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With Marques Ivory graduating, it seemed clear the Coty Blanchard would be the Gamecocks starting quarterback next season.

And he will be. If he decides to return.

Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe told the Anniston Star that he’s preparing as if the two-sport star won’t return.

“I don’t think we can really measure Coty, the percentage of Coty coming back,” Crowe told The Star. “I think some time in June we’re going to know, and if he comes back he’s the starting quarterback, but prudently I have to assume he’s not coming back … with every desire and hope that he will.”

Jacksonville State QB Coty Blanchard

Blanchard is a two sport star for Jacksonville State, the other being baseball, where there is some talk of Blanchard being a “modest draft pick” this coming summer. (He was drafted after his senior year of high school) That’s why we won’t know until next summer.

But even if Blanchard is drafted, technically he could continue to play football. There’s no rule against it, but I would be willing to be which ever team drafts him might have something to say about it.

Blanchard isn’t attending fall practice with the Gamecocks, and likely won’t attend spring practice, according to the Star.

Blanchard was a .335 batter his freshman year, and started in all 57 games. His sophomore season, he became the full time starter on the football field with Ivory being injured, and his number fell off on the diamond, hitting just .230.

Without Blanchard, Steven Coates becomes the likely starter. Freshman Jayce Barber and redshirt freshman Eli Jenkins would round out the depth chart.

If Blanchard does return, Crowe suggested three quarterbacks could play in the Gamecocks season opener.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24