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Jay Urich may have to wait until 2018 for his shot, and that’s fine

The in-state product has the makings of a serviceable backup.

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The Final Cockdown finishes our look at the team’s quarterbacks by moving on to the program’s incoming scholarship freshman.

PREVIOUSLY: Bailey Hart and Danny Gordon

Jay Urich

Freshman / 6’4 / 196 / Wren (S.C.)

When South Carolina offered quarterback Jay Urich in April 2016, they no doubt were drawn to his capabilities as a passer and a rusher. Urich threw for 21 touchdowns and over 2700 yards while running for nine touchdowns and over 1000 yards. At any level, being responsible for thirty of your team’s touchdowns is pretty good.

It’s likely that we won’t see Urich on the field a whole lot in 2017, and that’s OK. I know Will Muschamp has told him to be ready to play this upcoming season, and while Muschamp would prefer not to burn a redshirt unless he really, really, needs to, three games (while not a long period of time) should give the staff somewhat of a frame of reference to measure him by in 2018. But even though I feel that Michael Scarnecchia might be the backup to Jake Bentley this year, don’t count Urich out by any means.

Recruitment: A three-star recruit, Urich was offered by the program on April 21, 2016. He committed just over a month later on May 27, opting to spurn Duke (among others) and stay in-state.

Did you know: Urich converted from wide receiver to quarterback in high school. Remind you of someone?

Next up: We head on to the running backs on Monday, starting with a player that is set up to capitalize on a strong freshman campaign.