At quarterback against Missouri on Saturday night, South Carolina played Collin Hill in the first half and benched him for freshman Luke Doty in the second half. The Gamecocks offense went scoreless on 68 yards with Hill and scored 10 points and totaled 215 yards with Doty.
So what’s the plan at quarterback when No. 13 Georgia comes to Columbia for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff? Interim head coach Mike Bobo wasn’t yet ready to discuss how practice snaps will be split.
“We’ve got a plan, but I haven’t met with the quarterbacks yet,” Bobo said during his Sunday evening teleconference.
The Gamecocks did not hold the usual Sunday evening practice former head coach Will Muschamp usually ran.
“Connor Shaw handled the (quarterback) meeting today to review the film. I don’t want to talk about (the plan) yet until I talk about it with the kids.”
If Doty does end up starting against Georgia, Mike Bobo expects the Bulldogs to be more prepared than Missouri was since he had only limited snaps of film for them to review in the five previous games he appeared in.
“Our most explosive player on the field in the second half was Luke and that was his ability to create when they were playing man coverage and rush five,” Bobo said. “They didn’t have a spy for him and I’m sure they did not have a game plan for him. I’m sure we’ll see a little something different if he were to play against Georgia. They’ll have a plan for him. There were running lanes and he was able to create with that.”
Doty totaled 189 yards in the game, 130 as a passer and a team-high 59 rushing yards on 11 carries. He threw an interception on Carolina’s final possession with less than a minute to play in a 17-10 game. If Hill does not start for the Gamecocks against the Bulldogs, it would be the first game he is out of the starting lineup this season. In his eight games played this season, Hill has completed 59 percent of his 215 pass attempts for 1,411 yards and six touchdowns. He has six interceptions.
“I’ve always told all of the players I’ve coached over the years, whether coaching quarterback or been a head coach, is that I owe it to everybody on the team that the best guy plays. It’s nothing anything personal, whether you play or don’t play. The best guy is going to play.
“That’s the way it always has been for me. I try to take emotion out of it. You always try to be transparent and honest with the kids with where they stand and what they have to do to perform. That’s how I’ve always been and always will be you. You want every guy you coach to have success. It’s tough when a guy doesn’t have the success he wants or you want. It’s tougher for the quarterbacks because that’s really the only time they get on the field.”