Gamecock FB: Connor Shaw practices Monday; "Able to play" against UK
South Carolina's starting quarterback Connor Shaw was expected to miss at least the next two to three weeks before returning to the Gamecocks with a bruised right shoulder.
However, there he was on Monday night practicing with the Gamecocks, and even throwing the ball downfield about 55 yards according to head coach Steve Spurrier.
The two to three week timeframe was one that the trainer placed on Shaw but Spurrier admitted on Tuesday that maybe the media should ask the trainer how Shaw was able to make such a "miraculous recovery."
Dylan Thompson, who filled in for Shaw during the Central Florida game when he suffered the shoulder injury, was expected to be the starter for the Gamecocks the next few weeks but it appears that Coach Spurrier is undetermined on who will start this Saturday now that Shaw appears to be healthy and able to play this weekend against Kentucky.
Both players have commented on how close they are in their friendship so this is a situation where the back and forth won't hurt the team chemistry on offense or the relationship that these two have developed. Shaw and Thompson can provide enough wrinkles between the two on offense to merit both seeing playing time for the rest of the season, but a healthy Shaw should be the starting quarterback for South Carolina.
Shaw played most of the 2012 season with nagging injuries and still helped lead the Gamecocks to another stellar season. This year, it appears that Kentucky isn't quite up to par with some of the teams they've had in the past so the best option may be to see what Dylan Thompson can do as the starter and allow Connor Shaw to rest up for this week in order to avoid reaggravating the shoulder injury.
A decision on the starting quarterback will be made later this week, most likely by Thursday by the coaching staff.
South Carolina and Kentucky will face off this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on FSN.