Georgia State quarterback Star Jackson is expected to make his debut this Saturday against Jacksonville State, according to offensive coordinator John Bond.
Jackson has shown enough “good film” in practice to merit playing time, Bond said after Tuesday’s practice. Jackson, who transferred to Georgia State from Alabama over the summer, has been taking snaps in practice behind starter Drew Little, along with backup Kelton Hill.
“I do see Star getting in,” he said. “He’s earning that.”
Coach Bill Curry said on his radio show Monday that Little will remain the starter on the principle that he won’t unseat a starting quarterback based on one poor performance. Little was 5-for-12 for 33 yards with three interceptions against Lambuth last Saturday.
Jackson stayed on the bench in the Panthers’ first two games. He was suspended for the first half of the Shorter for being late to a team bus.
“The more good film he continues to show in practice, I think he’s working his way into a role of playing,” Bond said of Jackson. “I think he’s earning that.”
Bond also praised the play of Hill for leading two touchdown drives in the second half of the 23-14 loss.
The Panthers will need to generate more offense they did against Lambuth (five first downs, 29 rushing yards from the running backs). Jacksonville State is ranked No. 4 in FCS and is 2-0 with a defeat of Ole Miss in its opener.