USC's offense shows improvement during Saturday's scrimmage

USC's offense shows improvement during Saturday's scrimmage

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The offense scored six times, including five rushing touchdowns, and moved the ball more effectively overall than they did a week ago, as the South Carolina football team held its second scrimmage of the preseason camp on a muggy Saturday morning in Columbia.

"The offense did a lot better today," noted head coach Steve Spurrier. "We had the ball moving a bit. We had a lot of careless plays, some fumbles and the wide receivers dropped a couple, so we're still pretty careless out here, but it was encouraging. The offense did a lot of good things. Overall, it was very encouraging that the offense was able to move the ball. I think it was a combination of (the line getting better) and the skill guys did better. When you throw on first down, you need to throw a completion. We did that a lot."

Nothing was decided in the on-going quarterback battle, as statistically, little separated the trio of sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia.

Mitch, who was the first quarterback to take a snap, completed 5-of-10 passes for 71 yards, but was picked off twice, first by senior safety Isaiah Johnson, then by junior linebacker T.J. Holloman.

Orth also went 5-for-10 for 56 yards, while Scarnecchia completed six of his 10 attempts for 58 yards. True freshman Lorenzo Nunez connected on all three of his pass attempts for 44 yards.

"The quarterbacks did a lot of good things," said the Head Ball Coach. "I wish one of them outplayed all the rest, but when you look at the stats, they're probably pretty similar. Hopefully we'll find out something early this week."

When pressed about naming a starter, Coach Spurrier responded, "Nothing keeps happening. When you look at the stats, they're all about the same right now. It would be easy for all of us to say 'this is the guy,' let's go. But then you've got to be fair and keep competing. We'll know something maybe by the middle of this coming week."

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