Spurrier Names Mitch Starting QB
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Nine days away from kicking off his 11th season in charge of Gamecock football, Steve Spurrier announced redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch will be his starting quarterback. USC made the news public via a press release Tuesday afternoon and spoke with reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “You got to make a decision some time,” the Ball Coach said. He said the quarterback competition with Perry Orth and Michael Scarnecchia was extremely close but Mitch edged them out slightly. Spurrier said Mitch will have the opportunity to be USC’s quarterback for the entire season, and he does not plan on playing a different quarterback in the 2nd quarter against UNC. Mitch has seen limited action in his college career going 2-6 passing for 19 yards. In two preseason scrimmages this summer Mitch was a combined 10-21 for 113 yards and three interceptions. The Raleigh, N.C. native was a 4-star prospect coming out of Wakefield High School where he finished second in four career categories in the state of North Carolina high school history, passing for 12,078 yards on 1,384 attempts, completing 807 passes, 153 of them touchdowns. Mitch also set the N.C. state record with 9 TD passes in one game, 1 shy of the national record. Mitch is expected to speak to the media at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.