Most people cringe when hear the phrase “two quarterback system” come out of a coaches mouth. Some of you have heard the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks that are capable of starting it means you really don’t have one true starter. Despite the fact that historically there is evidence dual quarterback systems are a bust (remember Stephen Garcia and Chris Smelley rotating in each play a few years ago?) USC has the right system, and maybe more importantly the right personalities to make it work.
With Connor Shaw recovering from offseason surgery it was Dylan Thompson’s team during USC’s spring workouts. Thompson made his mark last season stepping in and stepping up each time Shaw went down with an injury. Steve Spurrier was impressed enough to let it be known he plans to play both Shaw and Thompson at quarterback next season, even when Shaw is healthy.
Spurrier still calls Shaw his starter, but he plans give Thompson opportunities as well. Each signal caller brings a different skill set to the table: Shaw the mobile zone read specialist, Thompson the traditional drop back style passer. One thing Shaw and Thompson do have in common is an off the charts level of unselfishness. Both have managed to become leaders on the team without stepping on each other’s toes or dividing the locker room. Both openly accept their roles and work hard to thrive in them.
Last year the duo combined to led the Gamecocks to 11 wins. On the final drive of the last game of the season against Michigan on Shaw converted a huge fourth down play and Thompson tossed the winning touchdown.
After the game Spurrier was giddy to see what he can to with the two this season. After a Thompson’s solid spring, Spurrier seems even more excited about the possibilities.