Despite a two-interception performance Saturday against Texas A&M, Perry Orth remains South Carolina’s starting quarterback.
That doesn’t mean Lorenzo Nunez won’t earn a more prominent role in the Gamecocks offense.
The freshman quarterback scored on a 7-yard touchdown run against the Aggies, and whether he’s the starter or backup, interim coach Shawn Elliott believes Nunez is deserving of more opportunities.
“We consider him the backup quarterback with opportunities going in to be our starter at any given moment,” Elliott said during Sunday’s teleconference. “He can come in and change the pace of the football game if we want to go a different route. We had him yesterday (Saturday) with the reverse with a run-throw option.
“He’s a great quarterback with opportunities to get in there and do a lot of different things for us. Coming off that injury, he’s been playing pretty well. We can do a lot of things with Nunez. He’s still got our interest.”
Nunez’s first career start came in South Carolina’s fourth game of the season against Central Florida. He drew a start the following week against Missouri but sustained a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter; he still ended that game as the Gamecocks’ leading passer and rusher.