Lorenzo Nunez Should be the Redzone Quarterback


Let’s set the record straight. The Gamecocks have been able to score in the redzone this season. Unfortunately, it’s just field goals and those didn’t exactly come in handy in last weeks loss to Kentucky. Through two games, the Gamecocks have only managed to score 2 touchdowns in 7 trips into the redzone. For all the math whizzes out there, that’s scoring a touchdown from inside the opponents 20 yard line 28.6% of the time.

The bottom line is the Gamecocks must be able to score more touchdowns when driving that deep into enemy territory. 28.6% just isn’t going to cut it, especially with games against Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and Clemson. Brandon Wilds has called for the ball more in the redzone, but I think there is a better option: Lorenzo Nunez.

Lorenzo Nunez played briefly against Kentucky gaining 40 yards rushing on 2 carries and attempting no passes. It’s his legs that may be the threat that the Gamecocks need to keep opposing defenses on their heels. The move would not only add another legit threat to run the ball in addition to Wilds, but it also allows Pharoh Cooper to continue to threaten at the WR position. This really opens up the field for the Gamecocks who could give Nunez specific red zone packages to showcase his ability.

Most teams would assume that Nunez is more likely to run the ball than to throw it. That should play to Steve Spurrier’s advantage. If he allows Nunez to throw the ball around it forces defenders to keep all the receivers in check. Simply throwing safe passes like screens to Cooper would help the Gamecocks backfield get a little more running room. Throwing the ball with Nunez should be a risk Steve Spurrier is willing to take with the current rate the Gamecocks are scoring touchdowns.

Furthermore, playing Nunez give him invaluable experience, which as Gamecock fans have seen with the lack of experience at the position this season, is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Also it would generate some additional excitement with the fans. Many have been calling for him to be the starting quarterback. Perhaps this is the experience Nunez would need to take over the quarterback position. What’s the worst that could happen?

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