Drew Little leaves GSU’s football team — updated at 4:15 p.m.

Quarterback Drew Little, who started 13 games in his two-year career, has left Georgia State’s team. Coach Bill Curry said he was surprised by Little’s decision.

“We did not want him to leave,” Curry said.

Little confirmed that he is no longer in school, but declined to discuss anything else. He was arguably the Panthers’ best player in their inaugural season in 2010, passing for 2,102 yards and 18 touchdowns. However, he was suspended from spring practice as well as the season’s first four games for breaking team rules during the offseason. Curry eventually eliminated the four-game suspension because he said Little did everything asked of him in the offseason.

Little still started two games, and saw action in two more, passing for 468 yards, with six interceptions and no touchdowns. He suffered a sternum injury in his second start against Murray State and didn’t play in the final six games.

“There were obstacles after obstacles after obstacles [for him],” Curry said. “People have fought through those and we tried to lead him that way. We wished that it had worked.”

Little was one of three players who started at quarterback last season, with Kelton Hill seemingly securing the position by the end of the season.

Little’s decision leaves the Panthers (3-8) with two quarterbacks with game experience: Hill and Bo Schlechter, as well as redshirt freshman Ben McLane. Curry said the position has talent but lacks consistency.

“In today’s football, that’s what the top programs are doing,” he said. “That person must master his sytem and have the capacity to deal with defensive coordinators of the other team. Football has become our quarterback against your defensive coordinator  and defensive coordinators aren’t dumb.

“We have capacity to do those things but no one to settle and do those things consistently except the first year when Drew did it.”

Little is the only player who has left the program between semesters. Curry said there haven’t been any transfers in or early signees either. He said some of his assistant coaches have been contacted about other jobs, but that none have left yet.

All Stars

Three  seniors, Clyde Yandell, Ladeven Kirkland and Arthur Williams, have been chosen to play in the Battle of Florida All-Star Game on Jan. 21 in Boca Raton, Fla.

They are the first three football players to be selected for an all-star game in Georgia State’s two years of football.

The game features NFL draft-eligible players with ties to Florida. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at FAU Stadium and will be televised on FCS.

Yandell, an offensive lineman, is from Ponte Vedra Beach. Kirkland and Williams are from Miami.

Yandell will play on the North team, which will be coached by former FSU coach Bobby Bowden. Kirkland, a lineman, and Williams, a tight end, will play for the South team, coached by Howard Schnellenberger.

Hogan adding a sport

Linebacker Mark Hogan, famous for being GSU’s first commit in football, is also going to be its first two-sport football athlete. Hogan has decided to try his hand at baseball this spring. A redshirt junior, Hogan had 56 tackles and two sacks last season.

Hogan will practice with the football team in the morning, and then join the baseball team in the afternoon.

Hogan played four seasons at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, helping the team to two state titles (2005, 07). An outfielder, he had a career batting average of .363 with 10 doubles, two homers, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored. He also stole eight bases.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu


14 comments Add your comment

Coach D.

January 12th, 2012
5:32 pm

That’s a shame. Wish the best for the Henry Co. kid. Hope he gets his degree most importantly.

GSU

January 12th, 2012
5:37 pm

I mean, is it asking too much to not lose a QB every season? This is embarassing.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 12th, 2012
6:35 pm

Best of luck Drew! Thanks for your efforts at GSU!

concrete campus

January 12th, 2012
8:52 pm

Doug, put Georgia State sports on the left side of the AJC sports page where it belongs. Enough of this second class status nonsense: we’re the best basketball program in the state!

Pather fan

January 12th, 2012
9:59 pm

Best wishes to Drew.

GStateBen

January 12th, 2012
11:46 pm

With Trent Thompson coming in, Drew saw that this is Kelton’s team.

I will be shocked if another QB is not added for depth. Bo will not be a QB come Fall. He has tried his hand at place kicking during Fall practice and could move back to WR to provide depth.

ajg-marietta

January 13th, 2012
9:39 am

Best of luck to Drew. Hope he does well in future endeavors.

gsu 01

January 13th, 2012
2:37 pm

Ben, you have no clue! Kelton was not Drew’s competition. Drew was! Has nothing to do about who’s team it is. As a matter of fact that’s a stupid comment all together. a Team is not owned by the quarterback. Keep sniffing jocks! It is what you do best!!!!!!!

OutSTATEd

January 14th, 2012
9:06 am

Good luck to Drew please please take Bond and Thompson with you. Maybe we should try focusing on recruiting a fullback and a kicker. Hill, McClane, & Trent should be able to make it happen at QB so no worries there. Would love to see our O&D lines beefed up. Defense MUST be better this year last year was a complete disgrace.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 15th, 2012
12:54 pm

@ OutSTATEd

I agree with you fullback comment. Given Donald Russell a blocking back and watch “The Donald” run!!! Can’t wait till signing day! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

Raccoon Coat Mac

January 15th, 2012
9:29 pm

The passion for GSU football – 10 comments, it’s getting ugly. Time to pull the plug on this little experiment and reduce student fees.

Seriously

January 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

Love the new banner add on AJC website for Ga Southern as a research university. I guess Southern leads the nation in researching how to party or become a cast member in the real world. An education from Southern is a joke.

Little is gone...bummer!

January 16th, 2012
2:39 pm

Drew looked great in the inaugural season, but I think the opposing Def Coord’s figured him out after reviewing game film. When this occurs it then becomes the Off Coord’s job to adjust and that didn’t happen. When reviewing film you need to recognize tendencies by your team and your opponent’s. I wish Little well and loved the season he gave me in the beginning. Biggest problem I see for the Panthers next season is the summer. The summer killed us last year with suspension, academics, and negative attitudes….. If we make it to the fall with no problems we will be in a much better position than last year. I can’t wait to see how we fare on national signing day……. I have to give major “Big Up’s” to the men’s basketball team. You are helping all the sports at State by promoting the brand with your record this season. Keep it up!! “Big Up’s”, “Big Up’s”, “Big Up’s”, “Big Up’s”, !!!!

TheRealGSU

January 16th, 2012
3:21 pm

@Seriously

U mad bro?