COLUMBIA, S.C. – If freshman quarterback Jake Bentley is the most talked about reserve on South Carolina’s roster, then sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Nunez is a close second.
So if the backup quarterback – or in Bentley’s case, a backup quarterback – is the most popular guy on the team, then what does that make Nunez?
Just a former quarterback who’s already shown flashes of play-making ability in the SEC.
Given the state of the Gamecocks offense, it’s no wonder fans still want to know if Nunez is ever going to see the field in 2016.
In actual news, Muschamp and Nunez have talked about a redshirt. It's what Muschamp would like to do in an ideal situation.
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilsonAJC) September 22, 2016
As noted in the above tweet, Nunez appears on track for a redshirt this season. It certainly makes sense four games into the 12-game schedule.
Redshirt sophomore Terry Googer knows a little bit about what Nunez is going through right now. A former quarterback at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Googer spent his first season at South Carolina learning how to play wide receiver.
“The transition from quarterback to receiver, that was the toughest thing I had coming in,” Googer said. “But everything is going over well, it’s getting better and better each day. I love it here.”
Googer and Nunez, who’s also from the Atlanta area, talk everyday about the transition from quarterback to wide receiver.
“I pick on him a lot,” Googer said with a laugh, before turning serious.
“I’m trying to get him better.”
Being 6-foot-4 and athletic, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be stud wide receiver from the word go.
There’s more to it than just running, jumping and catching passes.
“I feel like, quarterback to receiver, they say knowing the coverages and stuff (is important),” Googer said, “Because you’ve got to look all the way across the field and know what your side is playing where as a quarterback is standing in the backfield, looking at the whole field.
“You’ve got to know rotations and all that. You’ve got to know when to change your route. I feel like that’s the biggest transition.”
Easier said than done.
“It’s the SEC. It’s going to be difficult,” Googer said. “You’ve got to have perfect technique every time to get open. One wrong technique when you’re pressed, you’re probably on the ground, so you’ve got to do everything right at all times.”