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Old 05-20-2017, 09:30 PM   #1
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Former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain will transfer to Cal, he announced Saturday.

McIlwain started three games for South Carolina as a freshman quarterback, completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 600 yards and running for another 127 yards.

He came to Columbia as a four-star football prospect and a decorated baseball player, projected as a high draft pick. He was given the chance to play both sports, and saw a few at-bats last spring and none in 2017.

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Old 05-20-2017, 10:00 PM   #2
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I'd say this years baseball team could have used him.
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Brandon McIlwain headed to West Coast

It sucks he passed Nunez on the depth chart, then the staff put Zo at Wr, then comes Bentley and Mac's not happy, Nunez transfers, the BMac transfers and now we have a great starter at QB and not much of a backup.

I wish BMac the best of Luck at Cal, but still wish Nunez was on our QB depth chart.
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Nunez would have seen play time this year at least in the wildcat, very unfortunate he was injured last Spring and they tried to move him since he is the better QB.
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Default Re: Brandon McIlwain headed to West Coast

He went somewhere that has a freshman and true sophomore battling for the starting job. After sitting a year theybwill be juniors and sophomore and they might have found their guy at that point. It might have been a good choice if he didn't have to wait a whole year to play but he's going to have to win the job, something he didn't really want to do while here. There will be competition everywhere.
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Nunez would have seen play time this year at least in the wildcat, very unfortunate he was injured last Spring and they tried to move him since he is the better QB.
Everyone has this fascination with Nunez and I think it's because we never saw if his ceiling was the roof. Been listening to perry ortho on the radio and the way he describes the timing the QBs had to have in spurriers offense, how it was all rhythm. I don't think it suited Nunez the best, so he got his shot but it was kind of weird timing with one staff leaving and another coming in.
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Default Re: Brandon McIlwain headed to West Coast

Good luck. Maybe something will click out there for him. From what we saw here, the college game was just way too big for him. Can't think of one thing we saw while he was playing that you could hang your hat on for his potential.
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Good luck to him at Cal, he clearly was not the best QB here and likely never would be. He was not even all that fast in game situations. With our OL you need to either throw the ball quickly or run a 3 second 40.
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Nunez would have seen play time this year at least in the wildcat, very unfortunate he was injured last Spring and they tried to move him since he is the better QB.
Nunez is struggling to make the 3 deep at whatever program in Louisana he transferred to. He wasn't projected to see playing time at QB, which is why he was switched to WR.
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:24 PM   #11
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I'd say this years baseball team could have used him.
He wasn't good enough to play.

Which says a lot, as much as this years team has struggled.
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He wasn't good enough to play.

Which says a lot, as much as this years team has struggled.
I find that hard to believe seeing how he was getting drafted out of highschool. Maybe the baseball coach just doesn't know what the hell he is doing.
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He could've helped if he was full time baseball but didn't get enough reps due to football to be able to contribute.
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Best wishes to him in his future endeavors. Thank you for your efforts. Go Gamecocks!
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Sometimes a kid is the biggest star in HS because he is more athletic than anyone they play against. When they get to college every kid is the most athletic player from their HS and guys can't adjust. It happens in every sport and may simply happen here in multiple sports.
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Good luck out west young man.
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Sometimes a kid is the biggest star in HS because he is more athletic than anyone they play against. When they get to college every kid is the most athletic player from their HS and guys can't adjust. It happens in every sport and may simply happen here in multiple sports.
That is very true and could be the case here. But it doesn't explain his passing. On his high school tape, he could sling it pretty good. His passes here were very weak though. How does the college ball compare to what's used in high school?
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I find that hard to believe seeing how he was getting drafted out of highschool. Maybe the baseball coach just doesn't know what the hell he is doing.
He wasn't getting drafted high out of high school, that was simply hype from a showcase service system that his family spent thousands of dollars on.

That same service literally had several hundred HS players alone ranked ahead of him. The difference was they weren't being recruited to play QB at a SEC program.

And it had nothing to do with whether or not "the baseball coach knows what the hell hes doing.". He wasn't ready to play at this level. His BA was .100, he was struggling in workouts, and wasn't standing out on an otherwise struggling team.

Hope everything works out for him, maybe getting away from home and expectations will make a difference. His mom didn't do him any favors, which might explain why he's going to the West Coast instead of transferring somewhere closer to home.

Think about that...there are tons of options he could've taken on the East Coast, and he's going to California?
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That is very true and could be the case here. But it doesn't explain his passing. On his high school tape, he could sling it pretty good. His passes here were very weak though. How does the college ball compare to what's used in high school?
The ball should be the same size. The difference is primarily the speed of the game and what counts as "separation" in college. Very few HS QBs play in a system where they ready and react. For a lot it is one read then scramble or run around till someone gets open. That doesn't translate well to the next level in most cases.
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He wasn't getting drafted high out of high school, that was simply hype from a showcase service system that his family spent thousands of dollars on.

That same service literally had several hundred HS players alone ranked ahead of him. The difference was they weren't being recruited to play QB at a SEC program.

And it had nothing to do with whether or not "the baseball coach knows what the hell hes doing.". He wasn't ready to play at this level. His BA was .100, he was struggling in workouts, and wasn't standing out on an otherwise struggling team.

Hope everything works out for him, maybe getting away from home and expectations will make a difference. His mom didn't do him any favors, which might explain why he's going to the West Coast instead of transferring somewhere closer to home.

Think about that...there are tons of options he could've taken on the East Coast, and he's going to California?
1200 players are drafted by MLB every year and HS kids make up a lot of those slots. If you're in the top 600 you will most likely be drafted. You may also wind up stalling at Class A but you'll get drafted.
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