Note: before we get into today’s posts:
Though it dominates most of the comments, I think it’s time to curb the arguments between Georgia State fans and Georgia Southern fans. I welcome discussion about the Panthers football team. Anything that strays away from that will result in me either turning the comments off, or temporarily banning the offending poster.
Georgia State has had two “surprisingly” good weeks of practice following its three-game losing streak, according to coach Bill Curry.
“What we’ve done to ourselves three weeks ago is not easy to recover from and we’ve recovered well,” he said. “Of course, it doesn’t count for anything unless it happens on the field.”
The Panthers will host Murray State at the Georgia Dome on Saturday with a chance to win just their second game this season and start what the players are hoping will be a seven-game win streak.
The Panthers have been outscored 133-38 during the losing streak. Predictably, the team has worked on discipline and improving its run defense and running game in an effort to stop the skid.
That has included working on things as simple as how to slow down an opponent when running by beside him so that it’s not penalized for blocking in the back. The Panthers have been penalized 29 times for 256 yards this season, with numerous penalties resulting from a lack of discipline, and not because of too much aggression.
The defense, in particular, is taken the losing streak to heart and has re-committed itself to trying to save the season.
“We had a lot of opportunities to really think about what this season has meant to us and what we want to get,” linebacker Michael Hall said. “This isn’t something we are going to lie down and take.”
Hall said there’s a difference between showing up for practice and showing up for practice, putting an emphasis on the second showing up.
“We must take the next big step in our program,” Curry said. “We have to play a balanced football game offensively, mount long drives, keep our defense off the field as much as possible.”
Toward the end of Curry’s weekly press conference, he added this caveat: “Talk is cheap.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu