GSU’s 5 things to watch in football, part 4

Georgia State’s football team entered the 2011 season with many questions that never got answered.

After a 3-8 record punctuated by another offseason of disciplinary problems, those questions haven’t gone away as the Panthers begin practice on Wednesday. They have less than four weeks before they open the season hosting S.C. State on Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome. They will then dive into their first and last Colonial Athletic Association in a schedule that should be much more difficult than last year’s. The Panthers are joining the Sun Belt next year.

Will the offensive line come together?

Another group hurt by injuries, the line must now replace four starters who graduated. The injuries did allow the line to build depth, but it will need to improve chemistry. Grant King, who has started 22 consecutive games, Michael Davis, who missed the last eight games because of a broken ankle, and Ulrick John will anchor the unit. There are a few true freshmen who could push for playing time.

Look for the line to try to improve its run-blocking to take advantage of a stable of running backs, led by Donald Russell.

Davis said the line is much stronger than it was last year after a full offseason in strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard’s workout program.

It needs to be. Georgia State scored 34 points in the fourth quarter last season. Improving that total will provide evidence that the line has improved its strength, endurance and technique.

“The offensive line will come together,” coach Bill Curry said. “I say that not because I’m hoping they’ll come together but because of the hard work. The offensive line has always had a reasonably good attitude, this time they have a terrific attitude. I don’t think it will be automatic. I think it will be a progression.”

Here’s part 3 of the 5 things.

Here’s part 2 of the 5 things.

Here’s part 1 of the 5 things.

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

41 comments Add your comment

GSUtimes2

July 31st, 2012
8:29 am

Looking forward to seeing The Donald run downhill this season!

GStateBen

July 31st, 2012
9:09 am

Much more athletic offensive line this season and better play out of the left side of the line will be huge.

Practice starts tomorrow! #STATEOFSHOCK

gsu01

July 31st, 2012
9:14 am

Can we fast forward thirty days please? The wait is painful!!

Sluggo

July 31st, 2012
9:17 am

Obviously everything starts and ends up front with the big boys. A great attitude is good to have, but will that open running lanes? Time will tell. I certainly hope so.

GSU freshman

July 31st, 2012
11:17 am

Any news on getting some transfered players from Penn State?

Panther Fan

July 31st, 2012
11:19 am

Any news on getting some players from Penn State?

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

July 31st, 2012
11:25 am

Panther Fan
July 31st, 2012
11:19 am

Any news on getting some players from Penn State?
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Yes, the Penn St players are wanting to lose 20 IQ points and be the GSU that hasn’t won more games than they have lost.
The Penn St players KNOW gsu will get them an Inferior education and Lessen their chance to get in the NFL. They are ALL looking at gsu.

GSUAlumBaseball81

July 31st, 2012
12:37 pm

Pathetic

July 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

These GaSou trolls are pathetic! Probably the most insecure fan base I have ever seen. The term moron would be an understatement.

Pissed because a 2-year old football program surpassed their pee-wee status overnight. Losers!

KSU

July 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

Save some hate Georgia Southern as we will surpass you in no time. Also add Mercer to that list too! Y’all keep playing for little league titles, while everyone else is stepping up to play with the big boys.

RidgeRunner

July 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

Continue the good work Doug. You might get more GSU posters if it were not for the obnoxious trolls.

straightshooter

July 31st, 2012
1:02 pm

I”m somewhat confused….exactly what title is it that Georgia State will be playing for?

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

July 31st, 2012
1:20 pm

Pathetic
July 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

These GaSou trolls are pathetic! Probably the most insecure fan base I have ever seen. The term moron would be an understatement.

Pissed because a 2-year old football program surpassed their pee-wee status overnight. Losers!
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HOW has GaState passed ANYBODY?

What has GaState accomplished?

BUYING your way into the Country Club makes you a member but it sure as hell doesn’t BUY you ANY RESPECT.

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

July 31st, 2012
1:26 pm

RidgeRunner
July 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

Continue the good work Doug. You might get more GSU posters if it were not for the obnoxious trolls.
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you are DUMB……if you don’t have TROLLS (as you call them) then the BLOG don’t gets HITS. If nobody is talking about GaState then NOBODY cares. You need to LOVE trolls (as you call them). On this Blog GaState fans don’t exist. I make you mad and hopefully you will respond.

GaState fans talk crap when the Panthers win some games.

I give GaState Ben the RON CURRY Determination Award for bloggers cause he CARES and Brings a Passion and Game as a Fan. Most of you are just crying cause GSU fans are better and their team has actually WON games and CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Chicken Bone

July 31st, 2012
1:45 pm

SMART you must be a very frustrated gnat!

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

July 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

Chicken Bone
July 31st, 2012
1:45 pm

SMART you must be a very frustrated gnat!
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Why?

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

July 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

Chicken Bone
July 31st, 2012
1:45 pm

SMART you must be a very frustrated gnat!
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GaState fans are really showing their Nepotistic attitude.
You are FIGHTING to be THE GSU but you have NOTHING to BACK all your TALK with.

Pathetic

July 31st, 2012
2:23 pm

Passed you and your gnat infested school as evidence by your infatuation and constant trolling of GSU. Trust me, if you didn’t care, you wouldn’t be here. No one from GSU is trolling GaSou.

