4 points from Georgia State’s press conference

There were a few interesting notes from Trent Miles press conference on Tuesday at Georgia State, aside from those you can read on ajc.com or in Wednesday’s paper. The Panthers (1-1) will host Air Force (1-1) on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Here are a few, by topic:

Miles on cut blocks, a tactic employed by Air Force.

Note to you: a cut block is legal. A chop block (in which one player hits high as another hits simultaneously low) is illegal. Don’t confuse the two.

In light of the Ray Rice situation, I asked Miles what he does to reinforce to his players how he believes people should treat people:

There are three rules Miles said he has had since becoming a head coach in 2008. If any of these are violated, players are kicked off the team with no hope of return. He said there is no negotiation.

1. Touch a woman. “I’m a father of daughters. You don’t touch women.”

2. Steal.

3. Sell drugs.

“Very simple things,” Miles said. “It’s really not difficult to be a good person.”

Miles said he’s thankful that he hasn’t encountered any of those situations at Georgia State.

“Hoping we can keep educating our young men to not put yourself in that situation,” he said.

Miles was asked if he’s satisfied with the progress of the offense compared to last year. Miles said he hasn’t compared Georgia State’s stats with others, so I’ll do that.

Here are some of the Panthers totals, with how they rank within the Sun Belt in parenthesis:

Points: 34.5 (4th)

Total offense: 511 (3rd)

Rushing offense: 157.5 (8th)

Passing offense: 353.5 (1st)

Pass efficiency: 139.4 (3rd)

First downs: 28 (1st)

3rd down conversions: 50% (t-3rd)

Miles, though wasn’t happy because of the turnovers. The Panthers already have seven turnovers through two games.

“That’s seven missed possession to put points on the board.”

***I’m going to post a blog later this week comparing this season through two games to last season. Some of you may remember the result of the second game last year and Miles’ reaction afterward.

“We are not even close to hitting our potential offensively,” he said.

I asked Miles how he would describe his team’s pass rush.

His answer had more punch than the team’s would-be sackers.

“In-existant.”

“What?” Miles looks around to see why eyebrows are raised.

“Oh, non-existant.”

“I was a criminology major.”

The Panthers have two sacks this year, and didn’t have any in last week’s game.

Miles said when the team drops eight players and only rushes three it’s difficult to get pressure. However, he said it’s something the defense will continue to do.

“Go and out and get stung, you want to find a way to help them,” Miles said of the 403 passing yards given up in the season-opening win over Abilene Christian.

Miles said they will continue to drop players into coverage and that what defensive coordinator Jesse Minter does “is excellent.”

“I’m not second-guessing or anything,” he said.

Miles said the pass rush will improve as the front seven continues to develop. All three starters on the defensive line, as well as one of the outside linebackers, are sophomores.

“We’ve just got to get better at what we do,” he said. “We are a work in progress.”


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