Chris Smelley to Start for South Carolina this Week

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2008

After writing an article last week describing why it would be interesting to see which quarterback South Carolina Gamecocks' head coach Steve Spurrier would choose to start this week against Vanderbilt, that decision has finally been made.

Spurrier will go with Chris Smelley, who started as the backup to Tommy Beecher, but Smelley looked much more composed in relief of Beecher in the first week's game against North Carolina State.

The decision may have been completely unrelated to last week's game though, according to Spurrier. The reason for appointing Smelley the starter was that Beecher could apparently not lift up his non-throwing shoulder.

Smelley completed all five of his passes for 92 yards against the Wolfpack in leading the Gamecocks to 31 second-half points en route to a 34-0 win.

Many Gamecock fans have been campaigning for freshman Stephen Garcia to be given the reigns, but for now, Spurrier maintains that Garcia isn't quite ready.

Vanderbilt, the SEC cellar-dweller, is coming off a nice road win over Miami of Ohio, and is excited to have the chance to ruin Smelley's 2008-2009 starting debut.