COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina quarterback Perry Orth hasn’t played in more than a month. But Will Muschamp will play the senior quarterback on his senior day Saturday against Western Carolina if the opportunity presents itself.
The South Carolina coach, as he has routinely this season, praised Orth’s leadership on his Thursday night call-in show.
“There is no doubt about the leadership and guidance that Perry has provided out football team,” Muschamp said. “The difference he’s made for Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley as far as the preparation, the daily ins and outs of being the quarterback at South Carolina, there’s no better experience as far as a guy that has been through it, understood it, been through some good times, been through some bad times and understands how to handle all those times. He has been outstanding.
“If the opportunity presents itself, certainly would love the opportunity to get him the in game.”
Orth opened the season as the starter, a role he held for the first two games before bowing out of the starting lineup. But when McIlwain began to struggle more, Orth was put back in the starting lineup. He started on Oct. 9 against Georgia before the move to Bentley was made coming out of South Carolina’s bye week on Oct. 15.
“I can’t thank Perry enough for how he has handled the situation,” Muschamp said.
Orth competed 63.3 percent of his passes for 661 yards this season in four games.
Muschamp said running back A.J. Turner is available to play Saturday, while safety Chris Moody is a gametime decision. Offensive lineman Donell Stanley had his best week of practice, Muschamp said, but is unlikely to play barring an emergency situation. The Gamecocks are thinking of a medical redshirt for Stanley, who has not played since the season-opening game against Vanderbilt.