Shawn Elliott names Perry Orth starting QB against Vanderbilt
Although all three South Carolina quarterbacks practiced Tuesday, Perry Orth will remain the starter, interim coach Shawn Elliott said Wednesday
Orth will make his second consecutive start and third of the season against Vanderbilt Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Elliott said Connor Mitch would be available for the game and considers Lorenzo Nunez a true game-time decision.
“Right now, we’re going with Perry Orth,” Elliott said during the SEC teleconference Wednesday. “Connor Mitch is back at practice and is going to be available, but he’s just getting back from his injury, so he’s still a little rusty and trying to get back into the flow of some things.”
Orth started his second game of the season last week at LSU. He completed 14 of 28 passes for a season-high 200 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.
Orth started in place of Nunez, who sustained a shoulder sprain late against Missouri.
Mitch has been sidelined since the second game of the season with a separated shoulder and a hip injury.
Both Mitch and Nunez may be practicing, but must make more progress before seeing time under center in a game.
“(Mitch’s) practice habits have got to come back,”Elliott said. “You can’t sit out a few weeks and be as crisp as you once were. As far as Lorenzo, he’s practiced well. He’s probably going to be a game-time decision, and whether he plays or not, we think we’re in really good shape.
“Perry Orth has got this team totally around him. With Connor Mitch and Lorenzo getting better, we’re OK right there. We’ve got to manage the game and do the things necessary to win and try not to have disruptive plays to put us behind the chains.”
Connor Mitch will be "available" and Lorenzo Nunez will be "game time" decision but Perry Orth still starting, HC Shawn Elliott says.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 14, 2015