Will Muschamp explains why touted freshman Luke Doty didn't play against Tennessee
A 4-star prospect out of Myrtle Beach High School, Luke Doty was rated as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and the 2nd-best player in the state in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Pledging his allegiance to Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks way back on July 31, 2018, he was the 3rd-highest rated commit for the program in the cycle, trailing only 5-star defensive tackle Jordan Burch and running back MarShawn Lloyd, a fellow 4-star.
Impressing the coaching staff and exciting the fanbase over the summer with his athleticism and ability to contribute offensively in a variety of ways, including playing wide receiver, many expected to see him on the field at some point against the Tennessee Volunteers in the season-opener.
That did not happen, however, as Doty saw zero snaps and the Gamecocks, despite fighting their way back from a 14-point deficit in the 3rd quarter, fell to Jeremy Pruitt’s Volunteers, 31-27.
“There was no plan for him not to play,” Muschamp said during Sunday night’s teleconference, via The State.
“We played more 12 and 21 personnel and some 22. I think we were in 40-some snaps of 11. He was not in that plan.
“He’ll get some more opportunities this week.”
Doty’s action figures to come at receiver, a position where South Carolina is thin, outside of playmaker Shi Smith.
If the talented freshman does make his debut on Saturday, it will come against the No. 3 team in the nation as the Gamecocks will make the roughly 360-mile trip south to battle the Florida Gators at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.