David Cloninger

Camp Insider: Gamecocks’ backup QBs must stay sharp, be ready

It’s like 2014 all over again. We know South Carolina’s starting quarterback, but who’s the backup?

It could be an important topic as the season progresses.

“Perry (Orth) was taking a little bit more,” coach Steve Spurrier said after Wednesday’s practice. “(Michael Scarnecchia) got a few, and (Lorenzo Nunez), we’ll have a group of plays for Zo. He’ll be ready to play some also.”

If it means anything, Scarnecchia was in a scout-team jersey while Orth was in the usual garnet. Orth also said he was taking second-team reps, although he doesn’t know the exact situation.

“I think we’re going to continue to do the same thing that we’ve been doing, from spring ball on,” Orth said. “I’m still going to come out and do the same thing I’ve been doing. I’m going to work hard, watch film, do whatever I can to help us win.”

All have to stay sharp because all may get a chance. Connor Mitch has won the job but he may only be guaranteed the first snap against North Carolina. There’s simply no telling what may happen after that, except that Spurrier will do what’s needed to win the game.

It’s not like the starter was the one who actually won the game the last time USC played at Bank of America Stadium.