Curry: Donald Russell didn’t get the ball enough and “that’s on us”

Georgia State coach Bill Curry said running back Donald Russell didn’t get the ball enough in last week’s 33-6 loss to South Carolina State.

“That’s on us,” Curry said.

Russell carried the ball 12 times for 120 yards, an eye-popping 10-yards-per-carry average. He carried the ball six times in the first half, which ended with the Panthers trailing 14-3.

“He didn’t get the ball enough in either half,” Curry said during today’s CAA teleconference. “We recognized that as soon as the game was over. Several things specific in play-calling that [John] Bond and I got together immediately and realized that we didn’t distribute the ball.”

Russell wasn’t the only playmaker to be neglected.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson, the team’s fastest player, didn’t catch a pass until the third quarter. He finished with three receptions for 44 yards. Wilson also didn’t get a carry on a reverse or option play.

Asked how two of his best players didn’t get enough touches, Curry said that when the team gets into certain situations they tried different things, and when those don’t work out, such as something that puts the team into third and long, plans change.

Russell twice carried the ball 20 times for the Panthers in a game last year, once against South Alabama ( 20 carries, 136 yards) and again the next week against Texas-San Antonio (21 carries, 87 yards).  Georgia State went 1-1 in those games.

Many of you have asked (pleaded?!?) for Russell to get more carries.

There are factors to consider.

In many games last year Russell wasn’t 100 percent healthy, which reduced his carries. Georgia State was also trying to come from behind in some of those games. Lastly, teams loaded up to stop the run because Georgia State’s quarterbacks weren’t accurate enough (49.7 percent completion rate) to make the safeties or linebackers worry about the passing game, even when they had a lead.

McLane OK

Ben McLane is sore but should be OK for Saturday’s game at Tennessee, Curry said. McLane got hit hard in the ribs by South Carolina State.

However, Curry wouldn’t say whether McLane or Kelton Hill will start in Knoxville.

Neither quarterback impressed against South Carolina State.

Making his first start, McLane finished 7 of 15 for 54 yards and was sacked five times. Hill finished 7 of 13 for 76 yards with an interception. He also rushed for 9 nine yards and was sacked once. The six sacks were the most allowed by Georgia State in a game.

Curry said neither quarterback played as well as they can, but they weren’t helped by an offensive line that he said didn’t do a good enough job pass-blocking.

Rocky top?

Curry said he hasn’t yet talked to the players about what it will be like to play at Neyland Stadium, one of the largest and loudest college football stadiums. It has a seating capacity of 102,455.

Curry coached there many times while at Alabama and Kentucky. He said he planned to talk to the players on Tuesday.

“What I’ve told them so far is let’s suck it up and keep working and keep improving,” he said.

Hostile stadiums aren’t new to the Panthers. Georgia State played at Alabama in 2010.

Benvenuto back

Kicker Christian Benvenuto has been reinstated and will compete for the field-goal duties this week. He was suspended after being involved in an altercation in a Buckhead bar during the offseason.
Punter Matt Hubbard was named the CAA special teams player of the week after averaging 62.2 yards per punt. One of his five punts went 80 yards.

David Miller won the kicking job, but didn’t play against South Carolina State because of a foot injury. Matt Ehasz handled the duties against South Carolina State, missing two of his four kicks, including a 24-yarder in the second quarter.

Benvenuto hit nine of his 17 attempts last year, with six misses from at least 40 yards.

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

30 comments Add your comment

TruGSU

September 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

More Russell. More quick hitters from the QB. Get the ball in your playmakers hands…Period. How does Bond have a job calling plays? None of this will matter against UT, anyway. Go Panthers!

Panama

September 3rd, 2012
2:01 pm

Things to consider NOW, Russell is healthy and Taylor Heinecke is not our QB. We do not have a viable reliable passing option now. Give The Donald the ball.

Sluggo

September 3rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. I thought it was common knowledge that D. Russell had to be a force to give us any kind of chance this year. Glad it finally dawned on Curry and Crew. Just wow!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

September 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

They can’t keep doing the “no huddle” when it is not working at all. Our Defense gave us a fighting chance in the first half even though they had some mishaps… Let Donald run the ball and don’t force the throws coach!

Ben McLane is not our QB of the future as he stands right now… I wanted to see some of Ronnie Bell on Thursday to see what he could do, but you guys just put in McLane like a rag doll.

I’m always going to be a proud PANTHER no matter the lows, but let’s try a different strategy soon!

DowntownAtl

September 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

And don’t give Ben mcclane qb duties.

Blueblooded

September 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

GIVE THE BALL TO DONALD. Is Ronnie Bell eligible toplay this week? Was there a reason he did not play last week? and give it the huge hoss of a walk on QB who is not afraid to run and can score inside the 20. Let’s go Panthers! Good thing Benvenutp is back – we missed him last week.

RidgeRunner

September 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Hill just will not do unless we want bad losses. My opinion and would love for him to prove me wrong but I doubt he will.

