South Carolina senior quarterback Perry Orth, who started eight games last year and has taken the bulk of the first-team snaps this spring, suffered a broken collarbone during a Saturday scrimmage, a source told The State.
Orth, who will miss the remainder of spring practice, had a Saturday afternoon surgery scheduled and should be able to rejoin the team’s summer activities by June. The Gamecocks held a closed practice Saturday. A school spokesperson could not confirm the injury, directing all injury questions to head coach Will Muschamp, who could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Orth announced Sunday via Twitter that he was “feeling great”:
He is the second quarterback to be injured this fall, joining sophomore Lorenzo Nunez, who suffered a hyperextended knee and sprained knee ligament in last Saturday’s practice. The team’s quarterbacks were “live” (meaning they could be hit, unlike most practices when they wear non-contact jerseys to reduce the risk of injury) during parts of last Saturday’s practice, but it’s unclear if they were live this Saturday or if Orth was hurt during a contact play.
The injuries to Orth and Nunez leave freshman Brandon McIlwain, junior Connor Mitch and sophomore Michael Scarnecchia as the only three healthy scholarship quarterbacks. McIlwain has been taking the second-team snaps during the portions of Gamecocks practices that are open to the public.
Orth had taken the first snaps in every team drill that was open to the media during the first two weeks of South Carolina’s spring practices. The former walk-on ended last season as the Gamecocks starter and finished the season with 1,929 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 54.8 percent passing.