Georgia State offensive coordinator John Bond spent a few minutes after Tuesday’s practice answering a few questions. The Panthers will open the season against Clark Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome:
Q: Which position were you most concerned about entering August’s practices and how have they performed:
A: Quarterback, because of all the uncertainty and drama that went on during the summer.
I’m very pleased with Bo Schlechter. He’s had a great camp and is a tremendous athlete. He got a volleyball scholarship to Boise State, which tells you what kind of athlete he is. Quarterback has become very important to him. He’s had a good camp. He’s got a big arm.
Q: I saw him throw a 60-yard pass yesterday without even trying.
A: He’s got a lot more than that too. He’s got a quick release.
Like many first-year quarterbacks, if they will take training to field and not become untrained when the glass starts breaking.
Q: Is decision-making the area you wanted him to work on most?
A: I’ve been pleased with that. I just want him to take care of the football. Guys with big arms, they have a lot of confidence and try to foce the ball into places. If he won’t do that, I think you’ll see a pretty good player.
Q: How much progress has the offensive line made. Running the ball was a weakness last season.
A: Very pleased, wanted to be more productive. We were balanced on offense run-to-pass, but from a productivity standpoint we weren’t. We were much better passing the ball. Part of the problem was we only got 29 practices before we got to play. Now they’ve had all fall, spring, this camp. There’s more cohesiveness. That’s part of the reason why we have run the football better.
Q: Talk about the depth the team has developed at running back and wide receiver?
I’m excited about Donald Russell. He had a pulled hamstring so we didn’t get to see much of him the first two weeks. All camp I was anxiously awaiting his return. Donald reminds you of Mark Ingram, I’m not saying he’s as good, but when he gets his shoulders down, plants his foot and goes, he’s a load. Travis Evans and Malcolm Smith have had good camps.
At wide receiver, we got Daniel Williams back, Albert Wilson is healthy. We’re excited about both those spots.
Q: Are you surprised, just in the team’s second year, that you are so deep?
A: We had a little bit of advantage…. as a QB coach I got to handpick who I wanted to try to get. We were able to get a thrower in Drew [Little], athletic runner in Kelton [Hill] and an in-between guy in Bo.
In one way, I’m not surprised but in another way … Lynquez Blair coming over from DB has stepped in at wide receiver and I haven’t mentioned Parris Lee and he may be the most talented player there.
We are deep, we are healthy, both of those should be positives for us going into the fall.