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UPDATE: South Carolina fifth-year senior QB Scarnecchia to make first career start

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UPDATED 10/6 at 11:56 a.m. ET: South Carolina has confirmed that Michael Scarnecchia will make his first career start today against Missouri.  Injured starter Jake Bentley will be available if needed.

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With South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley continues to work his way back to full strength, multiple reports are saying the Gamecocks will use Michael Scarnecchia as a starter this weekend against Missouri. The decision will reportedly be made official just before kickoff according to head coach Will Muschamp. Scarnecchia, a fifth-year senior, has never started a game in his college football career.

Bentley was roughed up against Kentucky last week, a 24-10 loss for the Gamecocks against the Wildcats to fell to 1-2 in SEC play. Scarnecchia reportedly received the bulk of the first-team snaps in practice this week, certainly suggesting South Carolina has been preparing the seldom-used quarterback for the chance to start against Missouri in a key division game. However, if Bentley appears to be moving with good agility and does not appear to be slowed by a banged up knee, Muschamp could still opt for Bentley as his starter at the last minute.

Scarnecchia completed four of six passes for 45 yards last week in relief of Bentley against Kentucky. Scarnecchia also appeared in South Carolina’s season opener victory over Coastal Carolina, completing three of six pass attempts for 44 yards and a touchdown in the 49-15 win.

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.”