App. St.’s Lamb ac­cepts GA po­si­tion at South Carolina

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Ethan Joyce

For­mer Cal­houn High Tay­lor Lamb is tak­ing the first step of his coach­ing ca­reer.

Ap­palachian State’s start­ing quar­ter­back for the last four sea­sons ac­cepted a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant po­si­tion at the Univer­sity of South Carolina.

Lamb said he in­ter­viewed and agreed to take the po­si­tion on Satur­day. He will work with ei­ther the quar­ter­backs or wide re­ceivers un­der South Carolina of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bryan McClen­don, who was pro­moted to the po­si­tion in Jan­uary.

McClen­don was pre­vi­ously the co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor while also work­ing with wide re­ceivers dur­ing the last two sea­sons un­der head coach Will Muschamp.

“I’m blessed to have this op­por­tu­nity right out of the gates, es­pe­cially at a place like USC,” Lamb said. “The Univer­sity of South Carolina is a special place to be, and I’m ex­cited to learn un­der Coach Muschamp and his great staff.

“It also is a great op­por­tu­nity be­cause of the state of the pro­gram. Coach Muschamp has the pro­gram trend­ing up­ward af­ter a great year last year.”

Lamb grad­u­ated from App State in De­cem­ber and he said he will start at South Carolina on Feb. 5.

Lamb set the App State pro­gram record and Sun Belt Con­fer­ence record for pass­ing touch­downs with 90. In 2017, Lamb threw for 2,737 yards, 27 touch­downs and only six in­ter­cep­tions, which was the sec­ond-best touch­down-to-in­ter­cep­tion ra­tio in school his­tory.

He played in 51 ca­reer games, pass­ing for more than 9,000 yards and rush­ing for more than 2,000. He fin­ished up his stel­lar ca­reer with a 34-0 win in the Dol­lar Gen­eral Bowl against Toledo. The Moun­taineers won two Sun Belt Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and three straight bowl games un­der Lamb’s lead­er­ship.

Lamb’s fa­ther, Bobby Lamb, coached at Fur­man in Greenville, S.C., from 1986 to 2010 (the last eight years as head coach). Bobby Lamb took over the head coach­ing po­si­tion of Mercer in Ma­con, Ga., in 2011.

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Ap­palachian State quar­ter­back Tay­lor Lamb looks for an open re­ceiver dur­ing a game last sea­son.

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