Hill hopes to lead Georgia State to victory

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.”

19 comments Add your comment

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 19th, 2011
1:46 pm

Go get’em Kelton! Take us to victory on Saturday!

itsmeagain

October 19th, 2011
2:54 pm

It doesn’t matter what the outcome of this game or the season, we’re still proud of you guys. It only gets harder as the L’s begin to build up

Old Panther ('71)

October 19th, 2011
3:16 pm

As an old grad, just allow me to say GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelton Hill Stole My Other Comment

October 19th, 2011
4:01 pm

Not. Gonna. Happen. GO JAGS!

nelson ash

October 19th, 2011
7:48 pm

Curry MUST go soon!

nelson ash is correct

October 20th, 2011
6:30 am

Fire Bill Curry

The Dome Is Our Home

October 20th, 2011
10:43 am

Bill Curry doesn’t deserve to be fired yet but he doesn’t walk on water, either! When will he be held accountable for recruiting players that he constantly must suspend (Little, Hill, Moody…)

Go Panthers!!

October 20th, 2011
12:34 pm

I’ve always preferred Little over the rest of our QBs, but there’s something to be said about the spark of a kid being given his first real chance.

I’ve got a feeling that Kelton is going to do some great things this Saturday.

GSU GRAD 2009

October 20th, 2011
1:02 pm

I love all u Haters, it only makers us STRONGER……..GO PANTHERS

PantherNation

October 20th, 2011
2:07 pm

love haters. keep em coming..

GSU is in Atlanta

October 20th, 2011
3:33 pm

With all the hate that has been thrown at us, it is beginning to sound like a kkk rally

PantherCJ

October 20th, 2011
4:03 pm

KELTON KELTON KELTON KELTON KELTON….

Go PANTHER!

AgentOrange

October 20th, 2011
8:04 pm

KH4 is the best QB on the roster.

div 1

October 21st, 2011
2:39 am

This was the team who’s fans talked all that smack in August how Ga Tech was afraid to play them? c’mon there is a reason why they play at GSU and not Tech. Your fans shoud be happy playing caliber of teams that you have a shot to compete with. It’s no fun winning or losing by 50 points.

STATEment

October 21st, 2011
8:15 am

Seems like the coaches don’t have a clue what they want to do at the QB situation and that has been the biggest killer of this team this year. If we had little and hill rotating like last year from game 1, we would have won atleast 2 or 3 more games. Lets hope are the schedule gets easier down the stretch we get better and end on a strong note! Go State!

STATEment

October 21st, 2011
8:16 am

…And I can’t believe people are talking about firing Curry! It’s his second year! Take it easy! Lots of injuries and a tougher schedule! It will be ok!

Pantherfootball101

October 21st, 2011
11:45 am

KELTON HILL (clap clap clap clap clap) KELTON HILL (clap clap clap clap clap)

BariBlue

October 21st, 2011
7:34 pm

Come ON team! PLEASE bring us home the WIN tomorrow! We’re really pulling for ya!

GSU_2012

October 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

Please just let someone play as a starter more than one or two games. If it is Hill then lets make him a starter for the next 3 or 4 games. Bring in Little as a relief if need be, but let Hill get 75% of the snaps