I’m trying hard to find something interesting, let alone nice, to say about Georgia State today, but I’m warning you already it’s probably going to further deteriorate here into a series of Brian Fantana lines. And Friday Night Lights quips because of Ford Childress. I spent a lot of time on this, so don’t laugh.
I have two notes for you that are worth … something? I don’t know. Anyhow, to prepare for its first Bowl Championship Series season, Georgia State played one BCS opponent. It was Tennessee with embattled Derek Dooley. The Volunteers won 51-13, but the Panthers beat the 48-point spread! Anyhow, the total yardage was 558-263 and GSU got 60 yards on its first drive and 80 on its last drive. Everything in between was apparently just awful.
I remind you, this team that plays here today plays at Alabama Oct. 5.
Secondly, the Panthers are not completely unarmed. Receiver Albert Wilson is a weapon. He turned 48 receptions into 947 yards last season, which means he averaged 19.7 yards per reception. That’s not unimpressive. He also had seven touchdown catches. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Wilson is a dangerous return man, too, and he was first-team all-CAA in 2012 when he averaged 25.9 yards on 29 kickoff returns. He’s good for 10 yards per punt return, too.
So I hear you saying, “Yes, yes, but what does it all mean? Who is Albert Wilson in the big picture?” Well, his 19.4 yards per reception across his career leads active FBS players and he’s No. 4 in career all purpose yards and career receiving yards per game. And he’s explosive: 12 career touchdowns of between 40 and 100 yards. He has 18 career scores and they average 45.2 yards.
He can ask questions of the WVU defense and special teams. Circle it!
For questions you have, I may have answers. Safety K.J. Dillon is out and linebacker Doug Rigg won’t play. We can’t be surprised about the Rigg news, given what happened last week.
It was with observers in mind that a paramedic leaned over Rigg, his facemask unscrewed and removed from his helmet, his head, torso and legs secured to a backboard that was loaded on a cart that would take him off the field, and freed his right hand from a strap that was folding his arms securely across his chest.
“Give the crowd a wave,” the man told Rigg.
Rigg raised his right arm as much as the restraints would allow. A white glove motioned side to side, slowly, but reassuringly to cut the tension in the stadium.
“Once I gave the wave, I heard a sigh of relief from the people, like they were saying, ‘Hey, he can move. He’s not paralyzed,’” Rigg said. “A lot of people back home told me if I didn’t wave, it would have been a lot worse for them.”
I’m also told linebacker Isaiah Bruce is good to go, but that there’s a plan to limit him and maybe not even use him. With Rigg out and Shaq Petteway and Dozie Ezemma out for the season, WVU is really thin at linebacker.
I’m counting out loud here, and without the services of a dress list, but I can only see WVU dressing Brandon Golson, Sean Walters, Marvin Gross, Jared Barber, Nick Kwiatkoski, Wes Tonkery, Hodari Christian, Tyler Anderson and Bruce. That’s nine, which isn’t many, but it’s better than eight. Bruce might be in uniform just in case things get tricky today.
Apart from that, I’m not hearing about any other absences or contingencies today. We’ll know more when we get closer to kickoff.
Can we kick it? Yes, we can.