Steve Spurrier is 0-4 in the SEC for the first time in his career, but hope may be on the horizon.
Quarterback Connor Mitch, who sustained a shoulder sprain in his team’s second game of the season against Kentucky, is expected to return to practice Tuesday, Spurrier said Sunday in his weekly teleconference.
“Connor Mitch is going to throw (it) around a little bit,” Spurrier said. “He should come back Tuesday we think … We’ll see how healthy he is and how ready he is to go. Certainly, he’ll be back in the mix to play.”
Mitch, a redshirt sophomore, opened the season as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. In two games played — both starts — Mitch has completed 13-of-29 passes for one touchdown and has not thrown an interception.
Mitch injured his shoulder in the second quarter against Kentucky and was replaced by junior Perry Orth. After the game, Spurrier said he expected Mitch to be out a month and a half.
While being hospitalized for the shoulder injury, doctors discovered Mitch also had a hip infection.
Orth started the following week against Georgia and Saturday against LSU. Freshman Lorenzo Nunez has also started two games. After the 45-24 loss to LSU, Spurrier said Orth was in line to start against Vanderbilt, too.
Spurrier on working Mitch back in: "We’ll see how healthy he is, and how ready he is to go."
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 11, 2015