By PETE IACOBELLI, AP sports writer
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Former South Carolina graduate assistant Zeb Noland will be the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback in the season opener against Eastern Illinois this week.
Noland was listed first on the South Carolina depth map released Tuesday. St. Francis (PA) transfer Jason Brown will serve as Noland’s replacement with expected starter Luke Doty with a sprained midfoot.
Noland, who formerly played in Iowa State and North Dakota State, accepted a spot on Coach Shane Beamer’s team during the offseason and helped prepare for Gamecock’s quarterbacks. for the season. But he gave up his coaching job two weeks ago to put on the pads.
Noland began his career at Iowa State where he pitched for 1,233 yards in two seasons. He transferred to North Dakota state and trained alongside Trey Lance, the San Francisco 49ers’ top pick.
Doty’s injury is not expected to be long-term, according to Beamer.
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