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The Final Cockdown: #12, Michael Scarnecchia.

We won’t see Scar on the field this season, but that doesn’t mean we ain’t writing about him.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at South Carolina
Michael Scarnecchia’s only pass: it was a completion!
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Michael Scarnecchia

RS Sophomore


6-4 / 215

Orange Park, Fla. (Fleming Island)


3-star prospect. Rated the 66th best pocket-passer in the Nation by ESPN. Chose the Gamecocks over UAB.

College Career

Scarnecchia, who entered the program with Dylan Thompson at the helm of the Gamecocks program, saw the quarterback job as a legitimate opportunity if he got into the system, worked hard, and proved himself on the field. After a strong showing in the spring game, it seemed like he could actually have a chance to factor into the Gamecocks’ offense. However, last year’s carousel of quarterbacks would largely exclude the Fleming Island product. The only pass thus far of his collegiate career: a 9-yard reception that took place during the LSU game, which is good for a 175.6 there’s that.

20167 Outlook

Despite riding the bench for the majority of his time at South Carolina, Michael Scarnecchia kept racking up team awards and accolades for his hard work and improvement on the field and in the classroom. Already locked in behind Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez, the arrival of Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley seemingly bumped Scarnecchia even further down the totem pole. That was before the announcement at SEC Media Days that Scarnecchia woud be missing the entire season due to a labrum tear that required surgery.

Will we ever get to see him have significant playing time at Carolina? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, we wish him a full and speedy recovery.


You do not want to play Michael Scarnecchia in FIFA, and with a year of extra practice time, you are REALLY not going to want to play Michael Scarnecchia in FIFA. Unless he starts pursuing other hobbies...

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