GSU football practice begins in less than two weeks

Georgia State will begin the fall football campaign in less than two weeks, hoping to improve upon last year’s 3-8 record as it writes the final chapter that is its short Colonial Athletic Association history.

I’m working on a story that will run the day practice starts about 5 things to watch during the next few weeks before the season-opening game against S.C. State.

Here are the 5 things I think are the most important, but hoped you would be kind enough to list your top five.

1. Will there be stability at quarterback?

2. Will the offensive line, which will feature several new starters, come together?

3. How quickly can the defense learn new coordinator Anthony Midget’s  4-2-5 scheme?

4. Will there be any improvement in special teams, which were disappointing in almost every area last season?

5. How effective will coach Bill Curry be in keeping the team focused, considering the schedule will be much tougher, he hasn’t announced his plan, and the move to the Sun Belt looms?

Please provide your top 5 in the comment section below, and feel free to comment on my top 5.

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

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Alum91

July 20th, 2012
9:56 am

Thanks for the write up Doug. Great questions, I’m also interested in the following:
1. Do we have an offensive plan this year that is going focus on scoring points in the 4th quarter(unlike last year)?
2. What is out contigency plan if Bienvenuto does not come off suspension, has Ehasz improved?
3. What happened to Louie Mausau on the roster (sorry if that’s a dumb question)?

Panama

July 20th, 2012
10:03 am

@Alum91

1 Consistency at QB and better conditioning
2, Thats a big one and it bothers me that we havent heard if Benevenuto is going to be back.
3. Looks Like Louie da Lion may be done due to injury. Most likely will be a GA so will be still around.

Alum91

July 20th, 2012
10:13 am

Great thanks for the answers.

Doug Roberson

July 20th, 2012
10:28 am

I just tweeted about Benvenuto before I posted this blog. Follow me there @ajcgsu

A person SMART enough to know......

July 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Where does the team actually practice?
How many kids have been dismissed? I hope those losses will not hurt the team but I am not sure how it wouldn’t.

RidgeRunner

July 20th, 2012
10:50 am

I would replace number 5 with “Will the team be physically conditioned this year.”

Good job.

J-GSU

July 20th, 2012
11:22 am

1. Donald Russell — please just give him the ball. Alot.
2. Defensive Ends — no injuries to Nelic and Kelly. Where are we going to get depth here?
3. QB — will Ronnie Bell be a factor? If not, is Ben consistent or KH4 ready to be the guy, again?
4. Coaching — what kind of play calling are we going to see this year from the offense? Any trick plays? Is Midget’s defense ready for a run-heavy CAA?
5. Special teams — is there enough talent and discipline to eliminate all of the mistakes we saw last year?

I am not worried about WRs, O-Line, or the secondary.

Panama

July 20th, 2012
12:23 pm

@Ridge Runner
Every indication is that Coach Pollard is definitely putting them through the physical ringer this Spring and Summer and that everyone is testing off the charts in the weight room vs year one and two. Conditioning will not be a problem.

Red Panther

July 20th, 2012
1:48 pm

Eliminate turnovers; run the football; take the ball away = Victory

BLT

July 20th, 2012
4:00 pm

Where’s Ben? I hope he has not been “blithering”.

BLT

July 20th, 2012
4:07 pm

Oh yea, where’s GSUstud? Does he post on this blog like Tech’s blog? You know, posting comments without actually reading the story.

Best of luck to you guys this season.

BLT

July 20th, 2012
4:11 pm

Beat Tennessee!

A person SMART enough to know...?

July 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

Still not SMART enough to post anything worth reading so maybe NOT SO SMART.

GSUWI94

July 20th, 2012
8:46 pm

SMART ENUFF TO NO. You again? There is a practice facility located near campus. Do some research please!!!!

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
8:18 am

GSUWI94….WHERE is it? I know they have one but I am not sure where it is. I am sure they have OPEN PRACTICES that fans will be able to attend.

GSUWI94

July 21st, 2012
8:56 am

I think I will begin to ignore you, starting now!

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
10:59 am

GSU stepping up to D-1 but still can’t get fans to post on the blogs. I hope it gets better during the season.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
11:20 am

DOUG….will you tell us when GaState will have Open Practices for people to come watch?
Not sure I will come see a game live on a weekend when Tech is on the road, but will watch when they are on TV.

Pantherfan93

July 21st, 2012
12:45 pm

188 MLK dr. Right by campus.

RidgeRunner

July 21st, 2012
2:23 pm

A person SMART enough to know…… , GSU is already Division 1. However they are playing FCS rather than FBS last and this year.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
2:42 pm

RidgeRunner and your point?
You not playing Big Boy Football until you are playing BCS teams every week.

SMH

July 21st, 2012
3:20 pm

GSU will be playing FBS teams every week; this is big boy football. Go read your blog on The George-Ann Express, and talk about those Pee-Wee teams Gnatville USA plays every week. #SOCON4LIFE.

