Steve Spurrier keeps talking about a quarterback competition and some of us are having a hard time believing it.
Sophomore Connor Mitch, the 6-foot-3 former four-star prospect, emerged as a frontrunner during spring practice and has the pedigree of an SEC starter, but Spurrier has insisted in the lead-up to fall camp that he’s still not decided on a starter.
The situation is starting to feel a little like the last time South Carolina opened a season in Charlotte as the Gamecocks will this season. That was 2011. The opponent was East Carolina, and Spurrier kept saying that season that little-known sophomore Connor Shaw was in a full-blown competition with incumbent starter Stephen Garcia.
It seemed at the time like a tactic to motivate Garcia, but lo and behold Shaw started the season-opener in Bank of America Stadium. It didn’t work out for Shaw that day. He finished 3-of-9 passing and was pulled in favor of Garcia, who led a 56-37 comeback win, but maybe there’s a lesson there in not counting out Perry Orth or Michael Scarnecchia too early this fall.
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The Gamecocks head back to Bank of America for the first time since that 2011 game on Sept. 3 to face North Carolina. It’s the same date Shaw surprised us all by starting against the Pirates. Just something to think about.