Bond says McLane will start if healthy for GSU

Georgia State offensive coordinator John Bond said if Ben McLane is cleared by team doctors to play, he will start next Saturday’s game against Richmond at the Georgia Dome.

McLane didn’t play in the second half of Saturday’s 38-14 loss to Texas-San Antonio after he suffered an injured left arm just before halftime.

“At some point, we’ve got to let a guy play through some growing pains,” Bond said. “In order to get a guy, you’ve got to let a guy play.”

Making his third start, McLane completed six of his 14 attempts for 126 yard a touchdown. That included an 84-yard scoring strike to Albert Wilson on the Panthers’ first possession. It was the longest scoring play in school history.

However, he also fumbled twice. Though the fumbles were of a different nature than the six he had last week against Tennessee, he has fumbled the ball eight times in the last six quarters in which he has played.

His second fumble against the Roadrunners may have summed up Georgia State’s night.

After being sacked for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter, McLane appeared to favor his left arm. Ronnie Bell, who transferred from Ohio during the offseason, came on for his first action of his career, but he couldn’t get the offensive moving on his two plays before McLane came back on the next possession.

However, McLane didn’t tell the coaching staff that his left arm was numb and that he couldn’t close his hand.

Not knowing that, the coaches called a trick play on the next possession. McLane threw a quick lateral to running back Parris Lee, who ran for a few yards before turning and lateraling the ball back across the field to McLane, who couldn’t make the catch because of his injured hand. He managed to pick up the ball, but was tackled for a 10-yard loss. Instead of a touchdown to Emmanuel Ogbuehi, who was running open down the field, which would have cut the score to 24-14, the play lost 27 yards. McLane threw an interception on the next possession.

For the season, McLane has completed 31 of his 70 attempts for 356 yards with one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown, two interceptions and nine fumbles. However, he’s been the victim of numerous drops by receivers throughout the season. Lynquez Blair, who got more snaps against the Roadrunners because of an injury to Jordan Giles, had his hand on three passes that he couldn’t catch Saturday, for example.

“In order to get a guy, you’ve got let a guy play,” Bond said.

Bell did provide a spark, throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wilson in the third quarter. Bell, a redshirt freshman, completed five of his 11 attempts for 95 yards with the touchdown and two interceptions.

“I felt good,” Bell said. “It was a little bit faster.”

The Panthers have now used five quarterbacks in the past 14 games. Three of those quarterbacks were seeing action for the first time in their collegiate careers.

Completing the bad luck that seems to follow the team, two weeks ago backup quarterback Kelton Hill was moved to the secondary, before moving to wide receiver during the preparation for the UTSA game.

“It would be great to have consistency at that spot but something intrudes every time we think we have the guy,” Curry said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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

15 comments Add your comment


September 15th, 2012
11:19 pm

Ronnie Bell looked far better than Mclane tonight. It’s not even close. These coaches are horrible at evaluating talent. It’s one thing to be accurate and consistent at practice, but if it doesn’t translate on game days, it’s worthless. Eight more games and these clowns are gone.

GSU Men's BB Fan

September 15th, 2012
11:35 pm

I’ll just say what I said in the other blog here too:

“Why does it matter whether McLane told the coaching staff his hand was numb? The play shouldn’t have been called in the first place. Why do we seemingly have to turn every scoring opportunity into a circus act? Why can’t we just stick with what got us in the red zone in the first place?

Why is our O.C. an idiot?”

Also would like to add: What did Bond say about only giving out best player the ball ten times? I thought Bond “was committed to the run” or whatever? This is embarrassing. He needs to be fired.

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The Missing Link

September 16th, 2012
12:06 am

My neighbor is a Savannah State alum. He has a bumper sticker on his car. The bumper sticker reads:

Thank God for Georgia State

SAD Panther

September 16th, 2012
10:52 am

Who cares what Bond says? Cannot WAIT until he is gone!!


September 16th, 2012
2:42 pm

Bell should be the starter! In the little he played he showed more talent than McLane. It’s not his fault Bond had him throwing bombs which resulted in interceptions.

Astonishing Werepanther

September 16th, 2012
7:09 pm

Give. The. Ball. To. Donald. Russell.

Orlando Panther

September 16th, 2012
11:02 pm

At this point it doesn’t matter if a quadriplegic was playing QB, as long as John Bond is the OC, we will continue to be he joke of the football world

Orlando Panther

September 16th, 2012
11:02 pm


September 16th, 2012
11:38 pm

John Bond is worthless – he couldn’t score against a team from the Lingerie Football League.
I mean “score” in the sense of points on the scoreboard!

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Chicken Bone

September 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

“Ronnie Bell, who transferred from Ohio during the offseason, came on for his first action of his career, but he couldn’t get the offensive moving on his two plays before McLane came back on the next possession”

Two Plays and couldn’t get the offense moving? Enough said, Get Real. Also, Donald Russell 10 carries 77 yards! TEN CARRIES? Enough said. Put a FULLBACK IN THE GAME BOND and RUN THE BALL!!!


September 17th, 2012
12:21 pm

Bell is by far the better athlete and QB and added a spark to the offense that is sorely needed. Bond needs to let go of his lovefest for McLane and realize the kid may have been good in high school but is not gonna cut it at this level. I acrtually felt sorry for him the first game and this last game.Maybe half way through the season Bond will realize this and by then morale will be so low that it may not matter


September 17th, 2012
12:23 pm

And one more thing. . .that McLane did not let the coaches know his arm was hurt is BS If it is true the kid is selfish and wanted to stay in the game even if it meant it could hurt the team or it is just one more excuse for his poor level of play

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