Who will be next in line?

Connor Shaw is in the NFL, and QB Dylan Thompson is next in line. However, there is still a spot that needs to be filled. Who will be next in line for Carolina?

Quarterback Connor Shaw was quite the catch at the University of South Carolina with a perfect 17-0 home record.

Becoming the winningest QB in Gamecock history, he posted a 27-5 record as a starter. Shaw was 180 for 284 on passes in 2013 for 2,447 yards with 24 touchdowns and only one interception. As a junior, Shaw started 11 out of 13 games and was named SEC Offensive Player of the week twice. He ranked third in the SEC and 10th in the country in passing efficiency (158.1).

The Cleveland Browns signed Shaw this past spring as an undrafted free agent, and the Gamecocks have filled the spot.

Dylan Thompson will be tackling this position in place of Shaw. Thompson is a 3-0 starter and leader in the locker room. He's completed over 55% of his passes the last three seasons for 1,827 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

However, the battle for the back-up to Thompson is underway and a few mentionables are in the running. Connor Mitch, Brendan Nosovitch, and Perry Orth are just a few of the names thrown into the mix and sources say could be next in line for the QB-throne.


RS Freshman: Connor Mitch


The name, Connor, sounds awfully familiar. This young star enrolled at Carolina in January of 2013 and redshirted last fall. He's really seemed to impress the coaches on the Carolina staff and has a good shot at being the next in line sources say. In high school, the Raleigh (N.C.)-native set the state record with nine touchdowns in a win, one shy of a national record. Mitch was listed as a three-star prospect on Scout and had offers from schools like Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and LSU.


RS Sophomore: Brendan Nosovitch


Pennsylvania- native Nosovitch will be competing for the back-up spot behind Thompson, as well. The Gamecock was the third-string quarterback last season and saw his first action in the win against Arkansas. He scored the final touchdown for the game and was named Most Improved Quarterback in the spring.

Nosovitch was a three-star QB coming out of high school, where he holds the state record with 12,877 total yards and second all-time in state passing yards with 9,249. He had offers from schools like Clemson and Virginia, as well.


RS Sophomore: Perry Orth


Orth comes from a line of athletic talent. His father, Rusty, played football at West Virginia in the 70's and his brother, Calvin, plays baseball at the Citadel. That explains his athletic background.

Orth played baseball in high school, starting for the varsity as an eighth-grader. However, this 2012 grad came from Florida State College, where he did not play football.

He enrolled at Carolina in January of 2013 and joined in on spring practice as a walk-on QB.


Phil Steele's 2014 College Football Preview raves Mitch is more of a pocket passer like Thompson and Nosovitch is more of a dual-threat like Shaw.


Who will take the crown for next in line to Dylan Thompson? Only time will tell.

GamecockPride.com will be keeping you updated on South Carolina's roster and starting line-up throughout the season.

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