Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Georgia State University quarterback Drew Little calls a play during the Panthers' game against Lambuth on Saturday.
ATLANTA — Georgia State’s quarterback merry-go-round took another turn in Saturday’s 23-14 loss to Lambuth at the Georgia Dome.
After a strong performance in the season-opening win over Shorter earned a start for Drew Little, Kelton Hill was nearly the hero Saturday.
The 6-foot, 183-pound redshirt freshman ran for a team-high 64 yards on seven carries and completed two of five passes for 20 more yards.
More importantly, he led the Panthers to both of their touchdowns in the third quarter.
So, does that mean Hill now assumes the starting assignment in practice this week leading up to Saturday’s game with Jacksonville State?
Not necessarily, according to GSU coach Bill Curry, even though Little struggled by completing just 5 of 12 passes with three interceptions for 33 yards.
“We really do have to study what the circumstances were (on the game tape),” said Curry. “A lot of times, you think a quarterback played a terrible game and watch and the routes weren’t run crisply or he was being hit as he threw — things that you didn’t see at the time. We really do have to evaluate.
“We put Hill in because he has such playmaking capacity and he understands the offense … and he had a hot hand, frankly.”
And by the way, there was still no sign of much-ballyhooed Alabama transfer Star Jackson, who remained on the sidelines.
After drawing 30,237 fans to the Georgia Dome for the debut game, Saturday’s gathering — announced at 12,647 — was considerably more intimate.
But neither Curry nor the players would say the smaller crowd and less electric atmosphere affected the way the Panthers played.
“Coach Curry told us, ‘Hey, nobody’s out there when we practice,’” said redshirt freshman running back Travis Evans, who ran for 21 yards on three carries, including GSU’s first touchdown of the day. “It doesn’t matter if we’ve got 30,000, 2 (thousand), 12 (thousand). As long as we’ve got our ‘A’ game, we can play in any circumstances, anywhere, anytime.”
Chahoy gets his chance
With six former Gwinnett County high school players already in the starting lineup on offense and special teams, the lone area ex-prep star on defense got his first start as a Panther on Saturday.
Dacula grad Brad Chahoy played a few snaps toward the end of the 41-7 win over Shorter in GSU’s debut game Sept. 2, but had a much bigger impact against Lambuth.
“It was great getting a chance to start,” Chahoy said. “The last time I was here (in the Georgia Dome before the Sept. 2 opener) was in the state (high school) playoffs. It’s a good feeling being able to start. I wish we could’ve done better, obviously.”
The 5-11, 202-pound redshirt sophomore had stops on two of the first three snaps of the game and finished with three combined tackles and assists.
Lambuth by way of North
A pair of North Gwinnett graduates are among six Georgians on Lambuth’s roster.
Josh Profit saw the most action for the Eagles as the starting right guard, while running back Roshawn Pryor had one carry for 2 yards and also made a tackle on special teams.
Three Panther players — staring offensive guard Joseph Gilbert, starting safety Brandon Jones and linebacker Olufemi Opanubi — celebrated their birthdays Saturday.