QB Line-Up: Orth and Nosovitch

Dylan Thompson leads the pack this year as starting QB and replaces Connor Shaw for the 2014 season. Behind him are a line of returning squadmen with not a lot of experience in the front seat.

Thompson kicks-off his year as starting quarterback 3-0 and a win at Clemson in 2012. Last season, the Gamecocks handed UCF its only loss of the season and Thompson played a big part in that win.

Sophomores Brendan Nosovitch and Perry Orth stand together behind Thompson in the line-up, along with RS-freshman Connor Mitch.

Last season, Nosovitch stood at third string QB and saw his first action in the win at Arkansas, scoring the game’s final touchdown. 6-foot-1, 221 pounds Nosovitch came down south to continue his football career.

“I’m from Pennsylvania. I always grew up watching the Big Ten and those kinds of schools, but I always paid attention to the SEC because like everyone says, it’s the best conference in the nation,” Nosovitch said.

Coming all the way from the Quaker State, the Central Catholic-alum notes it wasn’t that difficult to adjust.

“It was a little bit of a change, honestly, it didn’t take that much time to get used to it. I fell in love with it on my visits.”

His fellow teammate, Perry Orth, hails from Ponte Vedra, Fla. and says they give him a hard time about his nothern-roots.

“Honestly we always, not make fun of him, but we always joke and comment about how the southeast has the best football talent in the country,” laughed Orth, “You know, that’s not always entirely true, but the SEC does a good job of keeping the players in the southeast, in the southeast.”

But not so fast on the SEC comments, Orth noted he grew up watching the SEC, but was really all FSU Nole.

He enrolled at Carolina in January of 2013 and joined the football team as a walk-on. The Sunshine State-native really impressed the coaches with his athletic skillset and is now in the running for the no. 2 spot, along with Nosovitch and Mitch.

“Growing up, you watch TV and you see the big time college programs, and South Carolina was on the rise, when we were growing up at least,” noted Orth, “and just getting the opportunity to play for someone like Coach (Steve) Spurrier has been a dream come true.”

Nosovitch and Orth both had great high-school careers and were very successful. Now, it’s time for the two to take it to the field and let that shine this season.

“Gamedays make the winter and summer conditioning workouts worth it. I mean, just playing in front of 85,000 people on any given Saturday is unbelievable.” Orth said.

A fall Saturday in the south certainly embodies a staple to the culture and a way of life, and there is a reason the Southeastern Conference is known for its elite talent and charisma. But, Orth adds a little more to the mix that defines what it means to be in that group of talent.

“Just competing with the best players in the country is fun, because you feel like you’ve made it in life."

As practice continues, coaches will be able to examine more from these players and what they have to offer behind Thompson.

GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the 2014 season.

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