The hard part isn’t over yet

It would seem that with games against Jacksonville State and Houston now out of the way, the schedule can only get easier, right?

Well, if only it were that easy.

Georgia State now has two weeks to prepare for Murray State, which is 2-2 this season but features a high-powered offense, and South Carolina State, which is also 2-2 with losses against FBS-level opponents.

The Racers would seem to be the most difficult test because of quarterback Casey Brockman. He has passed for more yards (1,226) this season than the Panthers have in total offense  (1,199). The Racers have 1,858 yards in total offense.

The Bulldogs aren’t pushovers either because of a very aggressive defense and an offense that just scored 69 points in a victory against Delaware State last weekend.

I was listening to coach Bill Curry’s interview on 680AM a little while ago, and he said the program isn’t as far along as he thought it would be at this point. He pointed the finger at himself but also said the team lacks the discipline the expects.

Of course, a lack of discipline can result in just about every kind of mistake, including the special teams errors that plagued the team in weeks 2 and 3, and some of the missed assignments that are hampering the progress of the defense and offense.

Turning to the plusses and minuses so far…

The negatives are obvious and can be traced to a variety of issues, some of which Curry discussed.

But what are the positives?

After his hiccups against Old Dominion, punter Matt Hubbard is playing very well.

The cornerbacks are playing solidly. Of course, it’s hard to tell because the run defense has been so poor.

The offensive line hasn’t been as good with its pass blocking this year, even when Ben Jacoby was in, but it’s doing a good job with its run blocking, one of the priorities this year. Now, if the team can keep games close it’ll be interesting to see if they can move the pile when it matters in the fourth quarter.

Let’s treat this kind of like a pie-in-the-sky scenario. If you could ask the coaches to devote 100 percent of the practice time to one area during this off week, what area would that be and what would you like to see them do?

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

52 comments Add your comment

Tuscon

September 26th, 2011
2:11 pm

Run Defense. Look at the top teams in the nation right now. Average offenses with stellar defense. If we could get our run defense together we’d be ok even with all of the QB issues this season.

GSU_2012

September 26th, 2011
3:26 pm

I will second the run defense has to be better as well. Also, could we please just give one quarterback the ball for all the first snaps and see how they do.

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2011
3:40 pm

Quarterback. Defense could be better, but you know, if you can score on a lot of your drives, it wont make any difference. No matter how solid your defense is, if you can’t score, you’re going to lose.

The Dome Is Our Home

September 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

Offensive line – with so much turnover in personnel the unit needs as many reps together as possible.

GaStateChris

September 26th, 2011
4:04 pm

I would say run defense as well, but to avoid being repetitive, I will say passing game. People are going to start stacking the box against us if we don’t get some sort of a passing game going. And then the offense REALLY won’t be able to move the ball.

Thanks Doug! Looking forward to the write up with Levick.

BariBlue

September 26th, 2011
7:43 pm

Yes… all of this is true, but I still think we can turn this season around. Hopefully the team FINALLY comes together for Murray State. we really need better chemistry. Thanks for the insight, Doug!

Uncle Johnny

September 26th, 2011
8:48 pm

The loss against Houston/ODU was about defense (or lack thereof) and a lack of leadership from the coaching staff (sorry Bill I always liked you).

Not settling on a QB causes an unecessary controversy. Really sad second season for the Panthers.

PT

September 26th, 2011
9:04 pm

The offensive line play has not been good. Their foot work and hand placement are poor. The defensive line play is not physical enough because they are undersized but they do play hard. Skill position players match up pretty good with the teams they have played.
Next year will be tough if both lines do not improve drastically. Fans in Atlanta will not support an uncompetitive team.

6-time national champs

September 26th, 2011
9:50 pm

This whole Ga State experiement is turning into a train wreck of epic proportions. I am not talking Norfolk Southern train wreck….more like 380mph high speed Japanese train wreck.

I assume once the honeymoon is over, the AJC will quit losing money over covering Ga State as it is obvious they have no support.

It was a good try but it looks like Ga State’s previous President was correct when he wouldn’t green light a football program because he knew a commuter school would not support it.

GSUPanther

September 26th, 2011
10:14 pm

LOL at Bill Curry saying our punter is playing well.

