Wilson Named to Preseason All-CAA Team

Albert Wilson - image from GSU Sports

Georgia State wide receiver Albert Wilson has been named to the preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association second team by Phil Steele's FCS College Football Preview.

Wilson, a junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., was GSU's leading receiver in 2011 with 37 catches for 772 yards and six touchdowns in nine games. He ranked eighth in the nation in punt returns (11.9), 20th in receiving yards per game (85.8) and 29th in all-purpose yards (134.4). His eight touchdown catches are tied for the GSU career record, and all eight are 28 yards or longer, including three over 50 yards. Wilson is the Panthers' career leader in all-purpose yards 2,142 yards.

The news of Wilson's selection to the All-CAA Team came as the Panthers held their first preseason scrimmage. After the scrimmage, head coach Bill Curry was happy with the lessons he was able to demonstrate to this squad.

The offense had the upper hand for the first part of the scrimmage, and then the defense rebounded in the second half.

"This was a great lesson," said Curry. "The first half of the scrimmage, the offense was really sharp in the red zone. Then we took a break and we talked about how it could be different the next time, but if you don't keep playing hard, you'll never find out.

"Then we came back, and the defense dominated the second half. I was really happy to see the defense respond."

Quarterbacks Ben McLane, Kelton Hill and Ronnie Bell all had their moments, but Curry noted that the "play of the day" was made by junior linebacker Allen McKay. McLane completed a short pass to tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, who was racing down the sideline when McKay chased him down and knocked the ball loose. DeMarius Matthews recovered the fumble for the defense and returned it to the five-yard line.

McLane, the redshirt freshman from Snellville, Ga., completed his first six passes and finished 9-for-12 for 113 yards. A junior from Douglasville, Hill went 8-for-12 for 107 yards, while Bell, the transfer from Ohio, was 4-for-8 for 26 yards.

On defense, C.J. Stephens, Mark Hogan and Brent McClendon grabbed interceptions. Freshman defensive end Melvin King made several plays in the backfield.

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