Famed football coach Steve Spurrier left an indelible mark on many of his former quarterbacks.
The influence is so heavy that a pair of his former South Carolina signal-callers now find themselves in a similar role as their former coach — molding the next generation of QBs for success.
Former Gamecocks Perry Orth and Stephen Garcia will be at Socastee High School on Saturday, March 3 as part of the Gyration Station QB Camp. Hosted by QB1 Athletics, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A large portion of the day will be spent honing the skills of quarterbacks, both on the field and in the film room. Campers will show what they learned in the final two hours, throwing to receivers and displaying their situational awareness against certain coverage schemes.
“During the camp, we will put kids through the ringer, as if we’re training them to play,” Orth said. “We’ll do our part to teach them correct form and technique when throwing the football. Then, we’ll pull up film and show them plays, as well as drawing up defenses on the whiteboard.
“This isn’t like most camps, where kids run around a little with a T-shirt and yell ‘Go Gamecocks!’ We’re wanting to prep these kids for what will come as they advance in football.”
Originally from Porta Vedra (Fla.) High School, Orth began as a walk-on with South Carolina before becoming a starter in 2015. He threw for 1,929 yards and 12 touchdowns that season, completing better than 54 percent of his passes.
Garcia’s name is more recognizable to Gamecocks fans, leading the program to a landmark victory over top-ranked Alabama in 2010.
A three-year starter in Columbia, he left the school third all time in passing yards (6,753), completions (528), attempts (903) and touchdown passes (43). He is one of three quarterbacks in South Carolina history to throw for 6,000 yards or more.
After their playing days were over, each began the work of helping the next generation of quarterbacks — Orth throughout the Palmetto State, and Garcia in Tampa, Fla.
“Having played quarterback at South Carolina, people respect what we did as players, and particularly who we played for,” Orth said. “We played for one of the greatest offensive minds ever in Spurrier, and in many ways we are echoing his message as we look to help these young quarterbacks.
“It’ often me and Garcia will look at each other after catching ourselves saying something (Spurrier) said or taught us. It is literally him speaking through us.”
According to Orth, football is advancing at a rapid pace — regardless of age level. With that said, it is pivotal for prospective football players to go to camps.
“If you’re not, you’re falling behind,” he said. “When I was growing up, it was a Pop Warner league, and you played a few games each season against teams in your area or around the state. Now, you have AAU travel football teams at 10 and 12 years old.
“If football is where your passion is, it is important that someone teach you all you need to know about the game — especially if playing quarterback."
The camp costs $120 for those registering early, and $150 the day of the event. This covers lunch and a camp T-shirt.
For more information or to register, visit qb1athletics.com/camps.