Is that why our quarterback was doing quick kick punts that got blocked and returned for a TD?

Might be time to shelve the program. Not the right time

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2011
10:30 pm

@6-time national champs:
What on earth are you talking about?

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2011
10:35 pm

Are you people idiots? Time to shelve the program because we lost to a decent FBS team in our second year? Do you realize most FCS teams have NEVER beaten an FBS team? Good god, you would think the earth was about to explode listening to some of you.

Panther Phil

September 26th, 2011
11:25 pm

Play teams like Macon’s Mercer University,West GA,Ft.Valley State………..someone our own size

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2011
11:59 pm

Yes Panther Phil, we should play them if our only goal is to win every game we play. However, what is the point in a football team if there is no challenge.Those schools are not our size. We have the ability to play and beat FCS schools.

I’m beginning to get pissed off at just about everyone right now.

hammer22

September 27th, 2011
1:33 am

The run defense is flat atrocious! The majority of our time should be on that area because opposing teams will be focusing a lot of their time on it.

GSU4LIFE

September 27th, 2011
8:20 am

itsmeagain,

Then why are people talking about moving up to FBS- not only can we not beat FBS teams, we can’t even beat FCS teams!

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Were 5-5 against FCS teams. And we’re in year two. Were you expecting a team of freshman to hand it to every FBS or FCS school we play? Most schools that play Alabama couldn’t beat them, but we’re supposed to the first year we play? Talk about having unreasonable expectations. Having a long term goal is fine. Saying that it’s unobtainable because we aren’t yet superpowers capable of beating anyone we play is just ludicrous. It’s like a mother saying “one day my baby is going to be a doctor” and someone rebutting to them “no way, they can’t even talk! It’ll never happen!”

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
9:38 am

A little perspective here….95% of the best programs in the country started playing football in the 1880’s and 90’s. Most of them are going to be celebrating their 125th anniversary soon. For you math wizards guess how many days that is? About 45,000. These teams have played anywhere from 1,000 to 1,250 games we have played 15 or about 1.2%. In dog years that means the zygote hasn’t even reached the egg yet. For those of you that want us to take the “day after” pill I would suggest you take a deep breath and choose life…..

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
9:40 am

A little perspective here….95% of the best programs in the country started playing football in the 1880’s and 90’s. Most of them are going to be celebrating their 125th anniversary soon. For you math wizards guess how many days that is? About 45,000. These teams have played anywhere from 1,000 to 1,250 games we have played 15 or about 1.2%. In dog years that means the zygote hasn’t even reached the egg yet. For those of you that want us to take the “day after” pill I would suggest you take a deep breath and choose life…

Panther Phil

September 27th, 2011
10:20 am

Take on schools your own size until you build your program. Georgia Southern knew how to build their program. Nobody is going to see GA State get slaughtered. Fans won’t buy tickets for it. :)

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
10:33 am

@ Panther Phil. Really? Last year our kids played in front of 250,000 people. Over 101,000 in Alabama alone. This year there were 35,000 at the Houston game and they’ll be another 100,000 at Tenneessee next year. This year alone we should have over 150,000 people see us. How many folks have paid to watch you Phil? ZERO. Again folks a little perspective.

GSUAlumBaseball81

September 27th, 2011
10:42 am

Change the 3-4 Defensive Alignment to a 4-3 for one game or maybe one quarter to a half a game and see what happens. Maybe that extra defensive lineman might match up better to 300lb offensive linemen than a 215lb linebacker?

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
10:49 am

@panther Phil,
Why do you call yourself panther? You’re referring to the school as our team and not your team. I’m guessing you’re just a troll trying to disguise yourself

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Georgia State will play in front of 150,000 this year.

Georgia Southern will play in front of 150,000 total in 3 games this year.

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:03 am

Okay, well subtract Alabama and you’ve got 50,000 Whooppee!!

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:04 am

Guess math is not a big thing at Georgia Southern College

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:06 am

CAU- 26,000
ODU-11,000
JAX- 17,000
HOU-35,000
Total-89,000

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:06 am

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:06 am

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:08 am

About 2k more than the size of your MAXIMUM capacity. Shame you haven’t even won the SoCon in 6 oppps make that 7 years.

Panther Alum

September 27th, 2011
11:10 am

Good call there, Can’t wait to see the beating Alabama is going to put on the cow college.

