South Carolina Football: As spring practice rolls along, 6 reasons why LaNorris Sellers is ready to be QB1

South Carolina football quarterback LaNorris Sellers is in line to start as a redshirt freshman in 2024.

South Carolina football likely will hand its starting quarterback job to rising redshirt freshman LaNorris Sellers.
South Carolina football likely will hand its starting quarterback job to rising redshirt freshman LaNorris Sellers. / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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6 Reasons LaNorris Sellers is ready to be QB1 for South Carolina Football:
No. 3 His Brain

Lanorris Sellers is a smart guy off of the football field.

He reportedly flirted with a 5.0 GPA while in high school (meaning he was enrolled in and excelled in some advanced classes), and any time he speaks, he comes across as a very intelligent person. Sure, intelligence doesn't necessarily translate to football IQ, but it certainly helps.

He also is smart on the football field, though.

When speaking about his Sellers' first touchdown pass and first rushing touchdown, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains remarked about how the two plays went a little differently than designed, something that Sellers has since confirmed.

His long passing touchdown against Furman was meant to be a one or two-read play to the left side of the field. However, Sellers felt that he had more time to let the play develop, allowing for Tyshawn Russell to get to the end zone. Even before the remarkable throw, Sellers showed off some impressive quarterback play with his brain.

The rushing touchdown against Vanderbilt was similar. The play did have a read, but in that game situation, the coaching staff expected Sellers just to hand the ball off and avoid taking a hit. Instead, Sellers saw the defensive end from Vandy shuffle down toward the back, so he pulled the ball and took off. 36 yards later, he had his first career rushing touchdown.

The comfortability as a freshman to look off defenders is rare, but Sellers has it. This throw against Furman, while a little behind receiver Payton Mangrum, demonstrates this skill for #16 as he gave a look to his two receivers on the left side of the field, gave a subtle glance back to the right, and then found Mangrum across the middle after things opened up a bit.

Sellers has an elite body, but he also has an elite brain.