These sub-division 1 fans are like gnats! Go away!

SMH

July 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

You better hope Georgia Gwinnett College doesn’t start a football program. You’ll be forth behind KSU, Mercer, and GGC as it relates to “the little boys”. GGC is already on par with that Podunk school academically.

Now fly away before I grab my swatter.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
3:47 pm

SMH………….GaState will not be playing FBS teams every week as a member of a FBS conference. GaState is the Paycheck win this year. The teams you are playing are most other FBS teams Homecoming Dates.
Your playing for Money. experience and hopefully for better recruiting in 13 &14.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
3:50 pm

When people say Div 1 they generally mean FBS unless they are a fcs team fan. When saying Div 1 add the AA of FCS/

SMH

July 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

And yet here you are being buzzing around worrying about GSU. Get lost. FBS!

SMH

July 21st, 2012
3:53 pm

And your team plays sub-division 1 ball. Also known as Pee-Wee. Sucks being you, bud!

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
4:22 pm

SMH….get some wins before you TRY to smack talk to any Fan of Any REAL College Football team.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
4:23 pm

what is SMH? Shaking My Head? what kind of Sports Blog name is that? Step Up and get you a FAN name.

SMH

July 21st, 2012
5:05 pm

Go play in that ditch! We’re in FBS-transition mode! Go stew on that.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
5:20 pm

FBS transition mode? Moving from the Money Paid Win to the God can we maybe an App St to a Louisiana Monroe just once in our history?

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
6:04 pm

Go play in a Ditch?
Isn’t that where GaState is looking to build the Softball or Baseball fields?

SMH

July 21st, 2012
8:19 pm

Get it through your thick skull: No one wants your school or App State, but keep telling yourself whatever you need to. GSU is onward and upward, while you spend countless hours on OUR blog. That’s why I’m shaking my head.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
8:37 pm

What you are SCARED to have other teams fans post and make you engage in CONVO?

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
8:38 pm

OUR blog…..so you have a GaState Diploma?

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
8:49 pm

SMH… what year did you graduate? I ask to know if you know much about a family friend that has done a lot for GaState.

Pennsylvania CAA Fab

July 21st, 2012
9:30 pm

Looking at this clever(not ) back and forth (in a nice piece the writer put together to get intellectual responses) and I wonder why the Civil War lasted as long as it did? Are alll southerner’s this easily distracted? I feel for Doug.

Doug my friend you are writing for/to the biggest group of blowhards in the world. Come write for the Inquirer.

SMH

July 21st, 2012
10:04 pm

Other fans are always welcomed, trolls can go play in traffic. And, I doubt I know your family friend.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
10:28 pm

Ron Curry? There is a Ron Curry Determination Award.

Panama

July 21st, 2012
10:47 pm

Fear is fun to watch.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 21st, 2012
11:01 pm

Panama……FEAR isn’t fun to watch. FEAR is fun to overcome. If you are in to Pseudo Dominance or Status Power it might turn you on, but Real Fear is the look in the eyes of a person you LOVE that is about to die. Do you find FUN in that moment? maybe you need to learn the difference between True Fear and Panic.

BLT

July 22nd, 2012
12:22 am

“You’ll be forth behind KSU”

Is this the beginning of a short story? Fictional or otherwise…

Either way I would hope GSU does better. Go forth and strive not to be fourth!

A person SMART enough to know......

July 22nd, 2012
12:32 am

BLT…………..trying to get these guys HITS but they have step-up their game to TALK SMACK nad tave to get MORE page hits for DOUG.

BLT

July 22nd, 2012
1:05 am

Well they are trying to go forth…

Go forth and multiply young men and women. Maybe stop at the “fourth” child. Maybe learn the difference between “forth” and “fourth” SMH.

Or maybe not…

A person SMART enough to know......

July 22nd, 2012
1:12 am

Doug used to be the TECH blogger…He needs to get these guys FIRED up. Hell I have as uch connection to GaState. I know Bill C. I grew-up with a HUGE GaState booster. These guys have to find a fight. The SunBely and the CAA is not close to home. They have to WORK to get the Hits.

panama

July 22nd, 2012
7:33 am

I am enjoying watching the fear

DownTownATL

July 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

Fact: GSU is moving to FBS. Fact: GaSo will remain FCS. Deal with like an adult.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

FACT GaState will NEVER have the success that GaSou has had.

SMH

July 22nd, 2012
12:47 pm

This BLT character jumps on one typo, forth as opposed to fourth, to talk smack is clearly an indication you have lost both the battle and war. I’ll say again, GSU is moving onward and upward!

Panther

July 22nd, 2012
1:45 pm

What is all this crap? Who is Georgia southern? They have a football team? What, are they division three or something?