COLUMBIA, S.C. – Perry Orth was a starter two weeks ago. The South Carolina senior quarterback was back in the starting lineup against Georgia, playing from start to finish.
But he’s on the outside looking in now as the Gamecocks move forward with two true freshman quarterbacks.
Tight end Hayden Hurst, a longtime friend and Orth’s roommate, said Orth has been handling the changes well.
“Perry is a resilient guy,” Hurst said. “He doesn’t really let a lot of stuff affect him. I know as far as his pride, it probably took a little bit of a hit. But he’s helping the younger guys out. That’s the type of person he is.”
Coach Will Muschamp said the Gamecocks plan on using freshmen Jake Bentley and Brandon McIlwain moving forward. McIlwain started three games this season, but Bentley took over as the starting quarterback against Massachusetts on Saturday.
“I just feel like right now from an ability standpoint, those two guys give us the best opportunity,” Muschamp said. “They are just going to keep getting better. Both of them do things equally well. We will continue to rep that way.”
So the senior Orth, who likely never expected he would be a starting quarterback at South Carolina, likely ends his career with 11 starts to his name. He made eight a season ago and started three in 2016 before bowing out to the next wave.
For Hurst, it understandable hurts him a little bit to see his friend on the outside at the quarterback position.
“It hurts a little bit just because I know what he has dedicated to this program and everything he has put into it,” Hurst said. “It hurts a little bit. But the coaches, that’s their decision and we are going to go from there.”