Thursday’s post-practice observations

A few post-practice observations on this soon-to-be-rainy Thursday:

I would point out that some of these were posted on twitter earlier today, but I’ll combine them into one solid post.

The offense moved as fast as I’ve seen it, which was the subject of this morning’s blog. One of the reasons was there wasn’t a lot of substitutions. The coaches worked on leaving (mostly) the same people on the field on offense, lining up, getting the play, and going.

The players seems to line up correctly most of the time. There were a few hiccups, but for the most part they looked smooth.

Were they able to take advantage of the tempo? There weren’t a lot of scores, but they didn’t run the offense during a lot of sessions.

I think the bigger point is the pace was increased and the players did look like they were handling the basics.

Backup quarterback Kelton Hill looked sharp during all of the sessions on the short throws across the middle and to the sidelines, which was an issue for him last year. Most of the passes were right into the chest of the receivers.

Conversely, starter Ben McLane didn’t look as sharp as he has in previous days. There were some overthrows and at least one interception. To borrow an oft-used phrase from a head coach a few miles across town, I’d have to look at film to confirm what I saw. And I have no film.

There was one light moment during practice when defensive coordinator Anthony Midget caught a tipped ball and took off up the sideline. Standing across the field, coach Bill Curry got on the bullhorn and said Midget stepped out of bounds.

Special teams update

Special teams coordinator Jason French indicated that the battles for the kicking positions are going to last a while. Matt Ehasz looked sharp during Wednesday’s scrimmage, hitting back-to-back 35-yard field goals. He split time with Christian Benvenuto last year. Benvenuto is suspended for at least the Aug. 30 opener against South Carolina State at the Georgia Dome.

Benvenuto went 9-of-17 last year, while Ehasz was 1-of-5. Most of their misses came on attempts of at least 40 yards. Matt Hubbard figures to handle the punting duties after averaging 41.9 yards per punt last year.

They are being pushed by David Miller and Wil Lutz.

The team went full-speed on kick-off drills Thursday and the coverage teams covered the returner fairly well. There were no big gains, in other words. Opponents averaged 20.5 yards per return last year.

20 comments Add your comment

Trolling Motor

August 9th, 2012
12:11 pm

Someone fill me up, I’m outta gas!

Panama

August 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

21 Days and we come home. Cannot wait. Thanks Doug

Panama

August 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

LO @ Trolling Motor

Tuscon

August 9th, 2012
12:19 pm

Good to hear Kelton is getting into a rhythm. It sounds like McClane might need to work on his decision making(or our secondary is stupid awesome) as he’s throwing a lot of picks.

Bleed Blue

August 9th, 2012
12:19 pm

Thanks for the write up Doug.
Hope all of this transcends on to the field.
It will be an entertaining season full of many highs and lows.

Southern Trolls using a Ga Tech alias respond in 3-2-1.

BariBlue

August 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

The kicker position will concerns me. This has proven to be our downfall on several occasions. Definitely need some stability!

Doug Roberson

August 9th, 2012
12:28 pm

Tuscon, it wasn’t that McLane wasn’t making bad decisions. His passes were just a little bit off compared to how he was throwing.

Tuscon

August 9th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hopefully he get’s that fixed up. Thanks for all the great coverage, Doug. I think we’re in for a great season.

Red Panther

August 9th, 2012
12:45 pm

I think the no huddle fast paced offense will force the defense to minimize substitutions and blitz packages; our oline will have to be in shape to keep the pace up

Georgia Tech is in Atlanta

August 9th, 2012
1:24 pm

Well, it’s sure to be a season of MANY lows for the Panthers – starting August 30th. Wouldn’t anticipate seeing many highs, though. Maybe you guys can manage to beat Rhode Island. That would be an accomplishment considering how terrible you are.

SFTF

August 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

I am a Sexually Frustrated Tech Fan and have to take my frustrations out on GSU by spitting out nonsense. Once GSU beats SCSU, I will come back only to say “Well they only beat SCSU, they are a joke and anyone could beat them” and then repeat my drivel for the remainder of the season for each remaining opponent.

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 9th, 2012
2:35 pm

Good info Doug!

Everyone has an off day so McLane having one bad day is nothing to be concerned about… I just want the best QB on the field.

Bleed Blue

August 9th, 2012
2:44 pm

Southern Trolls using a Ga Tech alias respond in 3-2-1.

Thank you “Georgia Tech is in Atlanta” for making my prediction come to fruition.

GSU freshman

August 9th, 2012
3:13 pm

Good preparation for the South Carolina and Tenneessee games.

Watch out Volunteers fans, we will kick your butts.

CCR

August 9th, 2012
3:34 pm

Six flags keep on flyin’
FCS till i’m dyin’
Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’ on the river
Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’ on the river

Dawg in the ATL

August 9th, 2012
9:46 pm

Soon Georgia State will own Southern just like we own the NATS year after year.

Eagle

August 10th, 2012
12:08 pm

Hi all,

I am a Georgia Southern Eagle fan and I just stopped in to the AJC to get some college football news. Looks like you guys are having a pretty good Summer. For the life of me I can not understand the hatred back and forth between the two GSU’s – we have some obnoxious fans but you guys have a couple of real doozies.

We played SCST a few years ago in the play-offs and we smoked them pretty good. They were really not a very well coached team. They have some good athletes but as long as you guys don’t fall into the trap of playing their game you guys should win. If you get out early you should win big.

Just a fan

August 10th, 2012
3:20 pm

You know, I wonder the same thing as Eagle, up there. The past couple of seasons, I always wish the Panthers good luck with their season, sadly to no avail. I believe that the bitterness that ensues from the Ga. State crowd is due to the lack of success on the field. So you you guys move up into a league that you cannot begin to compete in from a league that you could not compete in.. Nothing changes much except that the teams you stiffed this past year are going to pour it on this season. It will be good that there will be a fast tempo this season so that the whipping will end soon. I really don’t think you can beat South Carolina State, but I hope it happens. Meanwhile over at Southern…WINNING!!

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Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari

August 13th, 2012
8:08 pm

Got my season tickets in the mail finally. Already excited to see the team again, and going to Falcons preseason games makes the wait even worse.