What did coach Curry have to say today?

Here’s a transcript of Georgia State coach Bill Curry’s press conference on Tuesday, courtesy of the sports information department:

On facing Clark Atlanta:

“When you look down their lineup, they are physically the match of anybody we play, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They played defense really well last year, they struggled a little bit on offense.”

“They’re an improving team because coach Daryl McNeill knows exactly what he’s doing. That’s the other thing that you notice – they are well-coached. They know how to line up. They know how to run to the ball. They get in the right gap control. They run their plays well, they block well. They have a good deal of talent, so they will be a load for us.”

“They run what is now considered – I never thought I’d say this- an unusual offense. They play two backs with a tight end- which is all we saw up until about six or eight years ago.”

On team goals:

“Our goals are simple: we want to still beat the teams that we’re expected to beat, and start beating teams we’re not supposed to beat.”

“(We want to) finish the job. We got into the fourth quarter last year with a few teams that were highly favored over us with a chance to win, but didn’t. I want that to happen this time. (I want us to be) a dominant fourth quarter team.”

“The way to (win consistently) is to play the basics extremely well- turnover margin, explosive plays, no lost yardage, no stupid plays, no penalties- the things that everybody talks about.”

On starting well, with a tough stretch of games coming up:

“I think it’s very important to get off to a good start. You look at last year, that was a shocking start. Shocking, to me, that we could actually go out there and not turn the ball over. Well, that means were capable of that, so I expect it every week. If we can go out there, not turn the ball over and take it away from the other side, we have a chance against anybody and we need to do that this Friday night.”

On QB situation:

“When we open at quarterback, Bo Schlechter will go the distance this Friday night. He will be the quarterback.”

On GSU’s areas of improvement:

“We should be improved in every area, especially up front on the offensive and defensive line. Ben (Jacoby) has been the leader of our offensive line since the day we took the field… on the other side of the ball, Christo Bilukidi has provided outstanding leadership for us.”

“The other area that I think we’ve shown a lot of improvement is (the defensive backfield). We do have more depth and I think we should be better in the secondary. (Along the line and in the secondary) are the two pronounced areas of improvement I expect.”

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Brent McClendon:

“With all of the depth that we have, it makes it easier for people to learn the system. Whoever needs the reps will get the reps. Demario Gunn and Demazio Skelton coming in have helped a lot. We have more talent and that backs us up and makes us better as a defense.”

“It has become tiring, doing the same thing over and over again [in practice], but we still do it. To hit somebody else and play another team is a sweet feeling. It gives us the opportunity to showcase what we have and what we can do.”

“I absolutely thought I could get a full scholarship when I first got here. I knew that I wasn’t going to be the most talented player out here, but I knew nobody was going to work harder than me. I just went out on the field and proved that I can be who they want me to be. That drive has made me play better.”

Senior center Ben Jacoby:

“We’re just pleased having gone from running between buildings to being able to concentrate all of our activities in one area. We’re ecstatic with our current set up. Now it’s more compact and more focused, and we can concentrate on playing football and playing it well.”

“We have some complex blocking schemes and everyone being on the same page allows us to adjust to situations. We’ve got a lot of depth at the offensive line, which has allowed us to concentrate on our fundamentals and blocking schemes and not having to worry about the cohesiveness.”

“Ben Pollard did a great job coming in this summer. He came in and immediately put us to work. The improvement that he’s given us through is workouts and his knowledge of strength and conditioning is going to translate to improvement on the field. I really think that he will be one of the main reasons we get better this year.”

“We’re concentrating heavily on the run game. We’ve practiced situations so that we have the experience running plays. The offensive line in particular has been working on keeping the pads low and on the explosion off of the ball. That in combination with the work in strength and conditioning will lead to more yards per carry.”

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

23 comments Add your comment

VSU Alumnus

August 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

Good luck this year and I hope we meet on the field some time in the future. Go Panthers and Blazers!


August 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

Thanks Doug! That basically clears up what we’ve thought for months. McLane will RS if at possible. It’s Bo’s show on Friday night.

Let’s Get It!

ajg panther

August 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

I think this is a great opportunity for Bo. He was a good HS QB and has been a great punter. We are getting rave reviews about the run game. I am looking forward to see what the kid has got.


August 30th, 2011
5:51 pm

Nice writeup. Can’t wait till Friday!


August 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

Great update Doug! Appreciate your coverage. Let’s get it PANTHERS! Looking forward to Friday night at the DOME and all the new faces as well as our remaining first and second year recruits. Bo knows QB so bring it all to the Clark Atlanta panthers. Let’s see 50+ for the HOME team. The Defense is definitely ready! GO PANTHERS!!!


