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.

29 comments Add your comment

Panther Football

September 12th, 2011
12:18 pm

Bo is starting??? Bo is a great athlete, but he probably the 4th best QB on this team. He is an NFL punter, let him do what he does best.

StephenGSU

September 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

Doesn’t matter who starts at QB, if we can’t even compete with Old Dominion, we will get swallowed whole by Jax State. I hope we keep it within 30.

PantherAlum

September 12th, 2011
2:29 pm

Looking forward to the Jax State game. Headed over there around 9:30 for some tailgating. Really hoping for a bounceback, unfortunately Jax St is coming off a loss so they will be a little hungry. I think we should compete well if we execute, minimize mistakes, capitailze on opportunities and adapt during the game to take what we are given. Should be very exciting and I for one cannot wait.
GO PANTHERS!!

PT

September 12th, 2011
2:54 pm

GSU will have to have a large influx of JUCO or D1 transfers on both the offensive and defensive line to compete in conference play next season. They are just out manned.

RoguePanther

September 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

Panthers must improve their both physical and mental speed in games to win over the experiences of the OD level teams.

Panthers are just too freaking slow, good thing they experiences their slowness in their second game. We still have enough games to keep us another winning season.

SPEED, Speed, SPEED, Speed, & SPEED, guys.

Show us you learned some from OD game.

Expect 2/1 boys,

Huh

September 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

Out manned? They looked out coached to me.

The best QB to give us a chance to win should be starting this week. There is a reason why Bo was moved to WR last year.

Drew should have his starting position back and be practicing with the ones.

GStateBen

September 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

Bo is listed as the starter today. Would not be shocked of that changes this week in practice.

GStateBen

September 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

Also, keep in mind ODU was very good on the OL and DL. They are one year ahead and hammered us after all 5 mistakes (2 blocked punts resulted in 14 points and 3 INTs resulted in another 7).

These mistakes are correctable and I am very glad to see several players get benched for the JSU game after consecutive sub-par performances.

Keep one thing in mind as well: Jacksonville State has a defense that has given up 938 total yards against it. The Panthers have found the best possible opponent to correct it’s mistakes against. This is not the same JSU team we saw in 2010.

Jorge

September 12th, 2011
8:48 pm

And meanwhile Georgia Southern just took the #1 spot in the FCS poll…why can’t we just stop making these mental mistakes and start winning? Bo is NOT a quarterback! We need to put in Little and let him get comfortable! Our small glimmer of hope is quickly fading, let’s hope we get it back on track.

GSU4life

September 12th, 2011
8:55 pm

WHERE WAS DONALD RUSSELL????? What about Kelton in the wildcat? I thought we had ALL HANDS ON DECK? If we want to win we need to utilize the talent we have and give our kids a chance. I think Coach Bond is out of touch.

The Dome Is Our Home

September 12th, 2011
10:57 pm

From the article:

“Both quarterbacks had issues locking onto receivers and trying to force throws into tight coverages…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.

THIS IS ON COACHING. The ODU coach threw GSU a curveball that Schlecther wasn’t prepared for, and CBC had no answer. On top of that, their front four was just too good four our offensive line that has THREE FBS TRANSFERS. I am VERY worried about our team’s coaching at this point.

Yeller and Gold Buzzzzzz

September 13th, 2011
12:36 am

This the same GSU that talked all that crap about being superior to GT? What are you kidding me. You couldn’t sniff our jockstraps. A good high school team would give you a good battle…..We would put 100 points up on you. There is a reason why you are at GSU and not GT?

GState08

September 13th, 2011
3:17 am

We definitely need more support from the students and the alumni. The reason why schools like UGA, Georgia Tech (to a lesser degree) and Tennessee are successful at filling their respective stadiums is because the get support from thousands of fans that are neither students nor alumni. In fact, most of the die hard UGA fans that I know didn’t attend school there. Since we don’t have that type of support yet we have to make sure we show up and support our team. With that being said, I think a conference change will necessary for the football program to flourish. The teams we will play in the CAA are too far away to generate a sense of rivalry and they don’t have much name recognition here in the south. Being successful in a busy city like Atlanta will mean always maintaining a buzz.

