GSU-Lamar post-game notes

Greetings, all-

Hope you’re well. Just got back home from the Georgia Dome. Hope you got to enjoy the game wherever you were, either in the building or by a radio or perhaps your computer. A few thoughts.

1. The run defense was much better. It certainly didn’t hurt that Lamar’s running game isn’t very good, but doing well against a bad rushing team beats the alternative. It did seem like tackling was better and players were in gaps.

Said defensive coordinator John Thompson, “To hold them to less than three yards a carry was a big deal for the defense.”

2. Drew Little was off his game a little bit, but, again, came through when it counted. I can remember at least one pass that could/should have been intercepted, and he wasn’t as accurate as he typically is.

“There were definitely some things I could have done better that I wish I had back,” he said.

On the interception – John Bond said that Lamar had been bringing its safeties lower to the line of scrimmage, so he had Albert Wilson run an out-and-up in hopes of getting the corner to bite. (Bond said it was one of three or four plays he basically drew up during the game.) However, the safeties were farther back than they’d been all game, in a Cover-2, so one of them was in the right place for Little’s throw. Bond took the fall for the play.

Said Bond, “He threw the ball where he thought Albert was going to be and the guy was standing right there.”

3. Hard to believe season has gone by so fast. After all the build-up, it’s nearly over.

“It is weird,” Little said. “All that offseason, all that redshirt season and all that, and you play a season and it flies by just like this.”

4. I’ve hardly mentioned him all season, but Arthur Williams is a baller. Good hands, tough to bring down, exactly what you want in a tight end. Georgia State has two good ones in him and walk-on Emmanuel Ogbuehi, not to mention Bailey Woods. Bond said that when Georgia State recruited him out of junior college, he was a blocking tight end. He was 280 pounds and “would bulldoze people off the line of scrimmage,” Bond said.

But he got here, lost 20 to 25 pounds (he has strength and conditioning coach Ken Coggins to thank for that) and became a factor in the passing game.

Said Bond, “You see what the guy’s capable of doing. The guy caught everything and made yards after the catch. He was as big a reason why we won today on offense as about anybody.”

I mentioned this in the game story – the route he caught the tipped pass on was the same one he ran against Jacksonville State, when he couldn’t come down with another tipped pass. Interesting, huh.

5. On to Alabama.

32 comments Add your comment


November 6th, 2010
10:25 pm

Go GSU, beat Bama!

GSU to Pac 10

November 6th, 2010
10:25 pm

Bama’s looking vulnerable!! NOW’S OUR CHANCE!!!


November 6th, 2010
10:42 pm

On to Alabama indeed. I guess its time for Coach Curry to talk about it now

Jamie Wyatt

November 7th, 2010
2:12 am

ONE GAME TO GO! Regardless, though, We have a WINNING INAUGURAL SEASON! Photos and videos from today’s final home game are posted on my blog! See y’all in Tuscaloosa!


November 7th, 2010
8:05 am

Yes, had a great season, the GSU football season was awesome at the Dome! I was a student that witnessed every home game and one on the road.

Thanks Jamie for sharing your blog!


November 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

Just an amazing journey. But glad that my voice gets a bye week before Bama.


November 7th, 2010
12:26 pm

What was the attendance?


November 7th, 2010
12:38 pm

I found the answer to my question….Attendance was 14,689

VSU Alumnus

November 7th, 2010
5:26 pm

Congrats on your winning season. There is no substitute for winning and it is a good start. Now it is time to step up to the plate and play a real schedule. Schedule Valdosta State for one of your non-conference games.Please don’t do the 1-AA historically black college thing again. That’s a middle school JV game. I know you want 1-AA teams or 1-A money games,but if you don’t fill your schedule with those and DON’T schedule my Blazers I will never let you hear the end of it.Call our AD. Panthers…….Come out and play.


November 7th, 2010
8:40 pm

VSU Alumnus- great idea– go to the VSU site at AJC and write up a proposal..oh ……..sorry I forgot you don’t have one.


November 8th, 2010
12:04 am

Vsu – I like you, you’ve been one of the only people who comes from a different school who has consistently had encouraging things to say on here, and for that we thank you. BUT we can’t just schedule a game with you, we are not in control of such things. In fact, it’s much more likely that Valdosta has already filled it’s schedule. I would love to play you guys but I dont think it’s likely


November 8th, 2010
8:21 am

Here’s my sign for Tuscaloosa!!!


Najeh Davenpoop

November 8th, 2010
8:35 am

Hey John,

A blog for Division I football in a top ten media market over three days old with only ten posters…in a sense Valdosta, at least for this moment, has its own AJC blog.


November 8th, 2010
8:40 am

Okay, How about this one…


Fire Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2010
8:51 am

I’m all for GSU playing Valdosta State early and often, I love having a few guaranteed W’s each season.


November 8th, 2010
9:23 am

Sorry VSU Alum, Playing you guy makes no sense whatsoever. We are an FCS school and need to be playing FCS schools and 1 FBS school to help balance our budget. If you guys get to FCS great, if not, I’m sorry. As we talked about on this morning, there are at least 25 schools more than willing to take a trip to the Georgia Dome and they will help us get into the FCS Playoffs when we are eligible in 2013 and 2014.

