Benvenuto puts bad day behind him

Christian Benvenuto has already forgotten his 0-for-4 field-goal performance in Saturday’s 17-14 overtime loss to San Antonio.

“My coach from my high school always told me that there’s a midnight rule. You’ve got to forget about it [by then],” he said.

None of the misses were chip shots. He missed the first, a 49-yarder, wide left. The second, from 47 yards, was blocked because Benvenuto said he mishit it. The third, from 45 yards with 1:59 remaining in regulation, went wide right. The last, from 48 yards in overtime, went wide right.

“I just couldn’t get them to drop,” he said.

With the four misses, Benvenuto hasn’t split the upright in his last five attempts. He had a 24-yard field goal blocked in the overtime win against South Alabama.

Coach Bill Curry said Benvenuto will continue to handle the field-goal duties. Before Saturday’s performance, the true freshman had hit eight of his 12 attempts, including six of eight from at least 40 yards.

Curry took some of the blame for the misses, saying that Benvenuto has belied his age by attempting so many long field goals this year.

“I should have thought about that,” Curry said. “But he’s performed so well in practice. And we’ve put him under pressure. He’s been ice water until Saturday. “Then he became a freshman and we’ve put him under too much duress.”

Regarding other special-teams issues, Curry said the coaches will continue to try different players on the kickoff coverage team until they can find an effective combination. The Panthers gave up 90 yards on three returns last week, increasing the opponents’ season average to 22.1 yards per return.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

40 comments Add your comment

Rob

November 2nd, 2011
9:06 am

Last season against Alabama CBC sent Albert Wilson back on to the field immediately after he fumbled the previous return attempt, which was subsequently run in for a score. He returned the next kickoff 97 yards for GSU’s only touchdown. In that moment CBC set a good precedent about sticking with young players through their mistakes and on to their success. The majority of players on this team are not transfers (because if you need to transfer, you probably don’t want to play for CBC), but GSU recruits who are still finding their identity on the field as a unit. There are lots of great true freshman and sophomores leading this team, so imagine what will happen as they mature.

I’m dumbfounded by those who have called for CBC to step down. Let’s wait until we at least have some four year seniors before we call this a loss and try to shake up the team.

Sluggo

November 2nd, 2011
10:35 am

If CBC is not using our starters on special teams that explains why we struggle. It’s a third of the game and does not need to be filled by a bunch of walk-ons and good guys. There’s division II football for that. Simple.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

Reference to Georgia State as GSU confuses me. Isn’t GSU, Georgia Southern? I knew they played App St so I thought this was in relation to that game. Maybe the AJC should look into using both school’s names in headlines. That is confusing.

E-Roll

November 2nd, 2011
12:13 pm

Ryan, let me help you with your confusion. If a story on ajc.com has a heading of GSU, it is referring to Georgia State University. If a story on savannahnow.com has a heading of GSU, it is referring to Georgia Southern University. There are NO stories about Georgia Southern University on the ajc.com and if there ever is a story it will refer to that school by it’s full name.

Understand now?

Rick

November 2nd, 2011
12:38 pm

E-Roll,

Good points but there have been two stories in the past week on Georgia Southern on ajc.com so let’s not say there are NO stories.

PantherRyan

November 2nd, 2011
2:02 pm

@Ryan or maybe you the big banner up at the top that says Georgia State Sports could be a clue?

Just a thought.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

@PantherRyan… I didn’t read it underneath the Georgia State section. I read it atop the headlines, mixed with everything else.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2011
2:14 pm

E-Roll,

Thanks for that. But it just seems that it could be made easier to understand. I know you are a genius of media geographical markers, but not everyone else has mastered the art of assumption. This includes the Associated Press, who reffered to Georgia State as Georgia Sothern that ran in this very newspaper online Sunday morning. But thats just the freakin AP. AS long as E-Roll gets it, I guess its all good. And this comment was pointed toward the AJC as an effort to understand the distinction between two programs. As a sports fan not an alumni of either of these programs, I can tell you that it is VERY confusing. And to my knowledge, and for full disclosure I am not a subscriber of this paper so maybe I am wrong, but the AJC has never come out and said that they officially use that label on either one. I have seen “GSU” used to reference both in the past. But hey, you answered it well so no need for anything further. I will just take a stab in the dark. Understand now? By the way, what kind of loving mother names their child E-Roll anyway? Seems strange.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2011
2:19 pm

And on another note. Is this a touchy subject in Atlanta? Seems kind of sensitive. Just a simple question that I would bet a lot of sports fans in the state of Georgia would ask. Frankly, without taking sides, I would bet more folks in this state would assume that GSU would stand for Georgia Southern. You guys, save for this genius E-Roll, know that, right?

itsmeagain

November 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

@Ryan;
Fair enough. From now on GSU refers to Georgia State University.

