What’s next for Georgia State’s offense?

With Kelton Hill’s move from back-up quarterback to safety earlier this week, Georgia State’s quarterback job seems like its firmly in Ben McLane’s right hand.

Making the first start of his college career, McLane looked shaky in last week’s 33-6 loss to South Carolina State. He completed just 7 of his 15 passes for 54 yards and was sacked five times. He didn’t show the accuracy, game management or presence that he showed in winning the job during the spring, and holding onto it during August.

McLane said he didn’t like how he played, but he wasn’t entirely disappointed. He didn’t throw any interceptions, something that was preached to him, but he said he did hold onto the ball too long sometimes.

“I thought at times, pretty much the whole game, I was too timid,” he said. “At times there were throws that I should have made that I didn’t because I was trying to take care of it too much.”

McLane said he learned a lesson from that experience.

“I need to be more aggressive and trust my preparation and trust that I’m ready and trust that I can make plays,” he said. “Don’t be too scared to make plays but don’t be too careless either.”

McLane wasn’t helped by an offensive line featuring four new starters. Two of his sacks were the result of him holding onto the ball too long. Another came on a safety blitz that McLane either didn’t recognize, or one of his teammates missed the call to block the blitzer.

Tackle Grant King said it doesn’t matter how long McLane holds onto the ball, the line needs to keep defenders off him. King, who has started 23 consecutive games at right tackle, said the line needs to focus and get their minds right.

“A lot of guys were somewhat inexperienced and we are trying to overcome that right now,” he said.

King said the  linemen are working on keeping their heads raised so they can find the linebackers and identify blitzes. He said they are also trying to improve their blocking when the defenders stunt.

“Everybody can do an all-around better job,” he said.

Though it was statistically one of the worst games Georgia State’s offense has played, coordinator John Bond said he saw a lot of encouraging things when reviewing the film.

“We had many, many plays and many pays within series where we looked like a talented football team,” he said. “Our offensive line didn’t protect like they are capable but I feel we’ve really got a chance to be pretty good.”

McLane could be helped by the offense focusing on using running back Donald Russell more. He  rushed for 120 yards on just 12 carries, prompting Curry to say that the coaches didn’t use Russell enough. On Tuesday, Curry said Russell needs to get at least 20 touches (carries or receptions) a game, which would mean the offense is playing well.

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

16 comments Add your comment

Pennsylvania CAA Fan

September 5th, 2012
8:03 am

Don’t leave me! I need your attention since I’m stuck in the CAA and Penn is the worst state in the Union! Please, someone LOOK AT ME!! :’(

Red Panther

September 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Onwards and upwards; time to forget the last game and win the next one

Panther

September 5th, 2012
9:05 am

While I’m not gonna hold my breath, I do still have some faith that these things will get sorted and we can still has a decent season. Don’t let me down guys.

Who Cares?

September 5th, 2012
9:36 am

Who cares about the offense? The media market and recruiting footprint are good enough for 53 points a game.

Truth

September 5th, 2012
11:09 am

No wonder he was only recruited by DII West Georgia before Curry and Staff offered. Can’t wait to purge these DII players and coaches.

Go Panthers!!

September 5th, 2012
12:24 pm

Ugh. I’m just praying that the whole performance on Thursday was akin to Ali’s “Rope-A-Dope”.

Because if that was at all indicative of the level of play we’ll see this year, then I weep.

Honestly, how are we a WORSE team in 2012 than we were as nearly all freshmen and sophomores in 2010?

RidgeRunner

September 5th, 2012
2:30 pm

Changes will not do much for the TN games but hopefully will help for games after.

Chicken Bone

September 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

Go Panthers!! My exact sentiments concerning 2010 vs. now! It makes no sense other than we are constantly out coached concerning strategy and adjustments. If we think for one minute other teams will not adjust against #20 THE DONALD then we are kidding ourselves. We have to have both a passing game and running game. It doesn’t matter this weekend any way.

GSU

September 5th, 2012
4:05 pm

Great news. We are going to beat the Vols!!

Fell good to be a GSU Eagle.

Troll Buster

September 5th, 2012
5:22 pm

Still obsessed with GSU even though the season is underway. Wow, guess it sucks being stuck in pee-wee football. Regardless if we win a game, our ticket is SIGNED, SEELED, AND DELIVERED. Too bad you can’t say the same! Now go run tell that, BAHAAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

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Blueblooded

September 6th, 2012
11:29 am

Let’s hope that the offense performs better from the line to the QB. Young crowd and they all seemed a little shellshocked at the first game but they will either step up in this game and the next or they will be replaced. Bleed Blue Panthers!

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GSU Alum 88

September 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

BEN McClane SUCKS!! Here comes an 0-11 season if we don’t put Kelton or Ronnie back there

GSU season ticket holder

September 6th, 2012
6:13 pm

Run the ball…alot! we have alot of games to play. Play hard & play smart Panthers!! We have your back.

Blueblooded

September 6th, 2012
6:36 pm

Watch and see they will end up starting Ronnie Bell backed up by the walk on Schrepfer by game 4. These two are both great natural athletes with the instincts and tools needed to succeed at this level. Hill can run and does not have a strong arm so RUN HIM. He is a great athlete and needs to be on the field somewhere.