Shane Beamer has his hands full rebuilding the South Carolina football program. His job in year one just got more difficult.
During Friday’s practice in Columbia, sophomore quarterback Luke Doty suffered a foot injury. The details of how the injury occurred are tough to swallow if you are a Garnet & Black supporter.
I can confirm that USC QB Luke Doty did injure his foot at practice yesterday after being stepped on, according to team sources. I’m waiting to confirm the severity of the injury. Shane Beamer is scheduled to speak with the media following today’s closed 3:15 scrimmage @wachfox
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) August 14, 2021
Quarterbacks are not supposed to be hit or stepped on in practice. That, unfortunately, is not the case in South Carolina. All of this news comes on the heels of learning that star tailback Kevin Harris is currently not practicing with the team after having a minor back procedure prior to the season. That’s not a lot of good news for the Gamecocks.
Doty was a top-100 recruiting win for Will Muschamp’s staff out of Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High in the class of 2020, but the 6-foot-1 dual-threat struggled as a true freshman. After getting some run in last year’s training camp at wide receiver, Doty made two starts and completed over 60 percent of his passes. However, the young quarterback averaged just 5.7 yards per attempt and struggled with ball security.
Due to the staff turnover, South Carolina finds itself with a quarterback depth issue. The Gamecocks currently only have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster heading into 2021. FCS transfer Jason Brown made the move to the SEC from St. Francis (Pa.) after not having a season in 2020. Back in 2019, Brown threw for 3,084 yards and 23 touchdowns. However, this job could be wide open.
Colten Gauthier is a former three-star recruit who committed to the program when now Auburn offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was on staff. The Bethlehem (Ga.) Hebron Christian Academy alum enrolled early and participated in spring practice for new offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. Gauthier threw for 22 touchdowns last season but averaged just 6.84 yards per attempt.
This isn’t the only bad news that South Carolina has gotten this week. The Gamecocks added Kansas transfer Karon Prunty to the program over the summer to bolster their cornerback position under new defensive coordinator Clayton White. However, the Freshman All-American in 2020 has left the program after just a month in Columbia. This is just another tough break for Beamer.
The former assistant coach at Virginia Tech, Georgia, and Oklahoma has a long road ahead to return the Gamecocks to college football relevance. South Carolina could now be attempting to start this new era off with a true freshman or an FCS transfer at quarterback. That does not sound like a recipe for success.
Things could get ugly at Williams-Brice Stadium this season. Kentucky will visit the Gamecocks on Sept. 25, one week after Carolina makes the road trip to Georgia.