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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Carolina backup QB McEvoy transferring

By Edward Aschoff

South Carolina is parting ways with one of its quarterbacks.

Less than two weeks after redshirt freshman Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina, he has decided to transfer, coach Steve Spurrier announced Tuesday.

McEvoy, who is 19, was arrested for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21.

"The Gamecock coaching staff and I wish Tanner all the best, as he continues his collegiate career elsewhere," Spurrier said in a statement.

The timing of McEvoy's departure is interesting. McEvoy performed well during South Carolina's spring game, leading the winning Black team with 132 passing yards and two touchdowns. And by all accounts, he didn't have a bad spring overall, either.

And it's not like much of a fuss was made over his arrest. Per school policy, McEvoy was suspended by Spurrier, but it was a short-lived suspension, as McEvoy practiced with the team last Friday. Spurrier even went to bat for his quarterback when the coach defended his decision not to suspend McEvoy for any games this season to The Post and Courier. And Spurrier has been down this road before with alcohol and one of his quarterbacks.

“You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage?” Spurrier said. “How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?”

It should be noted that the state of North Carolina doesn't allow a minor to drive with any alcohol in his system.

Still, Spurrier stuck up for his quarterback, even after all the alcohol-related incidents he went through with troubled former quarterback Stephen Garcia.

With junior Connor Shaw No. 1 on South Carolina's depth chart, McEvoy wasn't likely to challenge for the starting quarterback spot. In fact, he was listed as the fourth-string quarterback, but that was heading into fall. A good showing during camp, and things could have changed for McEvoy.

However, McEvoy told GamecockCentral.com that he wasn't happy with his position on the depth chart, and ultimately needed to find a place where his chances of playing earlier were better.

Fortunately for the Gamecocks, there were three other quarterbacks ahead of him who the coaches feel good about.

As a senior at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., McEvoy threw for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 1,196 yards and 14 more scores.