Quotes from GSU’s media day

Quotes from Georgia State’s media day:
Jordan Giles, wide receiver:
On not being able to establish any rivalries in the CAA since it will only be in the league one season: “We’ve noticed that, but we can only play the games that are on our schedule. Every game that we step on the field we look to win, and I think our record will show that we’re ready to play. Rivalries will come when they come, but right now we’re just going to go out there every Saturday and play our hardest.”

On being picked to finish last in the conference: “Actually, I didn’t know that until you told me, but we don’t really worry about what outsiders say. Our record last year wasn’t up to our standard, but we’re looking to prove them wrong. We’ll use that as motivation.”

On whether that prediction was based on other CAA members not liking the Panthers “one-year” layover: “It hurts to say it, but we went 3-8 [in 2011]. We have to own up to that. I’m sure that we’re going to prove to those that picked us last that we’re the total opposite of that.”
On the parts of his game that need improvement: “To be the best wide receiver I can be, I can always improve on everything. I always want to improve on my blocking, because a lot of people think wide receivers can’t block, but we’ve got to do it.”

On leaving a legacy at the program: “Every day, every morning we see that mural [of the 2010 team, the first year Georgia State took to the field] and we look at it and realize we’re starting something great. We take pride in that and want to be the best group we can be right now. Hopefully 20 years from now, we’ll look back and say, ‘Wow. We started that.’”

On how much being a member of the start-up program factored into his decision to play for the Panthers: “Being the first is always the great feeling, and Coach Curry is one of the better coaches [out there]. He has a record that speaks for itself as well as the things he has done in the past, so when he came in my living room and we talked, I knew I wanted to come to Georgia State.”

Demarius Matthews, junior cornerback
On being picked to finish last in the CAA: “I didn’t know that, but I know there are a lot of people that aren’t expecting us to do too good. I love it, though. The best feeling in the world is to prove somebody wrong. When you prove them wrong and you see the look on their face when you’re standing on top — you succeeding at everything they said you wouldn’t — that’s a beautiful moment.”

On relishing the “underdog” role: “I love being the underdog. I love when people underestimate me. You can underestimate me all you want to, but when we get out there it’s going to be a fight. When you get on the field, it’s beginning to end non-stop. May the best man come out on top.”

On the parts of his game that need improvement: “Learning the playbook and learning everybody’s position. I know my position real good, so I’m trying to learn the positions around me, too. When we turn the page, I can be like, ‘OK, I can do this more on this play, and do this more on another play.’ Also when somebody makes a mistake in the middle of the game — it happens — I can help him out. If they need to know what to do, I’ll know. That’s why I’ve been watching a lot of film, trying to react a lot faster and know what’s coming before it’s coming.”

On how often he thinks of the legacy he and his teammates are leaving: “When I first got here, I’d think about it all the time. But as time went on, it just became, ‘OK, I’m here to play football. Let’s just play football.’ But when I leave here, I’ll probably be thinking, ‘Man, I just helped start a big program in the city of Atlanta, one that a lot of people didn’t think would get as big as it is now.’ But right now I haven’t been thinking about it too much. I’m just focused on playing the game and helping my teammates.

Anthony Midget, defensive coordinator
On being picked to finish last in the CAA: “If the guys look at and want to use it as motivation, that’s fine. I don’t get caught up in it. It is what it is. You still have to go out and play the season and do our talking on the field. That’s going to be the main thing: we’re just going to go out there each week and take it one game at a time. Look at where they had ODU to finish last year. [Writer's note: The Monarchs were picked to finish next-to-last in 2011. They ended up taking second place.] I don’t get caught up in rankings. We’re just going to go out and play football and have fun.

On how excited he is for Wednesday to arrive, which marks the first day of practice: “It’s a fun process and we’ve been putting in all the hours to get ready for this. We’re ready for the opportunity to get on the football field and see the guys. They’ve had a great summer and I’m excited with where we’re going.

On how much time he gets (if any) to reflect on being part of the first chapter of Georgia State football: “We take pride in that. We as coaches talk about that all the time because this is something special. A lot of people don’t get the chance to build something from scratch. We knew coming into this that there would be some growing pains, and part of those growing pains were last year. The key and the mark of a champion is how you respond to that. That’s the process of building this program to what we want it to be: to make Georgia State a national powerhouse.”
– Ryan Black (subbing for a vacationing doug)
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16 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

July 31st, 2012
8:58 pm

CAA in my rear view mirror very soon.

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

July 31st, 2012
9:38 pm

WOW Media is breaking news for you gsu fans……GHAS games fill the DOME more than a GaState game….LOL

SMH

July 31st, 2012
9:48 pm

This clown needs a restraining order or he’s going to drive himself crazy! I mean trolling on every blog? A person SMART enough to know…..is in first place for IDIOT of the year.

GSUWI94

July 31st, 2012
10:20 pm

IGNORE THE TROLL. HE NEEDS A LEADING LADY. MOVE OUT OF YOUR MAMAS HOUSE LOSER.! A REAL SCRUB, NON-ATHLETIC, GIRLY TYPE PERSONALITY.

