QB Drew Little gives Georgia State a good starting point

For starters, Henry County quarterback Drew Little, here being interviewed on reporting day at Georgia State, will be the face of Panthers' football. (Photo by Chip Towers)

For starters, Henry County quarterback Drew Little will be the face of Georgia State football. Here he is being interviewed by Fox 5 Sports' Buck Lanford on the first official day in Panthers' football history. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Drew Little had what many might consider bigger, better opportunities. He most definitely could have signed Division I. Boston College had him up for a visit. Florida State invited him to its camps. Kentucky, UConn, New Mexico, UAB and Middle Tennessee State all came calling.

Then Bill Curry got in his ear and, six months later, he finds himself as the centerpiece of Georgia State’s first football recruiting class. Little, 26 other signees and 44 walkons reported to campus Tuesday to form the Panthers’ first football team.

“It was Coach Curry and everything he brings to the table,” Little said. “I think he’s a good leader and somebody that can set us on the right path for the rest of our lives.”

It’s not at all what the 6-foot-5, 239-pound quarterback was thinking when he was chucking the football around for 9,003 yards and 105 touchdowns at Henry County High a year ago. He always thought he would be the next big thing and some established program somewhere.

“You can come in here and be the start of something,” Little said of his change of heart. “Maybe 20 years from now when Georgia State is playing for national championships you’ll be able to say you were on the first team. That’s really uplifting.”

Clearly the Panthers have a long, long, long way to go before their first season commences in 2010. Right now the football offices are crammed into a makeshift space on the ninth floor of the Citizens Trust Bank building just off campus. Their first practices will be held Friday on a fields behind Martin Luther King Middle School and the Boys and Girls Club down on Hill Street.

But now Georgia State has the most important element of building a football team from scratch and that’s players. And they appear to have the makings of a solid foundation.

  • There’s Little, who owns two of the top single-season passing marks in the state high school history with 3,172 yards in 2007 and 3,024 yards in 2008.



  • There’s the athletic Karl Williams, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker who was the 2009 Class AAA state champion in the 100 meters (10.66).
  • There’s 6-foot-7, 270-pound lineman Ramell Davis of St. Matthews, S.C., who led Calhoun County High to the last two Class A state titles.
  • There’s Mark Hogan, a slot receiver from Matthews, N.C., who was Georgia State’s first commitment last October. His father, Mark Sr., played for Curry at Georgia Tech.
  • There’s the proven coordinators, with John Bond handling the offense and John Thompson handing the defense.

Curry gets almost teary-eyed when he talks about Little and the other first-class signees who took a chance and made the leap with Georgia State.

“We are looking for builders,” Curry said. “We’re looking for people like Drew Little to whom it makes sense to be one of the founding fathers something that’s going to last a long, long time and be productive in every constructive way. Drew Little and others like him, who followed his lead, understood the potential for themselves and for our university and for this town. It’s a chance to make a statement and I get goosebumps thinking about the guys that made that kind of commitment that had a lot of other options. It adds to our obligation to do a great job.”

Coming later I’ll put up a photo gallery showing the spartan beginnings of Georgia State football.

16 comments Add your comment


August 11th, 2009
2:23 pm

looking forward to the photos, does anyone know if that 1st practice is open to the public??

Gen Neyland

August 11th, 2009
2:30 pm

There will be obstacles to overcome at Georgia State, but that’s another story all to itself. These guys are pioneers. Good luck to Curry and his start ups. I’d almost be willing to bet some GA ST Panther will find his way to the NFL within 10 years…


August 11th, 2009
2:45 pm

Great story… Drew Little seems to be quite the stud…Good Luck to Curry and GSU


August 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

Aztec, yes, the first practice is open to the public. Details here: http://www.georgiastatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=12700&ATCLID=204771116


August 11th, 2009
2:58 pm

I can see GSU having ssome uccess in the first year. It will be interesting to see the schedule when its finally put together. We all know they will be…”playing”…Alabama next year. I hope they have a decent home schedule. Some possible regional opponents. Ga. Southern, Troy, UAB, Furman, UTC, Middle Tenn. St or throw in a couple of Div. 2 schools, like Valdosta St. and West Georgia to draw the locals. It will be hard to get a Div. 1 team to come play them a home, but I’m sure they will be able to pick up plenty of big paydays as “road kill”, like they did with Alabama…


August 11th, 2009
3:03 pm

It would be a good time to schedule tech,next 100 yrs will be interesting.


August 11th, 2009
3:17 pm

I guess that makes the bugs the 3rd best football team in GA?

george patterson

August 11th, 2009
4:53 pm



August 11th, 2009
6:33 pm

If they keep the ticket prices low (and they should) and keep cheap beer at the Dome, they will draw some fans….I wish them all the luck in the world.


August 12th, 2009
12:44 am

MrWAX you are stupid. NO BEER at college games. The NCAA doesn’t allow it.


August 12th, 2009
10:55 am

Curry’s first class has the same feel as the Ga Sou initial class.
Best of luck.

MHC Tiger!

August 12th, 2009
12:24 pm

They need to schedule Morehouse also, its local. Let them SIAC brothers break em in right! LOL


August 13th, 2009
3:51 pm

To MHC Tiger,
Morehouse would get destroyed. Why set that up?


August 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

Good going DREW!!! show em how you can sling it, ROCKET ARM


August 17th, 2009
4:17 pm

D Little is soooo over rated…he had receivers to make him what he is…As a football fan he needs to lose weightas a quarterback or he will not make it to 2010 the first game>>


September 7th, 2009
11:51 am

This is the same face of the team that was caught drinking in one of the dorm rooms already and has also been punished by the coaching staff and which actions lead to the subsequent release of a non scholarship player from the team?

Nice face…