Former South Carolina quarterback/outfielder drafted by Miami Marlins

Former South Carolina quarterback/outfielder drafted by Miami Marlins

By Jeff Owens and Josh Hyber | Photo by Allen Sharpe

Former South Carolina football player Brandon McIlwain was taken on Wednesday in the 26th round (No. 771 overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft.

The former Gamecock quarterback played in 21 games (18 starts) for California baseball this past season. The 6-1 outfielder hit .254 in 63 at-bats with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He had 9 RBI, walked five times and had 22 strikeouts.

A two-sport star coming out of high school, McIlwain played football and baseball for one season at South Carolina before transferring to Cal. He split time at quarterback with Perry Orth in Will Muschamp’s first season in 2016 before Jake Bentley took over the starting job.
 
As a true freshman, McIlwain played in eight games, going 1-2 as a starter. He completed 62 of 118 for 600 yards and two touchdowns. He added 127 yards and two scores on the ground. His best game came against Mississippi State when he was 11-for-22 for 126 yards and two scores in the second half. He threw for 195 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in his debut against East Carolina. 
 
An outfielder, McIlwain played only sparingly for Chad Holbrook’s baseball team, getting only 10 at-bats as a freshman.