Curry said loss of Russell may not change Georgia State’s offense

Georgia State coach Bill Curry said on Monday that he doesn’t think Donald Russell’s season-ending injury will significantly affect the offense.

Russell was diagnosed on Sunday with a sprained MCL in his left knee, an injury that will sideline him for the next 4-6 weeks. Georgia State (1-7) will play at James Madison on Saturday.

“It shouldn’t change it substantially,” Curry said.

Russell, a West Palm Beach, Fla. native, transferred to Georgia State (1-7) after two years at Kentucky. He rushed for 665 yards last year and was the leading rusher in the conference this year heading into the game against the Wildcats. He is now in second with a 93.4-yards-per-game average.

Curry said the team will turn to Travis Evans, Rosevelt Watson and Parris Lee, who have totaled 173 rushing yards this season in limited duty.

“I think using all three we can run a very similar offense,” Curry said.

He acknowledged that it may put more pressure on the passing game, which is averaging 200.6 yards per game. But he said that wide receiver Danny Williams’ improving health (he suffered an ankle injury earlier this year) should help that area.

Poor tackling

Because he was traveling, Curry didn’t have available how many yards Villanova’s runners gained after initial contact. But he said “it was too much.”

The Wildcats rushed for 343 yards against a defense that was missing several first- and second-teamers on the defensive line because of injuries.

“The defensive line didn’t play well,” Curry said. “Some of the guys that have played well had a rough time.”

Defensive tackle Terrance Woodard, one of the standouts this season, tried to play with an injured ankle but Curry said he was affected. He said Theo Agnew also struggled.

Curry said he doesn’t know if tackle Joe Lockley (neck) and end Melvin King (knee) will be able to return for this week’s game.

Because of the injuries, several inexperienced outside linebackers were forced to line up at defensive end, a position that two of them, Davis Knowles and Blake Wyatt, had never played.


Sounding a note heard often this season, Curry said the Panthers aren’t good enough to turn over the ball and expect to have a chance to win.

Georgia State had two interceptions against Villanova to increase its total to 17 this season. The Panthers have 10 more turnovers than the next-worst team in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“It was another painful lesson for us,” he said. “But we know what we have to do; we have to hang onto the football.”

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16 comments Add your comment

Okay Sure

October 22nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Yeah that’s because we don’t have an offense.


October 22nd, 2012
4:59 pm

It sure won’t change the offense, sad to say! Russell should have stayed where he was. Good luck to him.

Pennsylvania CAA fan

October 22nd, 2012
5:35 pm

Thanks coach obvious

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

October 22nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Of course it won’t coach! You failed to utilize him before he got hurt!!!! So now that brain dead OC of yours can continue to call asinine double reverse flea flickers on every series.

John Bond

October 22nd, 2012
8:31 pm

No change at all, since I never run “The Donald” anyway!

Orlando Panther

October 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

No change b/c Donald was underutilized anyways. No thanks to Bond & Co.

Only 3 more games till this misery is over.

Best 1-7 TEAM IN GA

October 22nd, 2012
10:23 pm

Don’t ask me for money next year, instead Give me a refund for my tickets and Panther Club Dues… What a waste of student fees… had to pay a scapler $ just to take my season tickets off my hands…Start over with a new AD and Coach next year…No more money from this grad..


October 23rd, 2012
7:34 am

Thanks Coach Curry for your help in starting tis program now wheel your rockin chair out of the way!


October 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

No, losing Russell won’t change the offense.

It hasn’t changed in three years.

Why start now with three games to go?

Chicken Bone

October 23rd, 2012
10:38 am

Unbelievable! What the heck! LMBO! If anyone on this staff understood offense, this statement would NEVER have been made. Good riddance to them ALL!

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GSU student

October 23rd, 2012
10:56 am

Coach is right. We respect everybody but we are ready to beat them at any place and any times.

Proud Panthers!!

Running Back Needed

October 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

How can he actually hold his mouth to say that the offense does not change? 3 more games.

Truth be told...

October 23rd, 2012
11:54 am

…offense is bad, but the defense is every bit as terrible. We are out of every game before halftime.


October 23rd, 2012
4:45 pm

Love CBC dumbest thing I ever heard him say. Time is a wasting Cheryl, who is our new coach.


October 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

this season and all the excuses are wearing on me…
please bring us a good coach