South Carolina ushered in a new starting quarterback this week against Charleston Southern.
True freshman Ryan Hilinski commands the offense for the Gamecocks now. Hilinski had quite a special moment in South Carolina’s big win on Saturday.
Ryan is the younger brother of the late Tyler Hilinski. Tyler was a quarterback for Washington State. He died by suicide in January of 2018.
During Ryan’s first collegiate start on Saturday, the quarterback found a way to honor his late brother. After tossing a 60-yard touchdown pass, Ryan points to the sky, signaling a ‘3’ — the number Tyler wore at Washington State.
Truly a special moment.
Just give the heisman to Ryan Hilinski already. He gives a 👌 to the sky for his brother.
— James (@GamecockSplash) September 7, 2019
Ryan ended up completing 24-of-30 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a rushing score en route to a 72-10 win.
South Carolina has a special young man at quarterback. In 2018, Ryan decided to commit to South Carolina because of ‘guidance’ he received on the day of Tyler’s funeral.
“Yesterday, I laid my brother Tyler to rest in the Pacific ocean,” Hilinski said in his commitment post on Apr. 4, 2018, via Twitter. “I asked him for guidance and I got an answer and I’ve never felt better about a decision.”
Ryan went on to announce he was committing to South Carolina.
It is already one of the best moments of the 2019 college football season.