Georgia State ready to take on the physical Dukes

Georgia State’s football game at James Madison seems like it couldn’t come at a worse time for the Panthers.

Coach Bill Curry said the Dukes are the most physical team they have seen this year.

And the Panthers may have to expand their training room to accommodate all of their injured players, which includes running back Donald Russell and key members of the defensive line.

But Curry said they will play hard and not make excuses for two reasons: “We could excuse ourselves and the instant we do that you guarantee that you aren’t going to win.” And when a team doesn’t make excuses and keeps trying, “it’s a funny thing that happens, you win some games.”

Beating No. 9 James Madison, which was the No. 2 team in FCS before last week’s loss to Richmond, would be the biggest victory in program history. It would also be the most unlikely, based upon the health of the two teams.

James Madison is tops in the CAA in scoring defense (18.57 points allowed per game) and is led by linebacker Stephon Robertson, who has 65 tackles, 15 more than the next best on the team.

“I think he typifies their physicality,” Curry said. “They are going to hit, going to strike you. He’s going to jack you up and throw you down … hard.”

The Panthers, conversely, will be without Russell, who was the leading rusher in the CAA before suffering a torn MCL in his left knee in last week’s loss to Villanova. He will miss the remainder of the season for a team that’s averaging 17 points and 317 yards per game, both among the worst in the conference.

On offense, the Dukes are led by guard Earl Watford, a 6-4, 295-pound hammer that defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said will end up in the NFL. Behind Watford, the Dukes are averaging 34 points and 421 yards per game.

“He finishes everything,” Curry said. “If a back doesn’t follow him into a gaping hole, he goes back looking for the back to show him where he should have run.”

Watford will be looking across at a defensive line that could be missing ends Melvin King (knee) and C.J. Stephens (undisclosed) and tackle Joe Lockley (knee). All three have been dealing with injuries and didn’t play in the game against Villanova. As a result, Georgia State had to play several linebackers at defensive end and may have to do so against the Dukes.

In addition, defensive tackle Terrance Woodard has been playing with an injured ankle that Curry said affected him last week.

But Curry isn’t going to make excuses because of injuries. He reasons every team is dealing with injuries, noting that the Green Bay Packers recent Super Bowl-winning team also had more players put on the injured reserve than any team in the NFL.

So the Panthers will head to Harrisonburg, Va. with what Curry described as a good plan in all areas.

You never know when one of these games will go Georgia State’s way.

“We aren’t the Green Bay Packers but we are a football team that’s trying to learn how to handle adversity,” Curry said.

Other headlines

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NCAA rules Washington can’t play for GSU this year

Watson hopes to end GSU career with more wins

AD Levick signs 5-year contract extension

GSU still playing for this season and Curry

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

20 comments Add your comment

Reality

October 26th, 2012
8:33 am

We will lose by 35. Better luck next year.

Ga State

October 26th, 2012
11:19 am

3 more games left….. for the brotherhood of the miserable.
Take the field Panthers and let’s get this over with.

Go Panthers!

urinal and constipation reader

October 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

More probably a 48-3 loss

G-Spin BenMoore

October 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

GeeSpinnBenn

October 26th, 2012
5:03 pm

You like my “Levick fired” expose? I am so smart. Thank you

GeeSpinnBenn

October 26th, 2012
5:05 pm

Look for more expose’s on my website. My traffic and advertising $$$ are through the roof. Buying $2k worth of Cristal tonight to celebrate.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

October 26th, 2012
6:31 pm

Where is GaState BEN?
GaState Ben you are welcome to come to OUR tailgate when The Institute plays you guys. We would love to have you stop by.

GaState Ben please stay in touch.
make sure you keep up the “WE Are THE REAL GSU” chant. It is so cute.

hbcuclassics

October 26th, 2012
7:00 pm

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HBCU Top Passers 2012
Player School TDs Eff
1 Kameron Smith WSSU 21 170.4
2 Damien Fleming FAMU 13 146.7
3 Deaunte Mason AAMU 12 153.3
4 Antonio Henton FVSU 12 108.6
5 Dray Joseph Southern 9 131.5

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Passion of the Panther

October 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

feel the passion for Ga State football … 7 comments

Lets go live to PantherTalk …

Georgia State Football Recruiting: Week Nine Wrap
MICHAEL / OCTOBER 25, 2012 / NO COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL, RECRUITING
PantherTalk.com will once again be tracking Georgia State football and the eight verbal commitments for the 2013 class throughout the high school football season on a weekly basis.

Georgia State Football: Reviewing The Career Of The Donald
BEN MOORE / OCTOBER 22, 2012 / 4 COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL

Passion of the Panther

October 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

feel the passion for Ga State football … 7 comments

Lets go live to PantherTalk … a beehive of passionate panther fans

Georgia State Football Recruiting: Week Nine Wrap
MICHAEL / OCTOBER 25, 2012 / NO COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL, RECRUITING
PantherTalk.com will once again be tracking Georgia State football and the eight verbal commitments for the 2013 class throughout the high school football season on a weekly basis.

Georgia State Football: Reviewing The Career Of The Donald
BEN MOORE / OCTOBER 22, 2012 / 4 COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL

Georgia State Football: Panthers Smashed By #24 Villanova 49-24
BEN MOORE / OCTOBER 20, 2012 / NO COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL
Georgia State football was hoping to carry some momentum from a road win at Rhode Island into a better showing that the last home games.  It simply did not happen as they were overwhelmed by #24 Villanova 49-24.

Chicken Bone

October 26th, 2012
9:11 pm

Watching the ML King/Stephenson game and BOND you need to see how OC of SHS Reggie Ball uses a FULLBACK! TOUCHDOWN!!! If DR#20 had a blocking back THE LAST TWO YEARS………….. OMG, he would have kicked butt with our schedule. Wish you luck in your future endeavors! You must learn how to adjust to your personnel or you are doomed to failure ………………….

Chicken Bone

October 26th, 2012
9:17 pm

Hire Reggie Ball NOW and bring DeKalb footabll players to GA STATE!!! No Brainer AD Levick! We need D-1 football players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in order to compete in the SUNBELT and against ALABAMA & West Virginia & others!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Secret Admirer

October 26th, 2012
11:42 pm

I am secretly in love with GStateBen, I just cannot stop posting about him and talking about GState. I think about him day and night, and even when I take my bubble bath. If anyone knows him, can you let him know that he has a secret admirer! I attended GSouthern and I am a die hard Eagle fan, but there is something about this Panther loving Ben that really gets my wings flapping.

XOXO

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Bear Bryant could not win with this schedual

October 27th, 2012
11:12 am

Curry will have them ready but I wouldn’t hold my breath

Bear Bryant could not win with this schedual

October 27th, 2012
11:16 am

If he can hold J Madison under 100 points I would be happy

Glsjunior

October 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

3 more weeks til Bobo…

HJ23

October 27th, 2012
7:00 pm

Well Bear, you got your wish.

JMU 28
GSU 21

GSU made a game of it.

Passion of the Panther

October 27th, 2012
7:27 pm

Let’s check in over at Panthertalk to hear rabid Panther fans discuss this near upset …

Georgia State Football: James Madison Preview & Prediction
BEN MOORE / OCTOBER 26, 2012 / NO COMMENTS  /  POSTED IN FEATURED, FOOTBALL

Georgia State Football Recruiting: DT Jalen Lawrence Commits!
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Feel the passion of the Panther …

Secret Admirer

October 28th, 2012
12:36 am

Ben, I made the above post for you, why won’t you respond!!! If you aren’t going to respond to me the. I am going to take drastic measures and find where you live!

I love you!

XOXO