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McLane ends spring as GSU's #1 quarterback

ATLANTA-As Georgia State concluded spring practice with a final scrimmage Friday morning, redshirt freshman Ben McLane emerged as the Panthers number one quarterback.

McLane, from Snellville, Ga., has been running with the first offense the last two weeks, moving in front of junior returnees Kelton Hill and Bo Schlechter. A former state championship winner at Brookwood High School, McLane overtook the two veterans, who combined to start nine of GSU's 11 games in 2011, with consistency and accuracy.

"Ben was the most consistent quarterback and the most accurate quarterback this spring," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Bond. "Day-in and day-out, he did a good job completing passes and managing the offense.

"In the offseason, he needs to continue to work hard on his game and he needs to continue to study the offense - all the things he's been doing that have allowed him to play beyond his years."

BUFORD | 2 killed in wreck on southbound I-985 at I-85

BUFORD, Ga. (WXIA) - Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 985 southbound at Buford Drive Friday afternoon.

PHOTOS | Multi-vehicle fatal wreck on I-985

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Jake Smith said four vehicles -- a box truck, a Nissan passenger car, a Dodge pick-up and a minivan towing a trailer with a minivan -- were involved in the wreck.

Police said the box truck crashed into the Nissan, killing both people inside. After that, the two vehicles hit the pick-up, spinning it into the median. One person in the pick-up was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After that, the Nissan was pushed into the trailer that was being towed by the minivan.

Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Falcons, NFL announce preseason matchups

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The NFL announced preseason matchups for all 32 teams - including the Atlanta Falcons - on Wednesday.

The Falcons get one national spotlight during the preseason: Thursday, August 16, when they host the Cincinnati.

They also get to play host to the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason's first week. They will visit Miami and Jacksonville during August, as they prepare for the opening of the 2012 season on Sunday, September 9.

The 2012 preseason opens with the annual Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 5, in Canton, Ohio, where the Arizona Cardinals will take on the New Orleans Saints in the traditional first matchup of the year.

The Falcons' preseason schedule (exact dates and times for the Baltimore and Miami games are to be announced at a later date):

PHOTOS | Nike unveils new NFL uniforms

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons will technically have newly designed jerseys in 2012, even though they will look identical to the team's uniforms from previous years.

Nike revealed Tuesday its Nike Elite 51 football uniforms for the 2012 NFL season. While there are no radical aesthetic changes to the Atlanta Falcons uniform, the team will get uniforms that are lighter, cooler and fit better. They also have customizable basewear padding and deflex padding for top "hit zone" areas.

Nike, which signed a five-year partnership with the NFL, said most of the changes to the league's jerseys are functional. The team's new jerseys are more form-fitting and lighter than the old jerseys made by Reebok. Fans can buy new jerseys on Apr. 26 via their team stores and on Apr. 27 at retail locations.