GSU doesn’t perform well in first full-pads practice

Georgia State coach Bill Curry was not pleased with his team’s first full-pads practice of the spring on Monday.

“I thought we were picking up things well the first few days, but we put the pads on today and we regressed a little bit,” Curry said. “I guess that’s to be expected to some extent, once the bullets start flying, and I expect us to be much sharper tomorrow.”

Curry said the team dropped too many passes, had too many instances where players weren’t paying attention, and missed too many tackles, to highlight the list of issues.

The Panthers are installing a new 4-2-5 defense with a new coordinator and working to improve the pace of the offense this spring as they prepare to play their first season in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“We have to push every period, every day to get consistent,” he said. “Spring practice is all about fundamentals.”

Curry said there will likely be some position changes after he watches film of Monday’s practice. He declined to say what they could be.

Curry wants a faster offense because he said that is what’s working well in college football today.

Quarterback Kelton Hill said he loves what they are doing, but the team needs to continue to pick up the tempo, which means they need to get into shape. He said he’s about an 8 out of 10 on conditioning, and wants to improve his strength and endurance.

Hill, Bo Schlechter and Ben McLane shared snaps on Monday.

“I’m anxious for one of the guys to take hold of the mantle and be the leader, be the man who executes the offense, complete 70 percent of the passes because that’s what people do in games, get all the checks because that’s what successful teams,” Curry said. “We are operating much faster than we ever have before. It will be a tremendous advantage for us.”

Defense’s progress

New defensive coordinator Anthony Midget wasn’t pleased with what he saw from the defense, either.

“We took a step backward today,” he said. “The key is how we respond.” The Panthers will practice again on Tuesday.

There were some good things. Midget said he liked how the players were flying to the ball, but he wants to see more consistency.

“We only have 15 practices so we have to make them count every day,” he said.

Cornerback Demarius Matthews and inside linebacker Robert Ferguson have caught Midget’s attention. Ferguson was moved from outside linebacker to the inside linebacker in the 4-2-5 scheme and Midget said they are giving him more responsibilities.

Special teams

With Midget’s promotion from special teams coordinator, Jason French was promoted to that position. He will continue to coach the inside linebackers.

The Panthers’ special teams had numerous issues in all phases last season.

“Last year was disappointing,” he said. “We can get better.”

French said they are going to work on improving their fundamentals during the spring. He said they are still evaluating the personnel. Until that evaluation is complete, he said there won’t be any changes to the key personnel.

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

24 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

March 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

I hope they get these problems corrected and make changes asap


March 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

It’s early.


March 19th, 2012
3:10 pm

Not much of a surprise for the first full-pads practice. I would be worried if this was the last spring practice but not so much right now.


March 19th, 2012
3:49 pm

I’m so fixated with GSU that I’m posting this blog on our site. You see, no one cares for Southern out in the sticks so I must do all I can to stop this powerful movement. Commissioner Benson please don’t accept Georgia State as I might lose my everlasting mind. Arghhhhhhh!!!


March 19th, 2012
3:53 pm

I call it a dumpster fire but in reality I’m stuck in misery as Georgia State has surpassed us in every way imaginable. How can that be? We have six miniature flags over Georgia. Surely that amounts to something! Am I right? Stop ignoring me people!

half and half

March 19th, 2012
4:59 pm

Georgia State is getting ahead of itself and should learn how to win against NAIA and Division II schools. I’m only saying this out of jealousy as it has been well chronicled of our early debacles such as something called a Newberry etc.

Georgia State is not someone I will ever worry about; yet, I can’t keep its name out my mouth. GUYS PLEASE WAIT 30 YEARS BEFORE HAVING THIS DEBATE. Maybe by then Southern will have a chance of catching up.

GSU is in Atlanta

March 19th, 2012
5:07 pm

I am very entertained with these posts, they brighten my boring work day


March 19th, 2012
5:10 pm

Looking forward to a good season, go Panthers


March 19th, 2012
7:56 pm

I hope that French can inspire the special teams unit to rise to the level of mediocrity. It would be an improvement over last year.

Minor League Championship Flags = Instant Credibility

March 19th, 2012
9:57 pm

Suck it, city slickers! We’re relevant! You just go to school in a major city!

Wait, what?


March 19th, 2012
11:09 pm

I’m so obsessed with Georgia State that I spend massive hours bashing them on every site that will have me. In all honesty, I’ve had my feathers ruffled because my school, Bill and Harry, will never have the same opportunities. Are there any more sites out there whereby I can continue to bash Georgia State? I think I may literally jump it they succeed! Please Help Someone!!! Are you listening?

GSU is in Atlanta

March 19th, 2012
11:25 pm

Fugazi was a good band, nice username


March 19th, 2012
11:41 pm

We sent GaState scurrying back to Atlanta with their tails tucked between their legs. :-)

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

March 20th, 2012
7:50 am

I hope the Panthers made it home safely from … where is Mercer again??


March 20th, 2012
8:34 am

I wake up checking Georgia State’s message board and blog every morning. But I’m concerned about Georgia State. I’m just hoping it’s all a bad dream. Arggghhhhh!


March 20th, 2012
8:52 am


Thanks for the report. Hopefully players read it as well. Big boy football implies getting called out when you underperform, not just when things go great.


March 20th, 2012
2:13 pm

“Once the bullets start flying”

Probably not a good analagy to use there, Coach.


March 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

We’ve sat on our arses for years and now hate on anyone who attempts to improve their profile, such as joining a FBS conference. Get over yourselves and stop slinging mud because Georgia State is TRYING to do what we can’t. And if they don’t make it this time around, rest assured that they will STILL be in a great position to join a FBS conference when positions open. Southern, not so fast my friend!


March 20th, 2012
9:03 pm

We knew there was going to be a lot of work to do before the fall.


March 21st, 2012
4:23 pm

Starting off slow as im sure a lot of programs do in their first week of practice. Hopefully we’ll get it together and this will be a turnaround season for my panthers. Its going to be tough considering we are playing the full CAA slate this season, but I have faith. GO PANTHERS!


March 21st, 2012
4:46 pm

Lets get some fire under them like Ole school Singletary! You don’t pay employees to waste time and not produce…this is a business! Some of these guys education is being paid.

GSU 2015

March 22nd, 2012
1:08 pm

Please create Georgia Southern here in the ATL. We have a enormous fan base for GSU Eagle football team in the Georgia State campus.

Go Eagle !!!!


March 22nd, 2012
7:10 pm

Wanted to let you know that we are hosting a tailgate next Saturday beginning at Noon.

Looking forward to meeting everyone.


March 22nd, 2012
7:52 pm

Obvious Georgia State troll is obvious (GSU 2015)