Orth The Likely Starter For Week Two

He rallied USC in the second half against Vanderbilt, but quarterback Perry Orth says this week, it's about improving and getting ready for Starkville.

One game into his tenure and Will Muschamp is 1-0 with a tough matchup in Starkville next on the agenda.

After his team's hard-fought win at Vanderbilt, the coach saw plenty of positives from a team that had plenty of unknowns going into the contest.

“We need to improve in a lot of areas," Muschamp said.

"But the thing I was most pleased with was going on the road with a lot of newness and lot of firsts going on with your team and battling through that. We certainly caused a lot of issues for ourselves. I’m proud of the way we were able to battle through it and make plays when we needed to.”

As far as quarterback is concerned, the starting spot likely remains in the hands of the senior Perry Orth.

“We’ll see how practice goes, but, obviously, the job Perry did was outstanding coming in in the second half.,: Muschamp said.

"Obviously, I think both guys will play. When Brandon (McIlwain) was in the game, we moved the ball extremely well. We’ve just got to take care of the football. That’s the bottom line.”

Freshman Jake Bentley is also in the mix and at any time, could have his number called.

“He’s still going to rep,” said Muschamp. “We have not made any decisions about anything. The quarterback position obviously is different. ... They’ve got to practice and play well, or we’ll make a change.

“Jake is still in that operation.”

The team did have one serious injury coming out of the game as sophomore right guard Donnell Stanley from Latta suffered a high ankle sprain, and Muschamp estimated he will be out until the game Oct. 22 against Massachusetts.

“He got hurt on the first play of the game," Muschamp said. "He played for the next eight plays. I don’t know how he did that. He is a tough young man, and we need to get him back.”

The good news for that unit is linemen Alan Knott and Christian Pellage will return from one-game suspension for breaking team rules,  


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