Keeping an eye on our football opponents

This article was found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution today about a possible transfer from Alabama to Ga State (our opponent on Sept. 18th in the Georgia Dome)

From national champion Alabama to Georgia State? QB considering it
By Larry Hartstein

A University of Alabama quarterback is considering a transfer to Georgia State, the Tuscaloosa News is reporting.

If he does, sophomore Star Jackson would go from a program with 13 national titles to one that hasn’t played a game.

A 6-3, 209-pounder with a strong arm and good speed, Jackson played in five games for the Crimson Tide last year but by midseason he had lost the No. 2 spot behind starter Greg McElroy to a true freshman.

Jackson is considering Georgia State because of secondary coach Anthony Midget, who was an assistant at Jackson’s Florida high school, Lake Worth.

“When I learned that Star was interested in moving on, I knew Anthony was someone that he knew, someone who could help him get through any distractions,” Lake Worth coach Errick Lowe told the newspaper. “They had a great relationship [at Lake Worth].”

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Jackson missed several spring practices due to academic issues and was in danger of falling to No. 4 on the depth chart.

Georgia State “is definitely one of his options,” Lowe told The Tuscaloosa News.

Georgia State launches its football program Sept. 2 against Shorter University in the Georgia Dome.

Coached by Bill Curry, the Panthers will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly known as I-AA). The inaugural schedule includes a daunting Nov. 20 visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.

In Georgia State’s spring practices, quarterbacks Kelton Hill, Drew Little and Bo Schlechter shared snaps.

“All three quarterbacks have played very well at times, but all three have been inconsistent as well,” Curry said. “We will not announce a starter until we are ready to play.”

Jackson would not have to sit out a year if he transfers, because Georgia State isn’t an FBS (Divison I-A) program.

Last season for the national champs, Jackson completed 13 of 18 passes for 116 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.


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