South Carolina may be getting Lorenzo Nunez and Connor Mitch back from injury, but that won’t necessarily lead to a quarterback change.
Interim coach Shawn Elliott is standing by Perry Orth, who he said remains the Gamecocks’ starter under center.
“I think Perry, right now, is our solid starter,” Elliott said during his teleconference Sunday. “He’s playing really well, we thought, against Vanderbilt, and (he’ll) continue to do well in practice and make good decisions. He has the backing of our football team at this moment. The guys believe in how hard he works and his preparation.”
“He’s the solid starter at this time,” he added. “We’ll see how it all plays out, but right now, Perry’s the guy.”
Nunez is expected to return to practice this week. As is Mitch, who has not played since getting injured in the Gamecocks’ Sept. 12 game against Kentucky.
Elliott indicated Nunez’s progress will be gauged on a day-to-day basis, and that Mitch still has a long way to go before he can return to action.
“I think he’s still got some time to go,” Elliott said of Mitch. “He’s becoming more confident, stepping in there and doing a lot more. We’ll play it by ear. It was a serious situation he went through. He lost a bunch of weight and strength. As he gets further away from that injury, he’s becoming a much better player.”