Although Thompson set as starter, Spurrier’s keeping close watch on his backups

NCAA Football: Coastal Carolina at South Carolina

Steve Spurrier knows who his starting quarterback will be in 2014: Dylan Thompson. And he said Thompson is the best player on the team, and there’s no way the others will catch him.

But in case something unforeseen happens to Thompson, Carolina’s backup quarterback depth chart has instability. Brendan Nosovitch, Connor Mitch and walk-on Perry Orth are trying their best to make a semblance of a depth chart.

Currently, Orth and Mitch are co-backups, while the highly touted Nosovitch struggled this week, according to Spurrier.

“Connor Mitch did a lot better than he has done today,” Spurrier said. “He got the ball out of his hands. Maybe he is coming around. He’s young. He’s been here a year though, so he should be coming around a little quicker.

“Perry throws a spiral. There are not a lot of spirals out here,” Spurrier said. “He’s doing pretty well for a walk-on kid.

“Brendan struggles throwing the ball some, but he’s an excellent runner,” Spurrier said. “Don’t tell anybody, but he might be our running quarterback.”

For now, it seems, Nosovitch’s struggles have led Spurrier to have little confidence in him, although he indicates he may be the running quarterback similar to Shaw. But this will be a fluid competition, even through fall camp.

Practice notes:

  • Cedrick Cooper has switched from LB to DE.
  • WR Damiere Byrd returned to practice for the first time since his knee injury in December.
  • WRs Kane Whitehurst and Jody Fuller sat out of practice with injuries, along with DE Devin Washington.

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