GSU QB Bell learned lessons in loss to W&M

Ronnie Bell said last week’s four-interception game against William and Mary wasn’t his best performance, and that he expects better this week against New Hampshire.

Bell showed poise and a great arm in the first start of his collegiate career, according to coach Bill Curry. But that great arm also got Bell into trouble because he would try to fit balls into windows that were closed. Bell, a former standout at Sandy Creek, completed 13 of his 26 attempts for 157 yards.

Curry said two of the interceptions were Bell’s fault because of poor decision-making.

Bell learned a lesson from that game: “I need to look for the small plays and let the big plays happen,” he said.

He has worked on “the small plays” during practice this week.

Curry said Bell has a “marvelous presence…ability to move in the pocket and to correct.”

But Curry said he needs to learn that “this isn’t Sandy Creek High School. He can’t outrun people out here.” When a defender is chasing him down, Bell needs to learn ball security. “You can not give up the ball.”

Curry said Bell didn’t miss one call from the sideline. He said Bell has the ability to gun the ball into small crevices for big completions. Curry noted that’s a mixed bag, because it can lead to interceptions.

“We want to see Ronnie come along and not make the unforced errors,” Curry said.

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14 comments Add your comment


October 4th, 2012
9:36 am

Fix the turnovers and he’s a great QB. Hopefully it was just first game jitters.


October 4th, 2012
10:12 am

This is my first time posting a comment, but I read the artlices and posted comments daily. This has been a frustrating season so far. But all the negative comments doesn’t help the situation either. Support your coaches and players!!! It’s not like that want to be 0 – 5. Yes, adjustments are not being made by the coordinators and the players are turning over the balls or causing turnovers by the other teams. Nothing positve comes out of something negative. Our teams has as much talent as the other teams that we played, except Alabama, Houston, Old Dominon and Tennessee.
All three phases of the game has to be carried out without failure in inorder to win and we had only completed that task a few time.


October 4th, 2012
10:20 am

GO PANTHERS! I believe they can turn this season around


October 4th, 2012
10:52 am

Turnover problems can be fixed. I like the other stuff I’ve seen from Bell.


October 4th, 2012
11:35 am

Same bunch of losses and the same sorry story of yet another new quarterback learning mistakes before he is replace by yet another quarterback because he is losing also. Glad I finished my fb GSU season and now focusing on mbb.

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October 4th, 2012
7:59 pm

Who Cares? John Bond is an IDIOT!! He has single handedly destroyed this program. GSU should write off his salary as a charitable contribution. Clearly he is diabled and needs to MOVE ON. That freak is shaken and stirred.


October 5th, 2012
3:12 am

Enough of the empty rhetoric Bill. Time to put up or shut up.

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October 5th, 2012
10:48 am

Alum-99, I agree, but you are halfway right! The other individual who’s responsible is our ex defensive coordinator, John Thompson, who left for Arkansas State. He should not have been able to leave on his own term, he should have been fired! He left three years too late. He killed the morale of his players. Their are players who are no longer with the team because of him. His communication and people skills were poor at best. Arkansas Sate will soon find this out, if they haven’t already.

Go Panthers!!

October 5th, 2012
11:27 am

I think Arkansas State is already finding it out.

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October 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

Get it together panthers!

Ted Striker

October 6th, 2012
8:24 am

No connection to the school however I am pulling for the team to improve and frequently read these columns. Thanks for your diligent work, Doug.