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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