Hope you’re well. A few things to toss at you two days before the final home game of the season.
1. The team is feeling fresher after a lighter week of practice. “It was a lot more mental this week, so we got our legs back a little bit,” defensive end Kalan Jenkins said. “We didn’t have as much hitting, so a lot of people had time to heal injuries a little bit better.”
The flipside is that by not going in pads, the work you’re doing doesn’t simulate as closely the speed and intensity of a game. That tends to help when you’re trying to get better at things like running the ball and tackling, which Georgia State is doing, as you well know.
Kind of a balancing act. As Bill Curry put it, “you’ve got to be prepared and you can’t just come out here and lollygag.”
I imagine many of you are like me; hearing the word “lollygag” will always bring to mind “Bull Durham.”
Skip: You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry?
I imagine I’m unlike many of you in that I didn’t really like Bull Durham that much. The movie sort of felt like a series of vignettes about minor-league baseball spliced together.
O.K., back to practice.
Defensive coordinator John Thompson tried putting a positive spin on it, saying that sometimes it can be more useful to practice without pads to work on tackling because players have to work more on being in the right position and getting footwork right rather than just reaching for players, which has been part of the problem.
I’ll say this – It will be a bit disconcerting if Georgia State continues its problems running the ball and stopping the run. Lamar averages 2.3 yards per carry and allows 4.3 yards per carry.
2. Expect to see Star Jackson Saturday. Don’t know for how long, but I’d say at the least there’s a much stronger likelihood he’ll get playing time against Lamar.
3. Olufemi Opanubi is out for the season. He had a partially torn meniscus, an injury suffered last week in practice, and had surgery to repair it. A tough loss at inside linebacker. It doesn’t help that his replacement, Evan Bostic, has been a little dinged, too.
Bo Schlechter won’t play Saturday and could play against Alabama. Curry said he thought Schlechter was done for the year, but “he announced to me yesterday that he intends to play after [the Lamar game]. I would not count that guy out on anything.”
Given the role that punter will likely play against Alabama, Georgia State could certainly use him.
4. After Lamar, the team will have off until Wednesday. Coaches will have Sunday off and begin game planning Monday. Five coaches will be out at the beginning of the week to recruit.
Curry: “If there is another game, we’ll prepare for it then. I’ll have to look at the schedule after Lamar.”
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