A former South Carolina quarterback is saying what the current signal callers maybe wish they could say.
Dylan Thompson, who watched Connor Shaw and Stephen Garcia split time early in his career and then shared snaps with Shaw later on, said what the current Gamecocks are going through is not much fun.
“As a quarterback if you’re the guy that’s getting switched in and out, I’ve been there, and in my perspective it’s not fun,” Thompson said. “This isn’t to go against anyone, it’s just my experience with it. Knowing that there’s a good chance if you make a mistake you’re coming right out, that’s a position that you just feel a little uneasy about.”
The comments were from a story by Matt Connolly in The State newspaper.
Thompson was referring to the quarterback situation for Will Muschamp’s team, where Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley are going through a little game of musical chairs for the Gamecocks.
Thompson, 24, filled in for Shaw in 2012 and 13 when the starter was banged up and played well in relief.
Waiting for his turn was a good experience for him, Thompson said, unlike the pressure that is on McIlwain and Bentley, both true freshmen.
As Connolly’s report notes:
Thompson believes not playing until later in his career better prepared him to have success. He started all 13 games his senior year and set the South Carolina record for passing yards in a season.