Georgia State picks up two transfers from Kentucky

Running back Donald Russell and tight end Alex Smith, formerly at Kentucky, say they are enrolling at Georgia State, according to their facebook pages. The sports information department can’t confirm if they are going to join the football team, though Smith posted that he is a studying football player at Georgia State. SB Nation Atlanta reported that they have, citing sources.

Russell, a 5-11, 209-pound native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., rushed 77 times for 430 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Wildcats. He also caught 14 passes for 134 yards. His best game came last season against Charleston Southern when he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Curiously, he got just one carry in the next game at Vanderbilt and didn’t play in the regular-season finale against Tennessee.

He could provide an instant boost to an offense whose leading rusher last season, backup quarterback Kelton Hill, may face a cloudy future with  the team.

The Panthers averaged 123.3 rushing yards per game last season. Hill averaged 37.8 yards per game.

Russell was granted his release from Kentucky in 2010 after he lost the back-up job.

Smith, a four-star prospect in high school in Cincinnati, was dismissed from the Wildcats after violating team rules. He redshirted last season. At 6-5, 251 pounds, he could offer a big target for whomever wins the quarterback job. An honor-roll student in high school, he caught 50 passes in his last two seasons at Lakota West.

He originally committed to Cincinnati but then changed his mind and opened up his recruiting again.

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48 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

July 21st, 2011
10:00 am

Welcome to the family Donald and Alex!

Tuscon

July 21st, 2011
10:17 am

Great news! This offseason is going to give me heart problems!

Kelly Johnson

July 21st, 2011
10:24 am

There’s going to be a lot of talent on this team, once Little gets back at QB there’s a lot to like on both sides of the ball.

gsu.edu

July 21st, 2011
10:30 am

Welcome to the REAL gsu!!! Do we have a transfer QB yet? :(

GSUGrad06

July 21st, 2011
10:38 am

So 6′5”, 251 lb Alex Smith is a 4-star recruit who made honor-roll in HS and has 4 years of play for us at TE? I’ll take it!!!

jweaver

July 21st, 2011
10:53 am

These are the type of headlines I like to see! Can’t wait to see how these guys contribute to the offense!

GSUAlumBaseball81

July 21st, 2011
11:07 am

Great gets!!! Welcome to the GSU Panther family Donald and Alex. GO PANTHERS!!!

Gsufan

July 21st, 2011
11:25 am

Alex Smith got kicked off the team at Kentucky, are we just bringing in more problem athletes?

Panama

July 21st, 2011
11:27 am

Dont like the current GSU football story? Wait a day. It’s like Atlanta weather. Always changing and today is sunny! Welcome to the family Donald and Alex.

Panama

July 21st, 2011
11:31 am

@Gsufan

No we are not. It was mutual between the Kentucky staff and him. These things happen. Not everyone see’s eye to eye with their HC staff. Better to leave than be disgruntled. He will not be our first transfer to who left their former school for playing time, did not see eye to eye with coaches or quit football altogether before ending up at GSU.

Hammer22

July 21st, 2011
11:45 am

5.5 rushing average in the SEC, I’ll take it.

AgentOrange

July 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Gsufan

July 21st, 2011
11:59 am

@Panama

Being dismissed is different than leaving on your own terms. I don’t like this move by Curry.

GSU Fan

July 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

You cannot build a program on transfers..No foundation for this team by taking some other program’s refugees.

STATEment

July 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

Welcome! Our roster is going to be a lot stronger than last year. Just need a QB to get the ball to these guys!

GSUAlumBaseball81

July 21st, 2011
12:19 pm

@ GSU Fan

Jaybo Shaw, LOL, No Georgia Southern doesn’t take tranfers that leave for more playing time do they? Wrong GSU blog dude!

GStateBen

July 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

Smith was buried on the depth chart per Joker Phillips comments:

“Got a lot of tight ends over there. You have four that have actually played, actually five. Gabe Correll is one of the guys that’s actually played also. And you have two other guys that were redshirts. So you have five tight ends that played. Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and that’s where Alex will start for us.”

It was a mutual thing. Smith left seeking more playing time which he will get here.

PantherCJ

July 21st, 2011
1:13 pm

Love the move 4star recruit TE and 5.5 ypc RB seems to fit right in with our needs.

Gsufan

July 21st, 2011
2:03 pm

@PantherCJ

We need a QB who will be on the team for 4 years not tight ends who get kicked off due to team violations!

Kaleb

July 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

LOL! And there’s another one! “We are GSU because that’s our website!!”

Panthers SUCK

Gsufan

July 21st, 2011
4:55 pm

Itsmeagain

July 21st, 2011
7:11 pm

Lol @ kaleb. Better than “we are GSU because, urm… Because I say so!”

IBleedGSU

July 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Seems official that Alex Smith Will be apart of the panthers just checked his twitter account @A_85_Smith and he talks about being happy to move to Atlanta and happy to keep his number as 85. Also just found a clip of him being on ESPN to 10 in H.S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAIx7tHuZYw

Excited to see this kids preseason!!!

GSUtimes2

July 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Awesome!!! Can either of them throw a football? LOL!

GSWho

July 21st, 2011
9:23 pm

HAHA to all you suckers that have any doubt. We’re going to be MONSTERS in the CAA then FBS. Haters feel free to respond, I’m not listening bitches.

