MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Everybody wants to know what’s up at quarterback.
From Connor Mitch’s transfer to the four candidates for this year’s starting spot, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp fielded several quarterback-related questions from reporters and fans during Tuesday night’s Spurs Up Tour stop at Alhambra Hall.
Mitch, who won the starting job before last season’s opener, announced a few days ago that he would graduate and transfer from South Carolina later this summer.
“That’s Connor’s decision and we wish him all the luck,” Muschamp said.
On the post-spring depth chart, senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain were listed as the co-starters ahead of Mitch.
Orth went 1-7 as a starter for the Gamecocks last season. The former walk-on completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,929 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Though his spring was cut short by a broken collarbone, Orth is almost fully recovered.
“He’s being cleared to throw this week,” Muschamp said. “He’s doing very well.”
Like Orth, Lorenzo Nunez’s spring was cut short because of an injury (knee). Nunez passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 375 yards and two scores as a freshman in 2015.
During the fan Q&A portion of Tuesday night’s event, Muschamp was asked about the possibility of moving Nunez to wide receiver.
“Lorenzo, he came to South Carolina to play quarterback and he deserves that opportunity,” Muschamp said. “If (moving to wide receiver) was something that he wanted to do, I certainly would talk to him about.
“At the end of the day, they all want to play. There’s only one quarterback on the field, so if he wants to be involved in that battle in fall camp, he’ll have every opportunity.”
Jake Bentley will join the quarterback competition when he reports to campus in the next few days. However, NCAA rules prohibit Muschamp from talking about the four-star recruit.
“I can’t comment a player that hasn’t signed a national letter of intent,” Muschamp said.