Spurrier: Beecher would get start if season started now

By: associated press
By: associated press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has told a group of Gamecock fans that if the season began now, Tommy Beecher would get the call as starting quarterback.

The head of the Laurens County Gamecock Club, Doctor Don Worley, says Spurrier made the comments Tuesday night. Athletic spokesman Steve Fink says Spurrier is on vacation and unavailable for the rest of the week.

Spurrier declined to name a starting quarterback after Saturday's spring game when Beecher, who will be a junior next fall, and Chris Smelley, who'll be a sophomore, combined to throw eight interceptions.

Smelley threw five interceptions and three TDs. Beecher had three interceptions and one touchdown.

Smelley won four of the six games he started a year ago. Beecher did not start a game.

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