GSU spring practice notes

Greetings, all-

I’m on my way to Philadelphia and on a layover, so this will likely be on the brief side. A few things I wanted to get to that I couldn’t in the story that ran Tuesday.

1. Offensive coordinator John Bond is trying to look at having two quarterbacks in spring practice as a good thing, which, at least for Bo Schlechter and Kelton Hill, it is.

“I feel like not having to roll three and four guys in at a time, the added reps are going to do nothing but make them better,” he said. “Obviously, that’s kind of the goal.

2. The staff studied video of Oregon, Michigan and Auburn a good bit after the season looking for wrinkles to add.

“There were two or three things we think might could fit for us,” Bond said.

3. The staff is still recruiting for this year, both possible transfers and high school seniors. With the departures of Star Jackson and Justin Hughes and the dismissal of Olufemi Opanubi, some spots opened up. Two weekends ago, the staff brought in prospects to the school for a visit and I imagine it’s ongoing. Curry said “I anticipate that we probably will” sign more players. Transfers are a possibility and I might even say it’s likely. (No one has told me that; I just think it’ll happen.)

“Anybody that can help us, we’re looking for,” he said.

4. The plan for defensive back D’Mario Gunn, signed from Georgia Military College, was initially to play him at safety, but he has already been moved to cornerback.

“Because he’s really good,” Curry said.

I’m no expert, but it was certainly clear watching him Monday he’s a fluid athlete and has size (6-1, 180). Defensive backs coach Anthony Midget was on him a good bit Monday.

“Gotta get the juco out of him,” he said, smiling. “Great kid, willing to learn. He’ll be a good player for us.”

5. Prior to spring practice, Hill and Schlechter had been throwing with the receivers once a week, sometimes twice. Hill said they started shortly after last season ended. This competition obviously is a pretty important one to watch, as Drew Little will be out for all of spring practice and the first four games of the season for violating team rules.

“Every day is a competition,” Hill said. “Bo is a heck of a quarterback. We’re going to pick each other’s brains, help each other out.”

Schlechter said he was moved back to quarterback after last season ended. He was a very promising receiver but he’s fine with the move.

“It’s definitely my favorite position on the field,” he said.

6. For the time being, Cole Moon has moved from linebacker to running back and Sam Burkhalter from running back to linebacker. Moon played fullback at St. Pius. Jarrell Robinson, who redshirted last fall, has been moved from outside to inside linebacker. Tay Watts, a transfer from Morehouse, has moved from corner to safety.

“It’s an experiment,” Curry said. “We’ll see how it looks.”

Plane’s boarding. Gotta run.

14 comments Add your comment

georgiastateisgsu

March 23rd, 2011
12:42 pm

Losing Little really hurts for those first 4 games…have a safe flight and thanks for the updates

GSUtimes2

March 23rd, 2011
2:17 pm

Thanks for the notes! Can’t wait for the spring scrimmage! Any word on if Ben McClane will be taking in practice?

GStateBen

March 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

McLane is still at Brookwood. He’ll be joining the program in June after he graduates from HS.

GMC Saftery Demazio Skelton and LB Qwontez Mallory are expected to be on campus in May.

I’m really high on D’Mario Gunn. Kid is very, very good.

Tuscon

March 23rd, 2011
2:38 pm

Thanks for the notes, Ken. Interesting changes. It seems like everyone is kind of nervous and just trying to see what good we can.

Itsmeagain

March 23rd, 2011
2:59 pm

You know I’ve actually stopped worrying about the quarterback situation. I think with a good lot of practise both Hill and Schlechter could be more than able to carry us through to some decent wins. Just looking forward to the season starting now

GSUtimes2

March 23rd, 2011
3:00 pm

Ha, oh yeah! Duh!

Go Panthers!

March 23rd, 2011
4:11 pm

What does “gotta get the juco out of him” even mean?

Isn’t JuCo experience good?

itsmeagain

March 23rd, 2011
8:30 pm

BTW, if anyone who reads this doesn’t know we’re absolutely killing baseball this season

GSU_2012

March 23rd, 2011
11:27 pm

@itsmeagain

We really are. Went to watch them last weekend and will probably go out there this weekend too. I am a RA in the University Commons and I will probably take some of my residents. The buzz is starting to get to campus a little bit. We sweep this weekend and we might be in the top 25 in the nation. On a smaller side our tennis teams are doing well also.

Hammer22

March 24th, 2011
12:18 am

Good work as usual Ken.

GState08

March 24th, 2011
2:09 am

A lot of our athletic teams are flourishing in the CAA. We just have to make sure football and basketball do the same.

Ken Sugiura

March 24th, 2011
3:11 am

thanks for the kind words, all. go panthers – i’m not quite sure how to explain it, but basically juco, i would say, is a little more about individual play and not as organized/disciplined as football at the d-one level.

GStateBen

March 24th, 2011
9:30 am

To piggy back on Ken’s point, GMC is actually one of the better JUCOs around but there is still plenty of free lancing especially as a Defensive Back. Our 3-4 hybrid scheme is very different led by the Mad Scientist DC John Thompson.

D’Mario is adjusting well and enrolling in December has absolutely helped him and us overall.

RoguePanther

March 24th, 2011
1:53 pm

Football is a team play, if drew can’t keep up the basic rules of the team, forget a selfcentered player.

Hope are now on Bo & Kelton can lead the team for Ws. Key word is “LEAD the TEAM.”

A year of the experiences, but having to play against few more better teams than last year.
It’s going to be challenges ahead.