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49ers to have just one QB at minicamp, but he’s among friends

South Carolina tight end Rory Anderson (81) waits for the play to begin during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. South Carolina beat South Alabama 37-12.
South Carolina tight end Rory Anderson (81) waits for the play to begin during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. South Carolina beat South Alabama 37-12. AP

SANTA CLARA -- If it seems like Mike Davis and Busta Anderson are getting an inordinate number of targets this weekend at the 49ers rookie minicamp, there's a good reason.

Davis, a running back, and Anderson, a tight end, were on the same South Carolina squad last year with Dylan Thompson, the only true quarterback on hand for the weekend session.

"It was crazy," Anderson said. "It was like we all got up and decided to be on the same team. It sounds unreal having that many guys that you played with on the same team on the next level."

A fourth Gamecock, receiver Bruce Ellington, was a fourth-round pick last season. Ellington is recovering from a hamstring strain and has not been taking part in the recent sessions.

Of that group, Thompson was the only one that wasn't drafted. Still, the 6-3, 218-pound quarterback led the SEC last season with 3,564 passing yards -- a school record at South Carolina -- and had 26 touchdowns.

“He’s a collected individual," coach Jim Tomsula said. "He’s got those -- when you talk to him -- the intangibles. Then you watch the tape. This guy can throw a football around. He spins it. We’re excited about him. We really are.”

The 49ers have just two other quarterbacks on their roster, Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Fourth-round draft pick Blake Bell, who began at Oklahoma as a quarterback, could be called upon in a pinch, but he's concentrating on converting to tight end and said Friday he hadn't thrown in a while.

Tomsula said that Thompson didn't seemed fatigued by his workload this week.

“His arm seems to be doing well,” Tomsula said. “We’ve talked about it. And if he needed that for his arm, we would. But right now, we don’t feel like we need to do that.”

Davis caught one of Thompson's touchdown passes last season; Anderson caught another.

Anderson's final year with the Gamecocks was marred by injuries. A hamstring issue prevented him from running for NFL teams in the lead-up to the draft and he lasted until the end of the seventh round.

If he had run, Anderson said, he would have run in the 4.5-second range. He said South Carolina's tight ends specialized in down-field plays.

"I like to spread the field," he said. "We ran a lot of seam (routes) and stuff like with our tight ends, because we had a good group of tight ends that were athletic and could create mismatches with linebackers."

Anderson and Bell will line up at tight end for the 49ers rookie minicamp. Fullback Trey Millard, a seventh-round pick last year who is eligible for the camp, also is capable of playing H-back.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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