COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the first time since the spring, fans and reporters got their look at a freshman quarterback with the first-team offense
It was Brandon McIlwain’s turn in the rotation.
Perry Orth, who worked with the starters on Monday, will be the first-team quarterback on Wednesday night when South Carolina closes preseason camp inside Williams-Brice Stadium.
McIlwain looked sharp early on in Tuesday’s practice when he took the reins for the tempo period. The drive was moving right along until the final play, a run call that went for a minimal gain. Elliott Fry booted home a 36-yard field goal before Orth and the No. 2 offense took over.
Jake Bentley was still taking third-team reps. His drive ended with what appeared to be a smart throw. Tight end Evan Hinson was open, so when Bentley sailed the ball over his head, most folks thought it was a bad throw. A closing defender was in position to make a play on the ball had it been thrown on the money.
Bryan Edwards and Deebo Samuel continued as full participants. The two wide receivers were limited after suffering hamstring injuries last week. Edwards had his left leg fully taped on Monday, but on Tuesday only his thigh was wrapped.
After getting banged up during Monday’s stadium practice, safety/nickel Jordan Diggs was in a yellow jersey on Tuesday. Cornerback Steven Montac and tight end Robert Tucker were in yellow, too.
The 1-on-1’s between wide receivers and defensive backs drew the most attention from fans. And, as is the case at most open football practices, fans took the side of the offense.
- Samuel and Edwards won their first reps
- Javon Charleston, the newest cornerback, won his first rep
- Lorenzo Nunez had a catch dislodged by Montac
- Randrecous Davis missed a look at a TD after his DB was flagged for a hold
- Chavis Dawkins made a nice catch on a fade over Montac
- Christian Owens made a nice catch on a fade over Chris Smith
- The biggest roar came when Edwards burned Chris Lammons on a nice slant route
- JaMarcus King ate up an attempted fade route from Korey Banks, which drew a “too little” from defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson.
Final team period
McIlwain had a couple of nice throws during his portion of the period. One went over the middle to tight end Hayden Hurst, who made a nice catch with his hands away from his body
Orth led the second-team on a productive drive that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end K.C. Crosby.
Bentley ended his period with a beautiful long-ball to Matrick Belton, who hauled in the pass with a nice, diving catch.
- Shameik Blackshear, Aaron Thompson, D.J. Wonnum and Ulric Jones made up the second-team defensive line
- LT Malik Young, LG Alan Knott, C Chandler Ferrell, RG Trey Derouen, RT Blake Camper made up the second-team offensive line