South Carolina will use two quarterbacks during its season opener against Vanderbilt.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Monday the team won’t have one unquestioned starter for Thursday’s opening game at Monday’s press conference.
"Two guys will play," Muschamp said.
Though Muschamp didn't specify the quarterbacks by name, the last months of practice have been marked by a multiple-way contest among senior Perry Orth and freshmen Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley.
Muschamp said that throughout spring practice and into the fall, no quarterback has yet separated himself from the competition.
"If I had felt like somebody had been head and shoulders above the other guys, I probably would have named a starter," he said.
Muschamp said the Gamecocks will frequently line up those quarterbacks in the shotgun, but they will also play under center in rushing situations.
For the Gamecocks, who went just 3-9 in 2015, Thursday's opener is a critical game to begin Muschamp's second SEC head-coaching job. Following Vanderbilt, South Carolina plays Mississippi State, East Carolina and Kentucky before the difficulty level ratchets up considerably in October.
"There's a lot of firsts for our football team, a new staff, a lot of youth and inexperience," Muschamp said. "I'm excited about our work ethic and how our guys have approached camp."
To make those firsts turn into a promising future, Muschamp is instructing his players to be ready for anything against the Commodores.
"Expect the unexpected in that first game," he said. "Don't get shocked when you get out there and it's something different from what we've practiced."
In addition, Muschamp said the Gamecocks would also use a running back-by-committee system in the opener, with A.J. Turner as the primary starter.
Muschamp also said that redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Owens announced his intention to transfer away from the South Carolina program.
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