Gamecock FB: Connor Shaw/Cedrick Cooper undergo "successful" surgery
South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Cedrick Cooper both had successful surgery on Friday, according to a release from the Gamecocks.
Shaw had surgery on his left foot after injuring his foot during the Tennessee game on October 27. The foot injury caused nagging pain for Shaw the remainder of the season and caused him to miss the Clemson game in late November. Shaw was said to be back in full-health during the Outback Bowl but re-injured his foot during the game.
Cooper suffered a knee injury during the bowl game practices leading up to the Gamecocks' bowl game against Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Cooper was credited with one total tackle this season in 11 games played, serving primarily on special teams.
Losing Cooper for the spring is a big blow considering he's expected to be one of the main replacements for the loss of linebackers to graduation for the Gamecocks following the 2012 season. South Carolina will certainly be glad to have him return to the field as quickly as possibly. As it goes for Shaw, this will give Dylan Thompson all the first string snaps in the spring and will really help give him an edge heading into the quarterback battle for 2013. Redshirt freshman Brendan Nosovitch will likely log the second team snaps with incoming freshman Connor Mitch taking third string reps.
Shaw, the 6-1, 207-pound quarterback, and Cooper, the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker, will both miss spring practice in 2013 but are expected to be ready to go during fall camp before the start of the 2013 season.