South Carolina Gamecocks Grad Assistant To Start At QB In Season Opener

COLUMBIA, SC/USA JUNE 5, 2018: Williams Brice Stadium on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

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The South Carolina football program has announced its starting quarterback for the Gamecocks season opener against Eastern Illinois, and it is certainly an interesting choice.

According to reports, South Carolina has decided to start grad assistant Zeb Noland under center.

Chris Low of ESPN.com reported that Noland, who joined the Gamecocks to be a part of Shane Beamer’s coaching staff, still had eligibility left and has been given the job after sharing reps with redshirt senior Jason Brown in practice. Brown had transferred to South Carolina from FCS program St. Francis.

Noland began his college career at Iowa State before transferring to North Dakota State, where he backed up first-round pick Trey Lance. He appeared with the FCS powerhouse during the spring season earlier this year before deciding to go into coaching.

However, his final year of eligibility will now be put to use.

South Carolina and Eastern Illinois will take the field at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, September 4.

Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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