GSU QB Schlechter moves to WR

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.

Moving to wide receiver

Moving to wide receiver

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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60 comments Add your comment

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

Go Coach I like the sticker thing.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

State is in a great situation to have players that came to PLAY BALL. They took a chance to sign with Curry and I think you could ask a field goal kicker to be a DB and he would try it just because he came to GSU to PLAY BALL.

Delbert D.

September 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

I never have liked stickers. They emphasize the “me” instead of “team.”

Delbert D.

September 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

Also, they make uniforms non-uniform. The NCAA is not strict like the NFL. Cant’ play with shirt tails out in the NFL.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Delbert can’t it mean LOOK athow Hard I worked to HELP my Team Win? It can tell other player to step up and work as hard as I am working to make the TEAM a winner. The stickers for Class work is always a good idea.

GSU Panthers

September 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Glad to see Schlechter add depth to the WR core, but the loss of Giles is a big one.

gsu01

September 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Have to disagree Delbert. Stickers can also be given for being the ultimate team player, which is exactly why Schlechter got the sticker. I love it!

dawg day afternoon

September 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

Anyone who thinks stickers are me-first doesn’t understand football. Anything you do right on the field helps the team. If this team shows up against Alabama, there won’t be enough room for all those stickers!

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

Other than GStateBen no GSU fan has done the stupid 1st thing. Maybe fans on this blog can make it an unspoken rule that we never post 1st in the 1st year of GSU Panther Football.

Pago Pago Trojan

September 8th, 2010
1:18 pm

Sp who is the starting QB?

gsu01

September 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

Drew Little is still the starting QB.

GSU!

September 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

I love this blog! Thank you AJC for publishing this. It makes me proud to be a GSU grad!

GSU!

September 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

Ken, this might be something that you’ve done before and I missed… but, I’d like to ask for an ‘about the author’ piece. It would interesting to learn a little about your background/professional career. Just a suggestion as I expect to follow you now that GSU has a regular sports blogger. On a side note, I remember reading a couple of your blogs on the Hawks Beat Blog when Sekou left some time ago (last year?). Thanks for your work, Ken!

1913

September 8th, 2010
3:02 pm

Thanks for the blog AJC! Great job covering the team so far!

I hadn’t even thought about the sticker idea until know, but I down with it. Like Bo’s attitude! Looking to help the team any way he can!

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

Delbert D. I think all U.S. Military Branches wear uniforms that are not UNIFORM. They all have ribbons to show their accomplishments, but do not think the soldiers are not fighting for the TEAM or that others without the ribbons fight less for the TEAM.

GStateBen

September 8th, 2010
3:18 pm

Only reason I did the “First” thing was basically to make fun off the dolts that beg for recognition by other authors. I’ve got my own blog to shout first.

Great move by Bo and it tells you about his character. The South Florida guys on our roster have already had a huge impact with Parris Lee, Albert Wilson, Justin Hughes and Rosevelt Watson (who should get better looks this week).

The players must have voted on the stickers because I was told earlier that it wouldn’t likely happen. I love them and hope Bo picks up a few more this year at WR (and Punter for that matter, inside the 20 baby!).

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
3:23 pm

GStaeeBen Pass it on that GSU fans shouldn’t do the 1st thing during the 1st year of GSU football. OK. I was not picking on you I just noted the fact that you were the only poster that did it.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
3:25 pm

GStateBen why don’t you talk to the AJC and GSU to become the LIVE Fan Blogger? Do you have the time? You get to go to the games on the Shools ticket and get press benifets too.

Ken Sugiura

September 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

not a lot to add here, but I’m cool with the stickers. it’s one more thing that differentiates college and the NFL. it seemed like a lot of schools have gone away from it, but I remember as a kid thinking it was pretty cool. for what it’s worth, players will get a panther for on-the-field stuff and a gold star for academic stuff.
as for an about the author blurb, i’ll look at what the other blogs do. but i appreciate the interest. one thing i really like about doing a blog, whether it’s this one, or the Hawks or Tech ones I’ve contributed to in recent years, is the interaction with readers.

GStateBen

September 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

Man, I’d love to. Maybe Ken and I can get together and hook it up.

Found out that Jordan Giles actually broke his finger on a 3 on 3 drill by getting it lodged into a defenders helmet. Yikes!

I’ll be there on Saturday with my 19 month old and my mother-in-law (who loves GSU football and wears her shirts proudly). See you guys Saturday!

