Steve Spurrier feels good about his quarterback situation.
Good enough that the departure of 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman Tanner McEvoy, a player the coaching staff once spoke highly of, did not seem to bother him at all.
“We’ve got a lot of quarterbacks here,” Spurrier said Wednesday. “Personally, I believe that was the best thing for him to do.”
McEvoy was behind junior Connor Shaw, sophomore Dylan Thompson, senior Seth Strickland and junior Andrew Clifford in the rotation. The school announced his transfer plans Tuesday night.
“Dylan has come along very nicely,” Spurrier said. “I don’t see (McEvoy) beating Dylan out in two or three years. I think it was the best opportunity for (McEvoy) so hopefully it’ll work out for him.”
McEvoy was a three-star prospect coming out of Bergen Catholic High School, where he played wide receiver the first three years of his career. He was arrested last week in Charlotte, N.C., and charged with driving after consumption and speeding.
McEvoy discussed a position change before his departure, Spurrier said.
“Other than that, I don’t want to get into all the details of it,” he said. “We wish him the best and hope it works out for him wherever he ends up.”
McEvoy is the seventh South Carolina quarterback signed under Spurrier to not exhaust his eligibility.
“Quarterbacks transfer all the time,” Spurrier said. “Our quarterback situation is really in pretty good shape considering where we have been.”
McEvoy’s departure allowed freshman Brendan Nosovitch to take his first significant snaps of the preseason Wednesday. Nosovitch, a PARADE All-American, was a three-star prospect coming out of Allentown, Pa.
“He’s coachable. When guys do what you ask them to do it makes you feel like you can still coach a little bit,” Spurrier said. “He’s a natural passer. We have hopes for him. I think he’s the kind of kid who could stay here five years and be a very good player his third or fourth or fifth year. Who knows how it plays out.”