Kelton Hill will make his first start at quarterback for Georgia State in this weekend’s game against South Alabama. The Panthers have lost their last five games and need to win this one to give themselves a chance at a second winning season.
Hill said the start is a long-time coming, and that more than anything he just wants to help the team get a victory.
“This program really needs a ‘W,’ ” he said.
Bo Schlechter, who started last week’s loss at South Carolina State, will back up Hill. Drew Little, who took over the starting job but didn’t play last week because of injuries, will also sit out this week’s game.
Hill, a native of Douglasville who played at Lithia Springs High School, has passed for 74 yards this season, completing three of his 12 attempts in limited duty. But he has rushed for 127, including 94 last week.
Hill found out Sunday in a phone call with offensive coordinator John Bond that he would be the starter. Hill said he’s looking forward to getting more opportunities to pass the ball and that he’s confident Bond will call plays that will spark the team, and he will make the right reads to execute those plays.
He said he’s not nervous, but expects he will be as the game draws closer. However, he doesn’t think the feeling will last.
“After that first hit, it’ll probably just wear off,” he said.
Hill beat Schlechter for the starting job after a solid set of spring practices. However, Hill encountered some legal trouble during the summer that has since been cleared up. But he was suspended for the season opener and didn’t make his first appearance until the fourth game of the season against Houston.
The Panthers could use a spark on offense. They’ve surpassed 350 yards on offense just once this season and haven’t scored more than 24 points against any Division I teams this season.
“Everybody wants to stop losing,” Hill said. “Hopefully we will do that on Saturday.”