Comes from an athletic family. His father played football at Western Carolina, his mom played basketball at North Georgia and his brother, Jaybo, was a quarterback at Georgia Southern. Threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for 17 more his senior year as a Georgia prep. Graduated early to participate in 2010 spring practice and saw action in nine games as a true freshman in the fall, completing 23 of 33 passes for 223 yards (70 percent) with one touchdown and two interceptions. Also rushed 32 times for 165 yards (5.2-yard average) with zero touchdowns. Went 123-of-188 for 1,448 yards (65.4) with 14 TDs and six INTs and rushed 135 times for 525 yards (3.9) and eight TDs in 2011 in 10 games. Started the season opener against East Carolina and then took over the job after for an ineffective Stephen Garcia and made the final eight starts. In 2012, started all 11 games he played and went 154-of-228 for 1,956 yards with 17 TDs and seven INTs; his 67.5 percent completion rate was a school record. He also rushed 131 times for 435 yards and three TDs. Didn't play against East Carolina and missed most of UAB contest with a right shoulder injury. Missed the Clemson game with a sprained left foot, which required surgery in January 13 and missed spring practice. Saved the best for his senior year, setting career highs with 180-of-284 for 2,447 yards (63.4) with 24 TDs and one INT and 154 rushes for 558 yards and six TDs in 13 games (12 starts). Only non-start was Missouri (left knee, sprained MCL and LCL) but came off the bench to lead the Gamecocks to a come-from-behind win in double OT. Holds the South Carolina record for wins as a starting QB after going 27-5 in 32 career starts, including 17-0 at home.
Fine touch and accuracy. Very good mobility and movement in the pocket. Tough and gritty competitor. Produced a rare 24-1 TD-INT ratio as a senior and cut down on mental mistakes that characterized his play earlier in his career. Workaholic, gym rat. Extremely determined. Vocal presence. Smart and instinctive -- is the son of a coach and understands football concepts. Plays through pain. Has a 27-5 career starting record, has rallied his team to victory off the bench and carries a calm, confident, poised field presence. Mentally and physically tough. Three-year starter in the SEC.
Is undersized and injury-prone with multiple foot and shoulder injuries. Played in a non-traditional, gimmicky offense featuring many simple reads and has a tendency to birddog his primary target. Operated heavily out of the shotgun, and mechanics will require seasoning. Average arm strength -- does not generate velocity on the move and comes up short on the deep ball. Can be too jittery vs. pressure and quick to tuck and run. Was the only passer who could not bust past 50 miles per hour on the radar gun at the combine (very marginal ball speed).
Lacks prototype measurements and arm talent and played in a high-percentage, dink-and-dunk passing game that has not translated well to the pros, yet possesses the intangibles, toughness, football intelligence and escapability to warrant developing. Is the type of player scouts root for. A Jeff Garcia, make-it type quarterback likely to will his way into a job.