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Update from Georgia State Football Practice
ATLANTA—Georgia State head football coach Bill Curry likened the first two weeks of practice for his Panther football team to training camp.
“In two weeks, we’ve had 10 really tough practices, so it’s almost like these guys have been through a training camp,” said Curry after Thursday’s workout. “We didn’t anticipate that with classes starting, but going in the mornings has allowed us to get in some really good work.”
Curry said much of the focus has been on the basics.
“The last time I was on a field with all freshmen, I was one of them, and that was a long time ago,” he said. “At that time, we were just a freshman team, and there were seniors who set the pace. There are no seniors on this football team. And there are very few juniors and sophomores except for a couple of transfers.
“I didn’t anticipate how much attention it would take to teach basics, but we’re willing to do that and we’re up to the task. That’s why we’re here.”
Curry was asked what improvements he expected to see over the next month.
“We will see better practice habits, better ball security, better attention to detail, and stronger, more physical players because we’re already in the weight room,” he said. “That will happen within this month. Then we’ve got 11 more months after that, and it will get here before you can believe it.”
Following Thursday’s practice, more than 60 Georgia State students participated in open tryouts. The Panther staff conducted two rounds of tryouts during the 2008-09 year, and several of those players are now on the team.
“Each time we’ve done this, I’ve been surprised by the numbers and the enthusiasm, and by the fact that there will be three or four players who can help us,” said Curry.