GStateBen

September 8th, 2010
4:18 pm

Ken,

I agree completely. I’ve grown up a ‘Nole and the tomahawks were awesome. You knew who your dominant players were on how many helmet stickers you had. Richt took the idea with him to Georgia and Tech even put the Buzz stickers on as well.

Are they going to be Panther Paws similiar to Clemson?

Panther Prowler!

September 8th, 2010
4:25 pm

Ken!!! Thanks for getting us on the front of the sports page, and RIGHT where I asked you to place the link!! Now THAT’s customer service!!

LET’S GO STATE!!!

Panther Prowler!

September 8th, 2010
4:29 pm

The “first” thing really isn’t a problem: it just shows enthusiasm for another article about something you enjoy, whether you’re on a sports blog or aintitcool.com. Anyone that sees otherwise is probably new to the Internet, or at least Web 2.0. It’s harmless.

Paddy

September 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

Delbert D…I must now disagree with you. Stickers are great if the value is place on team priciples. IE. stickers should never be given for interceptions or touchdowns. They are great for fumble recoveries and yards after first contact. I hpoe you see my point?

Hammer22

September 8th, 2010
5:29 pm

Who would’ve ever thought people would want to race and say 1st on a GSU blog. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT. I’m gonna do it if I can make it. It’s only one comment and it shouldn’t ruin the article for anyone.

Woody Hayes' Book Club

September 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

Nice mug Gilbert! You’re a star. Keep up the good work.

ATLIEN in Texas

September 8th, 2010
6:09 pm

Curious to see how GSU stacks up against Jacksonville St. That game should tell alot about how prepared Curry has this program in year 1.

PMAP

September 8th, 2010
8:40 pm

GSU had trouble stopping the run. Against better teams I have a feeling they will run over us. I saw allot of arm tackling in the first game. Hard not to see teams running over us. The offense executed well and I like Curry run first mind set.

PMAP

September 8th, 2010
8:47 pm

I have a “first.” I brought home the first souvenir ball from the game. Kicker missed the net on his last practice kick right into our section. TheGSU fans were amazing. Forget first argument. Let talk football.

Panther Prowler!

September 8th, 2010
9:19 pm

Question: is Georgia State eligible to be invited to a non-BCS bowl game this year?

ryan

September 8th, 2010
9:25 pm

No, we can’t go to a bowl game. Wrong level.

Curious though what the rules are on getting at-large bids to the playoffs.

Are we playing too many NAIA and Div II teams to qualify?

gsu01

September 8th, 2010
9:35 pm

Panther Prowler: GSU plays at the FCS (formerly I-AA) level as opposed to the FBS level (formerly I-A) and FCS teams aren’t eligible for any bowl games (which are for FBS schools only) as they have their own playoff system. Also, GSU is not FCS post-season eligible for the first two years I think.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 8th, 2010
10:28 pm

WOW I can’t believe there are 1st post defenders. If all you have to say is first then stay on facebook and twitter. Say something of VALUE on the 1st post or go the F….Home. Weee I was fast on a blog I am God in my small world.
Bill and the Panthers have a long wat to go to become a good team, but I hope the GSU LOVERS don’t become HEATERS real fast.
Coach Bond and Coach Pugh are the real deal just give it some time.
Coach Curry Learned and Lived from the Greatest and Best coaches in the History of Football.
If Bill Curry’s teams don’t win on the field the players will WIN in Life.

Hammer22

September 8th, 2010
11:52 pm

POAD, don’t let stuff like “first” get you all fired up and pissed off. It’s not worth it.

jtaylor27

September 9th, 2010
5:53 am

To qualify for the playoffs an FCS team must be fully instated into their conference. GSU, Old Dominion, South Alabama, and UT San Antonio are not eligible for the playoffs for that reason–we/they are all starting programs. Apparently, UNC Charlotte is starting a program as well, but I don’t know how far along they are. In 2012, when we are fully members of the CAA we can make the playoffs. We’ll know how far we have to go when we play #5 JSU in a couple of weeks.

ATLNative

September 9th, 2010
9:17 am

However, USA is a Sun Belt school… an FBS program. GSU shouldn’t get comfortable in the CAA, we’re going to outgrow it very quickly.

Mike

September 9th, 2010
9:18 am

Thanks for the blog Ken, keep up the good work for GSU

Panther Prowler!