A person DUMB ENUFF 2 NO

PBS

August 1st, 2012
12:46 am

We would like to announce that PBS will be airing both the GHAS & Southern games this year, but if there is a conflict the GHAS games will take precedence and the Southern game will not be shown…due to the fact that they both run the same offenses and high school football has a better following than Southern football.

@PBS

August 1st, 2012
6:33 am

Yet.. high schools could run circles around your team… also… more people know more about Grayson’s team than this failed experiment.

Just wait till my Owls start playing.

SMH

August 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Failed experiment? Lol, too bad the failed experiment was chosen over your 30 years of pee wee ball! So, you’re the biggest loser, clown!

Chicken Bone

August 1st, 2012
10:53 am

Bring on the Hoot Owls!!! Can’t Wait!

Georgia Tech is in Atlanta

August 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Yeah, Curry’s record certainly speaks for itself. Just look across the street! 31 wins in seven (LONG) years on The Flats. Then he goes to Alabama where he inherits a virtual gold mine of talent only to be run-off after three years because he couldn’t beat the compost-heap down in Auburn.

Decatur Street Dumpster Fire

August 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

Georgia State’s “Legacy”: losing to NAIA teams, no fans, no FCS playoff appearances, no bowl apprearances in FBS, constant losing seasons, and getting pummeled by the three established, winning Division I programs in the state (if and when they play). Quite a legacy they’re building there.

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

August 1st, 2012
2:04 pm

“WE ARE THE GSU”…well the SECOND best gsu.

Pantherfan93

August 1st, 2012
2:46 pm

No fans? How about season openers at the dome that drew 30,237 & 26,273? Georgia Southern got 21,812 for their opener. But wait?!? Those diehard fans must have made that proud Paulson Stadium standing room only for those FCS Playoff games… Oh wait… 2nd round… 13,226. Surely more must have showed up for the next round… Nope… 12,886.
Constant losing seasons? We have only had 2 seasons and season 1 was 6-5
And we weren’t eligable for the playoffs until this season for FCS, which we can’t make now. And we haven’t even played a season in the FBS.

I mean. Look up something before you start typing it.

Decatur Street Dumpster Fire

August 1st, 2012
2:58 pm

Pantherfan93, you misunderstand. That’s the “legacy” Georgia State IS building. Just give it time. This season’s going to be a losing one and all the ones in the Sun Belt thereafter will also be stinkers.You guys drew 30,000 in your first game ever against a team from 70 miles away AFTER you drug everyone you could from Atlanta to the game. Attendance went to crap shortly thereafter. Your game with 26,000 attendance last year was with who, Clark-Atlanta? Take those two anomalies out and your attendance is truely terrible for being in a city the size of Atlanta.

Pantherfan93

August 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

So you are telling me I am not going to be renewing my season tickets… I don’t think so. For the past two seasons those Saturdays are what we look forward to. All my old friends got tickets around me, and we are travelling to see the UT game after a 3-8 season. We have made so many new friends we see every week tailgating, and we enjoy the fact our school now has a football team. We have a good core of fans, but winning puts fans in the stands. We are an expansion team right now. We don’t expect to win, but don’t tell me how what I am going to do with my support. It will be in the same seats since year one. Win or lose with 10,000+ other people, which is a good base to start with. I mean the proud program of Georgia Southern played ODU in the playoffs in front of 1,500 more people than attended the regular season game at GSU(that would be Georgia State). Gimme a break. Size of Atlanta with 3 other major programs pulling out of it(UGA, GT, & Auburn). We are building, but we are building something bigger than any other program in state of Georgia outside tech & UGA. It is just a matter of time. You put 2 players in the NFL in the second season… You are going to get a better group of players who want to come. Better players brings competitive football. Competitive football brings fans. Fans bring attention. I swear. I have vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals.

Pantherfan93

August 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

Gimme a break. We drew 1,500 less than Georgia Southern when they played ODU, and that was a PLAYOFF game for them. There are at least 3 FBS programs we compete for attention out of Atlanta(UGA, Tech, & Auburn at least). We have at least 10,000 core fans that come to every game. Win or lose. As a season ticket holder from day one, don’t tell me I am not going to renew my tickets or my friends around me that they won’t. After a 3-8 season, it is all we talk about during the offseason… I can’t wait for next season to start. We are going to Tennessee this year knowing full well we are probably going to get our heads kicked in. We don’t care. We are happy we have a program. We sent 2 players to the NFL this year. That is more than any other college in the state outside Athens for 2012. That attracts good players. Good players make competitive teams. Competitive teams bring in more fans. More fans bring more attention. We are building. Yeah we maybe 100 years behind Tech and UGA and 20+ years behind Southern, but we are quick learners. Quick enough that we will pass Southern in the next 2 or 3 seasons. And I gaurentee you, we will out draw Southern again in the home opener.

Decatur Street Dumpster Fire

August 1st, 2012
4:16 pm

Pantherfan93, I didn’t specifically mention Southern, but Georgia State won’t be passing them in two or three years. Not going to happen. Speaking of Southern though, ironically them playing in your conference would help State a lot because of the attention the rivalry would receive. Also getting games with UGA and/or Tech would be beneficial, however painful the experience would be. Maybe they’ll both find a way to schedule Georgia State soon.