Things didn't go well for the South Carolina Gamecocks in their home and conference opener at Williams-Brice Stadium this evening. They spotted the Kentucky Wildcats a 17-7 lead with 2:46 left in the first half, during which their starting quarterback, Connor Mitch, suffered a separated shoulder. Steve Spurrier reported in his press conference that Mitch is likely done for the rest of the season.
Steve Spurrier on South Carolina starting QB Connor Mitch: "Separated shoulder, that usually takes a year" @JoshatTheState reports— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 13, 2015
With the Gamecocks facing a third and four situation at the Kentucky 17, Mitch was sacked back at the 24 but lost the football. The Gamecocks did recover, but Mitch landed hard on his shoulder. He would immediately go to the locker room to be tended to by trainers.
Mitch's stat line when he departed was 4 for 7 and 43 yards passing, and he didn't get much help from his defense as they were solidly outgained by Kentucky's rushing attack in the first half before they got things going in the final 30 mintues.
It's notable that when Perry Orth entered last week in relief of Mitch that he got some good reviews for his poise, and he put together a strong stat line this evening as he took the majority of the snaps - with Lorenzo Nunez seeing some time as well. We'll update you on the Mitch situation as we learn more, but from what Steve Spurrier is saying, it doesn't look good for a return this year.