Gamecocks to start out grad assistant Noland at QB

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Zeb Noland goes from trainer to beginning quarterback at South Carolina.

Noland, who got here to South Carolina as a graduate assistant on Shane Beamer’s training group of workers, would be the Gamecocks’ starter at quarterback once they open the season Saturday towards Eastern Illinois.

Expected starter Luke Doty injured his left foot previous this preseason, and Beamer stated it used to be lifelike to suppose that Doty “can get really close to 100%” subsequent week coming into the East Carolina recreation on Sept. 11.

But Doty’s harm ended in Noland buying and selling in his training equipment for a helmet and shoulder pads and becoming a member of within the race for the Gamecocks’ quarterback process.

Noland has been sharing reps in observe with redshirt senior Jason Brown, who transferred to South Carolina from St. Francis, an FCS college in Pennsylvania. Brown will function the backup for the opener, in step with the intensity chart that used to be launched Tuesday.

Noland concept he had completed his taking part in occupation in May when his North Dakota State workforce misplaced to Sam Houston State within the FCS quarterfinals. He then landed a place as a grad assistant on Beamer’s group of workers, however nonetheless had a yr of eligibility closing.

Even prior to Doty used to be injured, Beamer and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield joked this summer time that Noland may well be wanted one day this season.

Little did anyone know that it will be the opener.

Noland, who began his taking part in occupation at Iowa State prior to moving to North Dakota State, subsidized up 2020 NFL first-round draft pick out Trey Lance with the Bison prior to beginning this previous spring. Noland and Lance have remained shut pals.

Beamer stated Noland were the best quarterback since Doty’s harm and that his enjoy used to be a large think about his getting the beginning for the opener.

During his ultimate season at North Dakota State, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Noland handed for 721 yards with 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in seven video games.

“I know what the narrative may be out there, so let’s forget about it and lose the narrative that [Noland] hasn’t played a football game in two or three years and he was walking up and down the hall like Uncle Rico talking about what he did back in the day as a quarterback,” Beamer stated Tuesday. “He played quarterback a couple of months ago — three months ago. He’s been a graduate assistant coach since June.

“Like I informed you after we activated him to our roster, he is performed in a faculty soccer recreation a hell of much more not too long ago than anyone on our workforce. Is it a bit bit distinctive? Yes. But it wasn’t like he performed a couple of years in the past. He performed a couple of months in the past.”

Beamer stated Doty used to be at observe Tuesday in tennis sneakers and used to be not in a protecting boot.


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