Mike Farrell of the Mike Farrell Sports brand has little confidence in former Auburn football QB1 Robby Ashford -- answering "fiction" when asked if Ashford was the answer for South Carolina under center.
"Spencer Rattler was average, but he was a solution at QB, at least," Farrell prefaced before saying, "Ashford, coming in from Auburn, is not. LaNorris Sellers may or may not be the solution either for Shane Beamer in an important season, and I know Ashford is there for competition and to push the youngster, but this isn’t a big move. Ashford was overrated out of high school and never became a Power Five QB at Oregon or Auburn, and that won’t change."
Gamecocks Digest's Joseph Griffin similarly dismissed Ashford, claiming his transfer simply added another competitor for the Gamecocks' backup QB job.
"(The Ashford addition) will undoubtedly create fun discussion with the quarterback competition behind LaNorris Sellers this coming Spring," Griffin wrote.
Shane Beamer brought ex-Auburn football QB1 Robby Ashford to South Carolina to compete for QB1 job
The War Rapport's Mike Gittens told me shortly after he broke the Ashford-SC news that Shane Beamer brought Ashford to Columbia to compete for the starting job.
"Talent evaluation can be subjective in nature," Gittens prefaced before saying, "Hugh Freeze did not feel like Robby Ashford was an SEC caliber QB but Shane Beamer does. Not only does he believe that but the thinking inside the building is that he will be the best QB in the room once he steps on campus. I think it’s his job to lose. Sure he can lose it but his chances of starting over Doty are good.”
Sellers, Ashford, and Luke Doty will all be competing for the job, and it's possible one of them enters the portal again during the May 1-15 window. But as of now, Ashford is the guy to beat based on his big-game experience and experience in general; since the Hoover native is the only QB with 10 starts under his belt in his career.