Steve Spurrier expects to name his starting quarterback “maybe early next week,” he said.
Senior incumbent Stephen Garcia and sophomore Connor Shaw continue to battle for the job and will be closely evaluated during a short scrimmage Wednesday, he said.
“We have to make some decisions there,” Spurrier said. “We have to make some decisions at other positions, so it’ll be an important scrimmage for several guys. We’ll go through the scrimmage and maybe early next week we’ll” name a starter.
Shaw, who missed three days due to a dislocated thumb and returned to practice Monday, didn’t want to handicap the race after Tuesday’s practice.
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“Stephen is a fifth-year senior. He’s been here and done that, but (Spurrier) hasn’t said anything regarding that,” Shaw said. “Honestly, I really have no idea. I guess (Spurrier) will weigh it out on who performs better during camp.”
South Carolina’s coaches won’t pick a backup running back until after the season has started, running backs coach Jay Graham said.
“That probably needs to be decided in the game,” he said. “As we go through the early part of the season, we’ll find out on that.”
Kenny Miles and Shon Carson remain the favorites to win the job, but Eric Baker and Brandon Wilds are in the mix as well. There is “a good possibility” that Carson will play somewhere this season, Graham said.
“He has a lot of natural ability, speed,” Graham said. “We just have to see how fast he can understand the protection and understand all that stuff. You have to be able to do enough of everything to get through a series.”
CONFIDENT IN SUMMITT
Spurrier expressed confidence that Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who revealed Tuesday she is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, will continue to have a standout career.
“I heard that news, and I hear she is continuing on,” he said. “Like she said, there are ways to handle that. I’m sure she’ll do everything possible so that it will not affect her very much at all, if at all. I think she’ll be an excellent coach for several more years.”
Any Gamecock fan wondering why the team moved DeVonte Holloman from safety to spur this spring has some company in starting spur Antonio Allen.
“I don’t know why they moved him from secondary,” Allen said. “That’s my opinion personally, but he’s a great player. He’s going to come along, and he’s going to make some players there, too.”
Holloman, who has not been made available to speak to the media this preseason, is still learning the spur position, Allen said.
“He’s taking it in. He basically knows all the plays,” Allen said. “He just has to be familiar with disguising his coverages and becoming a better football player, understanding the game.”
Allen, a senior from Ocala, Fla., has started 19 games at spur the last two years and was second on the team last year with 70 tackles despite missing two games due to injury.
“I want to lead the team in sacks, tackles, picks, anything I can do to get us better,” Allen said.
... Spurrier did not feel the Virginia earthquake that many Columbia residents reported feeling. “I heard about it, but I didn’t feel it,” he said.
At least one of the team’s true freshmen tight ends – Rory Anderson and Drew Owens – will play this season, Graham said.
Freshman offensive tackle Brandon Shell doesn’t know yet if he’ll play this year, he said. “We haven’t really talked about it yet, but I am going to try to work hard to be in the rotation this year,” he said.
South Carolina’s coaches have not talked to Bruce Ellington about playing any cornerback due to the team’s lack of depth at the position, Ellington said.