Oh and after two years of football, we had a winning season in year ONE. Ask FIU and FAU how long it too them to garner a winning season. Get off our jocks, clown!

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

July 31st, 2012
2:34 pm

Pathetic………….Keep SELLING your brand of Crazy on this blog cause they will eat it up, but REAL football teams just keep laughing.

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

July 31st, 2012
2:35 pm

Pathetic…………..What is your BET until GaState has a winning season in the Sun Belt? How many Years until GaState wins a Championship or is in contention for one? Give me an Over/Under

egeagle

July 31st, 2012
2:54 pm

Once again: Rotweiler mouth–Chihuahua butt.
SMART is dead=on. Respect is earned on the field, not from writing big checks

Pantherfan93

July 31st, 2012
3:08 pm

Respect is earned on the field… an FBS field. We (Georgia State fans) look forward to the hard road to earning it.

Pathetic

July 31st, 2012
3:09 pm

If both you clowns have such a problem, then exit GSU’s blog. See how easy that is? Too bad your infatuation and jealousy have you trolling looking desperate. I hear there’s a sale on butt hurt ointment at your local Piggly Wiggly. Go get some!

And to answer that CLOWN above, GSU may have a winning season in its first year — a la duplicating what it did in its first year of existence! BUH BYE!

Pathetic

July 31st, 2012
3:15 pm

Nobody cares if GaSou trolls respect GSU. Please! It must be fear considering how often you’re in our business. Must be a sad state of affairs down in poverty-stricken Statesboro!

GS U

July 31st, 2012
3:17 pm

FBS Transition > FCS

Ball Game!

Red Panther

July 31st, 2012
3:19 pm

The O line, with the help of the freshmen, will dominate this year.

SMH

July 31st, 2012
3:21 pm

What’s even more comical, GSU had over $100,000 more in ticket revenue in its first season than Southern has had in its 30 year history. Talk about pathetic!

SMH

July 31st, 2012
3:45 pm

Get off our coattails trying to create an internet rivalry. We don’t want to be associated with you! And when you contact Karl Benson again begging for an invite, MB will politely vote no and move on. See how that works?

#SOCON4LIFE

Georgia Tech is in Atlanta

July 31st, 2012
4:54 pm

Comparison of college football teams in Georgia:

Cesspool in Athens >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (Whew!) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Georgia State

Georgia Tech >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Georgia State

Georgia Southern >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Georgia State

Valdosta State >>>>> Georgia State

West Georgia > Georgia State

Savannah State < Georgia State (Finally!)

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

July 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

BITTER…????
You made a NE Name to get on the GaState blog…COOL
Maybe we can the these gsu PU….CATS to learn to talk SMACK !!!!!!!!

They really need to WIN some games or compete for titles before they can GET IN THE GAME, but we will pester them enough just for fun.

BariBlue

July 31st, 2012
5:25 pm

The biggest thing is getting this team to play consistently (and better) during the 4th quarter. It will be interesting to see how much the offense has improved! Time to create a State Of Shock. Go Panthers!

SMH

July 31st, 2012
6:26 pm

This guy is a complete and utter moron! He obviously doesn’t understand written communication. You’re not wanted here, GO AWAY, CLOWN. Only a loser would come on someone else’s blog and talk about how unimportant they are, while constantly trolling–really? If that were true, YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE.

Pig Wig

July 31st, 2012
7:54 pm

“Pathetic”

“I hear there’s a sale on butt hurt ointment at your local Piggly Wiggly.”

Sure you did! Did you take advantage of the coupon too!

Real Talk

July 31st, 2012
8:39 pm

Tech + Southern = 130+ years of putting people to sleep.

Hey Tech, how about those Russell Athletics uniforms, now that is something to be embarrased about.

Anyone who post on here saying no one cares about us is a hypocrite b/c if you didn’t care, then you would never post on here.

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

July 31st, 2012
9:26 pm

realSMACKtalk….gsu 2 days of press conferences and you didn’t even win those…..

SMH

July 31st, 2012
9:42 pm

But I bet you listened or read EVERY word of it! But, we know you don’t care. That’s clown talk.

Pathetic

July 31st, 2012
9:45 pm

Why would any GSU fan need butt hurt ointment, Pig Wig? We’re not trolling your sites because we couldn’t care less what GaSou has going on. So by all means, buy all the butt hurt ointment you can afford!

Hypocrite

August 1st, 2012
12:50 am

I say no one cares about State or that I don’t care about State, but the sad truth is that I am addicted to State and will never be able overcome it. In fact, can someone call A&E and get me on Intervention b/c I just cannot seem to break my addiction to posting on the GSU blog. GSU is one hell of a drug!

Panther Man

August 1st, 2012
7:52 am

@GStateBen- you remind me of a “putz” with a slide rule trying to imitate an offensive lineman- truth be known you know nothing about football- your slide rule skills are lacking in on many area; you really are embarassing yourself!

You really should go back to flag football, its clear you may own a jock strap but “obvious” you’ve never worn it!

Panther

August 1st, 2012
10:37 am

Is this what our fan base has been reduced to? Arguing with people on sports blogs? This is why we don’t have respect of the football community

Chicken Bone

August 1st, 2012
10:58 am

SOCON4LIFE Says it ALL……………… lol