South Carolinas backup quarterback depth chart is constantly in flux, and this week has not been a good one for sophomore Brendan Nosovitch and freshman Connor Mitch.
Mitch and walk-on Perry Orth are South Carolinas co-Nos. 2 quarterbacks, head coach Steve Spurrier said after Thursdays practice. Nosovitch, a former PARADE All-American, is losing ground.
Brendan struggles throwing the ball some, but hes an excellent runner, Spurrier said. Dont tell anybody, but he might be our running quarterback.
Mitch, a former four-star prospect who redshirted last year, hadnt fared much better until Thursdays practice.
Connor Mitch did a lot better than he has done today, Spurrier said. He got the ball out of his hands. Maybe he is coming around. Hes young. Hes been here a year though, so he should be coming around a little quicker.
Orth, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound sophomore from Ponte Vedra, Fla., is going through his second spring practice with the Gamecocks.
Perry throws a spiral. There are not a lot of spirals out here, Spurrier said. Hes doing pretty well for a walk-on kid.
The Gamecocks held their seventh practice of the spring Thursday. They plan to return to practice fields Friday afternoon and then hold a 10 a.m. scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.
Senior wide receiver Damiere Byrd returned to the practice field for the first time this spring albeit in a limited capacity. Byrd, who suffered a knee injury in December, wore a yellow, no-contact drill and ran a few pass routes. He tried to join the team in one-on-one drills, but the coaches pulled him out to avoid the risk of re-injury, Spurrier said.
Wide receivers Jody Fuller (knee) and Kane Whitehurst (foot) and defensive end Devin Washington (hand) sat out the practice.
Junior Cedrick Cooper is learning a lot of things in his move from linebacker to defensive end, not the least of which is how to handle defensive line coach Deke Adams style.
Hes not really a positive guy that much like (linebackers coach Kirk) Botkin, Cooper said. Hes not that much of a happy guy so thats something I have to get used to.
Six-foot-eight junior walk-on Matthew Harvey has gotten plenty of work at wide receiver this spring. Whether that will carry over to the fall is yet to be seen.
Hes a big target as you know, Spurrier said. Hes done fine. A lot of them are doing fine.
Fellow walk-on wide receiver Carlton Heard also has seen a lot of work.
He must have run 25 deep routes today, Spurrier said. He can run all day, and I think he caught a few of them.