Georgia State’s Albert Wilson was named the special teams player of the week by the Colonial Athletic Association today.
Wilson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in last week’s 53-27 loss to Old Dominion in the Georgia Dome. It was the longest return in Georgia State history and was his second kickoff return for a touchdown. He also returned one against Alabama in 2010.
Wilson, a junior, finished with 156 yards on three returns. He also caught a 93-yard touchdown pass. to set a school record with 296 all-purpose yards, breaking the record of 290 he set two weeks ago against Villanova. The Panthers will play at Maine on Saturday in the season finale.
Wilson leads the CAA with 1,645 all-purpose yards this season.
“He’s an electrifying player,” Maine coach Jack Cosgrove said.
Tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi was honored by the College Football Performance Awards after catching three passes for 108 yards. It was the first time the Panthers had two 100-yard receivers in the same game.
Coach Bill Curry said he has never considered banning players from using Twitter, a practice other college football coaches have put into place.
Instead, Curry said he would prefer that they use Twitter, and other social media, responsibly in ways that don’t reflect poorly on Georgia State, the team or themselves.
Wilson made news after Saturday’s loss when he seemed to indicate that he may leave Georgia State with a year of eligibility remaining. He later clarified those tweets by tweeting that he would decide his future after the season. Curry declined to clarify on Monday what Wilson’s original tweets meant.
Two weeks ago, Isaiah Howard sent out a series of tweets that were critical of Georgia State’s administration. Curry later dismissed Howard for a “violations of team rules.”
“We try our best to educate the men on what the implications are on making public statements,” Curry said.
Wilson isn’t the only player on Georgia State’s team that concerned Cosgrove.
He said the Panthers’ team speed stands out when watching film.
“We don’t see that kind of speed in the Northeast here,” he said, comparing those players to others from the South.
Cosgrove said part of the reason his team was beaten by James Madison 31-7 last week was because they couldn’t match the Dukes’ speed.
“We are not a speed team here,” he said of Georgia State. “Those are things that make us concerned. Their speed versus our guys’.”
Back-up quarterback Ronnie Bell suffered a concussion against Old Dominion. He hasn’t been cleared to play in this week’s game. Curry said Bell, a redshirt freshman, will be examined Tuesday.
Curry said Bell didn’t tell the trainers that he wasn’t feeling well. Bell entered the game in the second half and later lost a fumble on a bizarre play in which it appeared that he was running around while waiting on someone to get open. As he was running, he dropped the ball. Old Dominion recovered.
Curry said what actually happened is that, because of the concussion, Bell couldn’t remember the play. Ben McLane, who started the game, was put back in on the next possession.
– Doug Roberson, AJC and AJC.com. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu