11 GSU-ODU facts

Greetings, all

I don’t have the second part of the CAA stuff yet. Hopefully before too long. But I wanted to toss some knowledge at you about the team and upcoming game against Old Dominion.

1. Expect some wrinkles. There are wrinkles every week – Drew Little has lined up at wide receiver with Kelton Hill at quarterback, for instance, – but this week could be a little different.

Likewise, Bill Curry figures ODU will have its own set of new stuff.

“How we try and anticipate what it will be, we look at where we’ve been weak, and where we’ve made mistakes, and we try to shore that up,” Curry said. “We know they’re going to attack us at certain points.”

2. Linebacker Evan Bostic will return after sitting out the last two games for what Curry called “minor infractions.” Louie Muasau has started the last three games at one of the inside linebacker spots and will remain the starter.

3. The Panthers brought out a pretty standard practice device this week to prepare for Old Dominion. They had a speaker blasting crowd noise, Old Dominion’s fight song and what video coordinator Chris Ball said was a recording of a jet afterburner. I’ll include this in Saturday’s story.

“I’m really excited” about playing on the road, Little said. “I think all we can do is feed off the energy.”

By the way, Old Dominion’s fight song – or at least the version played at practice – kind of sounds like something you’d hear on a carousel. Advantage, Georgia State.

4. Famous Old Dominion alumni (according to Wikipedia): Ben Bailey (the host of Discovery Channel game show “Cash Cab,” which I have to say is pretty addictive), a lot of men’s and women’s basketball players, four-star general Benjamin Griffin and Tommy Newsom (who used to be band leader Doc Severinsen’s assistant on the Tonight Show). There are other more noteworthy ones. Those are just the ones I found most interesting. (Wikipedia fact: Severinsen is not an actual doctor.)

5. If Georgia State beats Old Dominion, ODU coach Bobby Wilder can take some of the blame. Wilder met Curry at a CAA coaches meeting and Curry asked him how his team went 9-2. Wilder’s advice, according to Curry:

“He said, ‘If I had to point at one thing, it was that I forced my coaches to be simple.’”

Curry gave Wilder a pat on the back for sharing his insights – a lot of coaches won’t divulge anything to competitors – and said he has followed that advice – or at least tried to – by cutting back on game plans.

Said Curry, “I think there have been games where we were overloaded on defense and offense and tried to do too much. That’s when we looked bad.”

6. Coaches give players possession of a sledgehammer for delivering the biggest hit on offense, defense and special teams. Linemen Joe Gilbert and Clyde Yandell won it a couple weeks ago for a double-team block on a Morehead State linebacker. Players are expected to carry around the sledgehammer for the whole week, and Yandell let Gilbert have the honors.

Gilbert said he got some funny looks.

Said Gilbert, “A little bit. You’re a big guy carrying around a sledgehammer. (However), even if people look at you funny, ain’t nobody going to say anything.”

7. Defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi has three years of football experience. I talked to him Tuesday and will hopefully run a Q&A with him soon on the blog. Bilukidi was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil before he was eight, when his family moved to Canada. (Bilukidi’s father is a diplomat.)

He grew up playing soccer, and then picked up basketball in high school. His senior year, the football coach asked him if he wanted to play, which he did, despite not knowing anything about the game. He played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker.

“I was never off the field and I was on every special team, too,” he said.

He played two years of JUCO before landing at Georgia State.

8. I asked Curry if Kelton Hill was the team’s most consistent runner because his Wildcat package is easier to block or because he’s just that good of a runner. Curry’s answer was both. Hill’s package of option plays are easier to block, he said, because option plays don’t require the line to block every player. (By running an option, at least one defender takes himself out of the play by committing to the option the offense doesn’t take. For example, if Hill puts the ball in the stomach of a running back and a defensive end commits to tackling the running back, Hill can pull the ball back out and run past the end.)

“Having said that, there are times we don’t block anybody and he runs through all of them,” Curry said.

I tend to think there’s a little more to it than that. Option plays also require linemen to be precise and synchronized. It is true that you don’t have to block one player on an option play, but it’s not like that makes it an easy play to block. One other factor is that the quarterback in the Wildcat is often the ballcarrier, so it’s 11 on 11 and not 10 on 11 (which is what you have if the quarterback hands off to a running back and basically takes himself out of the play). Also, I would think Hill’s speed and versatility make defenses have to defend more, which makes it easier to attack.

9. Old Dominion runs an option passing game that defensive coordinator John Thompson said was like what Shorter (and Georgia Tech) run, except it’s passing and not running. It means that this week in particular, players have to stick to their assignments and not try to do any more than that.

Bah-yam!

Bah-yam!

“The quarterback’s got the ball in his hands, a lot of times he’s reading (the defense), and if you’re out of position, bam,” said Thompson, who pronounced “bam” as “bah-yam.” (One reason why I enjoy talking with him.)

10. Old Dominion has successfully converted all four of its onside kick attempts. And they’re not the last-second variety, more of the trick-play kind. (The Monarchs have also blocked nine kicks or punts in two seasons.)

Said Curry, “They get extra possessions on everybody.”

I’ll say that I’ve seen Georgia State work on its own package of surprise onside kicks. It’s a pretty good set of plays.

11. In case you missed it, here’s the word from Comcast on the game on TV.

“We are proud to offer the Georgia State vs. Old Dominion game [Saturday at 3:30 PM EST] to all of our Comcast Digital Starter customers at no additional cost.  The game will be seen live on Channel 499.  If a customer can view Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) today, they will have access to this game.”

29 comments Add your comment

Paddy

October 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

Attention to crown noise is important since every game at ODU is sold out(20,000) last year and this year. Not bad for their 2nd season in 65 years! Thats a long time between games!

