COLUMBIA, S.C. – Out of the upsides of having a game on a Thursday night, Hayden Hurst was most interested in having the freedom to watch college football Saturday.
The South Carolina tight end scrolled through many games before settling on Mississippi State against South Alabama from the noon slate. But the reason for watching was not just interest in the Gamecocks’ next opponent for Hurst and his roommate, quarterback Perry Orth.
Orth’s younger brother, Evan, is a sophomore quarterback on the South Alabama team that left Starkville with a stunning 21-20 win.
“He was very excited about the win,” said Perry Orth, who will start under center Saturday at 8 p.m. against Mississippi State.
Now, the younger Orth, a backup at South Alabama, is being called upon to lend a helping hand in getting the Gamecocks an extra look into Mississippi State.
“I’ve talked with him over the last few days, schematically and over what they looked like and who their personnel was and what they did and what they had success with,” Orth said.
Hurst said Evan Orth has been sharing information with Perry about the experiences game planning for the Bulldogs.
Perry Orth was set to take full advantage of that family connection, as the senior quarterback planned to talk with his brother again after a brief Tuesday morning media session.
“I’m actually going to give him a call on the way to class right now and talk about a play we are thinking about running,” he said.