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