Three things learned in Georgia State’s win

Here are three things learned in Georgia State’s win over Clark Atlanta:

1. Georgia State doesn’t have a QB quandary. Bo Schlechter started Friday’s game because of the suspensions of Drew Little, last year’s starter, and Kelton Hill, who won the job in the spring. However, Schlechter had a great stretch of practices in August and after passing for three touchdowns and leading the team to five scores in five trips inside the 20-yard line, coach Bill Curry said Schlechter will start the next game against Old Dominion. Little backed up Schlechter on Friday.

2. Georgia State has found a running game. Donald Russell provides a nice compliment to Travis Evans. Russell scored two touchdowns against Clark Atlanta, breaking tackles in both instances. Evans, who is smaller and quicker, was able to use his speed to add 52 yards to Russell’s 56. Both averaged more than 6 yards per carry. Schlechter ran a few option plays and keepers that also resulted in positive gains.

3. Georgia State needs to keep discipline on defense. The Panthers had issues trying to contain Clark Atlanta’s elusive quarterbacks, who combined to rush for more than 100 yards. As Curry noted, they won’t be the only scramblers Georgia State will face this season.

So, what did you learn?

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

25 comments Add your comment

GSU_concerned

September 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

I am a little concerned with Bo Schlechter starting against ODU.
Yes – he did well, but this was against CAU – not a Div I AA ball club.
Wasn’t there was a reason that Bo Schlechter was 4th string last year?
I say let them fight it out early this week in practice and let the best man play.
According to Curry … Little did the crime – then did his time.

GSU_concerned

September 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

Panama

September 3rd, 2011
11:21 am

Still not happy about the run defense.Very happy about 12k students in attendance.

GSUSTAff

September 3rd, 2011
11:22 am

Wow! Great night. Really looks like GSU has taken a step or two ahead. ODU will be a good measuring stick. Lets see what difference a year makes.

GSUSTAff

September 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

12k for students is great, what was the total announced attendance?

GSUAlumBaseball81

September 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

The GSU QB situation is going to get interesting in week two. I believe our defense is ready given tha fact that they have a game under their belt playing together as a unit. Still a little vulnerable in the front three but at linebacker and secondary tremendous depth! The offensive line looked markedly better from last year. They blocked well for the run last night and we all know they can pass block from their protection of Little last year! A win in the ODU game is going to depend on how our offense produces and QB is going to be the key. We have three guys that can perform but who will prevail will set the tone of our offensive style. Bo’s the starter and Bo can do it all but Little is the true passer! Kelton Hill can run like the wind. Can’t wait to see how this plays out! No doubt that Donald Russell can be a record setting running back at GSU and in the FCS and CAA. He has all the tools to be a great running back! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

Tri

September 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Bo is a D1 Qb if he had played in a larger high school would have went to a top 25 team. Give him the chance and he will show you what he has. Kid has Heart.

RidgeRunner

September 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

Total attendance was just over 26000

Montinod

September 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

@GSU_concerned–I’m with you on your point above. Drew Little has already proven to be QB1. There is no need to play around with ODU and possibly go down early. Play your best eligible players.

I learned that our defense is much improved this year and should create a great number of turnovers. Oh, and of course the running game, with the addition of Russell, should rival our passing game of last year.

Go Panthers!

Ed

September 3rd, 2011
1:37 pm

I learned that there is chatter Bo Schlechter will be a darkhorse candidate for Heisman. Not sure who thought CAU should be allowed to bask in the glow that is GSU’s aura. UH needs to be scared. I’m already looking that far ahead and buying my tickets to Tyler, TX for Jan. 7.

GeorgiaState1913

September 3rd, 2011
2:24 pm

Bo was clearly just as good as Drew or Kelton. Russell is a mack truck! And I hope attendance will stay as high as it was last night!

GSUpporter

September 3rd, 2011
5:41 pm

Bo was great. We do not however need to get into the QB games we played during game #2 last year (remember Lambuth and the swapping of Little and Hill) that was a disaster. No need to experiment whatsoever. Yesterday’s game was good, but again TIME OF POSSESSION is extremely important. We do not have a defense that can be on the field so much. We need to keep an eye out for long yardage opportunities but I would rather gain 4 yards a play running and wearing down the defense. We cannot expect our offense to have to score 30+ points a game to win because that is not realistic.

Panther Fan

September 3rd, 2011
7:28 pm

Bo was clearly as good as Drew or Kelton… last year against Shorter. Keep in mind, Drew and Kelton should both be much better this year than they were last year too. Drew looks like he has lost 20 – 30 pounds since last year. I can’t wait to see how they all perform on the field. May the best man win!

AgentOrange

September 3rd, 2011
8:27 pm

Clark Atlanta was awful and their fan attendance was garbage. Donald Russell is a baller.

Band Mom

September 3rd, 2011
11:10 pm

The football was great, but how about that BAND!?!? They put Clark Atlanta’s band to shame!

DJ-Dragon

September 4th, 2011
3:13 am

The thing is – the worst thing you can have is a mixed up QB situation. Even look at tonight’s game with UGA and BSU. Everybody wanted Aaron to be the new hero – but he didn’t even get close to a quality seasoned thrower like Moore.

itsmeagain

September 4th, 2011
3:42 am

Man. I can’t wait until saturday. Lets show them what we are made of. GO PANTHERS

GSUpporter

September 4th, 2011
9:31 am

Really dissapointed w/ Clark’s attendance. They played with a lot of heart though. Liked the matchup much better then Shorter. Really need to be able to get to the ODU QB next week as he threw for 312 against Campbell.

GSUpporter

September 4th, 2011
9:34 am

PS, PLEASE CJB don’t play that in and out QB stuff that got us in trouble w/ Lambuth. I think Bo did a great job but next week but we’ve got to focus on gettng up in the game early and then just wearing down their defense. Save the “games” for if we’re up by at least 28.

RidgeRunner

September 4th, 2011
10:34 am

Curry knows what happened last year with Lambuth and blames himself for how it handled it. Be sure it will not be that way this year.

GSU

September 4th, 2011
11:46 am

As long as our safeties are not the leading tacklers this year, we’re going to be tough to contend with.

ODU benefited from 4 turnovers last year and at least two were questionable.

GSU2012

September 4th, 2011
12:20 pm

Great Win! Now it’s time to refocus and concentrate on the REAl TEST: ODU. Let’s got State!

Paddy

September 5th, 2011
7:56 am

ODU will be your biggest test of the season. CAA is strong and ODU is not the favorite to win that conference but it has a nice team and plays well on the road. 26,000 attend. is a real improvement from last year. Keep it going!

Nicole

September 6th, 2011
4:29 pm

Little is suspended for the next 4 games right? Attendance was great. I am so proud to be a Panther!!!

mike bray

September 6th, 2011
6:44 pm

UGA fans have a place to go. This ODU fan cannot wait. Can you get oysters in Atlanta?