Little says he’s learned to be accountable

Quarterback Drew Little never thought about transferring when he was suspended from Georgia State’s spring practices after violating undisclosed team rules.

In his first interview with the AJC since Bill Curry announced during the offseason that Little couldn’t participate in spring practices and would be suspended for the first four games of the season, he said he felt that leaving school would be the same as quitting, and he wasn’t raised to be a quitter.

Instead, Little attended study halls and conditioning drills, determined to make it back into Curry’s good graces and reclaim his starting position.

“I felt like I let some people down, let my teammates down, let my coaches down,” Little, a redshirt sophomore, said. “But all that’s over with now, I’m starting over and we are preparing for ODU.”

The hardest part of the past months wasn’t all the extra studying or conditioning. The hardest part was sitting and watching while his teammates practiced.

“… I love this game so much,” he said. “For them to tell me I’m not going to go on and not play, really hit me. It flipped a switch.”

He became determined to show his teammates that they could count on him again, just as they did last year when he passed for 2,102 yards and 18 touchdowns. There were no speeches.

“I didn’t try to do it by talking,” he said. “While they are practicing, I’m doing up-downs. While they are going out having fun, I’m going to study hall.”

His work paid off. He made a B-plus in the Maymester and the dean’s list in the summer semester. He also went through every conditioning drill demanded of him, punishment so severe that Curry said he’s never had a player endure more.

Little impressed Curry so much his suspension was reduced to such that he backed up new starter Bo Schlechter in the season-opening win against Clark Atlanta. Little didn’t play though, by design. He can play this week against the Monarchs.

“It was hard sitting there watching the game because you want to be in, but Bo’s a great friend of mine and a tremendous player,” he said. “I was proud of his performance.”

Little his impressed his teammates as well.

“He’s come along way since that suspension,” tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi said. ” From my point of view, I can tell he’s really focused. He’s honing on on everything the coaches have asked him to do. He’s ready to come back and win. He’s doing all the right things. I think he’s ready.”

Yes, Little has learned his lesson. He knows what it means to be accountable. He’s looking forward to what’s next.

“Things are on the rise, just trying to keep it that way now,” he said.

31 comments Add your comment

First

September 6th, 2011
11:49 am

Bill Curry: Reducing suspensions since 1942

GStateAlum11

September 6th, 2011
11:59 am

I wonder what he did…anyways, glad to have him back. And not to take away from Bo’s awesome performance on Friday, but I hope to see Drew on the field Saturday

Panama

September 6th, 2011
12:10 pm

Drew will come out this a better young man, having learned that playing football is a privilege and not a right, I am proud of the growth he has made.

GStateBen

September 6th, 2011
12:13 pm

@First Glad to see the trolls eat early.

Pain of discipline or Pain of Regret. If Drew quits, then he’s just another player who has a good season then walks away when adversity hits. I am proud of the way he has fought off the field and very few people will ever know the true story.

Beat ODU!

AgentOrange

September 6th, 2011
12:15 pm

Glad he is back – we’ll probably need him soon.

Curry thought he learned his lesson. Good enough for me.

jweaver

September 6th, 2011
12:24 pm

Sounds like he already has become a better young man because of this. Good for Drew!

Larry W

September 6th, 2011
12:29 pm

Proud of you, Drew! Just keep that attitude and you can’t fail in life.

gsu01

September 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

Proud of Drew and hope to see him out there soon!

Montinod

September 6th, 2011
12:44 pm

There’s nothing like a second chance, and It sounds like it gets it now. Good job and help destroy those Monarchs this weekend.

Jee S. You

September 6th, 2011
1:03 pm

Bill Curry: instilling a discipline that UGA can only dream of. Oh, any anyone that feels the need to indicate that they were first to respond (when anyone can see that that was the case), is a class-A tool.

Itsmeagain

September 6th, 2011
1:03 pm

There is a lot to be said about that attitude, not enough people in life perform that way, football players or not. Regardless of what happens in his future, this is a lesson that Drew will hold with him for the rest of his life, and his attitude bodes well for him.

Beat ODU

September 6th, 2011
1:16 pm

It’s human nature to make mistakes. Everyone does it. But it’s learning from our mistakes that makes us better. It sounds like Little is a stronger person moving forward. One things for sure–Drew didn’t give up. I’ll be proud to cheer for him when he comes back, and the same goes for Kelton.

dGSU

September 6th, 2011
1:19 pm

Glad to have you back, Drew.

GASTATE PANTHER

September 6th, 2011
1:29 pm

Glad to have Drew back. Sounds like he really worked his tail off in the offseason and therefore earned his spot back early. I dont think there is anything wrong with that. Lets go get a huge win this weekend boys!

GSUtimes2

September 6th, 2011
1:29 pm

Testing. I don’t think my comments are coming through….

