South Carolina quarterback Jay Urich’s playing career appears to be over, as the redshirt junior will join the South Carolina coaching staff after a season-ending injury, Will Muschamp confirmed to media Tuesday.

Urich is set to have surgery to help a chronic shoulder injury.

Urich played in 8 games in 2019, primarily as a utility player, taking snaps at wide receiver and on special teams. The 3-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll will head to graduate school to become a graduate assistant for South Carolina.

Muschamp had high praise for Urich saying, “Jay has a calling. He’s going to make a difference in peoples’ lives in everything he does.”

“Jay Urich and I have met numerous times over the last three or four months. Jay’s had some chronic issues with his shoulder but Jays got a strong calling in life to make a difference in people’s lives,” Muschamp said on Tuesday. “He’s going to have surgery tomorrow and his shoulder is going to take a medical.

“He’s going to graduate in December. And then we’ll move on to be a graduate assistant for us and help Connor Shaw in a life skills program that we have here, within our program. He’s going to make a difference in people’s lives and everything he does, in Jay’s got a gift. He’s got a gift of communicating with people. He’s got a strong faith, he has started original design his foundation, which is going to benefit underprivileged kids here in Colombia, to make a difference in their lives, to help them to have scholarships and different things and ideas that he has that he and I’ve had numerous conversations about.”

A South Carolina native, Urich is a former 3-star prospect who signed with South Carolina in the recruiting class of 2017.

South Carolina opens the 2020 season by hosting Tennessee on Saturday, with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on SEC Network.