One less QB in running at South Carolina


When Steve Spurrier spoke to ESPN.com recently, he said that four quarterbacks were in contention to play this coming season. He did not mention Brendan Nosovitch.

On Saturday, Spurrier addressed the QB-turned-tight end's decision to leave South Carolina.

“He needed to leave. Some players need to leave,” Spurrier said, according to The Charleston Post and Courier. “We could have let him go last year when he wanted to go, but I thought maybe he could help the team somewhere. He wants to go play quarterback, he doesn’t care if it’s small-level Division III or whatever. He wants to go play quarterback somewhere, so I hope he can, and we wish him the best. He’s a fine young man. He’s going to stay and graduate, and then go play somewhere, which is a good idea.”

In other news, the Gamecocks had their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

Here's some of what happened, via The Charleston Post and Courier:

"USC’s offense was unable to generate any points until the scrimmage went into overtime situations, with the ball placed on the 25-yard line. From there, Elliott Fry booted a 43-yard field goal, Connor Mitch hooked up with Deebo Samuel on a 29-yard touchdown pass and Michael Scarnecchia found Matrick Belton on a 5-yard scoring pass.

'I think there was some improvement on the defensive side,” head coach Steve Spurrier said. 'The offense didn’t do much at all. But it was good practice. Nobody got hurt. None of the quarterbacks shined too much. It was not encouraging on the offensive side, but we’ve got one more week. Hopefully by the spring game time next week, we’ll throw some completions and look like we know what we’re doing on offense.'

The three quarterbacks combined to connect on just 10 of 22 passes on the day for 121 yards with one interception. Jasper Sasser picked off a deflected pass from Mitch for the game’s only turnover.

'Connor Mitch held the ball too much at times and threw late at times, as did all of them,' said Spurrier. 'But the protection probably wasn’t all that super at times either. Hopefully we can learn from it. The offense did a lot better yesterday than they did today, but the defense did better than they did yesterday. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of improvement to do.'

Devin Potter paced the running backs with 17 yards on three carries. David Williams and Rondreas Truesdale each added 15 yards on the ground. Samuel (two catches for 46 yards) and Belton (three receptions for 25 yards) were the top pass-catchers."