GSU waiting to hear from NCAA on three key transfers

Georgia State is waiting to hear from the NCAA if transfers Theo Agnew, Nermin Delic and Ronnie Bell will be allowed to play football this season.

Normally, players that transfer from a FBS school to a FCS school don’t have to sit out a year. However, Georgia State’s transition this year from the Colonial Athletic Association, which plays football on the FCS level, to next year being in the Sun Belt, which plays on the FBS level, has complicated the transition process.

Coach Bill Curry said the NCAA could notify Georgia State of its decision any time. The Panthers open the season Aug. 30 against South Carolina State.

Agnew and Delic are penciled in to start on the defensive line in coordinator Anthony Midget’s 4-2-5 scheme. Agnew, who transferred from Massachusetts, is a 280-pound defensive end.  Delic, a Tunnel Hill native who transferred from Kentucky, is a 280-pound defensive tackle.

Bell, a Sandy Creek High product who transferred from Ohio, is competing at quarterback. He is currently on the third team, behind starter Ben McLane and backup Kelton Hill. After redshirting last season at Ohio, Bell said he would really like to play this year, rather than have to sit out another year. Bell went 29-1 at Sandy Creek, with his only loss coming in his first start. He passed for 4,675 yards, 44 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in high school. He also rushed for nine touchdowns.

Curry said the impact would be big if Delic and Agnew have to sit out a year, but he’s confident that the players behind them — Terrance Woodard and true freshmen Melvin King, from Hinesville, and Joe Lockley (already one of the strongest players on the team), from Portal, — will step in and play well.

What may or may not be complicating the issue is Georgia State hasn’t received its FBS application back from the NCAA. It was sent in May and was expected to be approved in late July. Also, while Bell and Delic enrolled at Georgia State in June, Agnew hasn’t begun classes yet.

Curry said Georgia State’s compliance office is working hard to show the NCAA that the school didn’t know it was going to move to FBS when it began conversations with Bell in November last year and Agnew in March this year.

More from Bell

Bell said he’s glad to be back in Atlanta and that the offense has improved since he enrolled.

He ran a similar offense at Ohio, which has made the transition easier. He said the lingo is similar, but the formations are different.

To earn playing time, he said he needs to improve his consistency and his timing with the receivers, running backs and offensive line.

Curry said Bell has a “gifted arm” but that he’s still learning the system.

“He obviously has enormous talent,” Curry said.

Curry’s bloody nose

Curry wants his team, and his coaches, to be more aggressive this year. So, when he saw one of his offensive linemen holding during the first full-pads scrimmage on Sunday, Curry decided to lead by example.

Curry won’t say what he did, but he has a big, bloody scar across the bridge of his nose to show for it.

“I don’t think he will hold again,” he said with a nostalgic smile.

Curry being his self-effacing self followed that up by saying that it’s evident his nose, which is flatter than it used to be, has seen a lot worse from his years in the NFL.

Injury update

A few players either didn’t participate in Monday’s practice, or left the practice with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson was held out for precautionary measures. Curry said Wilson, whom he said practices as hard as anyone on the team, has some muscle tweaks. Lockley (shoulder), Delic (knee) and wide Jordan Giles (elbow) also sat out a few sessions.

Davis switch

One player who has battled injuries for most of the past two years is happy to be back on the field. Former Chamblee High standout Michael Davis, who missed all of the 2010 season with a knee injury and the last eight games last year with a broken ankle, is starting at center and fully healthy.

“On the field I feel completely normal,” he said. “I feel like I have no limitations. I can just go out there and play.”

Davis, who can also play either guard position, will be one of the four new starters on the offensive line. He said each day they are improving as they learn each other’s nuances.

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

31 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

August 6th, 2012
12:19 pm

I hope these guys get cleared to play this year b/c they will be key pieces for the defense.


August 6th, 2012
12:25 pm

Critical on the defensive side of the ball. Delic should be a no brainer after sitting out all of last season injured. Bell is the same way but the NCAA has to establish “residency.”

