Here are six talking points from Georgia State coach Trent Miles’ press conference on Tuesday. The Panthers (1-7, 0-5) will play at Appalachian State on Saturday.
Georgia State was beaten by Georgia Southern 69-31 last week.
Miles said the team was down on Sunday but bounced back on Monday and Tuesday.
“They went out and practiced with a lot of energy and focus.”
On if he expects Appalachian State to try to run the ball as much as it can after watching film of Georgia State against Georgia Southern:
“We haven’t given up those kinds of yards to a normal offense. We’ve really struggled with the option offense this year. It’s really caused mental problems as far as guys lining up correctly and guys doing what they are supposed to do.”
On if wide receiver Donovan Harden can improve upon last week’s performance. Harden caught a school-record four touchdown passes, which also set the school record for touchdowns (rushing or receiving) scored in a game. His 11 receptions tied a school record, and his 186 yards set a school record.
Miles said replicating that performance will be hard. He expects Harden will see coverage over top and underneath.
“ If they key on Donovan we still have……..(other) guys who can get open and make some plays.”
On priorities on defense in recruiting:
“Kids we have right now need help. A lot of them are playing every rep. Need for us to go out and sign guys for some competition and depth and coach the players to be ready to go.
“Will go sign guys at every position. Whole defense is a priority. Will sign numerous guys at each position. Priority is to get guys who are here now to play and line up in proper position. That’s on coaching and the task of the defensive staff.”
On the running game, which failed to crack 100 yards for the third time in four games:
“Tweak a few things with way we line up. Stay on blocks longer. Got to be able to have ability to run it in the right situations.”
On the play of the offensive line, which gave up five sacks against South Alabama but none against Georgia Southern. The group was featured a new combination playing together for the second consecutive game:
“Throw it 48 times and not give up a sack is pretty good. We didn’t make it a concerted effort to run the ball. We got so far behind. It’s five guys who had played together a little bit longer.”