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After leaving South Carolina, QB Connor Mitch to start over at James Madison

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Just a little over a month after leaving South Carolina, Connor Mitch has found himself a new college football home.

On Twitter Monday, Mitch revealed that he will continue his collegiate playing career at James Madison.  As the Dukes play at the FCS level, and Mitch himself is a recent graduate of USC, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

Additionally, Mitch will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Mitch started the first two games of the 2015 season for the Gamecocks before a hip injury and shoulder injury knocked him out for the remainder of the year.

Part of a five-man competition in the spring, Mitch fell behind the current front-runner, freshman Brandon McIlwain, as well as a pair of quarterbacks injured for portions of the spring, senior Perry Orth and sophomore Lorenzo Nunez.  That positioning on the depth chart apparently led to his mid-May transfer.

During his time in Columbia, Mitch completed 15-of-35 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also added 48 yards and another touchdown on 17 carries.

Report: Gamecock starting QB Perry Orth suffers broken collarbone

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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 MitchBrandon 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.

Knee injury puts Gamecocks QB Lorenzo Nuñez on sideline

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South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nuñez could miss the remainder of spring practices in Columbia after going down with a knee injury in practice over the weekend. According to a report from John Whittle of 247 Sports, Nuñez suffered a hyper-extended knee and sprained a ligament.

South Carolina has a wide-open competition brewing for the starting quarterback job under new head coach Will Muschamp. Including Nuñez, South Carolina’s options include Connor Mitch, Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain, Michael Scarnecchia. Orth is the likely favorite after grabbing hold of the job last season, but everyone gets a clean slate with the recent coaching change with the program.

Nuñez was South Carolina’s second-leading passer last season, behind Orth. Appearing in eight games, Nuñez completed 61.5 percent of his pass attempts (32-of-52) for 376 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions.

South Carolina to start third different QB in three weeks

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is making a quarterback change heading into this weekend’s non-conference tilt with UCF. On Tuesday, Spurrier announced freshman Lorenzo Nunez will be the starting quarterback for the Gamecocks.

“I think it’s the first true freshman quarterback I’ve ever started, but that’s just where we are right now,” Spurrier said Tuesday. “Lorenzo gives us a little spark maybe we need offensively.”

Nunez was a four-star recruit from Kennesaw, Georgia in South Carolina’s Class of 2015. He was the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in 2015 according to Rivals.

This will be the third different starting quarterback for the Gamecocks in the last three weeks. Connor Mitch missed last weekend’s game against Georgia after being hospitalized the previous week. Spurrier then let Perry Orth get the nod for last weekend’s game. Against Georgia, Orth finished his day completing six of 17 pass attempts for just 66 yards and he was picked off once.

UCF made some roster news earlier today as well, dismissing running back William Stanback. Stanback was UCF’s leading rusher in 2014.

No. 7 Georgia blasts South Carolina, 52-20

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One is a legitimate SEC championship contender, with a two-headed rushing attack, a stable, efficient quarterback (for one night, at least) and a talented defense. The other is South Carolina.

No. 7 Georgia did everything it wanted in a 52-20 destruction of South Carolina in Athens Saturday evening. One week after briefly being pulled at Vanderbilt, senior quarterback Greyson Lambert set an FBS record for completion percentage, hitting an astounding 24-of-25 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Nick Chubb rushed 21 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Sony Michel added eight carries for 61 yards and a score. Keith Marshall chipped in with four carries for 19 yards and a score.

The Bulldogs’ defense, meanwhile, limited replacement quarterbacks Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez to a combined 3.81 yards per pass attempt and the entire Gamecocks’ offense to 4.46 yards per carry.

In short, Georgia looked every bit like a team that will play in Atlanta this December and a major bowl game in later that month or early January. South Carolina looked like a team that will once again struggle to make a bowl game.

After exchanging field goals in the first quarter, Chubb and Michel broke the game open with touchdown rushes. South Carolina briefly pulled within 17-10 after Orth rushed in from four yards out with 2:17 to go before halftime, but Lambert answered with a five-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell with 17 seconds to go before halftime.

Georgia turned a comfortable win into a blowout in the third quarter, as Lambert hit Michel with two 11-yard touchdown passes, and Chubb added a seven-yard scoring dash with 4:13 to go in the third quarter. At that point Georgia led 45-13 and had scored touchdowns on six of its last seven possessions. The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter to provide the final score.

Georgia doubled South Carolina’s first downs output, 32-16, and did the same in total yardage with 60 yards to spare – 576 to 258.

Playing for an injured Connor Mitch, Orth completed 6-of-17 passes for 66 yards and an interception, while Nunez hit 4-of-5 throws for 18 yards and led the club in rushing with 10 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown.