Nosovitch brings will to win to Columbia

Incoming freshman quarterback Brendan Nosovitch may not have five stars by his name on recruiting lists. But other than putting up huge numbers, there's one thing he's proved to be quite good at: winning. And often with a flair for the dramatic. Look inside to take a deeper look at what the Gamecocks are getting in their newest signal-caller.

When South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus set out to find his quarterback for the class of 2012, he had one main thing in mind: he wanted a winner.

He appears to have gotten that and more in former Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.) quarterback Brendan Nosovitch, who signed with the Gamecocks in February and will enroll in school for the second session of Summer II on July 1.

Known as a threat with both his arm and his feet, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound Parade All-American finished his prep career second in Pennsylvania history with 9,249 yards to go along with 106 touchdown passes.

But what caught Mangus' eye was Nosovitch's ability to seemingly will his team to victory with the game on the line.

With 85 yards of grass and a six-point deficit in between Central Catholic and a state championship Nosovitch's junior season, he calmly led his team down the field for the winning score with under three minutes to go to cap off a 16-0 season.

Just as impressive was Nosovitch's masterpiece in the state semifinal a week earlier when he accounted for 601 yards of total offense, including a PIAA state playoff record 418 passing yards, and seven touchdowns.

Nosovitch's Vikings would come up short in their bid for a second straight title his senior year, but his high school career wouldn't end without more theatrics.

In the first round of the playoffs, he topped his semifinal effort from the previous season by throwing for 487 yards and eight touchdowns. The game-winner? A 23-yard strike over the middle with 31 seconds left to give his team a 61-54 victory.

"When we went out there on that play, on the touchdown, I just knew, had that feeling, that we were going to score," says Nosovitch, who obviously has a flair for the dramatic. "I don't know how to describe it, it's just the heat of the moment and I like being in those situations where the pressure is on."

Ready to add to the lore of his high school career? All 3,809 yards throwing and 39 touchdown passes of his senior season were completed with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

"I tore my labrum, I actually might have done it junior year, but then senior year I really hurt it and had it throughout the year -- I just played through it until the end of the year," he says. "Then right after the season got over, I found out it was torn, so I got that surgery right away."

While all signees are given a workout plan to get them ready for the summer workout program, Nosovitch's workouts have involved therapy to get the shoulder back to full strength. If all continues to go to plan, he should be getting close to 100 percent healthy in a month or so, six months since the surgery took place.

With his physical abilities limited, Nosovitch has used the time preparing mentally for the next level by studying the Gamecocks' playbook. His goal is to get better his first season, even if he, like most Spurrier quarterbacks, takes a redshirt this season.

"It's pretty similar," he says, comparing his high school offense to the USC playbook. "It's a lot of shotgun, stuff like that, and similar kinds of routes. It's a lot more complex, obviously, but it definitely helps running a similar offense in high school."

Nosovitch, who has been watching highlight videos of the three receivers who will enroll with him at USC, says he felt the offense fit him perfectly when he was being recruited and that played a big part in his decision.

He's looking forward to developing under Steve Spurrier and Mangus.

"I'm definitely fortunate to be able to play for them," he says. "Obviously, with Coach Spurrier, what else can you ask for in a quarterbacks coach? And Coach Mangus as well, I'm really excited about it, and I know I'm going to learn so much from them and they'll make me a better player."

Under their guidance, Nosovitch will hope to bring his high drama and winning ways to Columbia.

So what exactly is going through his head in those wild, late game situations?

"Really I'm just trying to take control of the huddle and make sure everyone has the right mindset, that we've got the confidence to do what we've got to do."

And if the game's on the line, don't bet against him.

"I just like those situations and I enjoy winning."

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