One of South Carolina’s biggest position battles was decided on Thursday afternoon, and tonight offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was able to weigh in why the Gamecocks made the decision.
Collin Hill will start South Carolina opener against Tennessee and Thursday night at Carolina Calls Mike Bobo discussed why the Gamecocks went with the grad transfer from Colorado State.
“When you decide on a quarterback, you want a guy when he steps into those ten guys in the hug and 70 guys on the sides know it’s the guy; “When he comes in the middle, you have a chance to get first downs, which equates to touchdowns,” said Mike Bobo.
“When we got back to them all, they competed hard but Collin was the most consistent through the camp, through the three scrimmages. I rated everything. I rated every single exercise, every single scrimmage for these kids. Every exercise they did, they got one ratings and a report on it. I really went through it with a fine comb. “
The competition lasted for about a month when the Gamecocks went through the camp with Bobo and said that he criticized and evaluated everything that the quarterbacks did with Hill who finally won the battle.
Hill, who came over from Colorado State with Bobo, played 1
Nick Muse said early in Camp Hill has an NFL arm and can make many throws on the field.
The biggest question mark is Hill’s health, as the transfer comes from his third ACL tear, but Bobo said he has not seen any concerns in Hill that benefit his knee.
“There is no one who benefits from it. It is not possible to go out shy or not go into every throw. The other two times when he came back he was shy,” Bobo said. “Now he’s like, ‘If I get hurt, I’m going to get hurt. None of them are mobile guys but we still have to move in our pockets, get up and find our throwing fields. If he had shown any signs of favoring his knee or any anxiety about playing on his knees, he would not be the guy. ”
Hill knocked out sitting Ryan Hilinski, who started the last 11 games last season after playing the back half of the season on an injured knee.
Hilinski completed 58.1 percent of his passes and averaged 5.8 yards per try last season but lost to Hill.
Bobo mentioned that he saw good things from the second year but thought that Hill had the edge after four weeks of practice.
“Ryan has a bright future. I said the same thing to Ryan when we came here: there were things we basically had to work on. To his credit, he has removed the tail. He has spent more time on football, he told me today, than he has ever done in his entire life. He will be a better football player. He has become a better player, says Bobo.
“He puts himself in a position where I think he will one day lead this team to fantastic things. Right now when we made the decision, we thought Collin was ahead of him. I think we are lucky to have two guys who have played football and has experience. ”