Coach Curry Previews Saturday's Game at William & Mary
ATLANTA--With both teams seeking their first victory of the season, Georgia State (0-4) travels to Williamsburg, Va., to take on Colonial Athletic Association foe William and Mary (0-4, 0-2 CAA) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Zable Stadium.
The game will be regionally televised on Comcast Regional Sportsnet, including CSS-TV in Atlanta. Local radio coverage is available on the GSU Radio Network, including Newstalk 1160 AM, WMLB 1690 AM and WGST AM 640 and FM 92.3.
"I think it's clear that both teams will be hungry for a win," said GSU head coach Bill Curry at his weekly press conference. "We need to win this game, but we've thought that since the first game. It's not as if it starts now. We need to get a win and have all of these young guys understand how wonderful that is. If you're a competitor, there is nothing like winning. There is also nothing like losing. You just can't stand the latter, so you fight to reach the former."
Curry and William and Mary's Jimmye Laycock, now in his 33rd year at the College, have combined for more than 50 years of collegiate head coaching experience but have never faced each other.
In his scouting report on William and Mary, Curry singled out senior cornerback and preseason All-America B.W. Webb, who leads the CAA and ranks sixth nationally with 19.3 yards per punt return. He had a 91-yard touchdown return against Delaware.
"He is an outstanding corner, but I haven't seen anyone return kicks like B.W. Webb since Devin Hester was at Miami," said Curry. "We're going to do a heck of a job of coverage because he is amazing."
The Tribe dropped their first three games by a total of seven points, including a 7-6 loss at Maryland in the season opener, before falling 51-21 to Delaware.
William and Mary has started three different quarterbacks in its first four games, but the Tribe appear to have settled on Raphael Ortiz, who passed for 262 yards against Delaware.
"We will have to prepare for three different quarterbacks," said Curry. "Their styles are similar. It's a very disciplined offense. They really want to knock you off the ball, but they also throw the ball with effectiveness."
Curry announced earlier this week that the Panthers' starting quarterback would be a game-time decision between Ben McLane, who has started the first four contests, and Ronnie Bell, who has showed positive signs in relief duty. Both are redshirt freshmen. McLane has passed for 496 yards and two touchdowns, while Bell has thrown for 186 yards and one TD in his two games.
The Panthers continue to rely on senior running back Donald Russell, who ranks third in the CAA with 95.8 yards rushing per game. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native has topped 100 yards in two of the first four games.
In an odd twist, William and Mary has experienced a lightning delay in both of its home games this season. The Tribe's home opener against Lafayette was delayed one hour and 20 minutes in the first quarter, while the Delaware game last week was stalled for one hour and 22 minutes midway through the third quarter. Inclement weather could be in the forecast again this week.