I probably should have started doing this a long time ago, but here’s a view from Georgia State’s two coordinators, Anthony Midget and John Bond, on the good and bad from last week’s win over Rhode Island, and the challenges this week’s opponent Villanova presents.
First, a few notable players on defense – end Melvin King and tackle Joe Lockley — weren’t able to practice Tuesday. King has an injured knee and Lockley’s injury is undisclosed. The team is already without David Huey, who suffered a season-ending injury earlier.
That’s not good when the Panthers are preparing to face one of the best rushing teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. Villanova is averaging 258.6 rushing yards per game.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but I just tell the guys that it’s next man up. We experienced this in the spring when we had a lot of guys out and we gave guys opportunities to play.
“We are going to move some guys around and look at a couple of guys and see if they can hold up and make some adjustments that way.
If King can’t go they will look at Blake Wyatt and Davis Knowles at end.
If Lockley can’t go they will look at Marcus Stetzer, Chris Russo and Jon Marshall Sauls.
If Lockley can go Georgia State may play Theo [Agnew] at end. Agnew has two sacks in the past two games since moving to tackle.
On what Villanova does well:
The quarterback (John Robertson) is very, very good and they have some talented running backs and their offensive line is solid. They have big time receivers on outside.”
Georgia State can’t load up on the box or Villanova can beat them over the top, kind of like what Georgia Tech would do with Demaryius Thomas a few years ago.
On what was different last week to previous weeks:
“The first four drives we had three, three and outs. We started fast and kept that momentum throughout the game.
“For the most part we were consistent.”
On what they did well:
“We didn’t turn the football over. That was the biggest thing and eliminated a lot of the silly things like the 5-yard penalties that we’ve been doing.
“We got our stretch play and our jet sweep going early and got the defense running laterally and then were able to hit some big ones up inside then got Albert (Wilson) matched up on a linebacker a time or two and were able to make some big plays.”
On what was different last week compared to previous weeks:
“The big thing is we took care of the football and didn’t beat ourselves. We executed like we were supposed to execute and got a taste of early momentum. We ended up playing a good football game.”
On taking a lead, something the Panthers have done one other time this season, and then using Donald Russell to keep it:
“It was good. We knew going in that it was going to be a big Donald day. We didn’t know it was going to be 200 yards worth of Donald.
“Once we got up 14 we were able to settle down and feed him.”
On Villanova’s defense:
“They are a different scheme than we’ve faced the past few weeks. They are kind of like West Virginia. … We have to neutralize the middle linebacker. Their ends are athletic.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu