Review/Preview with Georgia State’s Jesse Minter

September 4, 2015 - Atlanta, Ga: Charlotte 49ers quarterback Matt Johnson (8) is tackled by Georgia State Panthers defenders from left to right; defensive end Carnell Hopson (55), linebacker Joseph Peterson (6), and linebacker Alonzo McGee (4) in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome, September 4, 2015, in Atlanta.  Johnson fumbled the ball on the play. The 49ers won 23-20. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

September 4, 2015 – Atlanta, Ga: Charlotte 49ers quarterback Matt Johnson (8) is tackled by Georgia State Panthers defenders from left to right; defensive end Carnell Hopson (55), linebacker Joseph Peterson (6), and linebacker Alonzo McGee (4) in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome, September 4, 2015, in Atlanta. Johnson fumbled the ball on the play. The 49ers won 23-20. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

 

It’s time for the weekly review/preview with Georgia State defensive coordinator Jesse Minter.

The Panthers were beaten by Charlotte 23-20 last week and will play at New Mexico State on Saturday.

Georgia State’s defense actually only gave up 16 points (one touchdown was on a fumble recovery). It also gave up 408 yards, but had five takeaways and four sacks.

Q: Did it feel like the defense gave up 400 yards?

A: No. When I went back and looked at it, on four snaps we gave up about 120 yards. (a 63-yard touchdown pass, two 22-yard runs and a 30-yard reception).

So for about 84 snaps it would have been 280-290.

We did some really good things.

The frustrating thing is as a group when we watched film, even the points they scored we felt like we gave them to them. It wasn’t a busted coverage. We had guys there and we didn’t make some plays. There were some critical third downs in the first half that led to field goal drives where we had chances to get off the field.

And then the big plays, I would take Bryan Williams 99 times out of 100 that he would make that play on the deep ball. We just have to learn from it and move on. Try to build off the positives and try to learn from what did happen.

Q: Anybody stand out on film?

A: I’ve never had a single player (Bobby Baker) with five takeaways. He was in the right spot, did a good job. The great thing about Bobby is he’s humble. The first thing he talked about was a couple of missed tackles he had. He obviously made some plays.

I thought Alonzo McGee caused some havoc in the run game and in the pass game. (He had five tackles, four for loss, and a sack).

I thought Kaleb Ringer (eight tackles) started a little slow and came on.

I thought Trey Payne (five tackles, one sack) played pretty well.

I thought Joe Peterson (nine tackles, ½ sack) played well. I thought the guys up front did a good job.

Shawanye Lawrence (six tackles) made some really nice plays and then missed a couple of missed tackles. If he makes those then he has a couple of tackles for loss.

We did some good things up front.

I think we started off the game at corner a little soft for my liking, not getting up in guys faces that led to a few catches on third and long. We will get that fixed.

Overall, pleased with the effort, just have to learn from the things that did happen.

Q: New Mexico State, what do they do well on offense?

A: They moved the ball in the first half against Florida. They had 200 yards at halftime.

The running back (Larry Rose III) that we saw last year is a really good player. He ended the season in the Sun Belt with 1,100 yards rushing, something like that.

The quarterback (Tyler Rogers) is improved from last year. He’s got a good arm. He threw a lot of interceptions. When we watched our film from last year we legitimately had out hands on six or seven balls that could have changed the game. If he does give us those opportunities we have to make them.

They have some receivers that can make plays. They get the ball out fast. It’s what I would call typical Sun Belt offense. It’s spread, it’s up tempo, they run the ball, they get the ball out fast.

We have to do a good job being in the right spot and not letting the back hit us on big runs and limiting explosive plays in the passing game.


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