After making another attempt at playing quarterback at South Carolina, junior Brendan Nosovitch has been released from his scholarship and will transfer.
USC confirmed Friday that Nosovitch had left the program. The native of Allentown, Pa., was rated as a three-star dual-threat quarterback by most recruiting services before arriving at South Carolina, where he redshirted as a true freshman and scored a rushing touchdown late in a victory at Arkansas in 2013.
Nosovitch was converted to tight end before last season, where he played in five games on special teams. He was moved back to quarterback this spring by head coach Steve Spurrier, who envisioned the 225-pounder as more of a wildcat option in the Gamecocks’ offense.
“He’s good running the ball,” Spurrier said after USC’s opening spring practice. “… We’re just going to let him play and not worry about trying to teach him the fundamentals of passing. He’s a guy where you go, ‘Hey, throw it like you always do, and don’t worry if it spirals or not. Just get the ball there.’”
Nosovitch was listed as the fourth quarterback on the Gamecocks’ depth chart behind sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth, and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia. Spurrier said Thursday the starting role for 2015 won’t be determined until preseason camp, by which time incoming freshman Lorenzo Nunez — also a dual-threat quarterback — will be on campus.
Nosovitch would have to sit out a season, and have one season of eligibility remaining, if he transferred to a another Bowl Championship Subdivision program. He would be able to play immediately, and have two seasons of eligibility left, if he transferred to a Football Championship Subdivision school.