OUTStated

September 27th, 2011
11:12 am

The REAL GSU is in Atlanta Georgia…. Georgia Southern College is done folks…get used to it. Trolls please go away.

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
11:14 am

Georgia State’s % of stadium filled: 15%

Georgia Southern’s % of stadium filled 115%

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
11:16 am

Hahaha!

Guess math isn’t big at Georgia Southern College and you can’t even figure out an average! What a joke. Troll harder!

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
11:17 am

Who cares about winning the SoCon- we were in the semifinals of the NCAA playoffs last year- you will NEVER be able to say that.

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
11:17 am

My couch in my living room: 100-200%. Because I only holds 3 people but we can get as many as six on it! Point being, you have a tiny stadium southern. We literally couldn’t fit as many people as we had in our two openers into your stadium.

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
11:19 am

Last remark-

It’s “oops” not “opps”.

Further proof that English, as well as mathematics, are obvious weaknesses for Georgia State fans. Perhaps you should stop embarassing your University.

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
11:21 am

I’d rather have 100% stadium capacity watching the #1 team in the nation than have 15% stadium capacity watching a team lose to Lambuth- probably would be scheduled for a noon start time if Lambuth even existed any more.

OUTStated

September 27th, 2011
11:30 am

@ GSUEagle. What choice do you have other than to watch your peewee team? there’s NOTHING in Statesboro. I’m surprised your manager @ the chat & chew let’s you off to attend the game. You probably aren’t even an alum. There’s nothing worse than being a sub-alum of a no name peewee league team. PS, living room, you mean stable don’t you? As far as English I do not know what you are attempting to hyphenate. Ever heard of a comma, loser?

Tom

September 27th, 2011
11:32 am

Offense. You gotta score points!!! GSU has potential to hang 50 every week.

GSUFan

September 27th, 2011
11:33 am

“Because I only holds 3 people but ….” What are you saying here Mr. grammatically perfect?

OutSTATED

September 27th, 2011
11:35 am

“My couch in my living room: 100-200%. Because I only holds 3 people but we can get as many as six on it! Point being,” we’re farm hand swingers that like to get kinky on our couch in the stable.

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
11:35 am

Grasping at straws there eagle. Maybe you should reduce your stadium to 10,000. According to your logic, having 100% attendance is better than a higher attendance below capacity. If you prefer that then enjoy it. Personally I think it’s a petty thing for you to say just so that you can try to imply some type of stadium superiority.

egeagle

September 27th, 2011
1:23 pm

Our House is a real stadium that is home to champions. You Staters have millions of miles to go before you can even be competitive with our peewee team. That’s Mr. PeeWee to all Panthers.

#1Eagles

September 27th, 2011
1:30 pm

LOL at GSUFan (a Georgia State fan) making fun of Itsmeagain (a Georgia State fan) and not realizing it. I really should pay you guys for this level of comedy.

GSUEagle

September 27th, 2011
1:32 pm

FWIW, I am an alum and work and live in Atlanta. The person who sits next to me at my office graduated from Georgia State 15 years ago and complains that they don’t have a football team. Pretty sad when alumni of your own university aren’t aware that they have a football team.

GSU Alum

September 27th, 2011
1:51 pm

I think the title of the article pretty much sums it up before this got to be a peeing contest. The Hard Part is yet to come..for both schools. State needs to get their program untracked before the fans lose interest and Southern needs to continue on their winning ways to prepare for the post season. Facts are facts. Size of the stadium if not relative, it is how many backsides are in the house.

GSUFanMan

September 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

@ GSUEagle – Has he been living under a rock? He must be and probably has zero involvement with the university. I just don’t see how anyone could not know we have a team now.

I would ask Coach that he get his players focused and playing with intensity. Seems like the offense has been playing half hearted.

PantherTime

September 27th, 2011
4:57 pm

“The hard part isn’t over yet”

You’re right- the end of the season will be the most painful. Then we will have to remember the entire failure of a season.

panther-mawl

September 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

hey, ga southern fans…know how many times ive read a blog on ga southern? ZERO!!!…why are yall on here, at all? go back to the syphilis and all the “lost kids of rockdale county” you have at your school and we’ll stay here and get bigger and better.