True freshman Lorenzo Nunez was named South Carolina’s starting quarterback by coach Steve Spurrier on Tuesday, making him the Gamecocks’ third starting quarterback this season, after sophomore Connor Mitch and junior Perry Orth.
Nunez has seen limited action through three games, completing four passes for just 18 yards, all of which came in last week’s 52-20 loss to UGA. He’s been much more prolific on the ground, rushing the ball for 116 yards and a touchdown. Since he hasn’t played much, you’ll be forgiven if you’ve barely heard of him. But we’re here to help you get to know him. Here are four facts about South Carolina’s newest starting quarterback.
- Nunez is in uncharted territory
Spurrier has long been considered somewhat of a quarterback guru and normally has some of the best passers in America on his roster. Unsurprisingly, it’s rare for the Head Ball Coach to call on a true freshman to start for his team. When Nunez takes the field against Central Florida on Saturday, he will be the second true freshman quarterback to start under Spurrier, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The first? Former Florida Gator and ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer.
- Nunez doesn’t have much experience throwing the ball
Nunez hasn’t taken to the air much so far in his South Carolina career, and a quick look at his high school stats is a good indication why. As a senior at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., Nunez passed for 803 yards, according to gamecocksonline.com. Nunez was much more prolific as a runner, carrying the ball 150 times his senior season and gaining 1,193 yards.
- Nunez was a mid-range dual-threat QB recruit
All of the major recruiting services ranked Nunez among the top-20 dual-threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015. Rivals ranked him at No. 16. ESPN ranked him as the 18th best dual-threat passer in his class. But his best ranking came from 247, which ranked him the No. 10 dual-threat in 2015.
- Nunez has an opinion on Spurrier’s future
There has been rampant speculation recently about Spurrier’s future as coach at South Carolina and whether this will be his last season. Nunez believes that Spurrier will be his coach for some years to come.
“I’ve been told he’s recruiting more this year than he has done in the past,” Nunez told Andrew Miller of The Post and Courier in January. “I think he’ll be around for a while.”