Will Muschamp discusses facing Kelly Bryant at a new program
South Carolina will face a familiar quarterback this week in Kelly Bryant, who the Gamecocks last faced in 2017 against Clemson when he had a 23-for-34 passing performance for 272 yards with two TDs and an interception.
The Gamecocks travel to Missouri for a 4 p.m. ET game on Saturday on the SEC Network.
Coach Will Muschamp tamped down the significance of being familiar with Bryant, who has quarterbacked Missouri to a 2-1 record this season. Muschamp also downplayed the loss at Wyoming, where he has been an opposing coach and added that the “elevation is real.”
“He’s a winner,” Muschamp said. “That’s one thing that stands out to you. He eludes and evades more to throw the ball than to run the ball. I have tremendous respect for him. Kelly Bryant is a winner, throws the vertical ball really well. I don’t know if facing him at a previous school helps an awful lot other than that I have tremendous respect for him.”
Muschamp added that the more snaps you take, the game continues to slow down for you and that’s been the case for Bryant, who has a command of their offense, and freedom to move players around the field, like running backs and tight ends, to get in a better position.
Bryant this season is completing 67 percent of his passes for 798 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions. That puts him third in the SEC in most categories behind LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.