For incoming Gamecocks signee Tanner McEvoy, his relationship with the quarterback position continues to grow.
His comfort and passion have continued to grow in the 15 months since he was converted to quarterback while at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey.
“I feel like after this year I fell in love with the position,” said McEvoy. “I’m sure after this upcoming season I’ll fall in love with it more. It’s a lot different than any other position (I’ve played).”
For McEvoy, who was named New Jersey’s Offensive Player of the Year by The Star Ledger after putting up more than 3,600 total yards (2,264 passing, 1,196 rushing) and scoring 46 touchdowns (32 passing, 14 rushing), it would be hard to argue that the marriage of him and the QB position hasn’t been a positive one.
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South Carolina and McEvoy hope the budding relationship will continue to blossom when he arrives on campus in a couple of weeks.
A brutal season of winter weather in New Jersey has limited McEvoy’s ability to simulate game situations and throw this off-season. Instead he has focused on improving his mechanics as the 6-foot-6 standout transforms from an all-state caliber wide receiver to a quarterback.
“You can’t really tell (how much you’ve improved) until you really start throwing with kids and getting into 7-on-7 and game-like situations,” McEvoy said. “But I’ve been really working on my footwork and arm motion, so hopefully that stuff improves.”
The arrival of spring and warmer weather has allowed him to start throwing more and working with some of his former teammates at Bergen Catholic.
McEvoy also got the chance to talk with his future quarterback coach G.A. Mangus during a recent recruiting trip to New Jersey, a state that netted the Gamecocks McEvoy, defensive back Sheldon Royster and receiver Damiere Byrd in the Class of 2011.
Aware of the challenges of learning the playbook that come for any incoming quarterback, McEvoy realizes that 2011 could be a redshirt season for him. But he hopes that he can make a quick impression and proves himself capable on contributing right away.
“It’s too early to tell,” McEvoy said about the possibility of redshirting. “They say they’re not going to redshirt me, but you really don’t know until you get down there. Hopefully I can get down there and help the team.
“I feel like I’m pretty well prepared to get down there. I’m just ready to get down there and show what I can do.”