Josh Kendall

August 2, 2014

Kendall Soundoff: Go ahead and pencil in No. 2 QB

Two days into fall camp, I’m calling the competition for backup quarterback.

Josh Kendall

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Two days into fall camp, I’m calling the competition for backup quarterback.

Since I’m not the one who gets to call it, it makes it an easier decision for me I admit.

Still, listening to head coach Steve Spurrier talk after Friday night’s practice (Spurrier didn’t talk after Saturday night’s practice), it seems clear that whatever concerns he might have had about redshirt freshman Connor Mitch in the spring are gone.

Here’s the quote: “He throws a nice spiral, acted like he knew what he was doing, acted like he’d practiced this summer and listened to Dylan (Thompson) a little bit.”

There was one play Friday night during a 7-on-7 drill in which the ball barely was in Mitch’s hands before he flicked it to a running back on a short seam route. It showed an impressive recognition and, just as important, a confidence we haven’t always seen from Mitch. The 6-foot-3 former four-star prospect suddenly looks like the player South Carolina expected him to become when they recruited him.

Sophomore Brendan Nosovitch and walk-on Perry Orth are Mitch’s chief competition for the job. Nosovitch made two very nice plays in Saturday’s practice – at tight end. That’s all you need to know about his chances of winning the backup job. Orth is a Spurrier practice favorite but remains an outsider looking in for playing time.

So, pencil in Connor Mitch as the No. 2 quarterback (and keep crossing your fingers that the No. 2 quarterback isn’t needed this year).

Now, about Mike Davis’ hamstring ...

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