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The Final Cockdown: #12 Michael Scarnecchia

Yesterday's scrimmage couldn't find a QB worthy, so TFC will give it a shot.

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Michael Scarnecchia

RS Freshman
Quarterback
6-4 / 210
Fleming Island, Fla.

Recruitment
Per 247, Scarnecchia was listed as three-star prospect and the 72nd ranked pro style QB in the nation. Despite his average ranking as a recruit, he did receive a few major offers after putting up some noteworthy stats as high schooler. Offers included schools like Georgia, Iowa, Miami, Minnesota and N.C. State amongst others.

College Career
With the QB battle won before it could even start in 2014, as Dylan Thompson was the heir apparent and with a couple back-ups already in place, the coaching staff decided to redshirt Scarnecchia, who worked out on the scout team all season.

2015 Outlook
It's no secret that as of now, three weeks out from the start of the season, the Gamecocks don't have an undisputed QB1. And after a weekend scrimmage that went in with some optimism of quarterback separation, that ended in disappointment for the HBC, it feels as though we're back at square one. Scarnecchia has shown improvement since January, being named the most improved freshman on the offensive side of the ball in the spring, but it probably won't be enough to land him the starting job. The fact is, the coaches, and probably fans too, believe there's more talent in some of the other guys competing for the job, and it will be given to them if no one can separate from the field. Look for Scarnecchia to dress out for the Gamecocks all year, possibly as the third stringer, and hopefully serve as a viable back-up.

Potpurri
At least @Splashbro_12 gets invited to ride the golf cart. I'm jealous.