Nothing personal. Just business. Glad to play you in future basketball exhibitions because regular season games do not help us.


November 8th, 2010
9:24 am

VSU Alumnus-

Mountain,meet Mohammed…

I think that its high time that VSU moved up to FCS. The jump isn anywhere near as big as is supposed. (From 36 to 63 scholarships) VSU can handle it. The interest is there. There are PLENTY of nearby potential rivals ( Florida A& M , Ga. Southern, Savannah State GSU and coming soon,Kennesaw State ). In fact ,VSU could play some of the best teams in I-AA within a 3-4 hour drive.
South Georgia is a high school recruiting gold mine. A lot of those kids are going elsewhere when they could be playing where they played in high school and getting a GREAT education from it. (VSU is a great academic school).

Now. Upgrading facilities would be neccessary.(Enclose the south end zone and add 5,000 seats there and do the same north end zone and you’d be at 20,100 seats,which is about the limit you can hope to fill in FCS)

VSU has accomplished just about everything they can in Di. II. Time to reach up and take the next step.


November 8th, 2010
10:38 am

VSU is a high quality program. I’m not sure I’d schedule them this soon if I was State’s AD…. Good luck at Bama.

GSU Eagles 21 – AppSt 14 ….


November 8th, 2010
10:44 am

@Panther Alum, those are awesome. But I’m not really sure that most of the people at an Alabama game are actually alum or even attended.

GSU Alum 98

November 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Agreed, and most couldn’t read them anyway…lol


November 8th, 2010
2:47 pm

Has anyone noticed the refs for GSU games have been consistently sub-par? I’m not saying they’ve cost GSU any games but they have missed several easy calls and misinterpreted a couple things on the field.


November 8th, 2010
3:13 pm

@ Ed
I agree we’ve had some interesting calls this season.
@ Panther Alum
You should have taken those signs to South Alabama!!! The second one would have been very appropriate!
@ VSU Alumnus
I admire your persistence! Move up to FCS and it will happen!

GO PANTHERS!!! get some rest, heal and work out you plan for BAMA! Need to make a great first impression on ESPNU. You can do it! Great year Ian Vance! I am proud you chose GSU to play your fourth year of eligibility. Show BAMA what they missed out on!!! Kick about five field goals of 50+!!!

VSU Alumnus

November 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

This is the most responses I’ve ever received.About moving to 1-AA we don’t have the $$$ at this time and I hate that 1-AA football teams have to compete at D1 for all other sports. VSU has national championship level programs in other sports.We made the elite 8 in D2 mens basketball last year and our girls softball team was nation runners up.We have recently won the tennis national championship. We would never do that in D1.The NCAA needs to adopt a new division between D1 and D1-AA. What chance does Georgia State have at a D1 national championship under the current system?Just a thought. Go Panthers and Blazers.


November 8th, 2010
10:09 pm

The Lamar game officiating was awful. I remember a couple fumbles that either should have gone our way in both South Alabama and Old Dominion. But, we played really bad in both of those so it wouldn’t have made a difference much.


November 9th, 2010
8:28 am

And to be fair, I’ve heard people say “we got lucky on that call” several times too, so it has cut both ways w/r/t the refs.


November 9th, 2010
12:13 pm

@ Ed

My personal favorite was @ South Alabama
TD called for USA when WR had BOTH feet in the white part of the end zone/ sideline boundary and did not have control of the ball. Out of bounds and no control of the ball while out of bounds. Jaw Dropping. But as CBC says, w don’t complain. We play hard and trust that these calls even out eventually.


November 9th, 2010
12:16 pm

@ VSU Alumnus

Div I isn’t for everyone. Nothing wrong with that. Everyone has to do what is best for their school, students and alumni base. It’s a tricky proposition if student enrollment and alumni giving is not there to support the budget uptick.


November 9th, 2010
1:35 pm


My favorite or better yet the worst call in Mobile by far! Home cooking for sure! The call was awful and it did help with giving USA momentum after we started off with the lead. Could have been the difference with a 39 to 34 finish! Without replay like in FBS you can come to expect blown calls and possible home team advantages especially when we start CAA play up in the Northeast in 2012.


November 9th, 2010
6:53 pm

Great, & fantastic for getting the Winning Season. Congrats !! You GOT the Passing grade. Panthers, very proud of y’all.

The plays against Lamar however, showed little tired Panther boys, and came several C’mon, Man!!! situation.

Take it easy and don’t kill yourselves in Alabama. Enjoy the game.
But just because it’s on ESPNU, don’t try to be an hero and screw up the GSU team, don’t care if Bama do it.

If you can’t push them, don’t try and waste your energy, and get smart and concentrate your force to get a crack to run through. It only requires coordination and execution by 11, that’s all guys.

Our 6 big guys should be smarter than their 6 big guys.

Let’s surprise the Nation. Gooooooo Panthers!!!!

The People's Elbow

November 9th, 2010
7:12 pm

Let’s start that Alabama thread a little early. Lamar is old news!!


November 9th, 2010
7:47 pm

Black Power Poll
Week 10

1. Bethune (13)
2. S. Carolina St (14)
3. Grambling (24)
4. Albany St (5)
7. Shaw
8. Tuskegee
9. Morehouse
10. Texas Southern


November 10th, 2010
9:08 am


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