September 9th, 2010
9:34 am

Anyone that gets offended by “first” posters is a “HEATER” LOL!

Ken Sugiura

September 9th, 2010
1:55 pm

talking about playoffs, eh? fun to talk about, but I believe GSU01 is right in the team not being eligible for the first two years. it was something i wanted to check into.
regardless, we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves. i don’t think GSU is quite yet ready to tangle with the Appalachian States and Montanas of the football world.

ryan

September 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

I agree. Thinking we’re playoff ready is getting way ahead of ourselves. I was just curious if it’s theoretically possible.

I have heard a couple of people already talking about moving up to FBS. I think they underestimate how quickly a team can get competitive enough to be FBS without serving as everyone’s punching bag.

Teams like App State, Delaware, Ga Southern, and so on are light years ahead of where we are. It will take a few years to get caught up, if anyone is remotely realistic about that.

Look at Marshall. They were an absolute POWER at 1-AA, but they were eaten alive at the 1A level. I think they had one or two years of making noise in the MAC, but that was it.

Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

September 9th, 2010
2:49 pm

I would like to suggest that the AJC start using GStU for Georgia State and GSoU for Georgia Southern which has long been known as GSU. That would stop the confusion. Everytime I see GSU in print I think it’s Georgia Southern. The AJC has readers all over the state so I’m probably not the only one. People all over the US associate GSU with GA Southern also due to their success in football in the past.

Hammer22

September 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

TTTT, State was a university a few decades b/f while Southern was still a college. Our school website, helmets, logo on the 50 yard line, t-shirts, etc. all say GSU when referring to Georgia State.

Not trying to be an a-hole.

PTC DAWG

September 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

GSU is in Statesboro, FYI.

drzlstrangelovejr

September 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

georgia southern fans are truly fouled up. NO one outside of Bulloch county has even heard of georgia southern. GSU= Georgia State University.georgia southern is a crappy school that plays in a very minor league. Whatever they have won is not at a level that matters.

ryan

September 9th, 2010
4:37 pm

And here come the Southern fans. Ugh.

http://www.gsu.edu

That’s your answer.

Us vs Us

September 9th, 2010
10:28 pm

I agree ajc should use GSoU to refer to Georgia Southern so it is not confused with GSU which everyone knows is Georgia State University.

Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

September 9th, 2010
11:46 pm

PTC DAWG, and your point is? You are correct that Georgia Southern is in Statesboro, which is in GA, by the way. The state and the world does not revolve around Atlanta as some would have us believe. Most people I know equate Georgia State with basketball, and not football. I would be willing to bet that 5 out of 10 people in the state do not know that GA State even has a football team. Until some success has been attained, it will stay that way. I only said that to avoild confusion, since both teams use it, to make it clear in the AJC, SINCE THERE ARE READERS ALL OVER THE STATE AND US, (IN FACT I AM NOT IN GA) to use GStU for GA STATE and GSoU for GA SOUTHERN. A little logic goes a long way.

Hammer22

September 9th, 2010
11:54 pm

GStateBen should be our fan blogger. He already has a blog set up strictly for all things GSU related.

ATLNative

September 10th, 2010
9:26 am

I realize GA Southern has had a relatively successful football program for many years and has quite a following. It’s obvious you relate yourselves to “Alabama” with your “Tide inspired” uniforms… and that’s fine. I think it’s something great for that part of the state.

Here’s the reality – there are 4 research institutions in the State of Georgia: UGA, Tech, MCG, and GSU. This argument is not just over athletics, it’s about endowment, enrollment, and prestige. I’m honored you think Southern has the same pedigree and name that State does, but we don’t compete with you. Academically and politically, we compete with Tech and UGA – ex: the Executive MBA programs all 3 have. The model for our program is something like a South Florida – who went from start-up to BCS in 9 years. It’s purely a matter of school size… that, and the fact that we were GSU for 21 years before you thought you were.

F9F

September 10th, 2010
10:29 am

Just wanted to say that you’re doing an excellent job, Ken. Loved the story about obscure Lambuth and the coach going to the wrong city. BTW, I’m cool with the stickers as long as they are doled out carefully so that they mean something. I remember several years ago when Georgia Tech awarded helmets with black trim to players who distinguished themselves on defense. Ted Roof was a charter member of the “Black Watch,” as was Ricardo Ingram and a few others. It seemed every time there was a key play on defense, one of those black-trimmed helmets was involved in it.