Friday, January 9, 2009

QB Smelley to leave South Carolina

Chris Smelley, South Carolina's starting quarterback for much of the past season, has been granted his release by the school and will transfer, according to the school's athletic website.

Smelley said in a statement that he hopes to play baseball elsewhere.

"I'm going to play baseball at another school that I'm still deciding on," Smelley said. "I talked to (South Carolina) coach (Ray) Tanner about playing baseball here. I have great respect for him. Under different circumstances I would have loved to have had the chance to play for him. He's a great coach, but I decided it was best for me to have a change of scenery and move on elsewhere."

Smelley recently completed his sophomore season, passing for 1,922 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. He is from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Brad Smelley, his younger brother, was a freshman tight end at Alabama this season.

With redshirt junior Tommy Beecher of Concord also leaving the program, that means Stephen Garcia, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, is the only remaining experienced quarterback.

This season, freshmen quarterbacks Reid McCollum and Aramis Hillary redshirted. Rock Hill South Pointe quarterback Stephon Gilmore, The Observer's No. 3 college prospect in South Carolina, will likely play defense but could get a shot under center.

- Stan Olson

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would be concerned with two qbs leaving but it can't hurt us anymore than we've already suffered. Go Cocks!

Rabbit said...

Spurrier is hell on QBs.

Is Aramis Coco's brother?

If so, I know a school he can transfer to and won't have to sit out a year.