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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.

South Carolina tabs Connor Mitch as starting QB vs UNC

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Just a little more than a week away from kicking off the new football season in Charlotte against North Carolina, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has named his starting quarterback for the season opener. Connor Mitch will get the call as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback.

“Connor will have every opportunity to take the reins and run with it,” Spurrier said Tuesday. “The competition was extremely close but we had to make a decision. We will give him all the support we can. As long as he takes care of the ball, keeps his head calm, he very easily could be the quarterback the entire year.

Mitch beat out Perry Orth and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia for the job. Freshman Lorenzo Nunez was also competing for the starting job.

I felt like he was slightly ahead of the other guys. The other guys were pretty close. What the competition has done is get two other guys ready to play. If (Connor) sprains his ankle or can’t play we will be in good hands with Perry (Orth) or Michael (Scarnecchia), and also Lorenzo (Nunez), he is capable of playing a bit.”