ATLANTA--Georgia State head coach Bill Curry doesn't often single out individual standouts at practice, but even he couldn't resist praising receiver and return specialist Albert Wilson.
"I've learned that if I brag on these guys, it goes to their heads," laughed Curry after Tuesday's workout. "But I will call Albert Wilson's name. He just might be a real big leaguer."
Wilson, a sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., looks to be one of the Panthers' most dangerous and most versatile weapons. As a true freshman last fall, the 5-9, 190-pound speedster led the team with an average of 93.2 all-purpose yards per game. That included 19 catches for 294 yards and two touchdowns as well as 22 kickoff returns for a 28.1-yard average. His 97-yard touchdown return at Alabama was one of the lasting images of Georgia State's inaugural season.
Curry also praised defensive end Christo Bilukidi and tight end Arthur Williams, a pair of seniors who have emerged as team leaders in addition to providing outstanding effort on the field. In fact, Williams and Bilukidi were elected as the team captains on offense and defense, respectively, along with junior Akeen Felder on special teams.
Among position groups, Curry noted that the running backs had a good day today.
"The running backs have been valiant because there have been so many injuries," said Curry. "Travis Evans and Malcolm Smith, in particular. Both those guys practice all out every day, but to do so when there are only two healthy backs instead of six, we've really worn them out.
"I'd say that position group practiced really well, including Rendell Wilder, who's been out but was back today."
"We're not a polished team by any means, but when you see them make progress, that's fun," Curry added.
To break up the monotony of preseason camp, Curry replaced Tuesday's afternoon's scheduled weightlifting session with a surprise: swimming.
Georgia State's season 2011 season opener is less than three weeks away as the Panthers host Clark Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.
Preseason drills continue this week with the final two-a-days scheduled for Wednesday and Friday and single workouts on Thursday and Saturday, all at the GSU Practice Complex.