GSU running backs performing well

Georgia State’s running backs are beat up, but the coaches like what they are seeing from the group through the first two weeks of camp.

Coach Bill Curry didn’t want to brag on his players, but said Travis Evans and Malcolm Smith are practicing well. Smith, from College Park, has been consistently praised through the first two weeks.

The group was bolstered on Tuesday by the return of Rendell Wilder, who has been out with a concussion.

“Running backs have been valiant because there have been so many of them injured,” Curry said.

Curry expects a lot from the running backs, who averaged 123.3 yards per game last year. He wants more yards, and he wants them to protect the ball better. The group had two of the team’s 12 lost fumbles last year. New running backs coach Joe Hamilton said that’s still two too many.

“You never know when they are going to come, could be a game-winning drive,” Hamilton said. “If we keep on preaching enough and honing it on enough they will believe it.”

The group has lost three fumbles in camp, despite the concentrated efforts otherwise.

“Our No. 1 job is ball security,” Hamilton said. “They are running hard and the defense is making great plays, but we have to find a way to get the ball at the end of the play and throw it back to the ref.”

Hamilton said he’s having fun in his first season coaching. The former Georgia Tech great was promoted in the offseason.

“Nothing I’d rather be doing than be out there coaching these guys,” he said. “I tell you what, I feed my competitive edge through this. I’m excited.”


Curry is big on leadership, and said he likes what he’s seeing from defensive end Christo Bilukidi, tight end Arthur Williams and wide receiver Albert Wilson.

Wilson, 5-9, 180 pounds, seems a half-step quicker than many of the players in practice.

“He just might be a real big-leaguer,” Curry said of Wilson.


Tackle Clyde Yandell (knee sprain) and running back Rosevelt Watson (undisclosed) will likely miss at least the season opener against Clark Atlanta with injuries.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.

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August 16th, 2011
5:29 pm


August 16th, 2011
5:33 pm

Wilson is more than just “a half step quicker” for those who didnt see the KR vs. Bama. Two big injury losses that we need back before Murderer’s Row (ODU, Jax State, Houston)


August 16th, 2011
6:06 pm

Thanks for the update Doug! Any news of Kentucky transfer Donald Evans? GO PANTHERS!!!


August 16th, 2011
6:08 pm

Correction! Kentucky transfer Donald Russell # 20

GSU Rocks

August 16th, 2011
6:16 pm

Really looking forward to seeing this team. Can’t wait for Sept. 2. Go Panthers!


August 16th, 2011
8:18 pm

Real champions play in the DOME not in SOUTH GEORGIA!!! THE REAL GSU!!!


August 16th, 2011
8:38 pm

LOL! Whoo-hoo!! We are GSU because that’s our website!! Yes!! Stop embarrassing Georgia State with that crap please!


August 16th, 2011
8:46 pm

Glad to hear the running backs are doing well…if there was one glaring deficiency we had last year (aside from an inability to stop the run) it was our run game. Hurry up Sept. 2….


August 16th, 2011
9:14 pm


Doug Roberson

August 16th, 2011
11:01 pm

He’s dealing with some bumps and bruises. Also getting into football shape.


August 16th, 2011
11:14 pm

I think Evans and Smith will be our core RBs this year based on reports coming from camp.

Albert Wilson might be the best athlete on the field.


August 16th, 2011
11:17 pm

Thanks for the report Doug. I hope Russel can get back on the field sooner rather than later.


August 17th, 2011
10:08 am

Wow, we are going to miss Watson. That totally stinks that he’s out for the season opener, but I’m happy to hear our RB’s are doing (mostly) what they are supposed to be doing. Now let’s protect the ball and get/stay healthy, boys. We need you all out there. It could be worse, though, we could have guys getting injured from scooter accidents…#sillybulldogs

Go Panthers!


August 17th, 2011
1:07 pm

Ga State became GSU in 1969.
Georgia Southern became GSU in 1990.
Southern has 20,000 students where State has 31,533
Coach’s Resume
Bill Curry
Head football coach at Georgia State University (2008- 2011)
Head football coach at the Georgia Tech (1980–1986)
Head football coach at the University of Alabama (1987–1989)
Head football coach at the University of Kentucky (1990–1996)
Assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers (1977-1979)
Played football at Georgia Tech (1962–1964)
Played 10 seasons in the NFL with four different teams:
Green Bay Packers (1965–1966),
Baltimore Colts (1967–1972),
Houston Oilers (1973)
Los Angeles Rams (1974)
1 SEC Championship (1989)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1989)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2007)
ACC Coach of the Year (1985)
2x SEC Coach of the Year (1987, 1989)
Football analyst for ESPN
Director of the Leadership Baylor program at Baylor School
Place of Birth: Georgia
Jeff Monken
An assistant under Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern, Navy, and Georgia Tech
Played wide receiver at Millikin in 1989
In 1991, Monken earned his master’s degree from Hawaii
Place of Birth: Illinois


August 17th, 2011
1:52 pm

I see the Ga State Trolls have arrived


August 17th, 2011
7:17 pm

Georgia State trolls? Unless you mean people trolling GSU, i don’t think that makes sense.


August 17th, 2011
7:40 pm

Thanks for the update Doug!


August 17th, 2011
9:23 pm

Thanks for the update Doug(even though you block people you don’t like). Great to hear that we are progressing. Wondering when Joe is going to become the QB coach but very glad he’s settled in and making an impact. Really want to pound the ball inside this year, hope the O-line is ready to clear out the riff raff.

Doug Roberson

August 18th, 2011
11:09 am

I blocked one person who posted something that potentially was illegal. I don’t block comments I don’t like.

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