Georgia State defensive coordinator Jesse Minter reviews last week’s 37-3 loss to Appalachian State, and previews this week’s game at Ball State:
Last week against Liberty you said the guys weren’t able to win a lot of 50/50 balls and that happened last week against Appalachian State. How can yall coach them, how can you help them in that area?
Keep focusing on their technique and fundamentals and find ways, particularly on big passes, find ways to give those guys more help in certain situations.
We went into the App game obviously focused on stopping their running attack, thinking we could hold up. We weren’t able to do that.
We played the run decent. Outside of a long run by their quarterback, which was a bonehead mistake by us, but we have to do a better job winning those one-on-one matchups.
Appalachian finished with 207 yards rushing on 44 carries. The Mountaineers were averaging 282.5 rushing yards. Quarterback Taylor Lamb had the longest run, 41 yards. No one else had a run longer than 15 yards.
What does Ball State do?
They do a little bit of everything. The quarterback (Riley Neal) is a true freshman who happens to be from the same high school as me. His dad played for my dad when my dad coached at Ball State way back when I was little.
I’ve known about their quarterback for a long time. He’s been thrust into the starting lineup. He’s a very talented guy. Tall, can make every throw. Four of their five o-linemen are fifth-year seniors so they are big and experienced up front. They have some receivers who can make plays.
They want to run the ball. They want to be balanced. They’ve had a couple of games wehre they got behind so the passing numbers are up. But they are still at about 180 yards per game rushing. They are a very similar spread offense that likes to run the ball first and then let the quarterback make plays. He will run the ball as well.
They mixed it up well and do a little bit of everything.
Neal has thrown for more than 1,110 yards and rushed for 235. The Cardinals are averaging 243.3 passing yards and 177.3 rushing yards per game.
How old were you when your dad coached at Ball State?
That was my introduction into football. He was the d-coordinator at Ball State from 1985-91. I was born in ’83. We moved to Muncie when I was 2. We ended up living in Muncie until I got out of high school. That’s kind of home for me. Ball State was kind of the first program that I was able to know what was going on with football. It’s always had a special place for me. I look forward to going up there and seeing some friends and family and getting a chance to play to those guys.
Any old haunts you’d recommend for anyone going to Muncie, Indiana?
I haven’t been there in a long time. I’ve been in and out of there a couple of times. It’s changed a lot. I grew up right outside of Muncie in Yorktown. That’s the same high school that Riley Neal went to.
It’s a neat place, it’s a college town. When Ball State is doing well they get great support. Coach (Pete) Lembo is doing a great job. They are trying to get it back going the way he has had it for the last couple of years. I look forward to the challenge.
Coaches want to see improvement from week to week. Are you seeing improvement from week to week?
It’s funny, we are seeing improvement in certain areas but we haven’t been able to put it all together yet. I thought we fit up the run overall pretty well. There’s always going to be 2-3 plays you’d like to have back. The longest run the tailback had was 14 yards. If would have told me that going into the game that the tailback would average 3 1/2 yards per carry and the longest run would be 14 yards, I’d say we are going to have a great opportunity to win that game.
Now, the rest of it, we have to fix the big passes. They max protected a lot. They were going with eight-man protections and running two-man routes. Even when we were bringing six and seven at times we weren’t able to get there. There’s improvement in certain areas.
Hopefully, at some point, getting those guys and us together for four quarters and getting the success that they so desire.
The Mountaineers passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Four receivers caught a passes that totaled at least 29 yards.