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South Carolina Names A Grad Assistant Its Starting QB

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 14: The South Carolina Gamecocks leave the field after pre-game warmups before the game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the South Carolina Gamecocks on November 14, 2020, at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Imagine it: You went to Iowa State and played some football but it didn’t work out. You transfer to North Dakota State and get stuck sitting behind Trey Lance. Covid wipes out most of your senior year and so you just graduate and move on to pursue coaching.

You happen to latch on as a graduate assistant at South Carolina for new coach Shane Beamer and get to work… then, all of the sudden, you are needed to fill in for a thin roster at practice.


This is the story of Zeb Norland. His name is stupid. His story is awesome.

This dude was wearing No. 25 at practice and it all seemed like a goof… until it wasn’t.

Noland’s promotion comes after previous starter Luke Doty suffered a sprained foot during a recent practice. Beamer made clear the intention is to let Doty heal fully before re-inserting him into the lineup.

But it also means Norland is running onto the field against Eastern Illinois as the Gamecocks starting quarterback.

“If I do get the opportunity to start on Saturday, September 4,” Noland told The Charlotte Observer last week. “I’m going to be excited and go have fun and, and just enjoy it.”

Written by Malcolm Henry

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