South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain to transfer

McIlwain was 62-118 passing for 600 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in 2016. (Getty)
McIlwain was 62-118 passing for 600 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in 2016. (Getty)

South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain won’t return for 2017. The former starter said Wednesday he was transferring from the Gamecocks.

McIlwain was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the class of 2016. After originally committing in 2014 when Steve Spurrier was still the Gamecocks coach, he kept his commitment and enrolled early in January of 2016 with new coach Will Muschamp.

By enrolling early, he took his name out of consideration in the June 2016 MLB draft. McIlwain has also played baseball at South Carolina.

He played in eight games in 2016 for South Carolina as a true freshman and started three. His best game was a 16-28 passing performance for 195 yards against East Carolina that also included 34 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. But he was surpassed for the starting job by Jake Bentley, another freshman in 2016.

Bentley finished the season as the Gamecocks’ starter and completed nearly 66 percent of his passes and averaged 7.5 yards an attempt. McIlwain completed 53 percent of his throws and averaged 5.1 yards an attempt.

McIlwain was the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2016 according to Rivals. Bentley, meanwhile, was ranked at No. 12, and will be the undisputed No. 1 quarterback for the Gamecocks heading into spring practice.

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