Lorenzo Nunez will start for South Carolina this Saturday when it welcomes UCF to Columbia, S.C., a tall task for a true freshman quarterback.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said the biggest challenge with playing a freshman at quarterback is “to not give him too much.”
“Hopefully he knows where all the receivers will be, all of the runs plays,” Spurrier said during a teleconference with media members Wednesday. “A lot of decisions the quarterback has to make, as you know. So hopefully we can put him in a position that he’s sound in his decision-making on all the plays that he has. I would say just to make sure we don’t overload him with too much of the mental part of it.”
Spurrier thinks the fact that Nunez’s starting debut is at home against a non-conference foe could help the freshman, but that his performance will also be dependent on how others perform.
“Possibly,” Spurrier said. “But, again, we’ve got to play well. And the players around him have got to play well.”
Nunez has only attempted four passes in limited playing time this season, but he has rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries.
With Nunez getting the starting nod against UCF, South Carolina will have started three different quarterbacks in three consecutive games, after junior Connor Mitch started against North Carolina and Kentucky and sophomore Perry Orth started last week against UGA. Mitch suffered a separated shoulder against Kentucky.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever done that.,” Spurrier said. “It’s just where we are.”
Spurrier doesn't think he's ever started three different QBs in three straight games. "That's just where we are."
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