Curry (avoids) talking about ‘Bama

Greetings, all-

Hope all are well. I’m finishing up work for the week and then will spend the rest of the day staring at a clock, counting down the minutes to kickoff. Or perhaps not.

A couple notes for you.

1. Don’t know if you read the notebook in Wednesday’s paper, but I had an item about someone asking Bill Curry at the press conference about Alabama losing to South Carolina, and if he was disappointed about not getting a chance to play the Crimson tide undefeated and No. 1. He said how if he or his team spends any time thinking about Alabama right now, “there won’t be anything left of us to play against that last team.”

I thought it was interesting that he didn’t refer to the Tide by name, although he did later. The rest of the answer:

“I watched the game. I’m a football guy. I couldn’t help but watch it. I was really impressed with the job that South Carolina did. I did not think that kind of performance was possible against this Alabama team. You just have to take your hat off to them. I don’t think it makes them more vulnerable. I think it makes them more dangerous.”

2. A recruiting tidbit. I saw a few kids in the recruits’ section at the game last week from Henry County High, Drew Little’s alma mater. I talked to their coach, Mike Rozier (not the Heisman Trophy winner), a little about them.

He said Georgia State is recruiting center Bobby Taylor (”powerful kid”), athlete Stephon Brown (”slot-type receiver, might be better as a DB”) and fullback Josh Couch (”one of the strongest players on our team”). He said schools like Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern are also interested in them. None have been offered yet (which is pretty common for FCS at this time of year) and he didn’t give an indication of their interest.

“I could see them playing there,” he said. “They can definitely play at that level.”

Rozier brought up something that I guess I sort of knew but never really thought about. When he was at Henry County, Little threw to Markeith Ambles and Jamal Patterson, who now play for USC and Stanford, respectively. That is crazy.

That sort of reminds me of something I read a few years ago that Heisman Trophy winners Chris Weinke and Ty Detmer both worked for the same investment company. It made me think that you could be, like, Eric Zeier, but if you worked there and the guys at the office ever got together to play football,  they’d be like, “Sorry, Eric, we’re good at quarterback. You can play wide receiver, though.” Unfortunately, for Weinke and Detmer, though, they were apparently working for a bit of a shady operation.

(The point being, you could have been a very good high school receiver at Henry County and you would have been the third option by a mile.)

That’s about it. Have a good weekend. Hope to see you at the dome.

19 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

October 15th, 2010
10:54 am

Good read. Thanks Ken!

Only 3 confirmed offers right now from Georgia State’s point of view. Only 8-10 scholarships will likely be offered before February unless we lose some guys.

Drew did have tremendous weapons at Henry Co. high and also had his TE Jim Teknipp sign with Central Florida. They just bombed teams (including my alma mater Eagle’s Landing).

There have been quite a few 2012 prospects at our games as well. That’s going to be the really big year as at least 20 players from our current roster will exhaust their eligibility.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 15th, 2010
11:25 am

Ken Just read that Vandy has 22 kids from Georgia on the roster. I don’t know what they are studing, but maybe G State can get some of those type of players to stay in state.

[...] Former Tide coach Bill Curry, the  current leader at Georgia State isn’t exactly interested in addressing Alabama for now, so says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Ken Sugiura

October 15th, 2010
12:09 pm

I suppose it’s possible, POAD. It’d be hard to pass up a free education at Vanderbilt and the chance to play in the SEC, but I imagine there are kids in-state that Georgia State’s staff is trying to convince to do that.
along FBS lines, it sounds like Georgia State recruits against the MAC more than the SEC, though.
thanks for the knowledge, as always, ben.

GSUtimes2

October 15th, 2010
12:55 pm

Gooooooo Henry County Warhawks! Nice to see my alma mater get some cred!

@GStateBen

You are an Eagle’s Landing guy? Don’t know how I feel about you now!! Ok, ok, I guess we are on the same team now.

–HCHS C/O 1999

Itsmeagain

October 15th, 2010
1:31 pm

@gsutimes2 – u went to hoco?

Itsmeagain

October 15th, 2010
1:32 pm

Oh nm. Henry county… Durrrrr

GStateBen

October 15th, 2010
2:56 pm

Ha! Class of ‘99 here as well. ELHS. Played basketball and ran track. My what a small world.

It’s funny I said the same thing about Little as soon as he signed. Man, he’s a Warhawk but he’s a Panther now. Nothing but love.

GSUtimes2

October 15th, 2010
3:05 pm

Ha, I’m tall enough to play basketball and was pretty good but never did in High School. I played baseball though. And I still live in good ol’ McDonough! :)

GStateBen

October 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

It’s funny Ken mentioned Mike Rozier. His son Mike Rozier, Jr. was a very good QB (and had an offer to North Carolina) but chose to go the MLB route.

Was pretty good friends with the Stockbridge guys as well, Craig Melton, Michael Almond and Kyle Davies.

Panama

October 15th, 2010
3:17 pm

Ken,

LMBO @ the Former QBs At Same Office reference.

GSUtimes2

October 15th, 2010
4:03 pm

On that point GStateBen, I have heard that Mike Rozier, Jr. is actually attending Georgia State right now. He’s bigger(6′5″) than Drew Little and some think he has a bigger arm. Any truth to this or the possibility he’s eligble to play? Nothing would make me more happy than to see two Henry County High School QB’s fighting for the GSU starting job. ;)

itsmeagain

October 15th, 2010
4:47 pm

Just what we need… A more dangerous Alabama…

Ken Sugiura

October 15th, 2010
4:51 pm

itsmeagain – hoping to catch the Tide napping, were you?
thanks, panama. i’ve been holding on to that one for awhile.

itsmeagain

October 15th, 2010
5:21 pm

Well, i figured if they managed to stay undefeated by that time, they’d give there players a week off and let the band have some fun. A win against Bama is a win against Bama, even if its the band playing.

Ken Sugiura

October 15th, 2010
5:26 pm

i’ll go out on a limb and say i would like georgia state’s chances against the alabama band.

English

October 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

I love it! If we can’t beat Alabama make sure we beat their band! If they start wearing pads then I don’t like our chances – lol.
Go State, get it done this weekend.

Panther76

October 16th, 2010
1:26 am

Anyone know if the game will be on http://www.channelsurfing.net like last week? It was great being able to watch the game from Memphis. Go Panthers…

VSU Alumnus

October 16th, 2010
6:48 am

You want to recruit in state players? How about play in state teams? If you want and need South Georgia exposure start a series with Valdosta State. VSU needs games and the easy 4 hours up and down I-75 is a nature rivalry.Tell you AD you want VSU on the schedule and come see us in Valdosta. Go GSU and VSU!!!!!!!!!!