By Jeff Owens/Photo by Allen Sharpe
With Jake Bentley recovering from a knee injury and backup Michael Scarnecchia coming off a strong performance against Missouri Saturday, Will Muschamp is not ready to name a starting quarterback yet for this week's game against Texas A&M.
Bentley, who had started the past 24 games, missed Saturday game with a knee injury. Muschamp said he was cleared to play but he did not feel comfortable playing him due to a lack of mobility. He said he would know more this week about his status for Saturday's game.
Scarnecchia, meanwhile, completed 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in leading the Gamecocks to a 37-35 win over Missouri. The fifth-year senior led South Carolina to a game-winning field goal in the final minute. He was named the Offensive Player of the Game.
Muschamp said he could not name a starting quarterback until he knows more about Bentley's health.
“I’ll make that decision when he is healthy, right now he is not," he said.
Muschamp said he has no hard and fast rule about a player keeping his spot when he returns from injury.
“I take them as they come," he said. "Jake has played a lot of good football for us. It’s unfortunate. When any player gets hurt, that’s unfortunate. We’ll make that decision moving forward based on Jake’s health."
He added that he was pleased with Scarnecchi's play Saturday.
“He played well. A guy that we have a lot of confidence in. He played well," he said.
In other injury news, TE Jacob August is expected to return this week from a concussion. DE D.J. Wonnum, who has missed three games with an ankle injury, is doubtful. S J.T. Ibe, who suffered a sprained knee against Kentucky, is expected to be out. OL Dennis Daley, who suffered a hip flexor in the game, should be fine, Muschamp said.