Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: Remember QB lesson of 2011

Perry Orth
Perry Orth The State

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.

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.

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