USC Gamecocks Football

One South Carolina quarterback catching passes in spring game, not throwing them

Coming into South Carolina’s spring football game, there was an expectation Jake Bentley would have a smaller role as Dakereon Joyner, Ryan Hilinski and Jay Urich took most of the work.

Only during warm ups, Urich wasn’t throwing. He was catching passes.

The 6-foot-5 dual-threat passer, who quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said was among the fastest players on the team, was at wide receiver during the spring game. Earlier in the week, the coach said there had been no talk of moving him, though he had been helping out as a special teamer.

Urich played in one game last season, a blowout of Chattanooga. He was a three-star recruit and ran for more than 1,000 yards each of his last two seasons in high school. He had played wide receiver as a high school freshman.

Through the first half of the spring game, Urich had five catches for 38 yards.