Former College of South Carolina QB Phil Petty Useless at 43

COLUMBIA, SC – SEPTEMBER 29: Phil Petty of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball towards the Alabama Crimson Tide in Columbia, South Carolina on September 29, 2001. (Picture by Sporting Information through Getty Pictures through Getty Pictures)

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Former College of South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty, who led the Gamecocks to 2 Outback Bowl Championships, died on Thursday. He was 43 years outdated.

The reason for demise stays unknown. USA Immediately studies his demise comes after a quick hospital keep in Columbia.

The Gamecock soccer workforce confirmed Petty’s demise on Twitter early Thursday morning, writing, “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the lack of an important Gamecock.”

“Phil Petty typified what a Gamecock actually is,” the South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner stated in a press release launched by the varsity.

“A local South Carolinian, he was a fighter on the soccer area, an amazing particular person off the sector and beloved by all Gamecocks. He was an important good friend to many and an exquisite dad and husband. My prayers exit to his spouse, Morgan, youngsters, Sage and McCoy, and his many pals,” Tanner continued.

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Petty was a three-year beginning quarterback for the College of South Carolina Gamecocks soccer workforce and was on the workforce from 1998-2001, incomes consecutive Outback Bowl wins throughout his last two years.

In his senior 12 months bowl sport towards the Ohio State Buckeyes, Petty was named MVP after throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns for a 31-28 win.

Former Gamecocks head coach Lou Holtz reacted to the information of Petty’s demise, telling ABC Columbia’s Mike Gillespie he has “nice recollections” of the late alum.

“He was an important participant, however he was additionally a greater teammate. Gamers come and go. Teammates final a lifetime. I’d be proud to name him my son,” Holtz stated.

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In 2000, Petty marked his career-best stats, recording 170-of-315 accomplished passes for two,285 yards, throwing for 305 yards towards Mississippi State, in line with USC.

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He broke a lot of data in his time on the college. He holds the file for the fourth highest in move makes an attempt (861), sixth highest for move completions (454), seventh in passing yards (5,652), and seventh in complete offensive yards (5,797). He additionally shares the file for ninth in passing touchdowns (28) with former Gamecock Bobby Fuller.

In 2001, he was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award, given to the nation’s high quarterback.

After leaving the college, he signed with the Tennessee Titans the place he performed for one season earlier than he began pursuing his teaching profession.

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In 2003, he grew to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Hammond Academy earlier than later becoming a member of the Gamecock teaching employees as a graduate assistant the next 12 months.

Petty is survived by his spouse, Morgan, and two youngsters, Sage and McCoy.