The battle for starting quarterback at South Carolina had been hectic through the first two weeks of the season between Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain, but it’s clear their was no love lost between teammates in the competition.
Orth and McIlwain prayed together before Saturday’s game against East Carolina.
— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) September 18, 2016
Orth started the season opener before McIlwain entered on the first series of the second quarter against Vanderbilt. He started again in Week 2 before giving way to McIlwain at halftime, which earned the freshman the start Saturday. McIlwain completed 16 of 28 pass attempts for 195 yards and added nine carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Pirates.
Orth played in all 12 games last season and started eight. He passed for 1,934 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has the advantage in experience, but admirably put aside the competition to provide a calming moment for his freshman counterpart.