Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: Lorenzo Nunez focus an issue

dmclemore@thestate.com

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez.

The four-star freshman botched a play call against Tennessee and failed to carry out a reverse call against Florida, and his coaches don’t know exactly why.

“We really can’t understand it other than just not being ready to go in there and play. The focus is something he has been lacking,” interim head coach Shawn Elliott said. “We want to get him a little more involved but we can’t do that unless he puts everything into it. We have to eliminate those foolish mistakes. It’s little things here and there.”

Elliott is being kind to call Nunez’s mistakes “little things,” but he probably has no choice if he hopes to get anything out of Nunez in the final two games of the season.

“He’s a great young man. He’s going to be a fantastic quarterback for us. He’s got good leadership ability,” Elliott said. “He’s going to be fine.”

It was interesting to hear Elliott refer to Nunez as a “quarterback,” and it probably made Nunez immediately start rooting for Elliott to get the full-time job. There will be a long list of things to watch for when the next full-time head coach is hired at South Carolina, and where that coach intends to play Nunez will be one of the most fascinating.

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