Hamilton breaks down Georgia State’s running backs

Georgia State running backs coach Joe Hamilton offered this analysis of the three running backs that will likely split most of the carries in this week’s game at James Madison. As you may know, running back Donald Russell sprained the MCL in his left knee in last week’s loss to Villanova and will miss the remainder of the season.

Hamilton said one back won’t carry the ball 20-25 times.

“I’ll have to put the right back into the right situation to be more successful,” he said.

He said he doesn’t yet know which back will get more reps. He said that will likely be decided by who practices better.

Coach Bill Curry said the offense won’t change much with the loss of Russell, saying that the other running backs are capable to stepping in.

Offensive coordinator John Bond said all three are very good receivers coming out of the backfield, which is a skill they hope use Saturday.

Travis Evans, 5-11, 190, R-Jr.

“Travis brings a lot of energy, obviously experience. One thing I like about Travis is he’s all into the game. He’s a football player, a football junkie. He loves to play football. He gives you a lot of work ethic. He knows the offense, he’s been in the offense all four years.

“I don’t think he’s very elusive though he made some people miss last week. His strength is hitting the hole, energizing the team and overall being a positive leader.”

Evans has 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns this year.

Rosevelt Watson, 5-9, 205, R-Sr.

“Rosevelt Watson, he’s really the glue of my running back group. Russell is obviously a leader but he led with his play on the field and his work ethic. Rosevelt is a positive leader, a a vocal leader, consistent player. You want him to be more fast, you want him to be more elusive, but he will consistently give you the design of the play going through his reads. He’s a positive influence. He cares about the team.”

Watson has 85 rushing yards this year.

Parris Lee, 5-9, 190, R-Jr.

“Parris Lee is a scatback guy who needs to be in space. Being in between the tackles isn’t his strong suit. Getting him outside where he can make people miss is his strong suit.”

Lee has 27 rushing yards this year.


“We have Malcolm Smith back there. He’s played a few times. I’ll look at Rendell Wilder.”

Other headlines

Russell out for rest of season

Georgia State run over by Villanova

Notes, quotes and observations following Georgia State’s loss to Villanova

GSU hoops season-ticket sales 59-percent higher than last year

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

12 comments Add your comment

The above answers should give all Panther fans a lot of confidence in the ground attack next season. If, that is, 'vocal communication and leadership' count toward point totals.

October 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

<—————————————– Ha.

Some guy named Rendell Wilder

October 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

Thanks, coach. In that regard, I am much like a painting.

Orlando Panther

October 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

At this point, what does any of this matter? We are gonna get stomped into the ground 3 more times and then it’s a completely brand new start.

So, lemme see if I got this.

October 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

If Evans or Watson are in the backfield, and its a run situation, JMU should stuff the line between the tackles.

If its Lee, look for an outside run.

Got it.

Thanks for the game plan, Coach.

JMU Defense

October 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

Thanks for the heads up, not that you would score or anything.


October 23rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Talk about pedestrian numbers! Just need this season to end in the worst way and get some guys in here with a clue. #Thatisall


October 23rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Rendell Wilder played at Tucker. He should know a little something about running with the ball.


October 23rd, 2012
10:28 pm

Sounds like we don’t have a lot of options pass russell


October 24th, 2012
6:12 pm

@Some guy named Rendell Wilder… “Thanks, coach. In that regard, I am much like a painting.”

BWAAAHAHA… Now that’s funny.


October 24th, 2012
6:16 pm

“Rosevelt Watson… You want him to be more fast, you want him to be more elusive” & “He’s a positive influence. He cares about the team”

Sounds like he’s not going to win any footraces anytime soon…

[...] Curry and position coach Joe Hamilton have praised Watson’s leadership. [...]

A person SMART enough to know.....

October 25th, 2012
11:51 am

I do notice that there is not so much Trash talk form the GaState fans on this blog or the other blogs anymore. Glad you GaState fans have LEARNED your place.