UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION, 4:45 P.M. . . .
Mark Hogan will finally get some teammates.
Hogan, a 5-11, 190-pound running back/wide receiver out of Matthews, N.C., has been Georgia State’s lone football player for the past year. But he’ll be joined by 27 signees and 42 walkons as the Panthers welcome their first full crop of players to campus on Tuesday. The team will commence with its first practice three days later at Martin Luther King Middle School. Still in start-up mode, Georgia State won’t start competing until the fall of 2010.
“It really is fun now,” head coach Bill Curry said. “It’s definitely real. We’ve got some real players coming in, a lot of good walkons, some of whom we were surprised to get. But it got real for me when the students voted an $85 a person athletic fee. This is something they wanted, and now they’re going to get it.”
The lure of playing for Curry and having a chance to be part of something new appears to have drawn some talent that exceeds the