Quarterback Ryan Hilinski threw for 11 touchdowns in 11 starts for the Gamecocks this season. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a small tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee, according to a release from the university athletic department. The actual date of the surgery is still to be determined. The release also dismissed the reports that Hilinski had suffered a torn ACL and called the reports “completely erroneous.”

Hilinski completed 58% of his passes this season for 2,357 yards. The freshman threw 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in his 11 starts. Hilinski also set a school record, throwing 180 passes without an interception. Hilinski’s mobility looked compromised at times this season and there was much conjecture about the health of his knees.

“We are completely comfortable with how Ryan has been handled by the coaching and medical staff at South Carolina,” said Ryan’s father, Mark Hilinski. “There was no risk of further injury with his knee so Ryan continued to play and we supported his decision to do so. While it may not be necessary, he is opting to have this procedure done to get back to full go as quickly as possible.”

According to the release, Hilinski is expected to be at full strength when the team begins its January workouts.

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