Few bits of news out of Curry’s presser today

Here are some of the highlights from Bill Curry’s press conference today:

Linebacker Dexter Moody won’t start this weekend’s game at South Carolina State. He may play if he earns it during practice. Moody apparently acted up during the loss to Murray State last weekend. This could be a big loss. Moody is statistically the team’s best tackler, with 34 this season.

Christian Benvenuto will continue to handle place-kicking and field-goal duties. He missed a 31-yarder against the Racers that killed the offense’s short-lived momentum.

Joe Gilbert will be back on the offensive line, which should have all of its starters together for the first time since the game against Old Dominion in Week 2.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson, the team’s best playmaker, should return. An injured hamstring has kept him from playing in the past two games.

Quarterback Kelton Hill should play more than last week. The team has put in more packages and he’s learning more of the offense.

Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the good folks in the sports information department:

On the team’s mindset during practice this week…

Coming out of a situation like this demands that we come out swinging every day with a positive plan for our players and a plan for the game. We have to correct things that have to be corrected and get back on the winning track. Practices have been good, the players are giving good effort, they’re spirited but we have been saying that. You don’t get style points for practice in football. We know that.

On the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference…

The MEAC has churned out some great players. I remember back when I was a scout I went there to check out an undersized defensive end. When I asked the coach, Willie Jeffries, if he could play standing up, he said, ‘After the ball is snapped, they’re all standing up Bill.’” So I gave Harry Carson a passing grade. He did OK standing up. He’s an NFL Hall of Famer and a South Carolina State guy.

On South Carolina State this season…

South Carolina State is an excellent team in the MEAC. The thing that impresses me about this year’s team on offense is their balance. They run for almost 200 yards a game and throw for 165 yards per game. They have a tremendous running back, Ashton Jordan, who rushed for over 200 yards against North Carolina Central. On defense the thing that is impressive is in a day when offenses are running up and down the field, they give up 3.3 yards per rush. I think that’s very significant. It’s tough to run on them. Their turnover margin is +6 which is good. On special teams they have great returners. Their backup quarterback is now playing, his name is Richard Cue, and we think he’s just as good as the starter. He executes the offense smoothly.

On what mistakes have hurt GSU this season…

Our turnover margin now is +1. It should be better but the turnovers haven’t killed us, it’s been our self-destructing penalties. It’s not so much the number of penalties, it’s when we do it and when we lose our poise. We practice that every day in different situations and hopefully we’ll get that corrected this week.

On what the team does to correct mistakes in practice…

As a staff we’ve been coaching a long time so we’re always trying different things. We work on specific situations like coming off the goal line when you need a first down to win the game and getting a stop to get off the goal line. We’ve created every situation imaginable and we’ll keep doing that.

On the play of quarterback Kelton Hill…

You have to remember in the spring he dominated. He and Bo Schlechter were competing for the job and he took over. For the first time since he’s been here, he’s grasped the offense and the leadership and became the excellent quarterback we thought he could be. He had a lot of yards in the spring game running and passing. He’s got enormous gifts. We’d be foolish not to create more opportunities for him. He’s had a responsibility and payback to the players which he has taken seriously.

On improving this week against South Carolina State…

It’s not like we have new coaches and new players, we have veteran players and good players. Our whole university deserves better. If it’s possible to be trying too hard I suppose we could be trying too hard. But we don’t know any other way. This is all I know is to fight every day with a positive plan and work all day until I can’t stand up. Then I get up the next day and do the same thing until we correct it. That’s what football teaches you. It’s very demanding but it’s a part of what we learn at some point in our careers.

On which specific aspect the team needs to improve on to have success this week…

Tackling. When the defense is getting stops, you can see it flow through the offense. We feed off each other. We promote it within the team to not get down on each other and that everybody has a responsibility with what’s going on. We don’t point fingers at each other, we pull for each other, but when a defense gets a three-and-out, the offense gets fired up – it’s a fact of life.

On maintaining momentum in a game…

I think when you take the momentum and you have it, it’s a mark of maturity when you don’t let it go. When you become a really competent football player, you learn to play one play and then the next play and the next play without referencing the score, without referencing what the defense or offense is doing in front of you, you just keep playing until somebody blows the whistle and says the game is over. It’s a learned behavior and very difficult, but every good football player knows how to do it. And every good team knows how to do it. We do it through stretches, but we haven’t learned to do it through a whole game. It will be a great day when we do.

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

11 comments Add your comment

The Dome Is Our Home

October 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

GSU

October 11th, 2011
5:59 pm

Look forward to seeing Wilson back in the fold. Couple that with D. Williams seemingly back to his old form, this should be closer game than expected.

Itsmeagain

October 11th, 2011
6:10 pm

I just want us to play and win a whole game. If we can get this, the posseibility of a winning season is still there. We really need this one.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 11th, 2011
6:32 pm

Great, let’s suspend everyone and call it a season. What’s going on? My god I have never seen anything like this. lol

hammer22

October 11th, 2011
7:48 pm

Moody better get it together because Curry has clearly shown he’s not playing game.

Pensylvania CAA fan

October 11th, 2011
8:22 pm

GSU loses this game against a MEAC tream and the season is beyond over.

gsu01

October 11th, 2011
8:35 pm

Doug, its about time to ban this Penn troll surely? She contributes absolutely nothing.

Pensylvania CAA fan

October 11th, 2011
8:55 pm

I agree she is horrible.

GSU is in Atlanta

October 11th, 2011
9:32 pm

I agree with gsu01, ban this Narc

GSUFan

October 12th, 2011
7:59 am

Quit running to Doug trying to get people banned. People will kick us when we’re down. We aren’t a good team, and in all honesty, if we lose this game, the season is beyond over. Man up and admit that we’re struggling and quit complaining.

Tuscon

October 12th, 2011
9:47 am

Yeah, this game is kind of one of those last chance kind of deals. If we lose this, we won’t win out and we have a losing season on our hands. It’s ok though. I’ll still be at the home games. GO PANTHERS!