Here are nine notes from Thursday’s Cure Bowl press conferences with coaches and players from Georgia State and San Jose State. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl. It will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
These notes will be heavy on San Jose State because there’s not much more newsy with Georgia State that wasn’t already covered in Tuesday’s press conference in Atlanta, which you can read about by clicking that link.
Here are some other stories from the week you can read before going over these notes:
On to the notes:
- San Jose State Ron Caragher said he was trying to remain cautious about his team’s chances going to a bowl. They won six games in 2013 but didn’t receive an invitation. The Spartans continued to hold light practices until an invitation was received during the team banquet.
- Caragher said he has no issues with the Spartans receiving an invitation despite having a 5-7 record. “Postseason play is a reward for doign things the right way. Why should it be limited to a record?” he said the team had an APR of 975. It was 888 several years ago. In fact, the Spartans were one of the first to be punished by the NCAA because it didn’t meet the APR minimum.
- There are a lot of similarities between the Spartans and Panthers, one of which is both have a bright future. The Spartans have just four senior starters. The Panthers have six.
- The Spartans just completed final exams on Wednesday. Thursday was the first day the whole team practiced together.
- Caragher said his linebackers and secondary are very skilled. Two cornerbacks and a safety were recently named all-conference. Those were: Maurice McKnight, So., DB; Jimmy Pruitt, Sr., DB and Cleveland Wallace, Jr., DB.
- Caragher said that secondary will be tested by Georgia State’s receivers and quarterback Nick Arbuckle. He said Arbuckle’s strength is he has tremendous touch and can find an open receiver.
- Running back Tyler Ervin needs 104 yards to become the school’s all-time leading rusher with 2,514 yards. He’s more than just a runner. He is earning his real estate license at night and is also the team’s barber. He was also the team’s MVP for the second consecutive year. Plus, he weighs just 178 pounds.
- Quarterback Kenny Potter has improved the last four weeks and led the conference with a completion percentage of 68.5. He passed for 1,895 yards and 14 touchdowns.
- Georgia State coach Trent Miles said playing in Florida will boost recruiting. “The exposure we get is excellent in state of Florida and Georgia. Between Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina we don’t have to go anywhere else. It’s huge for us to be here. But we have to win it.”