GSU’s 5 things to watch in football, part 5

Georgia State’s football team entered the 2011 season with many questions that never got answered.

After a 3-8 record punctuated by another offseason of disciplinary problems, those questions haven’t gone away as the Panthers begin practice today. They have less than four weeks before they open the season hosting S.C. State on Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome. They will then dive into their first and last Colonial Athletic Association in a schedule that should be much more difficult than last year’s. The Panthers are joining the Sun Belt next year.

Here’s the next part in the five-part look at August’s practices:

Will there be stability at quarterback?

Because of suspensions, injuries or ineffectiveness, Georgia State used three quarterbacks last year: Drew Little, Bo Schlechter and Kelton Hill. Little quit and Schlechter was dismissed after allegedly being involved in a bar fight during the offseason.

Hill seemed to be a lock for the starter’s spot this year.

Surprising many, redshirt freshman Ben McLane was named the starter coming out of spring because offensive coordinator John Bond said McLane consistently put the team in good positions.

“Ben McLane, while not proven in games, has shown he can take responsibility and be a leader,” coach Bill Curry said.

Kelton Hill, who Curry said showed his “incredible talent” last year while posting 1,630 yards in eight games, needs to improve his accuracy (54 percent last year) and ball security to compete for the starter’s job, according to Curry.

Not to be forgotten is Ronnie Bell, who transferred from Ohio after a stellar career at Sandy Creek High School.

Curry said that true freshmen Nathan Schuster and Mark Weidenaar will provide a level of skilled depth that the team hasn’t had.

The position will benefit from a group of strong running backs, led by Donald Russell, and solid group of wide receivers, led by Albert Wilson.

So, what do you think? Share your thoughts below.

Here’s Part 1 of the 5 things

Here’s Part 2 of the 5 things

Here’s Part 3 of the 5 things

Here’s Part 4 of the 5 things

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

1. Will there be stability at quarterback? Because of suspensions, injuries or ineffectiveness, Georgia State used three quarterbacks last year. Surprising many, redshirt freshman Ben McLane was named the starter coming out of spring because offensive coordinator John Bond said McLane consistently put the team in good positions.

“Ben McLane, while not proven in games, has shown he can take responsibility and be a leader,” coach Bill Curry said.

Kelton Hill, who Curry said showed his “incredible talent” last year while posting 1,630 yards in eight games, needs to improve his accuracy (54 percent last year) and ball security to compete for the starter’s job, according to Curry.

Not to be forgotten is Ronnie Bell, who transferred from Ohio after a stellar career at Sandy Creek High School.

3 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

August 1st, 2012
8:55 am

If Ben McLane can distribute the ball to his playmakers at 60 to 65 percent, we should be fine. I was never sold on Kelton and his me first attitude has completely turned me off. He’s better off coming in running packages.

Jee S. You

August 1st, 2012
1:21 pm

I’d rather see a commitment to one QB. Running Hill in and out can disrupt the “throwing” QBs rhythm. Plus, as Curry said yesterday, our receivers are our best unit – we need to take advantage of that, which will open up Donald for the run. No need to have a running QB with that combination.

Panama

August 1st, 2012
10:23 pm

WRs are the best position group on the team. The top 3 of Giles, Williams and Wilson could play for any of the GA Big 3. So we need consistent QB play to spread the field and then let our deep RB corps do their thing.