QB Brandon McIlwain gives Gamecocks a new dimension


Freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain will get a chance to get the South Carolina offense jump started when he faces Kentucky Saturday night.

:“You see a guy that’s getting more comfortable with each rep, with each series that he’s out there. He’s definitely a talented player, that again, seems more and more comfortable and seems like just watching them evolve offfensively to the talents around them,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

“The way their offense is headed, and I’m sure there’ll be more plays implemented this week for Brandon as he gets more comfortable but he’s definitely a guy that can hurt you with his arms and legs.”

McIlwain is the type of dual threat quarterback who has given Kentucky’s defense problems often in the past.

“I see them building around that. I can tell they’re getting a little confidence in what they’re doing and their continuity offensively and settled in with him and some of the problems he presents, some of his strengths. I think they’re going to get nothing but better offensively,” Stoops said.

Stoops said he has always respected first-year South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, the former head coach at Florida and defensive coordinator last year at Auburn.

“He and I have both been on some defenses that were terrific and some that needs work. He seems to be doing a very good job with this crew this year. They’re doing an excellent job at keeping people out of the end zone and keeping the points down,” Stoops said.

“There are some similarities to each of us and maybe one or the other is featuring more of a different front. But we both have the abilities to do an odd front or the four-down looks. So there are some similarities and I certainly do watch them a lot and see what he’s doing.”


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