Nov 9, 2019; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) warms up before the start during the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

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South Carolina QB Hilinski to transfer

South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski entered the transfer portal.

He entered the 2020 season as the incumbent starter but appeared in just two games, completing four passes for 34 yards. Collin Hill and Luke Doty assumed the quarterback duties for the Gamecocks (2-8).

A four-star recruit from Southern California, Hilinksi was the No. 2-ranked pro style quarterback in the Class of 2019, per the 247Sports composite. He committed to South Carolina soon after the January 2018 suicide of his brother, former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski.

“Thank you for giving my family and I a home when we didn’t know where home was,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Thank you for the roars in Williams-Brice Stadium. Thank you for the smiles, hugs, handshakes and warm greetings. I will forever be grateful for this state and the life I found after losing my brother.”

He continued: “This has been the hardest decision I have had to make in my entire life. It pains me writing this letter knowing what I am leaving behind. It is with a heavy herat that I have decided to enter the transfer portal to fulfill the promise I made to myself and my brother.”

Former coach Will Muschamp put Hilinski into the starting spot in the second game of the 2019 season after Jake Bentley suffered a season-ending foot injury on the final play of the opening game. In 11 games, he completed 236 of 406 passes (58.1 percent) for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions in leading the team to a 4-8 mark.

Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15. Shane Beamer was named the Gamecocks head coach on Dec. 6.

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