GSU_MEX_ALUM

September 3rd, 2012
5:28 pm

Ronnie Bell was clear for last week, but they didn’t put him in the game even after the game was already lost. He could have use some snaps… It would have been helpful to see what he can do.

panther

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

I would love for us to put up a score against Tennessee. I know there is no chance of us winning, but just to show that we have life would be nice. I’m sticking by this team no matter what and i don’t think that first game will necessarily be representative of the season, but the coaches need to clear some things up.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

September 3rd, 2012
6:23 pm

Well, we do have the most god awful offensive coordinator in the game so thanks for stating the obvious Coach Curry.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

September 3rd, 2012
6:34 pm

Only John freaking Bond would call three straight pass plays on the opening series with a QB playing his first college game ever and let The Donald watch. Most hideous playing calling I’ve ever seen.

Enough is Enough!!

September 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

John Bond is an IDIOT!! He MUST GO NOW!

Panther4life

September 3rd, 2012
9:04 pm

Have to say I do not understand how we have a new S&C coach and we are going backwards. At this point the only answer must be the OTHER coaching. I do not understand why we don’t have more transfers especially on the lines. Many of us have invested a lot of time and money into this program and we deserve better. ODU/USA/UTSA are leaving us in the dust. I hope Cheryl Levik makes a very good hiring decision because I believe we have too much upside to let all we have done crumble. There is NO excuse not to score at least 1 TD against SCSU

PA CAA fan

September 3rd, 2012
9:20 pm

Georgia State Sports Curry: “We lost becuase the other team scored more points… and that’s on us”
12:54 pm September 3, 2012, by Doug Roberson

Georgia State coach Bill Curry said had GSU scored more points then the team would have won last week’s 33-6 loss to South Carolina State.

“That’s on us,” Curry said.

“We simply diid not score enough in either half,” Curry said during today’s CAA teleconference. “We recognized that as soon as the game was over. Several things specific in play-calling that [John] Bond and I got together immediately and realized that we didn’t score enough points”

Panther4life

September 3rd, 2012
9:37 pm

@PA CAA Fan. Yeah got it. Curry is a figure head and has done a great job at that. The only thing I blame him for is his coaching hires. I will NEVER attack CBC, this totally falls on his underlings. They are all paid enough to make the right decisions. I hope when you are 70 you can start a program from scratch, hold press conferences, recruit, raise money and deal with incompenence. He deserves more credit than your giving him so back off.

realitycheck

September 3rd, 2012
9:44 pm

i tried to tell anyone that would list that Mcclane couldn’t couldn’t quarterback… Brookwood would have had 2 maybe 3 championships if it wasn’t for Mcclane and his racist Daddy…

CAA Fan

September 3rd, 2012
10:01 pm

U guys are gonna go winless this year. Can’t wait for conference play to start and you guys end up being the CAA punching bag.

Didn’t GSU and ODU field teams at the same time? Light years difference between the two…

Panther4life

September 3rd, 2012
10:53 pm

@CAA Fan. Even nicer, can’t wait to say goodbye to you next year. ODU, is doing great but who cares? They are in a market w/ almost NO competition for recruiting. Also have NO competition for any other sporting events. They will be the punching bags of C-USA but even then I still won’t care. BTW, How is your beloved PSU doing?….Sucker

Blueblooded

September 3rd, 2012
11:41 pm

Excited to see Benvenuto back? HA, any know that the kid might go
To jail for not fuffilling his obligations by the courts???? Yeah dont see him hitting the field at all. Pitiful

hammer22

September 4th, 2012
12:13 am

I room full of monkeys could have known that Russell needs the ball more than 12 times.

Panama

September 4th, 2012
12:15 am

Will take a chance on Benevenuto over a PK who misses 24 yd chip shots.

Panama

September 4th, 2012
12:20 am

…and Mclane was nearly as big of a problem as his OL. He has a hand in his face all night. He was 7/15 and 2 of those incompletions were big drops. He also had the deflected pass that was called a fumble and had to eat the ball a couple of times.Kelton was not much better. Playing QB from under center will be tough no matter who the QB is because we absolutely cannot pass block at all.

BariBlue

September 4th, 2012
12:39 am

It’s not too late to salvage the season. Work harder, boys!

Blueblooded

September 4th, 2012
12:55 am

Panama, have you watched college football at all this weekend? Pretty sure there were many kicks missed. Get out there and try, oh wait you’re probably 40, 300lbs and live with your parents. Get real.

GSU Panthers

September 4th, 2012
9:31 am

These trolls are fiesty! Did their moms stop bringing milk and cookies down to the basement?

Who Cares?

September 4th, 2012
9:51 am

Wow – didn’t take long for the delusional panther fans to throw out the market and recruiting defense. Yeah, you guys really have the monopoly on the tv market and recruiting effort……how’s that working out for ya?

Panther fan

September 4th, 2012
12:48 pm

Thankfully Benvenuto is back. We have a good kickoff guy in 13 and a great punter in 49. We can finally have a good field goal kicker. 97 needs to get out of there.

Red Panther

September 4th, 2012
2:20 pm

Roll Panthers! Crush the Orange!

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