South Carolina Football, 5 big questions for the Gamecocks:
What's going to happen at quarterback?
Frankly, the quarterback situation within the South Carolina football program is uneasy. Most Gamecock fans are EXTREMELY excited about rising redshirt freshman LaNorris Sellers, and they are excited for good reason.
However, he's barely played. Sellers got in during garbage time against both Furman and Vanderbilt (the two worst teams on the schedule in 2023), and he saw some action in running situations against Kentucky. He's thrown a total of 4 passes (completing them all, including 2 touchdowns). Is he ready?
Past Sellers, incoming true freshman Dante Reno is also coming into the quarterback room. As a 2024 recruit, he hasn't even enrolled at the University of South Carolina yet. Is he ready to compete with Sellers?
The Gamecocks were expected to land former Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swann, but after committing to the South Carolina football program behind the scenes, he changed his mind and committed to LSU instead.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains has to bring in another player to add to his position group. Even if Sellers is ready to go as the starter (and there's plenty of reason to think that he could be), the Gamecocks are one injury away from a true freshman playing, and they are two injuries away from emergency quarterback Luke Doty sliding back into duty.
South Carolina football fans can't forget that they are not that far removed from having to start graduate assistant Zeb Noland at quarterback. In 2021, the Gamecocks played Noland, a redshirt freshman Luke Doty, a D-II transfer Jason Brown, and wide receiver DK Joyner at the position.
Adding a quarterback who can push Sellers to be the best version of himself and who can play competent football if called upon is imperative. Can the Gamecocks do it?