"I??m not disappointed in the quarterbacks. They're trying as hard as they can," said Spurrier. "The pass protection isn't all that super right now, but that's part of spring football and letting these young guys play that haven't played much. Hopefully someday they'll become a player, although we're not sure if they will, but we hope they will."Thompson has performed well in spot duty over the past two seasons, although his effectiveness dropped off a bit in 2013 as compared to 2012. That's when the former backup earned himself a spot in the Gamecock history books by leading South Carolina to a 27-17 win at rival Clemson while filling in for an injured Shaw, and closed out that season by stepping in to the Outback Bowl to deliver a game-winning pass to receiver Bruce Ellington.
"Dylan knows what he's doing. He knows where everybody is," said Spurrier. "He has a good awareness of where all the players are and how much time he's got. That's what good quarterbacks have."