Q&A with Georgia State DC John Thompson

Georgia State defensive coordinator John Thompson answered a few questions earlier this week ahead of Friday’s season-opener against Clark Atlanta at the Georgia Dome:

Q: What concerned you most after last year and how does that area look so far?

A: We’ve got to play better against the run. People can say it’s the d-line or linebackers, but it involves a little bit of everything. We’ve made some adjustments to be better against the run. It’s more of a team commitment to play more physical, more gap control, be more responsible.

Q: Which unit has improved most during August?

A: I think we’ve improved … our d-line has played better. Our d-line has been more committed to doing the right things. We’ve got good things at linebacker and secondary.

The way the game is now, it comes down to being physical upfront.

Q: Are you surprised how quickly you’ve been able to build depth?

A: It’s helped our depth with some of the packages. Some of these guys have played some ball. It’s helped our younger guys. The guys that were here embraced them. We need all hands on deck. The guys being here, it says a lot about our guys. They’re saying ‘Let’s compete, let’s be the best we can be.’

Q: Who might fans be surprised by?

A: They are going to have come to the game.

Q: Were you a marketing manager?

A: I’m looking forward to seeing that too. It’s going to be different on Friday night. We’ve had some guys do some things, but you’ve got to do it on the practice field. And then it doesn’t mean squat if you don’t do it when the lights are on.

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

11 comments Add your comment


August 31st, 2011
11:44 am

The Defense is going to dominate this year!!! Great job Coach John Thompson! GO PANTHERS!!!


August 31st, 2011
11:57 am

Good stuff from Thompson. Friday cant get here soon enough!


August 31st, 2011
11:58 am

Thanks Doug! Biggest area of improvement is stopping the run and forcing turnovers. We have tremendous talent in the LB and secondary.

Cannot wait for Friday!


August 31st, 2011
12:08 pm

5 questions? Well I guess 4 questions since one was:

Q: Who might fans be surprised by?

A: They are going to have come to the game.

ajg panther

August 31st, 2011
12:09 pm

Friday can’t get here fast enough. Portee, Moody, and Gunn should kick this defense up a huge notch.


August 31st, 2011
12:26 pm

So excited to see this defense on Friday. Don’t forget about Skelton, Mallory, and all of the returning starters. This is going to be a special group this year.


August 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

Looking forward to what the Mad Scientist has on tap

Bill Curry Fan

August 31st, 2011
6:45 pm

Good luck panthers.

GSU Rocks

August 31st, 2011
8:58 pm

Defense should be much improved. Excited to see what Portee, Moody and Gunn bring to the unit.


August 31st, 2011
9:42 pm

Hopefully CJT watched a lot of film in the offseason, has tightened up the line and has a better plan for this year. Really tough schedule and I think we could win 10 but we could also lose 6. I think it’s all up to him…..


September 1st, 2011
9:19 am

Thank you for the coverage Doug!