South Carolina coach Will Muschamp told reporters on Sunday night that he’s planning for both Brandon McIlwain and Perry Orth to play against Georgia.
McIlwain, who started each of the last three games, struggled against Texas A&M, completing 9 of 15 passes for 34 yards and an interception. In his place, Orth connected on 11 of 18 throws for 138 yards.
“The way that they changed and played us in the third quarter, we needed to be able to (throw downfield),” Muschamp said. “That was the reason the change was made. It wasn’t necessarily that Brandon was playing poorly. We just needed to get more production down the field.”
What that means for Saturday night’s showdown with Georgia remains to be seen.
“Now, going into this week’s practice, we’re watching film on Georgia and evaluating what we need to do to win the game. That’s (when) the whole decision that’s made,” Muschamp said. “Then, who best suits that to win the game? Then, who practices and performs the best and produces the best throughout the practice week will decide who plays the most.”
Through five games this season, McIlwain has completed 53 percent of his passes for 567 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Orth, who started the first two games of the season, has completed 57 percent of his throws for 373 yards and an interception.
After Tuesday’s practice, Muschamp believes he’ll have a better idea of how things will shake out against the Dawgs.
But the Gamecocks first-year head coach probably won’t show his hand before kickoff on Saturday night.
“(McIlwain and Orth) are a little different in their skillsets,” Muschamp said. “We need to make Georgia work on that a little bit, too.”