After playing in eight games last season, Lorenzo Nunez will take this season off.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp confirmed the news on Tuesday, as Nunez continues to make the transition from quarterback to wide receiver.
“Right now, I think it’s the best thing for him, to have a year in the weight room,” Muschamp said. “Coming off the knee injury, missed really all of spring and summer, as far lifting and running. It was a little bit more serious than maybe we thought, originally.
“Right now, he’s changing his body in the weight room. He’s working with us on the offense, as far as the route-running and those things are concerned. I think he’s made tremendous improvements. He will continue to improve. The best thing for him right now is to redshirt. He wants that and we want that as well.”
Nunez made two starts at quarterback for the Gamecocks last season, passing for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also added 375 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.
But the quarterback room got even more crowded this year when South Carolina brought in freshmen Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley in its 2016 class to go along with Nunez and Perry Orth.
Nunez did not travel to the Gamecocks opener against Vanderbilt, and will continue to work towards seeing the field next season.
“As far as travelling is concerned … I only travel with guys that are going to contribute to the game,” Muschamp said in September. “Lorenzo is still going through the process of learning the position and that’s something he’s going to continue to go through.”