Philip petty obituary |He became one of the most beloved Gamecock quarterbacks after leading the Gamecocks to two Outback Bowl triumphs over Ohio State in 2000 and 2001. Petty attended Boiling Springs High School in the Upstate. After a brief illness, Petty, 43, passed away on Thursday. Scott stated
The Country When he learned of Petty’s passing, he was “heartbroken.” He dubbed the Gamecocks quarterback as one of his all-time favorites. The quality of his character shone through in whatever he did. Scott described him as “a fantastic quarterback” his senior year. As far as I’m concerned, he was unique…. I believed he had them all.
I enjoyed the game’s intangibles as well. “He was continually cramming for the test and excelled in academics.” Great quarterbacks are known for their timing and pocket presence. I had high hopes for him and he lived up to my expectations.” “Phil Petty embodied what it means to be a true Gamecock,” said one observer. USC’s athletic director
According to a press statement from his school, Ray Tanner said as much. “Originally from South Carolina, he was not just a fierce competitor on the field but also a kind and generous human being who was dearly liked by his fellow Gamecocks. He was a beloved friend and a devoted father and spouse to a large number of people. All my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, especially his wife Morgan, his children Sage and McCoy, and the many people that knew him.”
Coach Brad Scott was fired after Petty’s first season and was replaced by Lou Holtz. Prior to helping lead the Gamecocks to one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history, Petty’s team had a 1-21 record in his first two seasons. The following season, USC finished 8-4 after going 0-11 the year before. As he neared the end,
The Gamecocks finished the season with a 9-3 record.
From 1998 through 2002, Petty appeared in 40 games for the Gamecocks, playing a significant role in the team’s turnaround at the beginning of the 21st century. In 1999, the Gamecocks were 0–11 but rapidly turned things around.
in January 2001 and January 2002, the corner scored two Outback Bowl victories. Petty was voted the game’s MVP in 2002 as the Gamecocks swept Ohio State.
Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, South Carolina, hired the legendary Gamecocks coach in June. Former South Carolina player and current Gray coach Adam Holmes announced Petty’s death Thursday afternoon.
‘He was my brother and a leader of our team,’ Holmes told The State. “He showed us where to go around the bend. In Holtz’s first season, the Gamecocks went 0-11 with Petty in the lineup. Petty took over the position on a full-time basis.
the next year and sparked a comeback: South Carolina finished the 2000 and 2001 seasons with a 17-7 record and two Outback Bowl wins over Ohio State.
Before turning to teaching, Petty played one season in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans. He worked as a graduate assistant at South Carolina before joining Skip Holtz’s staff at East Carolina, where his father is the previous offensive coordinator.
Petty was sixth in South Carolina history with 454 pass completions, seventh with 5,652 passing yards, and ninth with 28 throwing touchdowns in a career that spanned seven seasons.
The Gamecocks struggled mightily in
In Phil’s first two seasons, the team had a combined record of 1-21; in his third and final season, the squad had one of the largest fan bases in the history of collegiate football.
During Brad Scott’s final season as head coach, Phil’s first season with the Gamecocks was a success. In his final season at South Carolina, Phil finished seventh all-time in throwing yards and touchdowns with 5656.
Phil began coaching after he finished his playing career. Skip Holtz, whose father Lou Holtz coached Phil at South Carolina, was his mentor while he was an assistant coach at East Carolina. Head football coach at Gray Collegiate High School now. Phil’s family, which includes his wife and two children, will be OK.