Orth nominated as nation’s top walk-on player

On Tuesday, South Carolina signal-caller Perry Orth was recognized as one of 55 finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy — given to the nation’s top walk-on player. 

Orth’s season has been an interesting one, to say the least. After starting the season as the backup to Connor Mitch, he was thrust into a starting role once Mitch got injured. He then lost his starting spot to true freshman Lorenzo Nunez — before regaining it after a Nunez injury.

Both Mitch and Nunez have gotten healthy since then. However, Orth’s consistency at the position — coupled with his leadership skills — has made him the unquestioned starter going forward for South Carolina. 

On the year, Orth’s thrown for 1,180 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s played particularly well in the last three games for the Gamecocks, which includes leading the team to a victory over Vanderbilt during interim head coach Shawn Elliott’s first game in charge. 

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