COLUMBIA, S.C. – Will Muschamp called Saturday’s scrimmage a “judgment” day for the quarterbacks competing to be the starter. But when he talked during a teleconference Sunday, no judgment was made to change the way things have been so far in Columbia.
Instead, the first-year Gamecocks head coach said he thought senior Perry Orth and freshmen Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley did good things.
“No one is head and shoulders above anybody right now,” Muschamp said. “So we’re going to continue to rep the way we have been repping. Hopefully, we will have this resolved before we kick off September 1.”
Muschamp praised the quarterbacks for their ability to extend drive, make plays on third down and take care of the ball for the most part. He later explained that the lack of clarity at the position came from no one playing as clean as he would have liked.
“Certainly, you would have liked to have somebody go out there and be error-free,” he said. “We were not as error-free as I would like to be at the position. … I’m pleased with where we are.”
The hope, Muschamp said Friday, was that the competition might be narrowed to two. But that didn’t take place yet, as all three will continue to work for the starting spot when South Carolina opens up on Sept. 1 at Vanderbilt.
Muschamp mentioned drives from Orth and McIlwain that started at the “minus-2″ yardline that went past midfield and led to field-goals. He also praised a drive from Bentley that started around the 20 and went for a touchdown.
“There were far more positives than there were negatives at that position,” Muschamp said.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.