McLane named Georgia State’s starting quarterback

Ben McLane was named Georgia State’s starting quarterback today by coach Bill Curry.

“Ben McLane won the job, he earned it with his performance,” Curry said. “He completed a higher percentage of his passes, he learned the system better, he learned the checks better than the other  two guys. He’s a remarkably reliable young man. He doesn’t miss classes, he doesn’t miss assignments. He trains hard in the weight room. He does all the things you expect of a leader.”

McLane, who will be a redshirt freshman in the fall, edged Kelton Hill, who started five games last year and was the presumed starter for the 2012 season, and Bo Schlechter. The Panthers wrapped up spring practices today with McLane going 10 of 13. One of the incompletions was a drop. He completed seven of 11 in last week’s scrimmage. Two of those incompletions were drops.

Offensive coordinator John Bond said last week that he wanted someone who could manage the game and give the receivers a chance in the team’s new no-huddle offense.

“Ben was the most consistent quarterback and the most accurate quarterback this spring,” Bond said. “In the offseason, he needs to continue to work hard on his game and he needs to continue to study the offense – all the things he’s been doing that have allowed him to play beyond his years.”

McLane led Brookwood High School to a state championship as a senior. He left as the school’s career passing leader with 4,747 yards and 35 touchdowns.

“By actual record, he is a champion,” Curry said. “He knows how it feels to go from a decent football team to a great football team, and that’s what we want to do.”

Hill passed for 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, but completed just 54 percent of his passes. Curry has said he wants the quarterback to complete at least 60 percent of their attempts. Hill adds a running dimension that McLane doesn’t. Hill, a native of Douglasville, was the team’s second-leading rusher with 609 yards last season.

“Bo and Kelton have things they do extremely well and when they increase consistency they can earn more playing time as well,” Curry said.

Georgia State will open the season on Aug. 30 against South Carolina State.

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

19 comments Add your comment

Dwayne Blupper

April 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

GSU GRAD 2009

April 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

Ha!! Funny………..

GSU4Life

April 6th, 2012
1:01 pm

Congrats Ben, not sure how to say this politically correct so I won’t try….Bond is an idiot so I would not be hard on yourself Kelton. Just hit the weights, stay focused and do well in school and you’ll contirbute tremendously.

RidgeRunner

April 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Things looking up on the qb front. I hope Ben takes a hint from the actions of Little and Hill and stay out of trouble and on the field.

phil

April 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

Does it really matter who’s named starting QB at a school that can’t beat Division III competition?

I didn’t think so…

Panther Princess

April 6th, 2012
5:02 pm

Phil…. You apparently are taking your frustrations out on the wrong people. You also have mistaken the people on this blog for people who give a crap about your pathetic opinions. Your maturity level really makes us want to read your posts…. idiot. Go find a tricycle and run off a cliff.

GSUAlumBaseball81

April 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

Ben is a winner and I have complete confidence in his ability at QB. We need a leader and I believe the cream always rises to the top. Best of luck and keep up the great work! You won at Brookwood and you can win at Georgia State University. God Speed Man and take control of this team!

And Phil… Go Away you $%^&*! You obviously are a frustrated fan of a little boy football program that has no BLOG on the AJC. :)

Sluggo

April 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

Wasn’t Ben’s only offer from West Georgia? I really hope we found a good one that everyone missed on. Otherwise, shame on Curry and Bond for potentially destroying another season playing QB shuffle.
Good luck Ben, make me a believer!

Sluggo

April 6th, 2012
5:53 pm

Phil

Enjoy obscurity, sir! You aren’t on our radar as we have bigger fish to fry.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

April 6th, 2012
7:38 pm

We believe in you Ben!

Kelton is always a great backup and he can be used in the wildcat formation.

Uncle Johnny

April 6th, 2012
9:12 pm

Phil — I believe in you!

RidgeRunner

April 6th, 2012
9:30 pm

Trolls, trolls everywhere and not a word of truth
Trolls, trolls everywhere for they are afraid

phil

April 6th, 2012
11:19 pm

I bet ole panther princess is a sight to behold….yikes!

And Sluggo? Once you get your head handed to you repeatedly in football next season, we’ll chat again…you guys couldn’t beat Gwinnett County High.

BariBlue

April 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Congratulations, Ben. Glad to see that we FINALLY have a consistent leader at quarterback. You are a leader both on the field and off the field… Congratulations and good luck!!!

Old GSU Fan

April 8th, 2012
8:19 pm

Yeah!!!! lets see what the fat QB can do against SC and Tenn…

GaStateGuru

April 8th, 2012
8:30 pm

Wow these coaches are CRAZY, I believe Its time for Curry and Bond to leave. Because I can’t believe Kelton is not starting. He’s obviously the best guy on the field when’s he’s out there. Well maybe that’s why Curry record is 79-120. Oh well go state. He was the reason why a lot of us went to the games.

Old GSU FAN

April 9th, 2012
9:00 am

K Hill, you need to hit the ground RUNNING !!!!! It is soooooo clear what type of QB GA State wants. The writing is so very clear on the wall…..go to a HBCU !!!!!!

TECHoleTECH

April 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

Wow this program and fans are racist. Smh its a shame

Atlanta Mafia

April 10th, 2012
9:36 pm

My only problem with Kelton Hill is that he can’t go three plays without a fumble!
That makes first downs and touchdowns rather hard to achieve.
If he could hold the ball, then I might would say he is the better choice.