Georgia State defensive coordinator Jesse Minter reviewed last week’s 31-19 win over Ball state and previewed next week’s game at Arkansas State.
My comments/facts are in italics.
What did y’all do well?
Guys played really hard. Kept the ball in front of us. First time since we’ve been here that we didn’t give up any explosive plays in the run game or the passing game, run for us being over 15 and a pass over 20.
Ball State’s longest pass play was 19 yards.
We kept that in check and handled adversity well. Both times we gave up a touchdown we came back the next series and went three and out, or close to three and out.
Ball State went three and out after its first touchdown and got one first down after its second touchdown.
Got a big takeaway at the end of the game. Had some pressure on the quarterback, would like to have ended the game with three or four sacks. There were three or four that we should have had.
Georgia State had one sack, by Mackendy Cheridor, and three hurries.
Just happy for the guys with the way they played overall and battled.
Was there a change in the philosophy or tactics that prevented the big plays compared to previous games?
We zoned things up a little bit more. We still brought some pressure. We mixed it up decent and the guys, when we were covering those guys, were willing to give up some hitches and outs and quick throws like that in previous games we might have pressed to take all of that away.
We were very, very conscious with keeping those guys in front of us. They have two big, 220-plus pound receivers that have made a bunch of plays down the field. We were very conscious of those guys.
Ball State averaged 7.8 yards per catch. Georgia State was allowing 12.8 yards per catch. Ball State was averaging 10.6 yards per catch.
What does Arkansas State do well?
They are very fast.
The quarterback is involved in the run game so they do a good job of getting the ball in their playmaker’s hands. They have three or four tailbacks now that they rotate in there. Particularly last night, some news guys have stepped up for them each week.
Quarterback Fredi Knighten is averaging 40.5 rushing yards per game. The Red Wolves are averaging 213.7 rushing yards per game. Four players are averaging at least 40 rushing yards per game.
23 is a big-time playmaker, receiver and running back at times.
23 is J.D. McKissic, who has 31 receptions for 310 yards. He also has nine rushes for 56 yards.
The quarterback makes them go. He missed a couple of games and they struggled a little bit on offense. He came back these past two games and they’ve got two conference wins under their belt and have run the ball really well.
The Red Wolves defeated South Alabama 49-31 and Louisiana-Lafayette 37-27.
They present a great challenge with a fast tempo and mix in a variety of ways to run the ball. The guys will have to be on point.
Could you see any difference in the guys last week compared to this week after such a solid game?
Any time you win there’s confidence. I think they start to realize the process of winning. It’s not just Saturday. The way that you prepare throughout the week, most of the time leads to how you play on Saturday.
We had a good week of preparation. I think they are starting to see the fruits off those labors a little bit and understand if we that every week we will give ourselves a chance to win.