September 3, 2007

All signs point to Mitchell as starter

It's only Monday but it's looking like Blake Mitchell will be South Carolina's starting quarterback in Saturday's crucial clash against SEC East rival Georgia in Athens.

With Chris Smelley unable to practice because of a right shoulder sprain, Mitchell took the majority of snaps in Monday afternoon's practice, the first for the Gamecocks since their 28-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night.

Mitchell missed the game while serving a one-game suspension for missing too many classes this summer.

"He did most of it today," Spurrier said. "There's a good chance he'll be the starter on Saturday. I haven't decided for sure yet. We'll keep it sort of suspenseful until later in the week."

Smelley suffered the injury on his right (throwing) shoulder when he was hit from the blind side after he failed to audible out of a play that didn't provide for blitz protection.

"When he didn't audible against that blitz and got clobbered in the first quarter, he got smacked upside his head, upside his shoulder," Spurrier said. "They put a nice sandwich job on him. I was hoping he's just get hit and not hurt. But he got hurt on the play. We thought we had taught him to check to something but he left (the play) on."

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