Beat ODU

September 6th, 2011
1:35 pm

@Jee S. You

I agree with you that saying “First” in a comment is certainly annoying.

I disagree with you on your comment regarding GSU’s discipline policy. First of all, none of us know what Little was actually suspended for. It could have been something EXTREMELY minor. Without knowing what Little actually did wrong, it’s possible that the 1 game suspension was actually severe punishment. More importantly, the coach has publicly stated that Little never complained once about all of the extra studying and conditioning. Little kept his head down and worked hard. Curry clearly believes Little has learned his lesson, and will become a better person because of this issue.

I’m sure that the feeling of Curry being “weak” on discipline is not merely the result of the Little issue. Instead, the Kelton Hill incident contributes to your opinion as well. Just because someone is arrested or accused of a crime does not make them guilty (i.e. innocent until proven guilty). To the contrary, Hill’s charges were thrown out of court. Therefore, I don’t think it’s fair to judge Curry’s discipline policy in a negative way.

Kelton Hill

September 6th, 2011
1:38 pm

Where’s my suspension reduction?

College Town, Downtown

September 6th, 2011
1:45 pm

Hell of a game last week! Next, we get to avenge last year’s loss to our archrival.

Georgia Southern??!! Hell no! Our archrival is Old Dominion!!

Beat ODU

September 6th, 2011
1:47 pm

@Kelton Hill

Hill got a one game suspension, which was mandated by the University. Curry didn’t add any more games on top of that. It was originally going to be a much more severe punishment (getting kicked off the team, likely). But when all of the charges were dropped, the suspension was reduced. So there ya go.

GSU Football

September 6th, 2011
2:38 pm

Way to go Drew! We’re glad to have you back!

PantherCJ

September 6th, 2011
3:29 pm

Bill Curry taught that Little a lesson. Put him through a lot of extra studying and workouts. He was also suspended for 4 games. The reduction was made because punishment is to teach a lesson. When that lesson is learned. The punishment can be reduced.

How about your children? Do you ever make them do extra as part of the punishment? or just lock them up in their room? You won’t learn anything if there isn’t a choice for them to make.

Drew didn’t quit. He didn’t cry and whimper. He didn’t drop out of this college to go some place else.
He put his head down and worked hard.

Last time I checked that’s a win in my book.

Ryan

September 6th, 2011
3:33 pm

Welcome back Drew!

RoguePanther

September 6th, 2011
3:45 pm

Glad to know Drew learned the accountability.
It sticks with him for his sake.

Don’t forget you are in the institution gives higher education, learn some.

We just want the Panthers to win. No drama, simple win will do great.

GSUperfan

September 6th, 2011
4:31 pm

Little who? I think Bo has twice the arm he Drew Little does. He sails the ball to the players which is how he ends up with 11 INTs which would have led the FCS by 3 for 2010. My wife can put more muscle behind the ball.

GSUdude

September 6th, 2011
4:43 pm

Bo hung 40+ points in one game, why would we even want Little on the team?

College Town, Downtown

September 6th, 2011
5:29 pm

Didn’t little hang 40 in a game last year? I forget whether he played the whole game.

GSU is in Atlanta

September 6th, 2011
6:35 pm

Why the need to throw any of the GSU QB’s under the bus? They all contribute in one way or the other and GSU would be foolish not to have all three. Kudos to Little for coming around and making the best out of bad situation.

GState08

September 6th, 2011
6:45 pm

Glad he learned from his mistakes. I’m curious to see how the quarterback rotation plays out this year.

2010 Stats

September 6th, 2011
7:04 pm

@GSUperfan. Not sure where you got your info, but actually there were 18 QBs in FCS that threw more than 11 INTs in 2010. And just for argument’s sake, take out the 4 against Alabama and there were 55 QBs in FCS that threw more than 7 INTs last year. BTW, how many of those QBs do you think were Freshmen? Little will only get better…

panther prowler

September 6th, 2011
8:10 pm

How many threw 18 tds and had another 4 rushing? Gsu dude and supperfan may be twins!! Go Panthers!

GSUAlumBaseball81

September 6th, 2011
8:39 pm

Way to go Drew! Very proud of your dedication, desire, determination and discipline! We used these 4 D’s on our High School Football team in the late 70’s at SMHS a DeKalb County H.S. that had a few good teams over the years. You have taken yourself to a higher level and I cannot wait to see you perform in 2011. This is taking nothing away from Bo or Kelton! Just remember football is a team sport like no other and you never know who will step up to make the big play at the right moment. It takes everyone on the field pulling in the same direction for success! As CBC has said it will be interesting years from now to hear from you all in a book or interviews concerning the first Football teams at Georgia State. Keep it up guys and we appreciate what you all are doing for our University!!! GO GSU PANTHERS!!! Beat ODU Saturday!!!