Georgia State’s seniors talk about their final home game

Twelve Georgia State seniors will play their final game in the Georgia Dome on Saturday when the Panthers host Old Dominion.

Five of them have been with the program from the days of the first practice on Aug. 14, 2009.

Kam Cheatham

Cheatham has already earned a degree in business economics and is working on another in hospitality.

“I’ve played football for 18 years, the last home game is a big deal. I’m just blessed to be a part of this program and go through this process.

On it being coach Bill Curry’s final home game:

“For this to be coach Curry’s last home game will be something special.”

On if he’s seen a change in Curry this week:

“Business as usual, full-steam ahead not letting up at all.”

On his dream finish:

“To beat ODU, that’s probably one of our biggest rivals. We haven’t beaten them yet and we fill like we owe them.”

On his dream play to win the game:

“Maybe a reverse throwback, leading the running back and receiver into the end zone.”

Emmanuel Ogbuehi

Ogbuehi is working on a degree in chemistry. He hopes to become a pharmacist.

“It’s definitely special looking back where I started. I remember the first practice we had at that mud field with Curry and how far we’ve gotten to this point. I’ts really special and I know I’ll look back on this home game. Years from now when I have kids, I look back it’ll be really nostalgic.”

On what the senior Ogbuehi would tell the freshman Ogbuehi:

“Don’t ever quit, give it your all all the time. Don’t let up. Nobody believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. You never know what you can accomplish.”

On his productivity in the past three games:

“It’s a good feeling to contribute and do my part. If it means more stats for me, that’s good too.”

On if he’s seen any changes in Curry this week:

“He’s motivating us like he always does. Not really much difference in Curry.”

Akeen Felder

Felder has earned a degree in sociology and is working on a minor in hospitality.

On playing his last home game:

“It means a lot, especially playing a rival like Old Dominion. We haven’t beaten them and I’d like to in my last home game.”

On his dream play:

“Probably an interception for a touchdown. Their quarterback is a good player and we don’t have one in Georgia State history. I’d like to be in the record books forever.”

What the senior Felder would tell the freshman Felder:

“Take advantage of every day. When you are younger you odn’t value days as mucha s an older guy would. Now that I have two games left I wish would I have played harder and gave more effort, but definitely seize every day.”

Rosevelt Watson

Watson earned a degree in sociology and is completing another in math education.

“My last home game in college, it means a lot. It’s an emotional feeling, a roller-coaster of ups and downs. I’ve had my time here, I’ve had my fun. Now it’s time to close it out with a win.”

On the friends and family that will be at the game:

“I have family in Georgia so I’ll have a lot of friends and family at the game. My parents are coming up (from Florida).”

Any plans after the game:

“Just hang out with family, celebrating.

Stay focused and stay dedicated. It’s a lot of hard work but you have to keep your mind on it. If you work hard, it will lead you to success.”

Best memory?

“Coming out for that first game. I sat out for two years. It took me a while to get back into the groove. To come back out in front of 30,000 people was an emotional feeling.”

Has it been as good as you expected?

“Our record doesn’t show how good we are. But I know how good the people are around me. But it’s been good. I love Georgia State.”

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8 comments Add your comment


October 31st, 2012
2:18 pm

Thank you, fellas, for being part of the Panther Nation. I hope you always look back on these days fondly. Go Panthers!


October 31st, 2012
2:29 pm

Great comments. Best wishes to all seniors their life endeavors.


November 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Wish you guys luck! Also wish you all could have seen more wins, but good luck in the future! Come back to support the team and help fill out that lower bowl!

Go Panthers

November 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Good luck guys….. beat ODU!

Chicken Bone

November 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

Congrats guys! We thank you for commitment to the program and all of your hard work over the past three years. You all are the ones that helped to start this team and you will always be a part of the PANTHER Family. Best wishes on your current and future successes in life.

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November 3rd, 2012
10:06 pm

Thanks to the great guys who played GSU Football during Coach Curry’s tenure. You are the foundation of what is to come. Please remember – without your dedication and hard work, there would be no program. I wish your W/L record was better, but such is life. You are all top notch in my book. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to on Saturday afternoon for three years in a row!!
You make me proud!
God Bless

Busted and Disgusted

November 5th, 2012
11:02 am

Thank you guys for being the perfect examples for sports athletes and student athletes. Win are great and wish we had more, but your education will carry you forever. Stay positive young men and modeled citizens. Appreciate the dedication.