Defense is beat up; Bell ready to go if needed for Georgia State

Georgia State’s defensive line and linebackers are beat up heading into Saturday’s game at William and Mary.

The line, already thin with the loss of David Huey and the NCAA ruling that Nermin Delic is ineligible to play this year, may be without defensive tackle Joe Lockley, who suffered a groin injury in last week’s loss to Richmond.

The linebackers were without Mark Hogan (shoulder) last week. He didn’t practice Sunday, had an MRI Tuesday and was able to participate in some aspects of practice Wednesday. He is questionable. Jarrell Robinson, who started his first game of the season against the Spiders, was already fighting through injuries. He is probable to face the Tribe.

Defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said a trio of underclassmen, Jon Marshall Sauls, Chris Russo and Marcus Stetzer, will back up Terrance Woodard and Theo Agnew at defensive tackle.

“It’s what we have, we’ve just got to keep rolling and deal with it,” Midget said.

Injuries do present opportunities and Midget said linebacker Allen McKay played his best game against the Spiders.

Another player who stood out was outside linebacker Bryan Williams, a true freshman and younger brother of former Panther Arthur Williams.

Coaches had planned on redshirting Bryan until injuries and ineffectiveness forced their hand. Williams responded with a tackle, but the coaches liked his athleticism and instinct. Midget said Williams will start against William and Mary.

“He will be a very, very good football player,” Midget said.

Williams said he learned on Thursday that he was likely going to play last week, so he continued to study his playbook and watch film, something he said he’s been doing all season in case he was needed. Bryan said he spoke to Arthur, who told him just to play and stay calm.

“It was very exciting,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for my moment and practicing hard on the scout team. Coaches gave me my chance and I executed.”

QB carousel

Offensive coordinator John Bond said it’s likely Ben McLane and Ronnie Bell will see extended playing time on Saturday. Curry said on Monday that they were opening up the competition between the two. The offense has struggled in the first four games in which McLane has started. The team is averaging less than 12 points and 300 yards per game.

Bell, who has appeared in two games, says he’s ready.

“When I’m out there, I just play do what we practice,” he said. “I just work hard during the week so they don’t have to change the playbook.”

Neither Curry nor Bond said McLane is entirely to blame for the offense’s lack of efficiency. The offense hasn’t started the same group of wide receivers since the opener because of injuries. The team was down to its third-string center in last week’s loss, a rarity for most teams but something that’s happened twice to Georgia State in each of the past two seasons.

Both Bell and McLane have also been undone by dropped passes by the receivers or blown routes.

Bond said two weeks ago, after moving to Kelton Hill to wide receiver, that he needed to give McLane time to develop. Now, he said he needs to figure out which quarterback gives the team the best opportunity to score.

“It’s been hard to be as consistent as we need to be because of all the guys that have been in an out of the lineup,” Bond said.

Bond said he doesn’t regret switching Hill, who played quarterback each of the past two seasons, saying McLane and Bell are more accurate passers. McLane is completing 49 percent of his attempts. Bell is completing 57.1 percent, but he has played mostly against defenses protecting leads.

Bond said McLane played his best game of the season, completing 16 of his 26 attempts. He graded out at 85 percent.

“Us looking at what we are doing this week is no reflection of Ben McLane, it’s just a reflection of where we are an offense right now,” Bond said.

Whoever starts should be helped by the return of Danny Williams, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Albert Wilson suffered a hip injury in last week’s game, but returned to play. He sat out some of this week’s practice, but Curry said he thinks Wilson will be able to play Saturday.

Honoring a coach

Long-snapper Scott McQueen will wear No. 67 on Saturday to honor a former high school coach who died last week.

Leon Brockmeier was McQueen’s offensive line coach at Freedom High in Tampa. He was a second-team all-Big Ten tackle at Northwestern, where he wore No. 67. The Wildcats will wear stickers on their helmets to honor him. He died suddenly Saturday morning. Brockmeier was 34 and is survived by his wife and two children.

Brockmeier and McQueen’s dad became friends while coaching at Freedom.

“He would hang out and eat dinner at our house,” McQueen said.

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

24 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2012
7:16 am

Can’t wait to get Bond’s take on the offense next week, my guess is ‘this has been Bell’s team since he arrived and he is our QB, but we’re putting Hill back in the mix to keep things fresh’


September 27th, 2012
7:35 am

Can’t wait to get Bond’s excuses for the offense next week. Really can’t wait to hear of his resignation.


Mary McElroy

September 27th, 2012
8:15 am

Wow, a rock and roll marathon! Norfolk is a true entertainment mecca! There’s just no way Atlanta can compare to that!

Which year did Norfolk host the Olympics again?

