Gamecocks spring football preview: QBs

February 21, 2012 

Tanner McEvoy

MELISSA HARMON — Special to GoGamecocks

The glow of the historic 11-win season and another top 20 signing class will shine on South Carolina’s football team for just a while longer.

But, in the second week of March, it will be back to business for the Gamecocks as they begin spring practice and work toward the annual Garnet and Black game, which is scheduled for April 14 in Williams-Brice Stadium.

That process starts with spring practice. South Carolina lost nine players who started the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 so there will be plenty of starting jobs up for grabs this spring.

QUARTERBACKS

Head coach Steve Spurrier made clear in a January interview that he’s a big fan of Connor Shaw, so don’t expect a quarterback competition in the spring.

Shaw showed an ability to move the ball with his feet last season and his passing became more efficient as the season progressed. Shaw, a rising junior, is not far enough along in his career that he can take off a lot of time in the spring, but he won’t get all the snaps.

The Gamecocks have to find a backup quarterback. Dylan Thompson is the odds-on favorite to take the job, but Tanner McEvoy, who redshirted last year, will get a shot.

QBs who'll be part of spring practice

-- Connor Shaw, Jr.
-- Dylan Thompson, So.
-- Andrew Clifford, Jr.
-- Tanner McEvoy, Fr.
-- Seth Strickland, Sr.
-- Austin Hails, So.

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