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South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer to James Madison for the 2016 season.

The quarterback has two seasons of eligibility remaining and can play for JMU immediately. At South Carolina, Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain were named co-starters following spring activities, so Mitch's spot on the depth chart was practically non-existent. Mitch has dealt with right shoulder and hip injuries in the past.
Jun 28 - 8:23 AM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer after he graduates this summer.

"Connor has the opportunity to graduate from South Carolina this summer and will look to continue his playing career at another university in the fall," coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. Mitch's day as a Gamecock were probably numbered after Muschamp named senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain as co-starters following the spring. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder is eligible to play wherever he goes in 2016 and retains two years of eligibility. "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said. "I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."
Source: SEC Country
May 20 - 8:21 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch missed practice on Thursday after contracting pinkeye.

HC Will Muschamp immediately began speaking as though Mitch was an extra in the movie Outbreak. Said the coach, "He is very infectious. So we did not allow him to come out [for Thursday's practice]. He’ll be back hopefully in meetings [Friday]. It’s very contagious so you can’t be around anybody or everybody’s going to get and you’ve got a problem." No word as to whether Muschamp was wearing a hazmat suit at the time of his comments, but we'll just assume so. South Carolina's top three quarterbacks in spring competition have now been sidelined due to injury or contagion, with redshirt senior QB Perry Orth suffering a broken collarbone several days ago and sophomore QB Nunez hyperextending his knee a few days before that. Nunez is expected to return at some point next week and you can probably assume the same for Mitch, but Orth's collarbone will take more time to heal. Not the best start for South Carolina's bid to rebound in 2016.
Source: The State
Apr 1 - 8:08 PM
Vad Lee - QB - Dukes

Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman would recommend James Madison QB Vad Lee as "a late-round player above several options."

The analyst says that Inside The Pylon's Mark Schofield agrees with the assessment. "Lee happens to have the body type and mobility of past quarterbacks like David Garrard and Steve McNair," Waldman wrote. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Lee, per Waldman, is also an intelligent game manager, an aggressive passer, a "quick processor to read the coverage, his receivers, feel pressure, and integrate this 'data' into a a well-executed decision," is tough and makes advanced reads and displays "good accuracy that can be transformed into pro accuracy." Keep on eye on the underrated former Georgia Tech signal caller as we move through the process.
Mar 7 - 4:17 PM

James Madison hired Richmond DC Bob Trott to serve in the same capacity.

The 61-year-old Trott had been Richmond's defensive coordinator since 2010. He indicated that he's known new James Madison HC Mike Hudson for several years, which played into his decision. At the same time, he said, "this is the hardest move I’ve ever made. Richmond is special place for me. Richmond’s players are special to me. It’s a good program. It’s on the right track." Adding to the intrigue, Richmond and James Madison are rivals. This should add some spice to their future showdowns.
Jan 23 - 1:43 PM

James Madison hired The Citadel HC Mike Houston as head coach.

Houston directed The Citadel to their first postseason appearance in 23 years last season, posting a 9-4 overall record with a 6-1 mark in the Southern Conference. Houston, whose team beat South Carolina, was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year. James Madison is replacing Everett Withers, who left to take over at Texas State.
Jan 19 - 2:17 PM

South Carolina interim HC Shawn Elliott said that he's "not sure when" redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch might play again.

Mitch suffered shoulder and hip injuries in early September, but he's back in practice now. When he next plays, though, remains up in the air. Interim HC Elliott said, "Connor’s a fine, fine player and a good quarterback, and he’s going to be able to lead this football team. I’m not sure when it might happen, but he’ll be ready." Perry Orth will draw the start against Florida this weekend. Feel free to continue ignoring him in DFS formats.
Source: The State
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:27:00 PM
Vad Lee - QB - Dukes

James Madison redshirt senior QB Vad Lee is out for the remainder of the season, due to a foot injury.

The James Madison prospect was injured during the second half of the Dukes 59-49 loss to Richmond on Saturday. Unfortunately for Lee, his foot will require surgery, ending his career at James Madison. In just eight games of of play this year, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Lee threw for 2,190 yards with 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 814 yards and eight scores on the ground.
Source: JMU Sports
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 03:31:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch (shoulder, hip) has been released from the hospital.

While Mitch suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's loss to Kentucky, it's actually an infection stemming from a hip bruise suffered in the season-opener against North Carolina that had kept him in the hospital the last few days. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt sophomore is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks, if not more. Perry Orth will be starting for the Gamecocks until Mitch has recovered.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:48:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch is out 4-6 weeks after being hospitalized for a hip infection.

Mitch was battered in each of the team's first two games. He suffered a hip injury in the opener against UNC and then separated his right shoulder in Saturday's loss to Kentucky. "He got treatment all week, and felt like he was ready to go," Spurrier said. "I think he probably just got hit again on that deep bruise, and it is an ugly bruise. That probably aggravated it also." Perry Orth completed 13-of-20 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats after coming on in relief. "We have confidence in Perry," Spurrier said. "It was unfortunate Connor got hurt, but you have to move on to the next player." It wouldn't be a surprise if Mitch isn't able to return this year, despite the optimistic timetable.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 07:23:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch separated his right shoulder in Saturday's loss to Kentucky.

Mitch separated the shoulder while attempting to retrieve a fumbled option ball in the second quarter. HC Steve Spurrier indicated that he could miss the rest of the season, though that's not official as of yet. Said Spurrier, "Terrible, terrible thing that happened." Perry Orth entered in place of Mitch and completed 13-of-20 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:20:00 AM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch indicated that nothing in his preparation has changed since being named the team's starting quarterback.

Mitch claimed that he's not feeling additional pressure now that he's been thrust into the spotlight. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback was named starter over junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnechhia last week. Rivals graded him as a four-star recruit out of high school. He is a more prototypical pocket quarterback than the likes of former Gamecock Connor Shaw.
Source: The State
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 09:25:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier named redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch the school's starting QB.

Mitch was competing with junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia. Many loved Connor Shaw during his time as South Carolina's starting quarterback, but Steve Spurrier seems to be heading towards a more structured offense and a quarterback who wants to stay in the pocket. The Gamecocks do have one of the top receivers in the country in Pharoh Cooper. South Carolina faces UNC in the season opener on Sept. 3.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 04:59:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier is reportedly close to announcing the starting QB between redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia.

The Gamecocks "have an idea" who they'll tab, Spurrier said earlier this week, and will announce the quarterback, "in the very near future." It was thought he would make the announcement Saturday, but Spurrier isn't quite ready. "All the quarterbacks did a lot of good things," he said after Saturday's scrimmage. "Shoot, I wished one of them would've outplayed the rest. But if you look at the stats, probably pretty similar." Mitch, a third-year sophomore, is the heavy frontrunner to replace Dylan Thompson. The Gamecocks open Sept. 3 against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 08:26:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier wants to name a starting QB one week before the school's season opener on September 3 against UNC.

Connor Mitch, Perry Orth and Michael Scarnecchia are the three competing for top quarterback honors. Mitch seemingly is in the lead, but these types of situations are difficult to predict. As a whole, South Carolina struggled on offense last year.
Wed, May 27, 2015 10:41:00 AM


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