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2012
8:37 am

Actually, having lived in Hampton Roads for seven years, there are actually a lot of things to do in that area. There’s the beach, for starters. There’s Kingsmill (like six flags), Colonial Williamsburg is one of at least six historical sites, numerous concert venues, golf courses all over the place; as for colleges, there is Norfolk State, Hampton, William and Mary, Christopher Newport and ECU isn’t too far away, not to mention UVA, Virginia Tech, Richmond and numerous others….there may not be as many entertainment options as there are in Atlanta, but there are more than enough to make someone say, “I’d rather do this today….”

You serious, Clark?

September 27th, 2012
9:09 am

Georgia State has a football team?


September 27th, 2012
10:20 am

Please let something work. I just want to have a competitive team


September 27th, 2012
10:37 am

Doug, no one here cares about Norfolk.

Also, why is Bond throwing Kelton under the bus when everyone knows McLane is, at the minimum, just as bad.

Big Crimson 75

September 27th, 2012
10:47 am

Is Star Jackson still breathing?

The Newspaper

September 27th, 2012
11:04 am

“Clearly, being that we are talking about the Atlanta media market,” said Benson, “the problem with attendence is everyone is staying at home looking for the game on the TV.”

Benson said that the league and its Presidents were in current discussions with Johnson C. Smith College, adding “hey, they are in Charlotte, you know. Thats a big city, right?”

Mary McElroy

September 27th, 2012
11:32 am

And how many professional sports franchises play in Virginia? Virginians’ only live sports option is college sports, so their entertainment dollar isn’t stretched that thin.

GSU will have to earn its fan base, and it will be much harder than in Mobile, San Antonio, or the Commonwealth. We’re in a uniquely challenging situation, and losing only makes it harder. But when the program does succeed, we’ll dwarf our peers. For some of us, it’s be worth the wait to do it the hard way in a much bigger and better city.

Now fire Cheryl and rehire me!

How many times do I have to mention our media market before people will accept we are better than any other team?

September 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

GSU has never lost to multiple NAIA schools.

September 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

<————————- Not.

urinal and constipation reader

September 27th, 2012
2:30 pm

Deluded Panthers Fan

September 27th, 2012
2:40 pm

It’s absurd that the ajc has misled the public on how we’re performing on the field. The game scores don’t reflect the 50 points per game we get for the size of our media market and that we play in the Dome.

Deluded Panthers Fan

September 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

And people need to recognize how different of a situation we are in when compared to other schools. people aren’t coming to our games because we stink (we don’t, we’re awesome! media market!); but because we have to compete against other entertainment options! Lets see how your team attendence would be if you had to compete with the North GA Fair, the Sandy Springs Festival, and the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival!

Who Cares?

September 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

Anyone know the scene from Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams keeps saying, the fields medal, the fields medal……substitute media market for fields medal and that is how annoying these comments are.

This. -------------------->

September 27th, 2012
4:44 pm

Georgia State is to the Atlanta media market as the world’s greatest swimmer is to a world without water.


September 27th, 2012
5:34 pm

I could’ve sworn k.hill gave this team life last year after everything fell threw

Southern fan

September 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Can someone please explain to me why fellow Southern fans are talking about State’s media market. If you think it is irrelevant, then why on earth are you still bringing it up and why aren’t we in FBS and State is…shut up and stop embarrassing our fan base.

Stater of Facts

September 27th, 2012
10:57 pm

Washington DC was once Virginia and the entire Commonwealth features EVERY pro team in DC. That would be the Redskins, Caps, Nats, United and Wiz. There’s not one TV market in Virginia that doesn’t show every DC pro team. Just be happy that it took a team from Virginia to get the Panthers on TV. It’s your one opportunity.

Mary McElroy

September 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

DC and Virginia are distinct entities now. And we were on ESPNU in our first season.

Mary McElroy

September 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

By your logic, Georgia can claim Auburn’s and Alabama’s college football titles since Alabama was once part of the Colony of Georgia. Suddenly, Georgia has twice as many teams! Thanks for pointing that out.

DC teams, besides the Skins, play in DC.


September 28th, 2012
1:30 pm

Coach Bond…..Douche Bag Coach of the Year..Well deserved, Congratulations.

I'm out

September 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

Bond said he doesn’t regret switching Hill, who played quarterback each of the past two seasons, saying McLane and Bell are more accurate passers. McLane is completing 49 percent of his attempts. Bell is completing 57.1 percent, but he has played mostly against defenses protecting leads…….

Are you freaking kidding me. This looks totally personal against KH4, Bond you arent playing to win, at this point you are Driving compassionate GSU fans and Alumni far away and making a MOCKERY out of this program. I hope your walking papers are already typed up for next year and you are shipped back to Arkansas “with Thompson” and this program can succeed because you are soooooooo pitiful….and you think 49% and 57% is good?? In previous AJC articles, Coach Curry insisted on 70% passing and in two games KH4 had 62% present..