COLUMBIA, S.C. – Will Muschamp is sticking to his guns in not naming a starting quarterback prior to South Carolina’s opener at Vanderbilt on Sept. 1. At least, the first-year Gamecocks coach won’t give the answer publicly.
“I’ve got a very good idea of where we are headed with this and excited about where we are as much as anything as we move forward,” Muschamp said Wednesday on his weekly radio show. “I’m not going to let you know tonight what’s going on. (Vanderbilt coach) Derek Mason is a good coach and, I think, when you narrow things down sometimes for a coach like him, preparation-wise, it makes things a little bit easier. We will try to use some of our unknowns to our advantage.”
Muschamp first said during a Sunday teleconference that he won’t name a starting quarterback until the first game of the season arrives. On Wednesday, he said that the winner of the competition between senior Perry Orth and freshmen Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley might not even know until the team is in Nashville.
“Maybe the night before the game or something like that,” he said. “Sometimes, when you don’t know, it’s good. You’ve just gotta go out and play.”
The Gamecocks coach reiterated that he feels good about the quarterback situation, which has been his refrain of late when asked about the competition.
“I have a lot of confidence in all three guys,” he said. “I think all three guys have had great camps. Really since Saturday night, we had a scrimmage at Williams-Brice. We practiced Monday morning and we practiced Tuesday morning.
“All three guys looked outstanding. They’ve all had good camps.”
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.