One of the wackiest situations in the SEC this season has been South Carolina’s quarterback situation.
Because of injuries, a member of South Carolina’s coaching staff started at quarterback in the opening two games for the Gamecocks (2-0). They play at No. 2 UGA (2-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Zeb Noland is a 24-year old who joined South Carolina as a graduate assistant coach this past summer after playing quarterback at Iowa State and North Dakota State. Noland had another year of college eligibility remaining, but he initially bypassed it to begin his coaching career.
However, Noland’s coaching career has to wait a little bit longer.
When starter Luke Doty suffered a foot injury in fall camp, South Carolina abruptly turned to Noland to lead the team to wins against Eastern Illinois and East Carolina.
However, Noland’s Cinderella story could be over, as Gamecocks first-year coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Sunday night that he expected Doty to be 100 percent by the UGA game:
“We’re not going to say ‘Well, let’s wait another week. (Doty has) got to get out there and get game action at some point. Luke’s a competitor. So whether it’s against Georgia, Eastern Illinois, or the Green Bay Packers, when we put him out there -- we’ll put him out there.”
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