August 30th, 2011
7:13 pm

GREAT writeup Doug!! Wish you would unblock me from my work address. Anyway cannot wait for the season to start. REALLY looking forward to seeing what CBP has added to the team. Certainly looking forward to CAU but really want to avenge ODU and USA. Hopefully we can run the ball and dominate the line, time of possession and wear down the opponents defense. Also want to see around 40k at the dome Friday.


August 30th, 2011
10:13 pm

Friday can’t come soon enough. I’m gonna be out there at 3:30 tailgating. Come join me.


August 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

@ itsmeagain

We will be in the Orange parking lot around 4:00 PM near the Alum set up! Hope to meet you and appreciate the support against the GS trolls! Will have the GSU POUNCE flag flying high! GO PANTHERS!!!
@ GSUpporter I agree, USA & ODU are going down in 2011 against the GSU PANTHERS!!! I believe the JSU game in Jacksonville, Alabama will be a great game and put GSU on the map! Will be there in PANTHER BLUE cheering our men on to victory! We will be 3 and 0 going into the Houston game! Can’t wait as this year is going to be fun! GO PANTHERS!!!


August 30th, 2011
11:21 pm

Why does the AJC think anyone cares about D2 football?


August 30th, 2011
11:47 pm

@Roddy – try getting educated first before looking like a complete idiot. GSU plays FCS ball (formerly 1-AA). If you still can’t process that, it means that GSU plays Division I football.

Thanks for the write up Doug!


August 31st, 2011
9:00 am

gsu01 the ajc has a lot of uneducated readers. I can’t wait until Friday night! Ready to rock the dome! Go Panthers!


August 31st, 2011
9:28 am

@RoddyJ-you seem to care enough to read AND post on this. It’s not D2 though so you may want to check that before you post next time.

To everyone else come out and watch a game this season! I will be firmly planted in my row 1 seats come Friday, can’t wait!


August 31st, 2011
9:51 am

Alright, alright fair enough. I just looked at your schedule and figured you were D2 since you were playing teams like Clark Atlanta, St. Francis (?), West Alabama…I’ve never seen such a cupcake schedule before lol


August 31st, 2011
9:54 am

Great stuff. Cant wait till Friday night! Hope to see everybody there. Go PANTHERS!


August 31st, 2011
10:06 am

@ RoddyJ

Man, you should take a look at University of South Alabama’s last two seasons schedules. Those were cupcake schedules. For a startup, ours is actually pretty intense


August 31st, 2011
10:07 am

2 more days! it should be a pretty solid season-CBC knows what he’s doing, our guys are constantly improving, becoming more comfortable with coaches and with each other, are more settled in their positions, are psyched about this season, and are healthy. those are all great, but lets hope that all leads to another winning season for the PANTHERS! We’re gonna paint the city blue on Friday! Go PANTHERS!


August 31st, 2011
10:52 am

Roddy J. Become educated about the sport.This is generally normalTeams have to wait a couple of years before playing conference play. UTSA will pretty much be in the thick of thing next year. That is not really normal, or the path that is chosen. This is a good schedule. They need to gauge what the team actually looks like. A very good mix of NAIA, D2, and FCS and FCS schools. Neither one of these schools are a cake walk. We are a startup and you will have some bumps and bruises. A learning curve if you will. Be patient and let time take it’s course. True fans will be there regardless.


August 31st, 2011
11:09 am

So itsmeagain says that Ga State’s schedule is actually pretty tough, then GSUWI94 says that the schedule is easy, but that’s ok because the team is still new. Which is it?

My opinion- if you’re a new team, play the toughest opponents, that’s how you build a team. You gain nothing but a 1 in the win column by playing schools like St. Francis. Almost embarassing to schedule them, sends the wrong message to your fans.

Rebel Ron

August 31st, 2011
11:20 am

Go coach Curry, you’re an awesome person and coach!
Best of luck to the GSU Panthers!


August 31st, 2011
8:52 pm

Hey RoddyJ what’s your connection? Where did you go to school? Who’s your team? Come on and spill the beans and tell us what trollin school you’re from chicken! Guess what? We don’t really care because we are for real and this program’s growing and going places! Be a man and come check out the program you’re so concerned about! LOL GO PANTHERS!!!


August 31st, 2011
8:52 pm

Hey RoddyJ what’s your connection? Where did you go to school? Who’s your team? Come on and spill the beans and tell us what trollin school you’re from chicken! Guess what? We don’t really care because we are for real and this program’s growing and going places! Be a man and come check out the program you’re so concerned about! LOL GO PANTHERS!!!


September 1st, 2011
9:17 am

I went to college at a small school in Tennessee…

called Lambuth


September 1st, 2011
5:22 pm

@ Roddy Great answer! Glad to see you are staying engaged in the football arena! Sorry for Lambuth’s luck in football, but I can tell you Georgia State’s long term plans for Football as well as their other Sports Programs are bigger than FCS and we will not be playing Div II and NAIA schools for long. A start up program has to schedule what’s available. Wish you the best! GO PANTHERS!!!