David Cloninger

Camp Insider: Waiting on QB decision is USC’s best course of action

Gamecock quarterbacks, from left, Perry Orth, Lorenzo Nunez, Michael Scarnecchia, Connor Mitch and Gage Pucci.
Gamecock quarterbacks, from left, Perry Orth, Lorenzo Nunez, Michael Scarnecchia, Connor Mitch and Gage Pucci. Special to The State

This is real.

Steve Spurrier isn’t being coy or playing games. He really doesn’t know who his starting quarterback is going to be on Sept. 3.

As much as he would probably prefer that one guy would have separated himself by now, it hasn’t happened. That’s good when you consider the opponent won’t know who to prepare for, bad when you want to have one guy to coach up for most of the next two weeks.

But what else can he do? He can’t pick one guy and say, “You’re it” because what if that guy doesn’t play well? Then there are less-repped backups who he has to turn to.

The best course of action is to keep doing what he’s doing. All get around the same number of reps, all keep competing until one day one of them has an edge.

The edge may be wafer-thin, and the day may be Sept. 2, but there will eventually be a choice.

The idea is to make as sure as possible there doesn’t have to be a re-decision afterward.

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