Gamecocks to start out grad assistant Noland at QB
Zeb Noland goes from coach to beginning quarterback at South Carolina.Noland, who got here to South Carolina as a graduate assistant on Shane Beamer’s teaching employees, would be the Gamecocks’ starter at quarterback after they open the season Saturday towards Jap Illinois.Anticipated starter Luke Doty injured his left foot earlier this preseason, and Beamer mentioned it was sensible to assume that Doty “can get actually near 100%” subsequent week getting into the East Carolina recreation on Sept. 11.However Doty’s damage resulted in Noland buying and selling in his teaching gear for a helmet and shoulder pads and becoming a member of within the race for the Gamecocks’ quarterback job.Noland has been sharing reps in apply with redshirt senior Jason Brown, who transferred to South Carolina from St. Francis, an FCS college in Pennsylvania. Brown will function the backup for the opener, based on the depth chart that was launched Tuesday.Noland thought he had completed his enjoying profession in Might when his North Dakota State crew misplaced to Sam Houston State within the FCS quarterfinals. He then landed a spot as a grad assistant on Beamer’s employees, however nonetheless had a yr of eligibility remaining.Even earlier than Doty was injured, Beamer and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield joked this summer season that Noland could be wanted sooner or later this season.Little did anyone know that it will be the opener.Noland, who began his enjoying profession at Iowa State earlier than transferring to North Dakota State, backed up 2020 NFL first-round draft decide Trey Lance with the Bison earlier than beginning this previous spring. Noland and Lance have remained shut buddies.Beamer mentioned Noland had been essentially the most environment friendly quarterback since Doty’s damage and that his expertise was a giant consider his getting the beginning for the opener.Throughout his closing season at North Dakota State, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Noland handed for 721 yards with 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in seven video games.”I do know what the narrative could also be on the market, so let’s neglect about it and lose the narrative that [Noland] hasn’t performed a soccer recreation in two or three years and he was strolling up and down the corridor like Uncle Rico speaking about what he did again within the day as a quarterback,” Beamer mentioned Tuesday. “He performed quarterback a few months in the past — three months in the past. He is been a graduate assistant coach since June.”Like I instructed you after we activated him to our roster, he is performed in a school soccer recreation a hell of much more lately than anyone on our crew. Is it a little bit bit distinctive? Sure. But it surely wasn’t like he performed a number of years in the past. He performed a number of months in the past.”Beamer mentioned Doty was at apply Tuesday in tennis sneakers and was now not in a protecting boot.