5 questions about Georgia State football, part IV

Greetings.

I know that we are in the middle of hoops hysteria, including Georgia State hosting a game in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, or CIT, tonight, 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: a look at the defensive line.

Here’s part II: a look at the offensive line.

Here’s part III: a look at the strength and conditioning.

4. What will be done to improve the special teams?

Perhaps nothing frustrated Georgia State coach Bill Curry more than the results of the special teams, which will get a new coordinator with Anthony Midget’s promotion to defensive coordinator

“I don’t think there’s a one of us that can understand why were were pretty good on special teams [two years ago], and these were the same guys,” Curry said. “We simply failed to make plays.”

No unit was consistent. At one point, the team missed five consecutive field goals, though four were from at least 45 yards. It finished the season missing four more. Christian Benvenuto and Matt Ehasz are back to compete for the kicking positions.

The coverage units gave up an average of 20.5 yards on kick returns and 12.2 on punt returns.

“We will spend a lot more time on detail drills in special team in blocking in the open field, defeating blockers in open field, and tackling in open field,” Curry said.

Here’s the depth chart

SPECIALISTS

Placekicker

Christian Benvenuto

Matt Ehasz

Punter

Matt Hubbard

Bo Schlechter

David Miller

Snapper

Scott McQueen

Holder

Nathaniel Minor

David Miller

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

4 comments Add your comment

GSU

March 13th, 2012
8:03 am

GSUAlumBaseball81

March 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Hopefully the special teams get back the excitement and aggressiveness they had in 2010. Otherwise, unfortunately the special teams will put both the offense and defense at a disadvantage like in 2011.

Panthersville.com

March 13th, 2012
11:31 am

The new rules should help quite a bit in this area, but the new rules also open up the possibility of excellence in this area really paying off.

GSU Eagle

March 13th, 2012
5:33 pm

Kickoffs were extremely hard to watch last year and I hope that they have a solution for that problem.

Matt Hubbard did an outstanding job punting last year and was the one really bright spot on the special teams personnel.