Bill Curry says his Georgia State team isn’t as far along as he thought it would be this year. The mistakes being made are ones he thought the team would have made last year, its first playing football.
Partially because of those errors, the Panthers are 1-3 this season, 7-8 in their 15-game history.
Georgia State is off this week before Murray State and its high-powered offense comes to town next Saturday.
Curry sat down for a few minutes and answered a few questions (questions and answers have been paraphrased):
Q: Will most of the injured players be back?
A: I hope we have most of them back. Will will probably have Clyde (Yandell) and Ben (Jacoby).
Q: What about Albert Wilson?
A: Hardest thing to predict is a hamstring.
Q: What has been the most disappointing thing about the start?
A: Discipline. We have to be better in every way. That’s the head coach’s responsiblililty. The message is clear that we haven’t gotten the job done. We are turning up the tempo; the demands, the approach to practice. I don’t mean smashing and crashing. We’ve got to be more demanding on the little details. In the past, we’ve been able to coach foolish penalties out within a week. In three weeks we haven’t with this team. Different now, with more punishment because that’s obviously required. By that, extra running, extra conditioning, or the bench. Our chief characteristic has to be that we don’t commit foolish penalties. We will get that done, should have already had that done.
Q: Why didn’t Bo Schlechter play against Houston?
A: Just a matter of…not a disciplinary thing. A matter of thought what would win the game. There are things that the other two guys can do that they bring to the game. Honest answer is it gives us a better chance to win. I Won’t poit inadequaqncies in our guys. One, Kelton (Hill_ runs better and the other (Drew Little) throws more accurately. If you want both in one package it’s Bo. Bo knows he got a fair chance to show he can go out and win.
As coaches, as much as we love to talk about value systems, you better win.
Every decision we make is one that we think gives us a better chance to win.
Q: Will there be any personnel changes?
A: Considering several personnel changes on OL and defense and special teams. But we haven’t decided.
Q: You talked last week about the defensive line getting blown backward and the linebackers not sticking to their assignments. Did you see improvement against Houston, or was the level of competition such that it made that difficult?
A: It’s as if we were frozen. We were trying, it looked like we were running water. Seldom was there a lack of effort, but it’s as if we were intimidated by the speed of the game.
Q: Did that surprise you?
A: It did. Very unpleasant surprise.
Q: Do you regret the schedule and how it was put together?
A: Anytime something doesn’t work out, you have to look at it and question, ‘Would there have been a better way?’ Games 2 and 3 were scheduled before we got here. We did the Clark game and the Houston game and the games that followed. I still think it’s important to play several really tough games before you get into the meat of what you want to be in the CAA, the toughest FCS league in the country.
Given the two gameson the schedule, maybe it would have made sense to do it a different way but you don’t get to go rewind.
Q: Will Bo stay at quarterback or will he switch to wide receiver like he did last year?
A: He will stay at quarterback, but he could play another position. He may go back to wide receiver. He requested that in Houston. ‘If we get an injury let me go and play.’ He’s tough, he catches the ball.
Q: Have there been any pleasant surprises?
A There haven’t been any pleasant surprises. Glad to see w’eve made some progress with the running game, but we still have so much other work to do. We haven’t done anything to celebrate yet.
I am proud that the guys can come back on the field like they did this morning and knock themselves out with effort. Nobody wallowed or moaned. We worked very hard, which we will continue to do.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.
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