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