5 questions about Georgia State football, part II

Greetings.

I know that we are in the middle of hoops hysteria, but Georgia State will begin spring football practice on Wednesday.

To that, I’ll post five spring questions about the team that will bear looking at until practice ends April 6.

I encourage you to post your thoughts about each area because I enjoy what you have to say and I appreciate the feedback.

Here’s part I, who will be the impact player on the defensive line?

Anyway, part II:

Who will take over on the offensive line?

    The offensive line was another group that underwhelmed last year, but it also sustained numerous injuries, so much so that it was down to its fourth-string center at one point.

    Four starters are gone from that group, but because of the injuries there are players with experience ready to step in.

    “Guys that have played are all guys that have been here,” coach Bill Curry said. “It’s not as if we were sticking a totally veteran group in but neither are we putting in redshirt linemen.”

    Curry said he wants to see improvement in the run- and pass-blocking. The Panthers had difficulty getting a push last season, notably in several short-yardage situations. The offense averaged 167.9 rushing yards per game and 185.4 passing.

    Curry said the line “has [already] improved drastically.”

    Curry said left tackle Ulrick John has replaced Ben Jacoby as the line’s leader.

    “He’s all over his teammates in the weight room and the running,” Curry said. “Very demanding. I’m really pleased with him.”

    The line couldn’t have benefited from the carousel of quarterbacks. It notably played better once Kelton Hill settled into the starting spot in the last few games and the offensive began to develop a consistent identity. His elusiveness, combined with running back Donald Russell’s ability, should aid the offensive line while it develops chemistry and cohesiveness.

    Here’s the depth chart

    Left tackle

    Ulrick John

    Gabriel Hampton

    Nick Nesmith

    Left guard

    Michael Davis

    Cade Yates

    Center

    Tim Wynn

    Ronald Martin

    Right guard

    Harrison Clottey

    David Huey

    Kam Cheatam

    Jon Marshall Sauls

    Right tackle

    Grant King

    Ramell Davis

    Victor Ozieh

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    10 comments Add your comment

    Blue land

    March 9th, 2012
    11:07 am

    GSU is in Atlanta

    March 9th, 2012
    11:11 am

    Developing a consistent offensive identity is a key to success with our O-Line. Whatever it was that we were doing last season never allowed our guys to get into a rhythm and thus we suffered greatly for it.

    Tuscon

    March 9th, 2012
    11:20 am

    Our offense should be helped by consistency. Good point talking about the QB carousel happening behind the line. I firmly believe a solid QB all season gives us a winning season last year.

    Sluggo

    March 9th, 2012
    12:10 pm

    I think 4 seniors moving on is a good thing considering O-line play last year. Hopefully the returning guys are much improved.

    Red Panther

    March 9th, 2012
    12:35 pm

    It all starts with the O line; get it right there and everything else is set

    GSU

    March 9th, 2012
    1:11 pm

    FIRE LEVICK!!!!

    STATEment

    March 9th, 2012
    1:27 pm

    The race for starting QB could be interesting again with the transfer from Ohio. My hope is that we pick a guy early and stick with him to the O-line can gel. I can’t explain how happy I am to have Donald Russel back. I’m expecting a big year from him if he gets the carries.

    GSUAlumBaseball81

    March 9th, 2012
    2:39 pm

    @ STATEment

    Ditto on Russell and I hope we throw the ball more to Danny Williams as well in 2012. Missed seeing him dominate last year as he did in 2010.

    J-GSU

    March 9th, 2012
    2:59 pm

    Aside from Center, I have no problems at all with this O-Line. Actually looks pretty strong if Michael Davis can stay healthy.

    Panama

    March 9th, 2012
    11:03 pm

    Sure like that players are taking leadership roles seriously