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Gamecocks preparing to play two quarterbacks

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

What do you know? South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is talking like he might play two quarterbacks this Saturday against No. 2-ranked Georgia.

The Head Ball Coach said at his weekly press conference that he would name a starter later this week, but that there was a good chance both Chris Smelley and Tommy Beecher would play against the Bulldogs. Spurrier said redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia was still not ready and didn't factor into his plans at this point.

Beecher started in the season-opening 34-0 win over North Carolina State, but threw four interceptions and hurt his shoulder. Smelley played the whole way in South Carolina's 24-17 loss to Vanderbilt last Thursday.

"I don't know how else to do it than to get both of them ready," Spurrier said of his two quarterbacks. "Whoever starts the game will have an excellent opportunity to maybe go the distance, and we'll have the other guy ready. Right now, Chris and Tommy are performing sort of evenly. Statistically, Chris is better, but we felt like Tommy potentially can do some things to give us a chance to win the game."

Spurrier said the thing both Smelley and Beecher need to do a better job of is getting rid of the football.

"You're not going to have perfect protection all day," Spurrier said.

With star receiver Kenny McKinley likely out with a pulled hamstring, the Gamecocks will look to several freshmen. Spurrier said redshirt freshmen Joe Hills and Jason Barnes will both get a chance as well as true freshman C.C. Whitlock.