Georgia State lined up on a drizzly Friday morning and held what is the closest thing to a game they have had since defeating Campbell on Senior Day. Ultimately it was a bit of a sloppy practice with very few completions and a lot of what would have been three and outs for the offense. The defense did struggle against the run on Friday, something that continually plagued the Panthers last season.
"It was a ragged practice," Coach Bill Curry said after practice. "I think we looked like it was the first scrimmage of the Spring."
"I want them to show me improvement and consistency every day," Curry continued. "We are demanding 100 percent on every snap in every drill, every day. We are very determined."
It could certainly be argued that the running backs are the best position group on the team for Georgia State. Donald Russell is the clear number one option, but Travis Evans and Parris Lee are two very talented players that will continue to also get carries. Rendell Wilder and Malcolm Smith also had very good runs during the day. With that kind of depth it is not surprise that the group was able to find success.
"I was pleased with the way the running backs ran the ball," said Curry. "There wasn't always very much running room, but they were able to find some and make a play."
"We've got to go watch the film, but we have some guys that aren't with us," explained defensive coordinator Anthony Midget. "Mark Hogan is playing baseball and Allen McKay got hurt. So we're playing with some young guys, but it's a good learning experience and guys just need to step it up when they get their opportunity. But that stuff we can get corrected. I am just proud that we played hard."
It was a hard time on the quarterbacks out there today. The defense had a number of sacks from John Kelly, Mitchell Vinson, and Terrance Woodward. A.J. Portee was also very active in the backfield.
Mitchell Vinson is a walk on who was with the team last year but suffered a very bad hamstring injury and was limited for most of the year. Vinson has been the star of the Spring camp thus far and Coach Midget certainly had some good things to say about the young player that lines up at the Wolf position.
"He has been the surprise for us on defense at this point. He has busted his butt, doing everything we ask him to do, and he's been making plays every single day. He's a high energy guy and an effort guy and a good kid also. He's playing at a high level and is playing with the first group and if he continues to do what he needs to do then he will be starting."
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