Fourth-string quarterback Bo Schlechter moved to wide receiver Wednesday, a voluntary move that brought him the praise of his coach.
“He jumped on it with exactly the right attitude,” coach Bill Curry said. “He’ll be really good at it.”
I sort of figured something like this would happen eventually. Schlechter, Kelton Hill and Drew Little all came to Georgia State last fall with the intention of being the starting quarterback, an aspiration that became only more challenging with Star Jackson’s arrival over the summer.
They entered fall camp basically even, and it shook out that Little won the job and Schlechter, from Wellington, Fla., ended up running the scout team. He took it magnanimously. I talked to him for a story about the quarterback derby towards the end of camp, and without prompting he said he said he was running the scout team and that now his goal was to run the offensive scout so well that he would make life miserable for defensive coordinator John Thompson.
Players in his spot have a few choices – transfer (as Jackson did from Alabama), stick it out at quarterback and try to win the job back, switch positions or pout. The first two choices certainly have their appeal.
“Most of them have been quarterbacks since they were little kids,” Curry said. “It’s really all they want to play.”
Schlechter, perhaps seeing a way to the field, decided to make a team-first choice.
Curry and his staff had been kicking around ideas about how to get Schlechter, one of the team’s best athletes, on the field (he is already the punter). Wide receivers coach George Pugh suggested taking him on at wide receiver, where a finger injury to Jordan Giles has thinned the depth chart. (He had surgery and is probably out four to six weeks.) Tuesday, Curry asked Schlechter, who agreed and Wednesday morning was running pass routes. Scott McQueen ran the scout team in Schlechter’s place. (McQueen is actually a long snapper. If I were the Lambuth quarterback, I’m not sure what I’d make of that.)
Curry expects him to be able to contribute by the Jacksonville State game Sept. 18.
“He’ll pick it up quickly,” said Curry, noting that, as a quarterback, Schlechter already knows the routes.
He’ll make a small piece of history with the move. He’ll be among the first to receive a helmet decal. Curry decided to give helmet stickers last week after seeing the positive reaction players had to being given a sledgehammer for big hits. Schlechter will receive a block “M,” which stands for magnanimatas, Latin for “greatness of spirit” and a favorite word of Curry’s.
In addition to displays of character, players will receive decals for on-field performance and academic excellence.
Said Curry, “I’ve never done it before, but I really like the idea with this team.”
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