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Zeb Noland wins South Carolina starting quarterback job

 Chris Lee   in Football

Noland goes from grad assistant to starting quarterback in a matter of weeks.

Noland photo courtesy of South Carolina athletics

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer officially named Zeb Noland as the Gamecocks' starting quarterback for the opener with Eastern Illinois.

Noland, who began fall camp as a grad assistant, entered the quarterback derby just over two weeks ago when Luke Doty, the likely starter, got hurt. He beat out St. Francis transfer Jason Brown and freshman Colten Gauthier

"I know what the narrative may be out there, so let's forget about and lose the narrative that (Noland) hasn't played a football game in two or three years and he was walking up and down the hall like Uncle Rico talking about what he did back in the day as a quarterback," Beamer said Tuesday. "He played quarterback a couple of months ago--three months ago."

Noland's last snap came on April 17 at North Dakota State, where he played seven times as a backup last year. 

Carolina plays EIU at 6 Central on Saturday.