Zeb Noland is going from coach to starting quarterback at South Carolina.

Noland, who came to South Carolina as a graduate assistant on Shane Beamer's coaching staff, will be the Gamecocks' starter at quarterback when they open the season Saturday against Eastern Illinois, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Noland thought he had finished his playing career in May when his North Dakota State team lost to Sam Houston State in the FCS quarterfinals. He had already landed a spot as a grad assistant on Beamer's staff, but he traded in his coaching gear for a helmet and shoulder pads and joined in the race for the Gamecocks' quarterback job after Luke Doty injured his left foot earlier this preseason.