Get ready for another Orthquake. Instead of Lorenzo Nunez, the South Carolina Gamecocks will start Perry Orth at quarterback on Saturday against LSU, according to Stephen Garcia at Saturday Down South.
Orth, who took over in place of the injured Connor Mitch after the latter went down against Kentucky with a shoulder and hip injury. Mitch is still on the shelf, so the team will now turn to the former walk-on instead of the true freshman in a game that was relocated from Columbia to Baton Rouge as the region continues to recover from devastating flooding this past weekend.
Orth was 23 of 47 for 283 yards and a touchdown in five games, including one start. After a 6 of 17, 66-yard performance against Georgia, he was benched in favor of Nunez. The freshman looked decent over the past few games, but did throw interceptions on three straight drives in the most recent loss to Missouri.
The switch to Orth may signal that Nunez's injured shoulder probably isn't as healthy as the team hoped. We may still see him throughout the game against LSU depending on how he feels, but it will be Orth getting the call, at least for now.
We'll keep an eye on things and update the story as more becomes available throughout the afternoon and beyond. The Gamecocks take on Leonard Fournette and the seventh-ranked Tigers at Tiger Stadium, Saturday at 3:30 ET on ESPN.