Shane Beamer announced on Tuesday afternoon that Luke Doty would be the starting quarterback this week against Kentucky in Williams-Brice Stadium, assuming everything remains the same with his foot. Doty received his first game action last week at Georgia.

Beamer said of Doty, who came in after Zeb Noland suffered a hand injury early in the game, “To come out and do what he did, what a warrior that kid is.” Doty finished 13-for-26 passing for 153 yards with a touchdown and interception. It was his first game action since he suffered a foot injury in fall camp.

Beamer also announced that WR Xavier Legette is questionable this week after he was involved in a traffic incident last week, and got some scrapes.

Beamer also implored the fans to be loud this week as Kentucky comes in with a revamped offense led by Will Levis, who the South Carolina coach said is built like an H-Back.

“Offensively, they are explosive,” Beamer said. “I think they are second in the country in explosive pass plays. There’s no throw on the field that this quarterback can’t make.”

About the crowd and building a home-field advantage, Beamer said, “Gamecock nation, listen to me. We need you there early. We need an environment Saturday night that will be a true home field advantage for us. … Loud and boisterous. If you’re wearing a mask, you ought to be so loud that the sound of your voice tears a hole in your mask. I don’t know if that’s humanly possible. The sound from your voice should tear a hole in your mask.”