GSU4life

September 13th, 2011
8:11 am

@ GState08, Agreed, CAA is a great conference however we should go to either SoCon or Sunbelt. I believe we could go FBS within 10 years and would be great if we were either ACC or SEC…lol. I would also like world peace and to win the lottery too.

GSU fan

September 13th, 2011
9:14 am

Schlecter is a NFL punter?? Take it easy Panther Football.

StephenGSU

September 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Agreed GSU fan.

If Schlecter was an NFL caliber punter, he wouldn’t be the starting QB of a second year FCS team. Heck, he probably wouldn’t even be in the FCS at all.

Walking with a Panther

September 13th, 2011
9:46 am

Wow! A GT troll talking trash? Speaking of high school, your high school schedule is over. Talk trash IF you beat Kansas with that Pop-Warner offense that EVERYBODY seems to have figured out.

GSU4life

September 13th, 2011
11:24 am

Going to Knoxville next year!!!! YEEEHHHAAWWW

GStateBen

September 13th, 2011
11:49 am

Kelton is still suspended and CBC intimated as much on his call in show. I do not expect KH4 to see the field this Saturday either.

GSU ALUMNI

September 13th, 2011
12:18 pm

Get K Hill off the bench !!!!!! He has served his one game suspension. You think this game had a low attendance of 11,000. Keep the sorry offense and uncertain QB’s, I think the next home game will net 5,000. Good Grief coaches, this isn’t ROCKET SCIENCE, you have the talent, stop playing daddy ball and get some excitement going.. I hate to give up my season tixs, but Bond and Curry decision making isn’t good.. LET”S GO

StephenGSU

September 13th, 2011
12:33 pm

Curry didn’t put in the best QB after his suspension was lifted last year, why would he do it this year?

PantherMan

September 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

@ GSU Allumni
Couldn’t agree more. Bond is proving to be a dissappointment. USA & ODU are making it happen w/ arguably less talent. Glad to see we upgraded the S&C coach maybe it’s time to start looking at other positions……just saying.

GStateBen

September 13th, 2011
2:06 pm

Kelton is/was suspended more than one game. That one game was by the University.

He is also out of football shape after missing nearly 3 months of S&C.

StephenGSU

September 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

Kelton out of shape might be better than Bo in shape.

GState08

September 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

@GSU4life: I agree. The CAA is a strong football conference but it isn’t the right fit for us. I just hope Levick and Becker make the right decisions for the program going forward.

Montinod

September 13th, 2011
2:45 pm

How did we go from having “all hands on deck” to Kelton being suspended…what’s with the consistency, or lack thereof?

It’s hard for me to buy the “they are ahead of us by a year argument,” heck, who isn’t ahead of us? Savannah State, Campbell, North Carolina Central, etc. etc. are all ahead of us by far more than one year.

GSU_2012

September 13th, 2011
4:09 pm

I think that the main thing that we want is a change. After getting beat at home and after having a lackluster performance against Clark (really we should have put 60 on them), we want to see something different than want we are seeing. I am no different. I want to see Hill and Donald in the Wildcat. I want to see Donald get 20 carries in a game. I want to see someone besides our punter at the QB position. I am sure, like most situations in college football, there are reasons for why none of these things are happening but I would really like to know what they are.

GSUAlumBaseball81

September 13th, 2011
5:28 pm

Hello! Please please please give Donald Russell more carries!!! Also, kick return and punt return teams please block like last year because Albert Wilson can TAKE IT ALL THE WAY if you just give him a few key blocks. Punt team please block as well! Not sure I’m sold on the unusual punt teams alignment. Let’s have a review of the offensive play calling because it seemed against ODU we didn’t have a strategy where one play builds on another by design to keep the defense honest. Finally, I am certain that Kelton Hill is our running QB so give the RB’s, Evans and Russell, the football when Kelton is not in the game. GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

GSUWI94

September 13th, 2011
6:34 pm

Please Give more touches to Russell. I thought we were trying to establish a run Game. How cna we do so so when we have the QB getting more touches at the run game than the RB. Let’s keep the players we have happy and bless them with the ball when it is warranted.