South Carolina to start grad assistant at quarterback

Just when you thought you have seen it all, this happens.

According to reports, South Carolina has named their starting QB for their first game and the job has been won by Zeb Noland.

What makes this story crazy is that Noland joined the Gamcocks during the offseason as a grad assistant for Shane Beamer’s coaching staff.

From ESPN:

Noland thought he had finished his playing career in May when his North Dakota State team lost to Sam Houston State in the FCS quarterfinals. He had already landed a spot as a grad assistant on Beamer’s staff, but he traded in his coaching gear for a helmet and shoulder pads and joined in the race for the Gamecocks’ quarterback job after Luke Doty injured his left foot earlier this preseason.

Noland, who started his playing career at Iowa State before transferring to North Dakota State, still has a year of eligibility remaining. Even before Doty was injured, Beamer and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield joked this summer that Noland might be needed at some point this season.

It will be interesting to see how Noland does in his first game, which is this coming Saturday against Eastern Illinois.

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