Archive for July, 2012

Q&A with Georgia State’s Michael Davis

Georgia State offensive lineman Michael Davis is the latest part in the AJC’s preseason Q&As. Davis suffered a broken ankle last season that sidelined him for the last eight games. He is healthy and will be one of the leaders that must replace at least three starters on the line:

Q: How is your injury?

A: I’m back to 100 percent. I have absolutely no limitations at this point. I’m out there running around with the rest of the guys.

Q: How is your strength?

A: The strength is coming back really good. Coach Pollard has been working with me really well. The strength is back.

Q: How would you say the state of the offensive line is right now?

A: I think we are expecting to be much improved this year. I think our athleticism is a little bit better this year than last year. We’ve been working really hard as a unit. From the starters to the third string, we’ve been working really well, bonding as a group, which is going to help us a lot.

Q: How are y’all bonding?

A: …

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Mallory dismissed from Georgia State’s football team

Georgia State defensive end Qwontez Mallory has been dismissed from the team for a series of violations of team rules, including multiple curfew violations dating back to last year, coach Bill Curry said Tuesday night.

He said he suspended Mallory a few weeks ago and dismissed him Tuesday.

The loss is yet another blow to a defense that has already seen two starters, defensive end A.J. Portee and linebacker Dexter Moody, dismissed for violations of team rules.

Mallory, 6-2, 215 pounds, had an excellent spring and was consistently praised for his play-making ability by Curry and defensive coordinator Anthony Midget.

Curry said he is being told that most of the players are working harder than they ever have, “which is encouraging, which is good” as they try to improve upon last year’s 3-8 record.

The Panthers will start practice on Aug. 1 and open their season against S.C. State on Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter …

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GSU football coach Bill Curry at Sun Belt media days

I was not able to attend the Sun Belt media days in New Orleans, but Georgia State was kind enough to send a few of coach Bill Curry’s quotes:

Media Day is fun. I get to meet a lot of new people, and I get to see old friends, coaches I knew in another life. Today makes me feel the beginning of another new challenge for our Georgia State football program.

The Sun Belt Conference gives us instant credibility because we have become an FBS program faster than most. Recruits take us more seriously, and our players understand the intensity. It ramps things up for us, and we’ve got to work harder and harder.

It’s hard to believe it’s happened this fast. It took the efforts of an awful lot of people, and it took this cataclysmic shift in college football.

Our kids know we’ve got to play better to play in any conference, and we are working at that every day. We’ve got to have more consistency at quarterback, we’ve got to play better defense, we’ve got to get better …

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Georgia State football times for Tennessee, UTSA, others set

Quick note: I just posted a few tweets from Curry’s interview during Sun Belt media days. Go there to see what he had to say about Donald Russell….

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Georgia State and Tennessee will kick off at 4 p.m. at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 8. It was one of several kickoff times released today.

This will mark the second time the Panthers have played a school from the SEC. They were beaten by Alabama in 2010.

Neyland is one of the largest stadiums in college football with a capacity exceeding 100,000 seats. The game will be live on pay-per-view.

In other news:

GSU will host Texas San Antonio at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Georgia Dome. The Roadrunners defeated the Panthers 17-14 last year in San Antonio.

GSU’s game at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29. (If you like golf or good food, make sure you make this road trip. Duke of Gloucester street has some excellent colonial-era restaurants. You’ll need a reservation. As for golf, so many fantastic courses are …

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Q&A with GSU linebacker Mark Hogan

Football player-turned baseball player-turned football player Mark Hogan was kind enough to grant me a few minutes on Friday to talk about his role as “Stinger” in the Georgia State’s 4-2-5 new defense, the team’s mindset and which freshmen are performing well during the offseason workouts.

I’l have another Q&A coming out on Wednesday with Michael Davis on Wednesday. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

I hope you enjoy it.

Q: How much weight did you lose for baseball and how much do you weigh now?

A: I lost some weight. I got lean for baseball. I ended up down around probably 194, 195 pounds.

Now, I’m up to 214. I was roughly 205 (during last football season).

With my position change to Stinger in our defense from wolf, and with overall changes in our defense, I’ll be in the box a lot more. The added weight was completely was necessary.

I knew going into baseball I would probably slim down naturally.

Once the baseball season was over my main objective was putting …

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Pollard says GSU football players are stronger and faster

Ben Pollard likes what he is seeing from his Georgia State football players during strength and conditioning sessions this summer.

“We are making some gains,” he said. “I feel better about some of the things that are happening.”

Because of NCAA rules, Pollard can’t say how many players are participating or who specifically is doing well. However, he  was able to say that there are more players participating this summer and that several players, including numerous true freshmen, are impressing him.

“I believe that some of the true freshmen will step in and help us,” he said. (Twitter followers will note that offensive lineman Garrett Gorringe, defensive lineman Joe Lockley and wide receiver Avery Sweeting have been getting compliments from GSU fans and followers).

It’s much different than last summer, Pollard’s first, when the players didn’t know him and he didn’t know the players. That unfamiliarity made it hard for Pollard to accomplish as much as he …

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Is GSU trying to join the Sun Belt a year early? Here’s my take…

It has been more than two weeks since Georgia State learned that it won’t be allowed to play in the Colonial Athletic Association’s postseason tournaments.

Many assumed that GSU President Dr. Mark Becker and athletic director Cheryl Levick would immediately contact the Sun Belt, which they are supposed to join in the fall of 2013 and is the reason why they can’t play in the CAA tourneys, and ask if they can go ahead and become members in as many sports as possible.

If they have, no one’s saying. Becker continues to use the vague “GSU is exploring possibilities” answer. Levick, who returned to work on Monday after a vacation, is declining to comment. Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson has also declined to comment.

It strikes me as odd that no one will comment, especially considering that the CAA news is out. There’s really no affecting that decision now. There could be several reasons why no one will comment:

1. There’s no reason to because GSU isn’t trying to join early. That …

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