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Luke Doty's injury may not be season-threatening

 Chris Lee   in Football

South Carolina may have its starting quarterback back sooner than expected.

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said this weekend that quarterback Luke Doty's foot injury may not be as serious as first thought.

"Right now, it's a sprain in that foot," Beamer said on Saturday. "Thank God it's not as serious as we thought."

Beamer left open the possibility that Doty plays in Carolina's season-opening game against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4. 

Doty's absence means that Jason Brown and Colten Gauthier will compete to start if Doty misses time. 

Gauthier is a true freshman who enrolled at Carolina in December while Brown transferred from the FCS's St. Francis

Brown's experience likely gives him the edge if Doty misses time. He threw for 3,084 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2019, earning second-team All-Northeast Conference honors, before missing last year as St. Francis didn't play football due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Brown prepped at Chancellor High in Fredericksburg, Va.

Doty completed 43 of 71 throws for 405 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions a year ago, while running 41 times for 91 yards. He ended the season as Carolina's starting quarterback, throwing all but one of those passes over the last three contests. 

The Gamecocks went 2-8 last season, dropping their last six as coach Will Muschamp was fired after Carolina's third loss in that sequence.