Agnew played in 2011 for an FBS Transitional school in UMASS. Technically, he transferred from an FBS school this Spring. I really hope that he’s eligible because he’s a monster on the line.


August 6th, 2012
12:47 pm

Get’em Coach!


August 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

Does the CAA have a say in whether the transfers play or not?


August 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

No they do not. This purely about our subdivision status in 2012

Red Panther

August 6th, 2012
1:19 pm

No good reason for the NCAA to make them sit out; GSU is still FCS for this year


August 6th, 2012
1:35 pm

Transitioning/Reclassifying. Amorphous Netherworld.

Go Panthers!!

August 6th, 2012
1:47 pm

Love to hear about Coach Curry getting so amped up in practice & to be pushing these kids to be the best men they can be on & off the field. Sounds like to me he loves coaching & will be with our program for awhile & he is also showing that last year was a mess he wont let happen again!


August 6th, 2012
1:49 pm

“You should have seen the other guy…” Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck…


August 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

If they can play this season it would really help our defense. Hope we hear something soon.

Although I would like to see Bell play I don’t think he will get much playing time. McLane will be the starter and KH will run the wildcat.


August 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

Are we going to find a way to incorporate Lockley even if Delic and Agnew get cleared? From all the buzz about his strength, I’m eager to see him play.

Chicken Bone

August 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

Get’em Coach! Careful not to hurt those young Men, hee hee!!! Wow, thought all three were already NCAA approved! GO GSU PANTHERS!


August 6th, 2012
2:21 pm

If they aren’t eligible to play this year, we need to talk to EA pronto about getting added to NCAA 13.


August 6th, 2012
3:10 pm

These individuals could be key players in our success this season. Really hope the NCAA decides in our favor… Go Panthers!


August 6th, 2012
3:17 pm

You show em COACH!!


August 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

Doug there is some precadence here for FBS Transitional schools.

Safety B.J. Scott played in 6 games for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2010 then left after the bowl game transferring to FBS Transitional South Alabama (who the Panthers faced last season). He was immediately eligible and played in the first 7 games for the Jags until getting hurt in the Georgia State game.

Delic was injured all of 2011 and Bell took a redshirt. Those should be a no brainer.

Doug Roberson

August 6th, 2012
4:08 pm

I don’t disagree that this seems like a no-brainer, but who knows what goes on in the minds of the NCAA?

kevin Dyer

August 6th, 2012
4:21 pm

GSU has a football team??


August 6th, 2012
4:31 pm

Season tickets are shipping. Coach Curry is getting gritty. Can’t wait for the 30th in the Dome.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

August 30th cannot get here soon enough!


August 6th, 2012
5:32 pm

These guys should be approved to play immediately. For whatever reason, the NCAA sits on it’s arse and takes its time notifying schools. Hopefully we’ll find something out sooner rather than later so that we can completely focus on 8/30! Go Panthers!

kevin Dyer has a penis?

August 6th, 2012
6:46 pm

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

August 6th, 2012
9:27 pm

Ben open all day and 22 comments?
GaState guys get excited and post more!!!!

Ben? Wow!

August 6th, 2012
10:14 pm

Don’t worry about how long it’s been posted. Stop counting our blog traffic, stalker.


August 7th, 2012
12:15 am

SMART equals GNAT GNAT GNAT GNAT or as we use to say Go F OFF GNAT……………….

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

August 7th, 2012
12:27 am

GaState JOKES…………………….Puddy tats will be LOSER for a Decade.

Ben? Wow!

August 7th, 2012
8:19 am

You’re the biggest loser! You’re peeping in on our blog. We’re not looking at yours, and that’s if you have one.

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

August 7th, 2012
10:36 am

How many Seniors are on this team with 3 years of college game experience?
You have to think in 2 more years with some good recruiting GaState will have a good core of players with real game experience.

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