NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It wasn’t a quick path for Perry Orth to take hold of the starting quarterback spot that he held as a junior in 2015.
But in the end, the senior won out the starting quarterback job at South Carolina as he was under center to open the season at Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
It was a long wait to learn who would be the starting quarterback as coach Will Muschamp decided that he would wait to peg either Bentley, Perry Orth or Brandon McIlwain as the starter following the second fall scrimmage.
Orth won’t be alone in getting snaps at QB for the Gamecocks against Vanderbilt, as Muschamp said Monday that “two guys will play.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Orth took over the No. 1 quarterback after five games as a junior, starting eight games overall. He led the Gamecocks to a win against Vanderbilt, his lone win as a starter. He completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 1,929 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2015.
A broken left collarbone sidelined him during spring practices and brought the competition with McIlwain into fall camp. The pair was joined by Bentley in the battle through the fall, but the senior won out with his experience.
Orth came to South Carolina as a walk-on after not playing football his freshman season at Florida State College in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.