Practice updates for Georgia State
Diving right in:
- Center Ben Jacoby will miss this week’s game because of a sprained MCL in his knee. He injured the knee during the third quarter of Saturday’s 40-17 loss to Old Dominion. Jacoby will be missed badly by the Panthers’ offensive line. If memory serves, on the very next play after he left, Old Dominion came right up the middle and sacked Bo Schlechter.
- Speaking of Schlechter, Curry said Schlechter will start this weekend’s game against Jacksonville State. However, Curry said the decision is based upon performance in games and practice. Schlechter hit nine of his 27 passes for 147 yards in the loss. He threw one interception, but ODU could have had a few more pickoffs. He was sacked four times. Drew Little, last year’s starter, came in with a few minutes left in the third and finished the game. However, he threw two interceptions. Both quarterbacks had issues locking onto receivers and trying to force throws into tight coverages. To borrow something esteemed colleague Ken Sugiura is doing, here’s my two cents on the quarterback issues on Saturday: After the game, Clyde Yandell discussed how Georgia State expected ODU to blitz a lot early in the game. They didn’t, at least not as much as expected. I theorize that Schlechter was locking onto his first receivers because he didn’t think he was going to have a lot of time to throw. Therefore, he was staring them down and then throwing very hard. It’s what was worked on during practice. Remember that he did a very good job going through progressions against Clark Atlanta in the season opener, a game in which he completed 13 of 18. Schlechter said after the game that neither he nor the offense could get into any kind of groove. Penalties, turnovers and other mistakes kept interrupting their momentum.
- There will be changes “Too numerous to mention” on Georgia State’s special teams. The Panthers had two punts blocked, committed three blocking-in-the-black penalties, fumbled a return that they recovered and all in all had about as bad a day as a unit could have. Schlechter, normally the punter, should take over those duties again. He didn’t punt last week because of a “foot issue.” His replacement, Matt Hubbard, stepped the wrong way on the two punts that were blocked. Starters will likely remain the same on the rest of the offense and defense, but a lot depends upon performance in practice.
Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.