South Carolina has always struggled to find the big-time passer needed to push itself to a national championship. However, they have had some solid players, and here is the list of the top five quarterbacks in South Carolina history.
From the "voice of the Gamecocks" to a hot-headed leader, South Carolina has had an interesting cast of characters lead the team. You can love some, hate some, or just plain disagree—but these quarterbacks have had an impact on the program itself.
Phil Petty had a very nice closing to his South Carolina career with back-to-back Outback Bowl victories over Ohio State. His career numbers are not gaudy (28 TDs, 29 INTs, with 5,652 yards), but he will always be remembered for his leadership.
The Sparky Woods era was mired in mediocrity. However, Bobby Fuller proved to be a great quarterback for the Gamecocks. 28 TDs to 17 INTs with 4,896 yards is enough to move him into fourth place on my list.
Yes, Todd Ellis is ranked as the No. 1 career passer in all South Carolina media guides. The "voice of the Gamecocks" certainly has his place in South Carolina history as one of the winningest quarterbacks to play. But his 73 interceptions to 49 TDs drops him on my list. His 9,953 yards is well above the No. 2 passer on the all time list.
The only QB on this list with a fairly respectable NFL career, Anthony Wright deserves the No. 2 spot. He threw for 38 TDs and only 22 INTs in his career. He passed for 5,681 yards through the air.
Steve Taneyhill had a great career at South Carolina. His 62 TDs to 37 INTs are excellent, as are his 8,782 passing yards. This is the man that many compare to current South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia. Let's hope he can attain this level of greatness.