Rick

November 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

Guys, don’t you realize GSU can stand for more than ONE school?

UM = University of Michigan, Univeristy of Miami, Univeristy of Maryland, University of Minnesota, etc

GSU = Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Grambling State, etc

Ryan

November 2nd, 2011
3:58 pm

@Rick,

I agree, but as a reader in a state where there are two GSU’s that compete at the highest level athletically, it is confusing. The other examples cited here don’t include schools in the same state. This newspaper should distinguish between the two. If anyone would understand that, it would be a newspaper. Again, the Associated Press got confused. I mean, E-Roll is a genius. But for the rest of us, I would think that the state’s largest newspaper in the country’s fifth largest media market would want to keep the confusion to a minimum.

itsmeagain

November 2nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Alright, enough with the trolling. The story is obviously about Georgia State, if you couldn’t conclude that within a second of clicking whatever link you clicked, you obviously have larger problems than what GSU stands for

GSU is in Atlanta

November 2nd, 2011
5:22 pm

@ Ryan

I now this is an EXTREMELY COMPLICATED subject, so let me help you out.

There are a couple of websites out there that will clear this right up:

gsu.edu – This is Georgia State University located in Atlanta, GA.

georgiasouthern.edu – This is Georgia Southern University located in Stateboro, GA.

Again, I hope this helps clear up any confusion that you might have.

qwerty

November 2nd, 2011
8:29 pm

In Atlanta, GSU means Georgia State University. The AJC is in Atlanta so when you see GSU, it means Georgia State University. I think the AJC spells out Georgia Southern for any of its stories. I don’t know if the AJC has a written policy but if not, it should always use GSU for Georgia State University only and spell out Georgia Southern or Ga Southern. There shouldn’t be that much confusion though as Georgia State is much more significant to Atlanta than Georgia Southern.

BILLCURRYISTERRIBLE

November 2nd, 2011
9:12 pm

Fire Bill Curry, the guy is TERRIBLE. Career losing record, he was fired many times for a REASON. He can’t coach himself out of a wet paper bag. 2-6 against a bunch of schools no casual fan has even heard of. GREAT WORK BILL CURRY AND STAFF.

asuk89

November 2nd, 2011
11:25 pm

If Benvenuto is having problems with the long kicks, there are kicking coaches you can hire for a few sessions. Maybe even a quarterback coach for Kelton Hill because he hasn’t been very good with his passing game.

GTMATT01

November 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

who would think that the comments would be more entertaining than the subject matter and yes GSU stands for Georgia Southern in my book. maybe it is confusing.

GSU = Georgia STATE University www.gsu.edu

November 3rd, 2011
10:09 am

@GTMATT01 Not really. Though you’re probably a Techie worried about the sleeping giant down the street and repressing our existence. Psychology 101.

Johnny

November 3rd, 2011
1:56 pm

Tech has 2 losses
State has 2 wins

Do the math.

E-Roll

November 3rd, 2011
1:59 pm

Ryan -Thank you for recognizing the genius that is one E-Roll, lol.
The name is a play on my first and last name and is used by all of my friends and I will even let you use it, :-) .
Yes you can assume that if ajc.com is referring to GSU it is 95% of the time referring to Georgia State University and not Georgia Southern University.
The sensitivity that I have over this is that I get tired of Georgia Southern Trolls ( and my sister is a pround alum of that school in Statesboro.) coming on the blog of my alma mater and going back and forth with that who the “real” GSU is. If you are one of those trolls then I apoligize for my shortness with you. If you are one of those trolls then troll on but I will not feed you anymore.

Good day, my man!

VSU Alumnus

November 3rd, 2011
2:05 pm

If Georgia State and Georgia Southern ever start a football series on the field I’m going to refer to it as the…….” Who Bowl”. The annual winner gets to decide who is who.

itsmeagain

November 3rd, 2011
4:51 pm

Lol. Answer to who the real GSU is;
Who is this blog that you’re reading about…

Ryan

November 3rd, 2011
4:55 pm

No problem E-Roll. I honestly didnt realize it was such a sensitive issue. I first thought about this last week reading about the Georgia Southern App State game, then read the Associated Press mistakenly use Georgia Southern inside a Georgia State game story then clicked on “GSU’s Benevenuto puts game behind him” or whatever the headline was on top stories section, thinking it was in reference to Georgia Southern (not familiar enough with either school’s football rosters). Thats when it occured how confusing that is. But obviously this is a discussion that has already been hashed out. Sorry. Carry on. I will go back to my corner now.

