COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com)- Senior Dylan Thompson has critics and detractors. Listen to a radio show or read a message board and there is a vocal group of people who are ready to move on from Thompson.
Don't count quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus in that group though. Despite the fact that South Carolina has fallen short of expectations this season, Thompson has handled himself well through adversity and performed better than he may be given credit for.
"I think Dylan has played pretty well," Mangus said. "Are there some mistakes he's made? Absolutely, and those things can get magnified when you're the quarterback. We don't worry about that kind of stuff. We just try to get better every day."
Thompson is second in the league in passing this year in the Southeastern Conference throwing for 287.6 yards per game. He's completed 60.9 percent of his passes and ranks second in the league with 22 touchdowns thrown.
On the down side, he's tied for the league lead with 10 interceptions and his team is 4-5 overall with a 2-5 record in the SEC.
Quarterbacks, fair or not, are often judged on the team's record. While it's of little consolation, Thompson has put up some gaudy numbers and is on pace to break the school record for passing yards in a single season. His highs would be viewed better with more wins.
"Quarterback is a guy who always get too much credit when it's going good and too much blame when it's not going good," Mangus said. "Everyone knows that though when they get into playing the position."