South Carolina’s quarterback situation was very fluid last season as the team struggled to find the right fit on a team that was struggling mightily. The Gamecocks tried a number of different options and could not settle on the right guy.
Perry Orth emerged eventually after Lorenzo Nunez started the first few games and saw action in eight games. He was injured entering the spring and with more talent coming in the fall and Orth established himself as the starter.
The opportunities for the senior Nunez would have to come elsewhere. The plan was to work him out at both quarterback and wide receiver during camp. That appears to remain the plan as training camp has opened.
And in the early going, Nunez appears to be impressing at his new position.
“His performance from (Tuesday) to (Wednesday) has been incredible,” Orth told Willie T. Smith III of Greenville Online. “You can see him getting more comfortable out there. Everybody knows he can run. He can catch and he is explosive with the ball.
“He made a few good plays out there today. Each day he is going to get a lot better and is going to find himself in a significant role.”
Nunez likely will still be used in some run packages and could be the third-string quarterback with Orth fighting off freshman Brandon McIlwain for the starting job.
Nunez tallied 375 yards on 59 carries last year, second on the team. That goes with his 376 yards and three touchdowns passing, also second on the team.
The move to receiver seems to be going well in the early part of camp for Nunez. He still has a lot to learn, but said he felt confident he can do it because he knows the wide receivers so well.
So far, so good for him.