Ryan

November 3rd, 2011
5:02 pm

@itsmeagain,

I don’t know how to say this clearer. Seeing a headline with “GSU” listed under “latest sports headlines” at the top righthand corner under the sports tab on the AJC.com and not having a columnist followed by a colon or ANYTHING AT ALL REFERENCING THE WORD ‘GEORGIA’ or ‘STATE’, I don’t know how I am suppoesed to know that it is a blog entry and not a game story, LIKE EVERY OTHER STORY LISTED IN THAT AREA. Chriss. Not everyone that comes to the AJC.com is a specific fan. THAT IS MY WHOLE POINT. You may know but I bet the other 99.99999 percent that are not Georgia State fans. I swear I feel as though I have lost my mind. Do you really not see what I am saying or are you messing with me. (Checking to see if I am being secretly videotaped…) Is this some sort of Punk’ed.

GSU4Life

November 4th, 2011
8:11 am

Doug,
I thought you were going to block these IDIOT trolls?

No DAWG in the fight

November 4th, 2011
8:31 am

When speaking with people in the business world who have an MBA GSU means Georgia State University. I don’t think Georgia Southern even has a business school. I have met people who graduated from Ga State’s Robinson School, Emory’s Goizueta School, Mercer’s Stetson School, KSU’s Coles School, & UGA’s Terry School of Business, but I have never met anyone with a BBA or MBA from Ga Southern. That begs the question that even if Southern has an MBA program who could possibly attend? With all the companies located in Atlanta an MBA from Ga State is a perfect fit. Furthermore, since most of the MBA students work for the large companies the classroom benefit increases exponentially. I can’t think of any fortune 500 companies that are located in or near Statesboro. So I would assume that only students with an undergrad and no work experience are the ones enrolled in Southern’s MBA program if they even have one at all. I have a BBA from UGA and MBA from Ga State. I have worked for 3 different fortune 500 companies and have never met anyone with a BA or an MBA from Ga Southern. I’m not trying to criticize the school, but BBA and MBAs from Southern are rare in the business sector. I cheer for UGA first, State 2nd, and Southern 3rd. Until Ga Southern finds away to develop their post graduate business school academics at their university. Ga State will always be referred to first as GSU at least in the business community. Alternatively until Ga State develops their football program Southern will be known as GSU in football.

John T

November 4th, 2011
9:28 am

No DAWG is trollin hard this morning I see.

John T

November 4th, 2011
9:32 am

CEO of TempurPedic
CEO of Arby’s
Founder of International Design and Entertainment Association
Founders of Zaxbys
President of Chick-fil-A

All got their business degrees from Georgia Southern

Doug Roberson

November 4th, 2011
11:17 am

I wonder if Zaxbys and Chick-fil-A meet for lunch?

No DAWG in the fight

November 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Dan T. Cathy B.S. degree. Sorry but nepotism is nothing to get excited about….his dad definitely makes a great sandwich.
H. Thomas Bryant (tempurpedic) has a B.S. degree from Ga Southern
Zach McLeroy (Zaxby Co Founder) – UGA alum
Tony Townley (Zaxby Co Founder) – Southern Bachelor degree in Mgt. from Ga Southern
Jerry Franklin (Connecticut Public Broadcasting) – bachelor of science from Ga Southern
Hala Moddelmog (Arby’s) – B.A. in English from Ga Southern
So who on your list has a MBA from Southern?
I thought I was pretty clear with my post about MBA’s coming out of Southern. Focus your research to produce a list of prominent graduates who possess a MBA from Ga Southern.

6 Flags over Statesboro

November 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

Good Lord… give it a rest.

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:31 pm

This UGA troll’s premise is so flawed. Obviously he is so insecure in his education he wants to point out that you “need” an MBA to be successful to make himself feel better about his student loans.
We don’t need self proclaimed elites to degrade others. Good luck with that attitude in life, I guess if your bouncing from company to company, your a jewel of an employee. Im an Emory MBA grad whose proud of my BBA from Southern. Get off your high horse.

No DAWG in the fight

November 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Not insecure just haven’t seen an MBA from Ga Southern, but thanks for supporting my point. Why didn’t you go to Southern for your MBA? Exactly. To easy…

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:39 pm

Before my time fella .. didn’t have an mba in the 70s

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:40 pm

Proving my point of the high horse … easy…

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:43 pm

Also… it is a young program… so your not going to see 500 something CEOs and Presidents with MBA fron Southern.

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:47 pm

So really your argument is assuming Southern has had its MBA the same time as States and UGA. I guess this makes you feel better.

Blah

November 4th, 2011
12:48 pm

i ment 50 something in age.. not 500 CEOs

No DAWG in the fight

November 4th, 2011
1:10 pm

Premise of my comment was Ga State is known as GSU for BBA and MBA in the Atlanta business community and Ga Southern is known as GSU in regards to football. I didn’t think this would anger the masses, but when it comes to State and Southern blogs I could comment on McDonald’s sweet tea tasting better in Statesboro than the tea served in Atlanta and it would surely upset someone.