Connor Mitch has appeared in just two games for South Carolina this season, but don’t let that temper your expectations for the quarterback in the future.
Mitch, who started the first two games of the seasons for the Gamecocks before suffering a separated throwing shoulder against Kentucky followed by a severe hip bruise, has been at practice the past couple of weeks.
Though the quarterback has not retaken the starting job from junior Perry Orth, it doesn’t mean Mitch can’t be a contributor down the stretch, or in the future.
“We expect him to contribute,” South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott said during his Tuesday press conference. “I don’t know when it might, but he’s coming along. Any time you sit out that length of time, physical, strength-wise, conditioning-wise, it takes a toll on you. He couldn’t do anything until his injuries healed.”
Mitch is currently third on the Gamecocks’ depth chart behind Orth and freshman Lorenzo Nunez.
Elliott contends Mitch is making strides in his recovery from the injuries and will eventually be a major contributor for South Carolina. The question is when.
“He’s getting back in the swing of things,” Elliott said. “We always have a plan for someone to contribute. His plan is right there as well. Connor is fine player and a good quarterback. He’s going to lead this football team again. I don’t know when that might happen, but he’ll be ready. I fully expect (that) when his number is called to go out and do it.”