Ryan Hilinski’s debut was just the beginning
Sept. 08, 2019
His day was near as perfect as one could write it. He hit his first 12 passes. When it looked as if he was only feasting on short throws, he hit a 60-yard bomb for a touchdown. The team scored 70-plus points and posted its most yards ever. No it was not against Alabama, but you play whoever is in front of you that day.
Muschamp said. “I thought Ryan played extremely well in the game. He started 12 for 12 in the game. Very accurate with the football, quick with his decisions, decisively where he was taking the football. We played well around him, obviously. There’s no pressure all day, “But he played well, first start.”
It was a good showing, no doubt, but it’s only one step that the true freshman quarterback toke today with more to come. Hilinski, has been loaded with promise and expectations from the first day he step foot on Campus. Gamecock fans were mad at Jake Bentley. They wanted Hilinski sight unseen, and the sight they got Saturday was pretty good, but in the context where pretty good is expected. (Muschamp directly said as much).
Now Hilinski heads into the week after the promising start, but his path to achieve even more promises will be daunting with the schedule at hand. Next up Alabama who makes some great QB's look extremely ragged. Ryan biggest challenge yes, but only one of several the young QB will face this season. Bentley's first start, good remember along with others: In the beginning. Bentley’s first afternoon was a big day as well came against UMass. Brandon McIlwain’s and Lorenzo Nunez’s first starts felt like they had promise. Syvelle Newton threw for 324 yards. Steve Taneyhill threw 14 times total.
This Quarterback could have a diferent out come in the long run. Why would Ryan's track record could have a better outcome in the long run? Coach Muschamp saw something in the young QB. Muschamp said." Hilinski might be built a little differently, forced to grow up faster because of the tragedy that befell his family with his brother’s suicide.
But in the afterglow, it’s worth holding fast to the fact Ryan’s Hilinski’s USC story wasn’t written Saturday and won’t be written next Saturday. If Bentley’s path is any indication, Hilinski’s story won’t fully be written and judged for years down the line. Yet for the first go, he left a sweltering Williams-Brice Stadium awash in adulation with fans and teammates singing his praises.
“He was going through his reads,” receiver Bryan Edwards said. “He wasn’t staring one guy down or anything like that, just doing what he was coached to do and going out there and executing.” Corner Jaycee Horn added: “He has great arm talent. He can throw it from any angle, and it gets there as y’all have seen today. Just happy for him.”