Lambuth

July 21st, 2011
10:25 pm

Looks like Ga State is now the North Alabama of FCS. Take all the bad attitude people kicked off other teams. We’ll see how that works at building a team

Itsmeagain

July 22nd, 2011
1:15 am

Urm, not much evidence of that Lambuth

gtfanfrom1951

July 22nd, 2011
5:46 am

GSU = Georgia Southern University Eagles

Six NC

Now thats the real GSU

GSUtimes2

July 22nd, 2011
7:29 am

I’ll never figure out why southern fans care so much to come on our blog. Please explain how it’s not jealousy. @gtfanfrom1951….are you a tech or southern alumni? My money is on neither.

Itsmeagain

July 22nd, 2011
11:49 am

Lol @gsufanfrom1951. It’s a shame your university doesn’t think so. Come back when you can brag about your university and not just some kids you put in a field

Hardtruth Soldier

July 22nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and North Avenue Technical Institute. Bow down, a Bulldawg has graced your blog. Georgia Southern all due respect is given to you. Georgia State rise up and do good. North Avenue Tech, report to your Probation Officer immediately to have your 2009 trophy revoked…Oh there’s been a change of plans, carrie on, we have just gotten confirmation that it already has been taken from your miserable facilities. Tell Paul there hiring at Varsity, “whata ya have” with this probation is his call sign.

GSU = Georgia State University, www.gsu.edu

July 22nd, 2011
1:45 pm

Lol Hardtruth Soldier. Great potential pick ups. We’ll see how it goes from here.

GSUWI94

July 22nd, 2011
7:34 pm

Hardtruth soldier what is wrong with you. I believe you need a mental health experet.You are waaaay out there. Stick to football. There is not enough room for pro ping-pong players. It’s What’ll have. Visit a Tech Blog. You are on another level with the Bulldogs. Tradition is already established. Play with the big Dawgs.

nash

July 22nd, 2011
10:12 pm

This team will be better than techs at this pace

Panther4Life

July 23rd, 2011
6:49 am

Welcome to the pride Donald & Alex we’re very glad you’re here. I’m extremely excited about this season and can’t wait for it to start. I know you guys will have a great time at State and will make an immediate impact. Looking forward to the kickoff luncheon on the 25th, and if anyone reading this hasn’t bought their tickets yet it’s time to join the huddle!!
GO PANTHERS!!

VSU Alumnus

July 23rd, 2011
11:17 am

If Georgia State and Georgia Southern ever square off on the football field I may go as a neutral observer and enjoy the fireworks. Its a shame there is not a large stadium in Macon to host a true neutral site affair. It would probably have to be a two year deal home and away. I hope you make it happen. Go Panthers and Blazers.

ajg panther

July 23rd, 2011
3:54 pm

Welcome to Alex and Donald. Maybe when the season starts the team will have a QB to throw and hand off to you guys.

blazerdawg

July 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

After GSU and GSU square off, Valdosta State -the University of South Georgia – will take on the winner!

itsmeagain

July 23rd, 2011
11:01 pm

Spike 80DF

July 24th, 2011
12:11 am

simple solution for the argument over who the “real” GSU is, the one that had the name and initials first. not difficult guys. as soon as state got a football team i knew they would stock up with SEC & ACC transfer talent. that plus the location should have state rolling in only a few years.

maybe my dawgs can add you guys to the OOC sched since the gt game is no longer competitive….

Go Gators

July 24th, 2011
4:24 am

Spike 80DF, maybe GSU should schedule Florida since the dawgs are no longer competitive against us. Didn’t GT’s offense get over 500 yards rushing against your defense?

VSU Alumnus

July 24th, 2011
9:48 am

@Blazerdawg……As you know neither GSU will play us.In 2012 our conference will be down to 5 football members and we are scrambling for games. I would love to play both of them. Go Blazers !!!

blazerdawg

July 24th, 2011
7:22 pm

@VSU – you’re right – we cannot seem to get a good in-state game, except UWG and Albany St. Mybe those beatings we put on Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and near upset of UTEP in the past has the D1’s wanting to avoid the BLAZE! Sure would love to get Ga Southern back on the schedule, or at least a Southern Conf school. Anyway, good luck to the Blazers, Southern, State, Dawgs & Jackets this year.

dGSU

July 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

Glad to have you, Donald and Alex. The season looks brighter!

glsjunior

July 26th, 2011
11:08 am

Don’t worry VSU, we’re making our way to you…

PanthersFan85l

July 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

I know for a fact that Donald and Alex will be a great addition to this team. For those of you who doubt it, your day will come when these two prove that on the field. As far as “off the field” Alex left as apart of a mutual agreement, what athlete doesn’t violate team rules. He had the option and decided to leave. The HC staff promised him that he would be a starter. After dedication to the team and his position coach putting the other TE’s down comparing a select individual as his “favorite tight end, and this kid “reminding him of his self” Alex had, had enough. Joker only cared about the up and coming players. The ones that the media was all in a frenzy about. sure those guys earned those stars and confetti but what about the ones who have true potential and talent? If it were me I wouldn’t sit a bench and let my talent go to waste. So before all of you start to judge, why don’t you consider some things, like maybe these kids don’t have bad attitudes but instead look at how these coaching staff members are treating their “top recruits”…. Or maybe Alex wasn’t kicked off bc of “team violations” you get three strikes, you don’t just get kicked off a team. Know your facts people. Know your facts. just saying…. I know this post will get many haters but I’m already one step ahead of ya. So go ahead… Hate away. **GSU ALL DAY**

CT in CP

July 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

The real “GSU?” Type in http://www.gsu.edu and see who pops up.

NorthAve

July 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

A website doesn’t constitute anything. gsustore.com is that the REAL GSU? Georgia State University is GSU. Georgia Southern University is GSU. MOVE ON.