Shane Beamer, South Carolina make decision on starting quarterback, per report
South Carolina appears set to trot out its third different starting quarterback of the year on Saturday when it faces Florida. The Gators are coming to Williams-Brice Stadium and, according to On3 Sports’ Matt Zenitz, Jason Brown will be waiting for them.
Brown is a fifth-year senior who transferred to Columbus this offseason from FCS St. Francis. He went 8-for-14 with 84 yards, a score, and 2 interceptions in his last appearance—a relief effort on Oct. 23 in a loss to Texas A&M.
After replacing starter Zeb Noland early in the fourth, Brown led the Gamecocks (4-4, 1-4 SEC) on two touchdown drives, but also threw an interception in the end zone.
Noland started the first three games of the season before suffering an injury on Sept. 18 against Georgia. He didn’t play again until leading a game-winning drive in the final minute against Vanderbilt on Oct. 16. Luke Doty, who initially replaced Noland, was injured against the Commodores and is out for the season after having foot surgery.
So, first-year head coach Shane Beamer is turning to Brown. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder was an All-Northeast Conference selection at St. Francis in 2019, setting single-season program records for passing yards (3,084) and touchdowns (28). St. Francis did not play football in the fall of 2020 due to COVID-19, and Brown enrolled at South Carolina the following spring.
Kickoff between the Gamecocks and Gators (4-4, 2-4 SEC) is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.