This is another in an occasional series of interviews with the new assistant coaches that will work with new coach Trent Miles at Georgia State.
Next up is offensive line coach Harold Etheridge:
Q: As someone who was with Trent Miles at Indiana State, what was key in getting that program headed in a positive direction?
A: No. 1, we went out and recruited good players. We did a great job evaluating talent and brought in good players that addressed our needs. We had kids that bought into what we were selling and teaching. It just took off from there.
Q: I assume that’s the same approach for here?
A: No doubt. Recruiting is No. 1. That’s how you win. We have to recruit guys who fit our style. Do a great job of evaluating talent and projecting kids that may be able to play at a different position.
Q: What are the challenges going from the Missouri Valley to the Sun Belt and the FBS?
A: I don’t see it being that big of a challenge. I’ve coached in this league before and was at a place that won 26 games, went 26-1 in conference play and went to four consecutive New Orleans Bowls. I’ve been out of this conference a long time, but we’ve just got to outrecruit our opponents and bring in good football players.
It’s pretty simple, you have to have good players.
Q: How do you try to teach the players? What’s your method?
A: I start from the ground up. I played o-line, I’ve been coaching it for maybe 30 years. I played the position. It’s a progression that you go through: they have to understand what the concept of the play is, what type of scheme it is and then after that you work on techniques. You teach the finer things: the footwork, the landmarks, those types of things.
It’s the overall concept of a play or a protection.
If it’s a running play you have to teach them what the concept is, what the play is designed to do. They have to understand what’s going on on the backend of it with the running back, what he’s looking for. Then it comes into scheme, calls, technique, footwork, the little things.
Q: What was the good and bad of Georgia State’s line play last year?
A: I’ve watched a little bit of it. I’ve been a little bit more buried in recruiting and evaluating and trying to get some guys in here. From what I’ve seen, we have six seniors coming back and 13 guys in the depth chart. From what I’ve seen the guys seem to be very athletic on film. We just have to get bigger and stronger.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu