work on in practice. Coaches seem to enjoy engaging in such subterfuge.

Bond (responding to a question about the intent of the package): “Double passes. Tricks. All those kinds of things. The possibilities are pretty endless. We try to be as diversified as we can with that stuff and make people spend time, at least in their planning on, ‘O.K., now this guy’s in the game, this (play) is a possibility.’”

2. This is sort of related, but Bond said he also considered Albert Wilson and Travis Evans to run the Wildcat package. Both, I imagine, would do well at it also, but Hill adds the threat of a pass. You’ll remember that Hill threw the pass on the last play of the overtime loss to Jacksonville State.

Bond said after the game that he had hoped to play Hill more in the Wildcat in that game to kind of set up that play, but wasn’t able to.

3. I also got a question on Twitter about fullbacks on the GSU roster, as in, is there a legitimate one. The answer is, sort of. There isn’t a player who is listed as a fullback because the offense that Georgia State runs doesn’t call for one. When the Panthers do have two backs on the field, they’re generally split – one to either side of the quarterback – or maybe one is in the backfield and one’s lined up in the slot.

You’d use a fullback for an I formation or a three-back offense like what Georgia Tech does. There are certainly times you’d like to have a fullback, namely short-yardage situations, but I don’t think you could recruit many players with the offer that “we could use you in short-yardage situations,” plus I don’t think you’d want to use a scholarship on a player of such limited use.

That said, Bill Curry mentioned Sam Burkhalter and Arthur “Bully” Williams as players who could play fullback if called upon. If you wanted a pure blocking back, you could also put a guard in the backfield like Ladeven Kirkland.

Not having a fullback “doesn’t mean you won’t see us in (a formation using a fullback),” Curry said. “We have the capacity.”

4. There was a story in the GSU Signal reporting that 250 students applied for tickets to the Alabama game. According to the story, students got an e-mail about a lottery for the 500 tickets allotted to students, and a lot of students didn’t apply because they didn’t think they’d win.

5. This goes under “interesting, but not terribly relevant.” (How’s that for an enticement to keep reading?) NCCU has a linebacker named Rakeem Vick who is related to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Alas, Rakeem is out for the season, so no Vick in the Georgia Dome. He even wore No. 7.

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24 comments Add your comment

GSUtimes2

October 13th, 2010
6:14 pm

Great article!

GSUtimes2

October 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

Hey, wait, wasn’t that me that brought up the possibility of Hill and Little on at the same time? :)

itsmeagain

October 13th, 2010
6:50 pm

Tut. Intellectual property with no citation. Should sue ken;)

itsmeagain

October 13th, 2010
6:53 pm

I would take a guess and say that it’s a bit of crap that only 250 tickets were sold, mostly because both me and my girlfriend applied for them and she didn’t get selected to be eligible for purchase. Thats been the case with a lot of my friends. If that’s not the case, well then what the hell?!

GSU Mens BB Fan

October 13th, 2010
8:05 pm

Hey Ken – I just wanted to let you know that even though I don’t comment on the blogs all that often – that I read it everyday and appreciate the good work.

Ken Sugiura

October 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

times2 – i stand corrected. looking back again, baseball alum suggested Hill playing running back. For what it’s worth, suing me will not be a very profitable venture.
itsmeagain – interesting. not sure what that means. i suggest you check with the ticket office.
BB fan – thanks. It means a lot.

GSUtimes2

October 13th, 2010
9:02 pm

I will settle out of court for a future reference to be determined by the author. Otherwise, I’m calling in the Strong Arm, Ken Nugent.

Go Panthers!!

October 13th, 2010
10:28 pm

Yeah, I have a hard time believing only 250 students were willing to buy tickets. I would think the Greeks alone would gobble up a huge chunk of that.

Carl34

October 13th, 2010
10:33 pm

A “Michael Vick” will be in the Dome and his name is Star Jackson.

GStateBen

October 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Good work Ken. The Signal Article made some in the Panther Nation thinking that only 250 out of the 7500 tickets were claimed. Not the 250 out of the 500 tickets.

The lottery system was a good idea in practice but the $43 per ticket price with no discount for students may have been tough to digest for them. I know for a fact that there were plenty of alums and fans of our program who secured season tickets for the purpose of grabbing Alabama tickets. I also think this is why you see the alumni section shrinking per home game and why the numbers are not closer to 18-20K per home game.

I’m challenging all alums to get out and support this team. We’ve won 3 in a row and this Saturday is a big game. Stand Up and be counted!

GStateBen

October 14th, 2010
8:58 am

Comparing Star Jackson to Michael Vick is absolutely absurd. That is all.

English

October 14th, 2010
9:37 am

@ Ben, Agree, Michael Vick was an absolute freak on the field.
@ Carl, Star can’t even get in the lineup of a start up program. To make that comment is an insult to Vick’s on field talent. Star will get his opportunities but give Drew Little credit for doing so well when everyone thought CBC should’ve automatically handed over the keys to the offense to Star.

Let’s go State! Let’s get our first 4 game winning streak! Make it happen Drew!

ATLNative

October 14th, 2010
11:44 am

Last week’s attendance was pretty dismal… with both Tech and UGA at home this weekend, I expect the same. However, the tailgating in the Brown Lot has been fantastic… can’t wait for this week!

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 14th, 2010
12:38 pm

Sadly I will not be attending this Saturday to see if they implement any of the wildcat formations you talk about Ken.

On another note: NCCU looks like a good tough match up for us so I will be looking forward to seeing how our team responds. Specially taking on such a BIG running back… I hope our D-line is ready!

Go Panthers!

Fire Rodney Ho

October 14th, 2010
1:04 pm

I don’t think they can feature any Wildcat formation without Hill, his threat to throw the ball makes him most valuable.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 14th, 2010
1:29 pm

Ken, Actually I played baseball for Dekalb Central Jr. College in 1979 and 80 and GSU 81 before I hung my cleats up for full time work and school. So I graduated a little later than 81 with a BBA in Management. I am a PAC member and a proud GSU football fan. I did send John Bond an e-mail about the wildcat after the JSU game because I felt that on the last play in OT it would have been a killer for JSU’s defense to have seen Kelton and Drew in the same backfield. Actually, after seeing Kelton run at the Shorter game, I knew that we had something very special in his running ability. I still believe he is currently the BEST runner in Georgia collegiate football. Georgia and especially GT would do well having him in their backfield. I cannot wait for the five remaining games as I believe they get a bit tougher and I believe our Panthers are going to respond accordingly. Keep an eye on Lamar and South Alabama this weekend! I will be in Mobile for the South Alabama GSU game on 10/30! GO PANTHERS!!!

GStateBen

October 14th, 2010
3:04 pm

Attendance will be tough but you guys in the Brown lot keep it funky. Look out for our PantherTalk t-shirts coming to you this weekend.

Join the Movement T shirts selling fast too. Look out for my man P to come through.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 14th, 2010
7:37 pm

@GStateBen

Where can we get the PantherTalk t-shirts? I got the 3′5′ new Pounce Flag from College Banners & Flags.com. Looks really good! Still looking for new Pounce licence plates for the cars. We are going to take this City and State by storm as we have got some PLAYERS and the future is looking very BRIGHT for the PANTHER NATION. I say Panthers you say POUNCE, PANTHER’s POUNCE PANTHER’s POUNCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look for our running game to come ALIVE in the near future!!! Frenchy has got it right with his two anthems and I look for more great stuff from him. That kid is TRUE BLUE GSU! Waitng to see the student body to show up in force the last home game against Lamar like they did against Shorter. GO PANTHERS!

itsmeagain

October 14th, 2010
9:38 pm

Man GSUAlumBaseball81, you’re more excited than me…

In my part to help bring up attendance, both my parents will be coming tailgating and to the game on saturday, along with my little brother. I’m not sure if this is good for me as i will undoubtably be less likely to cheer with all the vigor i usually do. That being said, i just brought a keg and i figure if i drink enough during the tailgate, i might just not even care what i yell in front of my parents. At any rate, i probably shouldn’t attempt another streak at this game.

GSUtimes2

October 14th, 2010
10:15 pm

I brought friends that then became season ticket holders. I’m bringing another friend this Saturday. For the Lamar game, I’m having a freaking family reunion at the DOME!!

itsmeagain

October 14th, 2010
11:18 pm

Thats awesome. Make sure they come back and buy next years season tickets. I’m gonna try and get my girlfriends parents to buy season tickets for next season…

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 15th, 2010
6:06 am

@ GStateBen & itsmeagain,

I too plan on bringing 6 to 8 people inlcuding family members to the Lamar game. I hope the students show up in force at the last home game. They were incredible at Shorter and all that have attended since are awesome loud and inspiring to the team amd alums. I think our biggest problem is too many friends and family members are with the old gaurd of either Ga Tech or UGA even if they didn’t attend or graduate from the schools. Many did attend and even graduate from GSU so it’s just a matter of showing them what their missing! My brother finished at Tech so he is going to be at Bobby Dodd on Saturday but his Big Bro will be at the Concrete Jungle cheering the PANTHERs on to Victory against another Bird of Prey team the Eagles of NCCU. It will be real interesting to see how our defense responds to their running game. I believe they are up to the challenge. To me our offense is as exciting as any in college football as they continue to find themsleves and establish their identity. We have numerous weapons and it will be interesting to see who steps up this week! GO PANTHERS!!!

GStateBen

October 15th, 2010
9:49 am

Awesome! We’ll be in the Orange Lot and I believe we are awaiting another shipment of t shirts.

There was a design of one shirt and the proceeds go to tailgate food or a contribution to athletics.

Check out the Join The Movement design here:
http://www.panthertalk.com/forums/showthread.php?1478-Join-the-movement-t-shirts

The Panther Talk tees should be available by the last home game but as always shoot me an email or find my blog and we can get it worked out.

See you guys at the Dome on Saturday!

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 15th, 2010
2:18 pm

@ GStateBen

We are in the Orange lot as well. We park near the Alumni Tent early and will be flying the GSU Panther Pounce Flag tomorrow! Look forward to meeting you and your crew.GO PANTHERS!!!