Like a high school girl who is playing the field, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier is known for not committing to a quarterback for an entire season. He used this method as head coach of the Florida Gators, even switching signal callers on consecutive plays at certain points. Spurrier has also switched quarterbacks at South Carolina on a regular basis. At times, it seemed as if he pulled Stephen Garcia out of the game just because he could.
In 2012, Spurrier continued his switcheroo tricks. Connor Shaw was the starter for the majority of South Carolina’s contests. Shaw connected on 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,956 yards and 17 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. Shaw also rushed 131 times for 435 yards and three scores. However, he struggled with injury, and that opened the door for his backup.
That backup, Dylan Thompson, also saw time behind center for the Gamecocks in 2012. Thompson played in 11 games, connecting on 52 percent of his passes for 1,027 yards, with 10 touchdowns and only two picks. Thompson was also able to rush for 108 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Spurrier will be given the task, or not, of deciding on a quarterback for the 2013 season. Both Shaw and Thompson return. However, when Spurrier decides who the starter is, that doesn’t mean that person will necessarily be the quarterback for the entire season.
South Carolina hopes to compete for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title again in 2013, and the quarterback, whoever it shall be, will be a big part of that.
The Gamecocks’ defense should be solid in 2013, especially with the return of Jadeveon Clowney. The offense could go a long way in determining how South Carolina fares in 2013.