South Carolina will start its third-string quarterback against LSU, according to a report from Bleacher Report.
Perry Orth will start for the Gamecocks in place of No. 2 starter Lorenzo Nunez, who is still battling a shoulder injury he suffered last week in a loss at Missouri. South Carolina’s top QB, Connor Mitch, is out at least another week or so with a separated shoulder and deep thigh bruise he suffered nearly a month ago.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said earlier this week that he expected Nunez to be healthy enough to start.
Orth, a former junior college transfer who threw just two passes all of last season, has started one game this year and played in five. A Florida native, Orth is 23-of-47 with two interceptions and one touchdown. He’s tossed for 287 yards in 2015.
LSU’s game against South Carolina, relocated to Baton Rouge because of the flooding in the Palmetto State, is set to be a run-heavy showdown. If Orth does start, the two starting quarterbacks have combined to throw for just 669 yards and three touchdowns. They combine to complete just 52 percent of their passes.
LSU QB Brandon Harris went just 4-for-15 against Eastern Michigan. His receivers dropped about five passes.
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