COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina isn’t jumping into playing another quarterback, but the Gamecocks are at least giving a look to a third during bye week.
Coach Will Muschamp said all three quarterbacks – Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley – received reps in practice Wednesday, but he said Bentley had not been working with the first team.
“We haven’t gotten enough production from the position,” Muschamp said on the SEC teleconference. “Multiple issues offensively, but we need to get better at the position. So we repped all three guys.”
South Carolina has played Orth and McIlwain this season without a great degree of success. Orth opened the season as the starter for two games before McIlwain took over for three. Orth played the fourth quarter against Texas A&M and the offense showed more signs of life, so the senior got the start against Georgia on Saturday.
Orth threw for a season-high 288 yards on 26-of-36 passing, but the Gamecocks scored just 14 points. He has thrown for 661 yards with a 63.3 completion percentage, but has no touchdown passes and two interceptions.
McIlwain has 567 passing yards and is completing 52.8 percent of his passes. He has thrown two touchdowns with one interception. The true freshman also has rushed for two touchdowns and 98 yards.
South Carolina practiced Tuesday and Wednesday with one more set this week for Thursday. The Gamecocks will return to practice Sunday to prepare to face UMass next Saturday (noon, SEC Network).
South Carolina practiced Tuesday and Wednesday. Practice Thursday then get back on Sunday to prepare for UMass.
Muschamp planned to use the bye week to openly evaluate positions across the board as the Gamecocks (2-4) look to pick up their play for the second half.
“We need to evaluate where we are and what gives us the best opportunity to be successful,” Muschamp said. “That’s at all positions.”