The way things are going, the winner of South Carolina’s quarterback competition could come down to the survivor of an ongoing battle of injury attrition.
Last weekend, Lorenzo Nuñez sustained what was originally reported to be a significant knee injury that was later dialed back to one that would keep him out for a week or so. This weekend, The State is reporting, senior Perry Orth suffered a broken collarbone during Saturday’s scrimmage.
Orth “had a Saturday afternoon surgery scheduled,” the Columbia newspaper reported, and will miss the remainder of spring practice. The rehab process should allow him to participate in summer workouts and, presumably, the start of summer camp in early August.
After starting eight games last season, Orth had taken the majority of the first-team snaps this spring and was the presumptive front-runner of a competition that has been, technically, five players strong: Orth, Nuñez, Connor Mitch, Brandon McIlwain and Michael Scarnecchia. The injuries leave the Gamecocks with three healthy quarterbacks for the foreseeable future, although Nuñez is expected back before the end of spring.