Changes could be in store for GSU’s defense

Georgia State defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said there could be changes to personnel and schemes in the secondary in an attempt to create some plays.

He wouldn’t specify what he might do, though an injury to Demazio Skelton (undisclosed) may force changes. Midget’s defense is giving up 40.7 points and 496 yards per game. Midget also coaches the secondary.

He said in the past three games his players have been in position to make plays, but aren’t doing so.

“We just aren’t getting it done,” he said. “We keep hammering to the guys that eventually we will get those plays made.”

He cited a 47-yard run during last week’s loss to Texas-San Antonio. Four Panthers missed tackles on the run.

On a touchdown pass in the same game, a Georgia State defensive back was in position to break up the play, but missed the ball. The same thing happened twice in the season-opening loss to South Carolina State.

“We stress fundamentals each day in practice,” he said. “We have to take what we are doing in practice to the game field. It needs to show up. Right now, unfortunately, it’s not.”

Changes on the defensive line have already occurred because of injury.

Theo Agnew, who moved to defensive tackle against the Roadrunners, will likely play there for the rest of the season. He started the first two games at defensive end, but moved inside because starter David Huey is out for the season with an arm injury.

Agnew played defensive tackle at Massachusetts before transferring to Georgia State in the offseason. C.J. Stephens started in Agnew’s spot at defensive end, with Melvin King backing up either side. Cole Moon may also see more time at end.

Robert Ferguson, Allen McKay and Jarrell Robinson will get more snaps at linebacker so that Mark Hogan and Joseph Peterson don’t have to play 70-plus snaps per game.

The defense will also continue to be simplified. Curry said they can’t have an adjustment for every adjustment the offense makes. It’s slowing the players down too much.

Picking up tempo

Curry said to try to help the team get off to faster starts and deal with the pace of the game he has changed up some of the practice procedures.

As often as they can, they are going best-on-best at full speed. Some of the scout team positional units will be run by the second-string groups, instead of third-stringers.

The team has been outscored 31-10 in the first quarter.

Injury update

Wide receiver Jordan Giles will likely be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. He injured it in the game against Tennessee.

Curry called it a big loss, saying Giles make big plays in big situations. Giles, a starter, caught two passes for 34 yards in the first two games.

Neither Hogan (shoulder) nor Skelton (undisclosed) were able to practice Wednesday.

Taylor back

Richmond safety Cooper Taylor will have a homecoming this weekend.

A graduate of Marist, Taylor began his career at Georgia Tech before transferring after his sophomore year.

His dad, Jim Bob, played quarterback for Curry when he coached at Georgia Tech.

Curry said they tried to recruit Cooper, but he chose the Spiders.

Taylor was named the Colonial Athletic Association defensive player of the week on Monday after intercepting two passes in Richmond’s 47-6 victory over VMI last week.

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

13 comments Add your comment

Go Panthers!!

September 19th, 2012
1:51 pm

Change the Defense?
Ya think!

Mary McElroy

September 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

Change the AD!

Astonishing Werepanther

September 19th, 2012
2:37 pm

Who Cares?

September 19th, 2012
3:54 pm

ain’t gonna help. hahahahahahahaha


September 19th, 2012
4:22 pm

Ummmmmmmmmm………WHAT ABOUT OFFENSE???

Orlando Panther

September 19th, 2012
5:19 pm

I guess other teams scoring 40 points wasn’t high enough, so here we go with a new defensive plan that will allow to to achieve 60 points per game


September 19th, 2012
8:25 pm

lol, too late


September 19th, 2012
9:15 pm

You put yourselves on the fast track to move up before your team had earned the privilege. I hope other teams don’t confuse the real GSU in Statesboro with your “program.” Kennesaw State, you need to learn from what is about to happen to ga state “football.”


September 19th, 2012
10:39 pm

Won’t make a difference…

Pantherette Porno

September 19th, 2012
10:51 pm

ED, if it is such a privilege then I guess ODU, USA, and UTSA all need to drop down to FCS and wait for Southern to make the move to FBS b/c by golly they have been lollygagging for 30+ years.

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To Ed

September 20th, 2012
11:01 am

Nice game against Citadel. I guess you don’t want to talk about your losses. No worries you will still get a playoff bid in your weak conference with your weak schedule. Trying playing a full schedule in the CAA and you would get blasted. So your playing UGA…just understand your are merely scheduled to be the scrimmage before the Ga Tech game since your run the same offense, but at least you scored one touch down in the NDSU. A final thought if you guys beat UGA I will eat all the crow you can serve.


September 20th, 2012
7:22 pm

Can Kelton play Corner??? He has the height and more than likely the athletic ability to cover that we are missing..