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Walk-on climbs to No. 2 in Gamecocks’ QB pecking order

Perry Orth

Steve Spurrier left little or no doubt earlier this offseason as to Dylan Thompson being South Carolina’ unquestioned starter at quarterback.  Just who will back up Thompson remains an ongoing mini-battle, although the current favorite for that job is a player who’s not even on scholarship.

The Gamecocks’ head coach revealed his quarterback pecking order following a scrimmage Saturday, with a walk-on sliding into the No. 2 spot behind Thompson.

Perry (Orth) did ok. Perry has probably moved up to No. 2 right now,” the coach said in comment distributed by the team. “(Brendan) Nosovitch and Connor Mitch are the co-3rd guy right now.”

Thompson worked the first series of the scrimmage, with Orth the next in line.

Orth walked on to the Gamecocks in January of last year but did not play in 2013.  Nosovitch, a three-star member of South Carolina’s 2012 recruiting class, has long been expected to land the backup job if not provide significant competition for Thompson for the starting job.  While the latter’s still expected to claim the spot, the OBC, with the public declaration, could very well be sending a message to the player that he needs to step his practice game up a notch or two.

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8 Responses to “Walk-on climbs to No. 2 in Gamecocks’ QB pecking order”
  1. keltictim says: Mar 30, 2014 11:16 AM

    Dylan has more than proved he is capable of filling the large shadow of Connor. It speaks highly of the entire coaching staff that they are willing to give the back up spit to a walk on, as opposed to get tunnel vision on the recruits they went out and got for the job. On the flip side it could very well be that the recruits just are not as good as advertised. I’m going with the first assumption but only time will tell. You gotta love the fact that Dylan has already gashed clemson for some big plays, that speaks well for number 6. (Sorry just had to throw that in there)

  2. classyjacklambert says: Mar 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    Nice pun in the title JT.

  3. John Taylor says: Mar 30, 2014 3:10 PM

    I have no idea what you’re talking about, jack. :-)

  4. stackzontheboose says: Mar 30, 2014 6:24 PM

    Wasn’t Orth put in for limited action during the Coastal Carolina game this past fall?

  5. keltictim says: Mar 30, 2014 7:45 PM

    Ahh pecking order. You sly dog you.

  6. stackzontheboose says: Mar 31, 2014 3:17 AM

    Didn’t (Perry) Orth play in the Coastal Carolina game at Williams-Brice in ’13?

  7. WT Dufrane says: Mar 31, 2014 8:37 PM

    I believe Orth threw a TD in the CC game…..

  8. clemsonstillsucks says: Apr 1, 2014 3:47 PM

    That’s correct.

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