Your new starting quarterback Perry Orth and his head ball coach sat with the media late Tuesday morning to discuss last week's loss and the week three matchup in Athens against the Bulldogs. Spurrier wasn't in the room long, answering questions for just under 15 minutes. Here's some highlights on what the two had to say:
On injured QB Connor Mitch:
Orth and 3rd string QB Michael Scarnecchia visited the hospitalized Mitch Sunday afternoon, and Steve Spurrier and QB coach G.A. Mangus stopped by yesterday.
Orth on Mitch's injury: 'My first priority was making sure my friend was OK.'— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) September 15, 2015
Spurrier says he and QB coach G.A. Mangus went to see Connor Mitch in the hospital yesterday. The bruise was the biggest scare.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
Still not a definite Mitch won't return this year. Spurrier says they have to see how he recovers once his shoulder heals.— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 15, 2015
On Perry Orth's demeanor after one practice as the starter:
While he may lack the height and weight typically seen in a FBS starting quarterback, Orth has served steady so far taking snaps for the Gamecocks.
Spurrier not surprised by Perry Orth's calm demeanor. "He's a mature young man. He throws a nice pass, as you can see." #Gamecocks— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
On the HBC's success against Georgia throughout his career:
Spurrier downplays the success that he's had against Georgia. "We've been fortunate." Have played really well against them at home.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
Spurrier: Favorite USC/UF-UGa games? "Without a doubt, the '92 game." UF beat UGa the same day USC beat Tennessee, UF won the East.— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 15, 2015
On some shake-ups in the depth chart for the offense:
True freshman Lorenzo Nunez is listed as the second string quarterback this weekend and Shon Carson jumped over David Williams as the second string running back.
Spurrier: "Lorenzo Nunez is a good player, a good runner, a good passer. We have to use him somewhere along the line."— TheBigSpur.com (@TheBigSpur247) September 15, 2015
Spurrier on Carson being the No. 2 RB -- "He's been productive when he gets the ball." He deserved the spot.— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 15, 2015
Spurrier: Shon Carson had some nice runs again last week. He's got the best average yards per carry on the team.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
As for some walk-ons developing better than scholarship guys:
Everybody loves a good underdog story, but you also want to see the guys you expect to develop and improve take the field.
Spurrier also add that the walk-ons have earned their spots and they try to give them all a chance.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
Spurrier: Lot of the scholarship guys can still be good players. "But yeah, we've missed on some guys. No question about it."— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 15, 2015
Compliments to the home crowd:
The fans stuck around Saturday night and they came up big enough in the second half to earn some props from the HBC.
"Our fans were super, sensational and loud. We had a bunch of recruits there and even though we didn't win the game" they were impressed.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) September 15, 2015
Other than Connor Mitch, Chris Lammons is the only other injured Gamecock. Lammons may miss more time than previously expected. Other than those two, everyone else is healthy and ready to go against the Bulldogs.