Few people around the state of South Carolina had ever heard of Zeb Noland prior to August 17th. That’s when USC coach Shane Beamer announced that in the aftermath of the foot injury to starting quarterback Luke Doty, Noland would transition from a graduate assistant to a contender at quarterback. Noland had come to USC after playing at Iowa State and North Dakota State. In fact, he had quarterbacked in games as recently as last spring. Beamer saw him as a viable option, and Noland still wanted to play.
Now, everyone around the state knows Zeb Noland. And his story is going national after he was named the starter for this Saturday’s game with Eastern Illinois. Wednesday Noland met with the media for the first time since getting the nod from Beamer and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield.