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Spurrier: Dylan Thompson ‘without question’ Gamecocks’ starting QB

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Barring some type of health setback between now and the beginning of September, any questions surrounding who would fill the rather large shoes left by Connor Shaw‘s departure have already been answered.

Speaking at a South Carolina men’s basketball game Saturday, head coach Steve Spurrier left no doubt who will be under center when the Gamecocks take the field for the Sept. 6 opener against East Carolina.  In fact, aside from an injury you can’t predict, the Ol’ Ball Coach left absolutely no wiggle room at the position.

“[Dylan Thompson] is without question going to be our quarterback unless he gets hurts,” Spurrier, who was recently on the receiving end of a contract extension and raise, said according to Josh Kendall of the Columbia State.

Tapping Thompson as his starter is far from surprising, even as it comes a couple of months ahead of the start of spring practice.

Thompson is the lone returning player at the position who has seen any type of meaningful action; the five other quarterbacks currently on the roster have combined to attempt five passes.  Aside from the decided edge in experience, Thompson has also been very successful during the times he has seen the field.

In two starts in place of an injured Shaw last season, Thompson threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each game, both of which were wins.  He also threw the game-winning touchdown in the Capital One Bowl win over Michigan that season.  In the one game he started this season, the Gamecocks knocked off unbeaten and fifth-ranked Missouri in Columbia, although in fairness Shaw fueled the comeback win in overtime by limping off the bench and onto the field late in the third quarter.

In other words, Thompson has earned the immense confidence and faith Spurrier has placed in him, that the soon-to-be senior can extend what’s already a school record streak of 10-plus wins to four consecutive seasons.

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23 Responses to “Spurrier: Dylan Thompson ‘without question’ Gamecocks’ starting QB”
  1. noleitup says: Jan 18, 2014 6:49 PM

    As much as I dont like spurrier im always excited to see what his new qb will do. Thompsons gotten a lot of playing time already and guys got a wmd for an arm.

  2. jonkybon says: Jan 18, 2014 10:58 PM

    It’s not like there is another QB on the roster that could even start for a HS team

  3. jets12 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:12 PM

    Surprisingly jonkybon once again shows that he is truly an idiot.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jan 18, 2014 11:28 PM

    Why do you say that Jonkybon is being an idiot Jets? Or Te you just being a liar, hypocrite, and a coward again?

  5. kitwor says: Jan 19, 2014 5:46 AM

    Thompson’s main competition will come from rising red shirt soph Brendan Nosovitch who was one of the best QB’s to ever come out of Pa. I think this statement by Spurrier is more of a way to try to boost Nosovitch (whom Spurrier loves) to try to win the job.

  6. jets12 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:12 AM

    Classlessjack are we not friends anymore? You know I don’t think I could survive if I thought we weren’t friends. And again why don’t you come up with an original thought instead of repeating what I have said. But I guess that is asking to much from a jackass like you.

  7. jonkybon says: Jan 19, 2014 8:46 AM

    I stand by what I said. Thompson when recruited was a 2 star prospect and had the highest rating of any QB currently on the Jailcocks roster.

    I see jet still can’t follow the Terms of Service here. Shows the mental ability of someone that can’t make a post without insulting his fellow posters. Classy, don’t you love reading from jet, what I’ve previously said about it, ESP the original idea line?

  8. jonkybon says: Jan 19, 2014 8:55 AM

    Kitwor,

    You do know that Montana, Marino, Kelly, Namath, Unitis, Blanda, Gannon, Parelli, Pawlus, to name a few all came from Pa. Nosovitch isn’t close to one of the best from Pa. His highest rating was 2 stars, most services said he would make a better Safety and had him a 1 Star QB.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Jan 19, 2014 10:12 AM

    Nah jets we are still friends, I just like reminding you that you’re a liar and a hypocrite. As long as you acknowledge that, we’re cool.

  10. kitwor says: Jan 19, 2014 10:33 AM

    Jonktbon,

    First off, Scout had Nosovitch rated as a 3 star QB. Second, he broke the state record for all time passing yards and was a four year starter.

    In all fairness to the other QB’s you mentioned I only saw Gannon and Pawlus play. He was miles ahead of Gannon and he absolutely was a better quarterback than Pawlus.

    I am not trying to build this guy up, I just saw him play at least 10 times in high school. The kid simply was the best dual threat QB I have ever seen on the HS level.

