South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain To Transfer
South Carolina backup QB Brandon McIlwain has decided to transfer. Now what for the Gamecock depth chart?
The Will Muschamp era needed to start out with a spark, and then-true freshman Brandon McIlwain appeared to be just that going into 2016 spring ball.
He might not have the prototypical size, but after a sensational spring session, he showed he could throw, be a dangerous playmaker on the move, and turn into the dangerous baller to build the program around for a few years. And now, he’s gone.
McIlwain – a strong baseball prospect as well as a still good-looking college quarterback – has decided to transfer, after completing 53% of his passes last year for 600 yards and two scores with a pick with 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but Jake Bentley turned into a budding superstar over the second half of the season and is the clear starter going into 2017.
So now South Carolina has to make sure Bentley stays in one piece until the opener against NC State on September 2nd.
Bentley was exactly what the offense needed, hitting 66% of his throws for 1,420 yards and nine scores, bombing away for 390 yards in the bowl loss to South Florida. He’s clearly going to be the guy to run the attack going forward, but he’s only done it for a half a season and a plan needs to be in place behind him.
Welcome to the new focus of South Carolina spring football.
Michael Scarnecchia threw a pass for nine yards as a freshman in 2015, but he missed all of last season hurt. He’ll have to prove himself all over again, while new recruit Jay Urich is a terrific prospect with dangerous running ability who knows how to make things happen. But needs to work on his passing game.
In a perfect world, Bentley progresses and shows that his 2016 wasn’t a fluke, Scarnecchia turns into a reliable No. 2 option who’ll get in a little work here and there, and Urich doesn’t see the light of day this year and keeps the redshirt on.
And McIlwain moves on to become a five-tool outfielder on an MLB track, if he doesn’t push to be someone’s starting quarterback in 2018.