Getting to know S.C. State

Most fans may assume that S.C. State, Georgia Tech’s season-opening opponent, is just a sacrificial lamb (or Bulldog in this case) to get things going.

Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson says think again.

The Bulldogs are the champions of the MEAC. Though they lost some of their best play-makers on offense and defense from last season, they do return quarterback Malcolm Long, who is one of the best players in FCS.

Here’s a bit more on S.C. State:

S.C. State

2009 record: 10-2, 8-0 in MEAC

Last time played: This will be the teams’ first meeting.

S.C. State on offense: The unit revolves around quarterback Malcolm Long, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award given to FCS’ best player. He passed for 2,502 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for five touchdowns. The Bulldogs averaged 30.4 points per game last season. The offensive line is led by Johnny Culbreath, a 6-6, 310-pound tackle. The unit did lose its top wide receivers from last season.

S.C. State on defense: Linebackers are the strength. David Erby, Julius Wilkerson and Donovan Richard finished 1-2-3 on the team in tackles last season. The Bulldogs held teams to 15.6 points and 254.9 yards per game. Richard is competing with Marshall McFadden on defense. The Bulldogs’ secondary intercepted 18 passes last season.

S.C. State on special teams: Blake Erickson hit 14 of 17 field goals and 45 of 46 point-after attempts last season, but his net punting average was 34.4 yards per attempt. The Bulldogs must find a replacement for kick- and punt-returner Oliver Young.

What you should know: The Bulldogs have won 19 consecutive conference games, and won all eight conference games last season by double-digit margins.

What you might not know: S.C. State has never beaten a FBS-level team. It has been outscored in its past fives games against FBS teams, 181-20.

Coach: Oliver “Buddy” Pough, 67-26 in eight seasons at S.C. State.

More on the web: http://www.scsuathletics.com/index.aspx

2010 South Carolina State Probable Two-Deep

Offense

WR(X)   2       Tyler McDonald (6-1, 190 Fr.)

12      Thomas Williams (6-0, 200 r-So.)

*WR       1      Lennel Elmore (5-11, 170, r-So.)

21      Erin Norwood (5-10, 185 R-Jr.)

LT         50      Johnny Culbreath (6-5, 310 r-Sr.)

79      Sterling Blunt    (6-3, 250 R-Sr.)

LG         73      Jake Johnson (6-4, 330 r-Jr.)

71      Erskine Johnson (6-2, 275 R-Fr.)

C           58      Sam Timothy (6-0, 280 Sr.)

55      Tristan Bellamy (6-3, 290 R-Fr.)

RG        65      Juavahr Nathan (6-2, 290 r-Jr.)

76      Sam Hammond (6-3, 300 R-So.)

RT         54      Josh Harrison (6-4, 310 r-Sr.)

72      Jonathan Saxon ((6-4, 260, R-Jr.)

TE         16      DeWain Clark (6-3, 235 Sr.)

49      Antuanne Kerr (6-2, 250 r-Jr.)

QB          7      Malcolm Long (6-3, 250 Sr.)

17      Richard Cue (6-1, 180 r-Fr.)

RB         26     Chris Massey (5-11, 220 Sr.)

23     Asheton Jordan (6-0, 205 So.)

FB          27     Devin Wherry (5-11, 235 So)

49     Antuanne Kerr (6-2, 250 r-Jr.)

WR(Z)   18      Richard Christie (5-11, 175 r-Sr.)

81     Randall Hawkins (6-0, 195, R-So.)

* Used in three-receiver set

DEFNSE

LE       53        Pat Washington (5-10, 250 r-Jr.)

98        Marquis Parks (6-3, 250 Fr.)

DT       41        Leon Smith (6-1, 296 So.)

99        James Fulwood (6-3, 260 r-So.)

NG      97        Ronell Ferguson (6-3, 275 Jr.)

43        Joe Council (6-3, 285 Sr.)

RE       92        Jayson Ayers (6-3, 250, r-Sr.)

83        Arnett James (6-3, 240, R-So.)

WLB   56        Julius Wilkerson (6-4, 225 Sr.)

29        LaTaris Douglas (5-10, 195 r-Jr.)

MLB 5        Marshall McFadden (6-2, 235 Gr.)

40        Donovan Richard (6-1, 225, R-Jr.)

DOG      4       David Erby (5-11, 225, R-Sr.)

11       Cortney Ingram (6-0, 205 So.)

LC       39        Semaj Moody (5-9, 180, R-Sr.)

19A     Josh McFadden (5-9, 175, R-So.)

SS        33        Christian Thompson (6-2, 210, R-Jr.)

20        Sammie McDuffie (6-0, 185, R-Sr.)

FS        7A       Dominique Ellis (5-10, 185, R-Jr.)

30        Darius Drummond (5-11, 175 Fr.)

RC      13        Yari King (5-9, 195, R-So.)

37        Mason Harris (5-10, 175, R-Fr.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker 35        Blake Erickson (5-10, 165, Jr.)

42        Leigh Manely (6-0, 215, Sr.)

LS       44        Nathan Smith  (5-11, 200, So.)

51        David Davis (6-2, 180, R-So.)

Punter 42        Leigh Manely (6-0, 215, Sr.)

35        Blake Erickson (5-10, 165, Jr.)

Ret/Spec.        1 Lennel Elmore (5-11, 170, R-So.)

8 comments Add your comment

T-Bone

August 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

First!!

Go Jckets. Take care of business and get some of the 2nd & 3rd teamers some game time.

Savannah Jacket

August 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

That is a really Big and Experienced O-Line for a I-AA school. This could prove to be more of a test for the defense than it first sounds like.

@WreckBuZZ

August 30th, 2010
4:30 pm

I predict a relatively close first half, but the option will wear out that I-AA defense and put lots of points on the board. That large offensive line won’t be on the field long enough to make a difference in the game.

NESBITT FOR HEISMAN

August 30th, 2010
6:33 pm

South Carolina played them last season and were quite worried about facing them as well

Vint

August 30th, 2010
8:11 pm

I just want all TECH fans to know that we ain’t never scared. The Bulldogs will show up with tenacity, so get ready for a good game.

macrotech

August 30th, 2010
10:38 pm

Ok, Vint….any chance you pups dust off that trophy from 1980 with some of that tenacity?

GT Sambo

August 31st, 2010
1:09 pm

Good Luck to you SC State, but hopefully we can dominate the game such that the backups get some good work in.

Bigchocolate

August 31st, 2010
10:12 pm

GT must play good solid defense or this could be a long painful game for the jackets. If their defense is good, its GT by as many as 3 to 4 TDs. Which GT defense will show up in the opener?????