South Carolina Gamecocks offensive coordinator Mike Bobo explains his decision to pitch Collin Hill to quarterback

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One of South Carolina’s biggest position battles was settled Thursday afternoon, and tonight’s offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was able to explain why the Gamecocks made the decision.Collin Hill will start South Carolina’s opener against Tennessee and on Thursday night, during Carolina calls, Mike Bobo opened up on why the Gamecocks had accepted the Colorado state graduate transfer.

“Decide on a quarterback, you want a guy when he comes into that group, those 10 guys in the group and 70 guys on the sidelines know that’s the guy; that when he’s under cross you have a chance to get the first downs, which tie touchdowns, ”said Mike Bobo.“Coming back to them all, they competed hard but Collin was the most consistent throughout camp, all three scrums. I wrote everything down. I wrote down every training, every scrum for these kids. Every exercise they did, they got a mark and a report on it.

The competition lasted for about a month as the Gamecocks walked through the camp with Bobo saying he was criticizing and evaluating everything the quarterbacks did with Hill ultimately winning the battle.

Hill, who came from Colorado State with Bobo, has played 18 games in the past three seasons where he has completed 60.7% of his passes and averaged 7.7 yards per completion and understands the system more than anyone else on the offensive roster.

Nick Muse said early in camp that Hill has an NFL arm and can throw a lot of shots on the field.

The biggest question mark is Hill’s health, as the transfer comes from his third ACL tear, but Bobo said he saw no apprehension from Hill in favor of his knee.

“There is no favor. There is no going out shy or not going into every throw. The other two times when he came back he was shy, ”said Bobo. “Now he’s like, ‘If I hurt myself, I hurt myself. Neither of them are mobile guys but we still need to move in the pocket, step up and find our ways to throw. If he had shown any signs of favoring his knee or any apprehension of playing on the knee, he wouldn’t be the guy.

Hill beat incumbent Ryan Hilinski, who started the last 11 games last season after playing the back half of the season on an injured knee.

Hilinski completed 58.1 percent of his passes and averaged 5.8 yards per attempt last season, but lost to Hill.

Bobo said he saw some good things the second year, but believed Hill had the advantage after four weeks of training.

“Ryan has a bright future. The same thing I said to Ryan when we got here: there were things we basically had to work on. To his credit, he worked his tail. He spent more time in football, he told me today, than he ever did in his life. He becomes a better football player. He’s becoming a better student of the game, ”said Bobo.

“He’s putting himself in a position where I think he’s going to one day lead this team to great things. Right now, in making the decision, we thought Collin was ahead of him. I think we are fortunate to have two guys who have played. football and has experience.

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