    I will say this with certainty, he would have been rated as higher than 3 star if he didn’t play almost his entire senior season with a bad shoulder and his size (6’0-6’1).

  11. kitwor says: Jan 19, 2014 10:38 AM

    Reblogged this on kitwor.

  12. jets12 says: Jan 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    Classlessjackass I have admitted nothing except that you can’t come up with an original thought if your life depended on it. Jonkybon you still continue to respond to me even though you have stated over and over you would not. Your word is useless. Just like you.

  13. jets12 says: Jan 19, 2014 12:11 PM

    Kitwor please don’t confuse jonkybon with facts. He doesn’t deal in facts. He only deals in fantasy. He makes up “facts” to suit his nonsense and then rattles off more nonsense when challenged. He is mentally challenged and doesn’t play well with others.

  14. scfan36 says: Jan 19, 2014 12:43 PM

    No one in this thread has a clue. Nosovitch was a 3 star and is definitely a good player, but I think most people would agree that Connor Mitch (a 4 star prospect I might add, Jonkybon) is poised to become our second best guy. Either way, you’d be hard pressed to find a Gamecock fan that doesn’t agree that this is Dylan’s year. There is definitely some quality depth behind him though.

  15. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 19, 2014 1:24 PM

    I think Thompson has for sure earned the opportunity, especially in his senior year.

    Can’t wait to see him lead the Cocks to the SEC Champsionship this year…and better yet, “#6.”

    @ Jonk

    I completely understand your frustration – you SHOULD be pissed.

  16. onlyoneleft says: Jan 19, 2014 1:45 PM

    Kitwor can’t find Pennsylvania on a map. Remember Carolina is in Chapel Hill and USC is in California.

  17. jonkybon says: Jan 20, 2014 8:05 AM

    Kitwor,

    Scout had him unrated until after he committed to SC. Then they elevated him to 2 star. If they elevated him again, I was not aware.

    As for his playing the entire year with a bad shoulder, I was not aware of that as I do not watch Pa HS football. However, a players rating is not based solely on his Sr season. Or did he have a bad shoulder the entire time he played HS football?

    You also realize that on every level, HS, College and Pro, they now play more games then they did when the greats of Pa played including Gannon. The offenses these days are a lot more safisticated and teams generally score more.

    Only time will tell if Nosovitch will be mentioned with group I mentioned. They all had outstanding college careers and most (including Gannon) Pro. As of now Nosovitch isn’t even average as he has zero stats at SC, so IMO to call him one of the greatest from Pa is wrong.

  18. jonkybon says: Jan 20, 2014 8:17 AM

    Connor Mitch was a 2 star and elevated to 3 star by scout on National Signing Day. His final ranking was the 44th rated QB. Funny coincidence that both Mitch and Nosovitch’s final rating had them at the 44th rated QB.

    You do know that the amount of stars is based on their comparative rankings. Both Mitch and Nosovitch rose when players ranked higher then them failed to qualify.

    After doing a little research Kitwor, Nosovitch didn’t play in public school. He set those ‘records’ in the Catholic school league.

  19. partyguy708 says: Jan 20, 2014 4:08 PM

    I created an account just so I could reply to these morons who can be so easily fact checked. Nowhere, and I do nean nowhere was Connor Mitch a 2 star recruit. He was one of the most coveted recruits in the South. LSU does not offer a kid way up in N. Carolina if he cant play. He was a 4 star, on Rivals, 247, ESPN. Nosovitch was a consensus 3 star recruit and dominant dual tgreat QB. Easily would have been a 4 star if he had the height, get your facts straight idiots, or do not talk recruiting.

  20. thegamecocker says: Jan 20, 2014 4:59 PM

    Jonkybon and Classyjack……5 in a row and counting. Why not take a suggestion from your Head Coach and learn to be humble. You come on Carolinas’ BR and troll and troll and troll. The HBC has Clemson’s number and hopefully the wins will continue….now the both of you get lost!

  21. jets12 says: Jan 20, 2014 6:52 PM

    Well jonkybon it seems you are on the clock.

  22. rochedj says: Jan 21, 2014 8:19 AM

    Whoever the QB is, he better be ready to take the field on Aug 28 vs Texas A&M. That’s the Gamecocks season/home opener and not the Sep 6 game against East Carolina.

  23. thegamecocker says: Mar 24, 2014 7:24 PM

    The Head Ball Coach always has his teams ready to play. They sure as hell have been ready to play the last game of the season against the Clemson…5 in a row and counting…..Go Gamecocks!!!

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