GSU feeling rejuvenated

Greetings, all-

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?

Larry: Lollygaggers.

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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22 comments Add your comment


November 4th, 2010
1:39 pm

Ken Sugiura

November 4th, 2010
1:50 pm

kudos, Panama.


November 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

Good write up as usual Ken. Tough loss with Femi and Bostic has been fighting through some things. We get thin in a hurry at ILB and this is the time of the year where it shows. Playing Georgia Southern transfer and Freshman Cole Moon sees not only a drop in experience but a significant drop in weight. That leads to missed tackles and longer runs.

Can’t wait for Saturday! Beat Lamar!

Debbie Downer

November 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

The Panthers are more talented than Lamar so the game should be over early, allowing Star to get some playing time. A win Saturday guarantees a winning season. If the Panthers get an early lead then Lamar will have to throw the ball and our run D won’t get exposed.


November 4th, 2010
4:25 pm

lollygag can also be referred to as “grab ass”


November 4th, 2010
4:44 pm

Love CBC’s after Lamar, “I’ll have to look at the schedule” comment.

Ken Sugiura

November 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

that bill curry, he does love to kid.

nice work, tom.


November 4th, 2010
6:49 pm

like to see them against Ga Southern are they on the future schedule


November 4th, 2010
6:54 pm

Black Power Poll
Week 10

1. Bethune
3. Grambling
4. Albany St.
7. St. Augustine
8. Jackson St.
9. Tuskegee
10. Shaw

Full story:

Fountain City Classic, November 6, 2010 – Undefeated Albany vs. FVSU decides SIAC

Jamie Wyatt

November 4th, 2010
7:32 pm

My son is on the Panther team, and I wrote a blog, with a few links to videos, to remind people about the game this week, and to capture the flavor of the Inaugural Season, if anyone is interested!

GSU Mens BB Fan

November 4th, 2010
9:03 pm

Hey Ken…its kind of funny…’cause I’m a huge baseball fan…but I’ve never seen Bull Durham all the way through.


November 4th, 2010
9:37 pm

Short and sweet this time! GO PANTHERS!!! You guys are awesome and it is all going to come together because the PANTHER NATION believes in you just as you believe in yourselves! Beat Lamar this Saturday as we will be cheering you on to victory!


November 4th, 2010
10:18 pm

Can’t wait for the final home game! My wife and I were so excited for the season to start that it felt like it took forever to get here. Now it’s almost over. Regardless of what happens, I think we had a successful season. I’ll be tailgating in the Orange lot this weekend. Look for the “The Legends Begin in 2010″ banner!


November 4th, 2010
10:23 pm

Oh, and the blog by Blake Wyatt’s mom made me think of something. Sometime this season, I started getting our entire row in section 117 to hook arms and jump when the Panthers jump before the kickoff. I think it’d be cool for that to eventually become something the entire stadium does. See if you can get it started in your section. Hopefully the Lamar game will give us a lot of opportunities to!


November 5th, 2010
8:35 am

Great idea! GSUtimes2. We will also be in the Orange lot flying the new GSU Pounce flag for the final home game as well as the new Pounce front license plate. They are now avaiable online due to a supplier newly producing the tag. I have nine guests coming with me and my wife. Think about this? If everyone next year brings one or two guests to each game our attendence will soar. Most are family and are die hard GA Tech and Georgia fans but they all will be sporting Blue for the Panthers on Saturday!!! I even have an old GSU baseball teamate from the late 70’s early 80’s making his first game! Excitement breeds excitement and I can’t wait to see them in the Dome and their faces when the Panthers take the field. We will be in section 115 pulling for the awesome Blue & White. I do HOPE the students show up in force!!! GO PANTHERS!!!


November 5th, 2010
9:07 am

Gee tyger, that was interesting. But it had nothing to do with the article!!!!

Panther Fan

November 5th, 2010
10:00 am

@GSU Alum… What is the supplier / website for the GSU license plate with the new Pounce logo?


November 5th, 2010
11:34 am

Go State! Let’s excel in every facet of the game tomorrow and lay the hammer down on an opponent we should score 40+ points on.


November 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

Yep. I guess Tyger feels that the Panther Nation needed to know who was doing what in the HBCU football.

Nice blog Mrs. Wyatt! Your son is a class act and I speak to your husband at the Dome often. Thanks for the pictures!


November 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

Supposed to be cold this weekend. Nice to watch the game in the Dome. ;)


November 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

@Panther Fan

Finally, received my two new Pounce front license plates yesterday and they look awesome! It has taken about two months to make this happen as I was not going to take our University book store’s answer that I had to buy the old Pounce tag because the new tag was not going to be avaiable until they sold out of the old ones. Your best bet is to contact Nicole at the numbers listed below. She was very instrumental in making this happen for the Panther Nation!

Customer Service Dept.

Custom Engraving Company / Imprint Promotions
405 North Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935
(888) 605-2572 Toll free
(321) 622-8946 ext. 10
(321) 622-8952 fax

Panther Fan

November 5th, 2010
5:31 pm

@ GSU Alum… I just spoke with Nicole. Thank you very much!