GSU

October 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

itsmeagain

October 21st, 2010
7:16 pm

They’ve converted every onside kick? Ha, why even give the other team any possession time?!

GSU

October 21st, 2010
7:34 pm

I fully expect ODU to attempt an onside kick but the last-second variety. Jacksonville and Gardner-Webb beat ‘em or played them tough in front of their 19,782 and State will do like-wise. Go State!

GSU

October 21st, 2010
7:39 pm

Hey Ken, how did Bilukidi almost end up at Louisville? You made mention of that somewhere. Thanks.

Goose

October 21st, 2010
8:16 pm

I have Directv….Can I purchase the game on tv? pay per view? please help me with this i rather not watch on the computer

Ken Sugiura

October 21st, 2010
8:37 pm

goose – not sure what to tell you. i’m going to guess no. i don’t know where you live goose, but i have to think one place that has to be showing it will be the panthers’ den on campus.
GSU – i’ll tell you tomorrow.

VSU Alumnus

October 21st, 2010
8:39 pm

I’ve got to chime in on this conference thing from the last thread.GSU needs to form a new D1 conference with two requirements for membership. The campus must have more concrete than grass and it must be within 25 miles of a major airport. We’ll call it the Air Commuter Conference or the REAL ACC. What do you think???? Go Panthers or should we change it to the Pilots.

Goose

October 21st, 2010
8:56 pm

Yeah, that’s not going to work. What about a bar?

itsmeagain

October 21st, 2010
8:58 pm

Hahahahaha. Could sneak some vodka in Goose

itsmeagain

October 21st, 2010
8:58 pm

Some people are under the impression 6 feet under will be playing it (or at least persuaded to play it). Should go see if you can’t talk to their manager or owner

Goose

October 21st, 2010
9:00 pm

Ken- Where does Drew Little’s QB rating rank in terms of other FCS QB’s?

Goose

October 21st, 2010
9:02 pm

True. That’s how I got the name Goose. I’ve been to all the games but haven’t attended the tailgating festivities. Where do all yall meet up at?

Ken Sugiura

October 21st, 2010
9:34 pm

That’s an easy one, Goose. His 143.96 would be 13th.

http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2010&div=IAA&site=org

tyger

October 21st, 2010
9:36 pm

Black Power Poll
Week 7 2010
Oct. 21, 2010

1. Bethune (19)
2. S. Carolina St (17)
3. Grambling
4. Albany St (8)
5. Jackson St
6. Hampton
7. Tennessee St
8. FVSU
9. Tuskegee
10. Morehouse (19)
10. Winston-Salem (21)

(#) – Top 25 Ranking Coaches Polls, FCS, AFCA

Source:www.hbcuclassics.com

Panther Prowler!

October 21st, 2010
9:40 pm

See you Panther fans that can’t it to Norfolk, at 6 Feet Under ;)

Panther Prowler!

October 21st, 2010
9:57 pm

Word is that 6 Feet Under’s owner isn’t just a GSU fan, but a HUUUUUUGE GSU fan.

Methinks if the game is broadcast, it’ll be on at 6-F-U ;)

Goose

October 21st, 2010
9:58 pm

Which one? Howell mill or grant park?

Panther Prowler!

October 21st, 2010
10:01 pm

My guess is Grant Park, but why not both? ;)

Itsmeagain

October 21st, 2010
10:34 pm

Someone should talk to taco mac

RoguePanther

October 22nd, 2010
8:42 am

All Panthers must do their assignments right and trust next player does his, and when the coaches give good direction to the players, the W will come.

If you trust yourself, you will always come ahead, do that for 4 quarters until the time runs out.
You will see “W” and smile all the way back to Atlanta.

Go Panthers!!!!!

Fire Rodney Ho

October 22nd, 2010
9:04 am

Predictions for the weekend: 1) Another Half back pass TD 2) Travis Evans goes over 80 yds 3) Rodney Ho gets fired

The People's Elbow

October 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

Fire Rodney Ho all you want, but not until you fire Jeff Schultz. He had the nerve to barely mention the GSU-Old Dominion game, and then he picks ODU out of a hat. What a sorry excuse for a sports journalist! And don’t get me started on his Thrashers “coverage.”

FIRE THAT FRAUD!!!

PanthersCJ

October 22nd, 2010
11:19 am

I’ve called and chatted with Comcast. Apparently, I don’t get channel 499 even though I have Digital Starter service. They then go to say that I should upgrade to get Channel 499. When I don’t bite, they say watch channel 45 with is also CSS.

However, channel 45 shows another game listed on the guide.

Yeah… Comcast is really nice and showing it for free on Channel 499 when their customer service people are clueless and have no idea what’s going on. If I miss the game on Saturday, then I will be discontinuing my service with them.

GSU Panther Pride

October 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Comcast digital is the worst cable service I’ve ever had. I’ve said it to their “support” reps before, “If you guys were the electric company, people would revert to fire.”

Panama

October 23rd, 2010
1:33 am

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 23rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Turned to Comcast 499 and it is working here in the ATL (Woodstock)! Hope it does at 3:30 PM for the Monarch Butt Whooping!!! GO PANTEHRS!!!

GSU Panther Pride

October 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

Comcast in Atl downtown not showing the game on 499 without $30 fee. We have digital. *shrug*

dangerousdan885

October 23rd, 2010
9:31 pm

funny post by the VSU alum— you guys aren’t even a TV market–you lost your ABC affiliate years ago.
What’s in Valdosta anyway? Moody AFB? tHAT’S ABOUT IT AND YOUR ANIMAL ZOO…LOL.. WILD ADVENTURES–YEEE HAWWW.. but they did film part of Zombieland there–that was have been the all time hilite