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August 7, 2014

USC's Nosovitch considering transfer

Brendan Nosovitch, who did not attend Thursday practice, may be part of South Carolina’s football team going forward, but only if he feels comfortable with a potential position switch.

Brendan Nosovitch may be part of South Carolina’s football team going forward, but only if he feels comfortable with a potential position switch.

“He’s weighing his options,” coach Steve Spurrier said on Thursday morning after a report late Wednesday night had Nosovitch deciding to transfer.

Nosovitch did not attend Thursday’s practice. He did not respond to two messages from The State on Wednesday night.

The redshirt sophomore, a Parade magazine All-American from Allentown, Pa., was listed fourth on the preseason depth chart behind starter Dylan Thompson, redshirt freshman Connor Mitch and walk-on sophomore Perry Orth. He was receiving less and less reps at quarterback through the first week of practice, but had started to bloom as a potential tight end.

The Gamecocks are trying to keep him but want him to play another position.

“He’s an athlete,” Spurrier said at the team’s Media Day. “He can run with it. He can catch. His passing has not been quite as good as the other guys, but he’s a good athlete and we are trying to find a way he can help our team.”

Nosovitch had impressed as a tight end, taking one pass 80 yards for a touchdown and earning the nickname “Slash” from his teammates. Despite that – and also perhaps realizing that he would be behind Rory “Busta” Anderson and Jerell Adams at tight end in a best-case scenario – Nosovitch still hoped to play quarterback.

“The main goal is to play quarterback here one day,” he said at Media Day. “Obviously, (fourth on the depth chart) is not where I want to be. There’s still three weeks left of camp, so I’m going to go out and prove myself.”

Nosovitch played in three games in 2013, completing both of his pass attempts for 13 yards. He rushed three times for 12 yards and a touchdown.

Staff writer Josh Kendall contributed to this report

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