Gamecock FB: Connor Shaw to start against Kentucky
On Sunday, it looked like the Gamecocks would be without Connor Shaw for at least two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Central Florida that knocked him out of the game in the first quarter.
On Monday, we found out that Shaw actually returned to practice and was able to throw the ball downfield nearly 60 yards.
On Tuesday, Coach Spurrier told the media at his press conference that Shaw will be available to play and wasn't sure who his starting quarterback would be.
On Wednesday, we found out.
Connor Shaw will take back the reigns from Dylan Thompson, who filled in admirably against Central Florida, and start for the Gamecocks this weekend against Kentucky. This will be Shaw's fifth start this season in five games and continues his quest to become the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history.
"Looks like Connor is going to be fine," Coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday evening after practice. "He was throwing the ball very well today. It looks like he will be the starter and Dylan will probably go in about the third or fourth possession. They both deserve to play we think. We'll send them both out there and go from there."
Shaw has been quite the efficient leader of this offense so far this season and his recovery is certainly one that came faster than expected. It seemed in all likelihood that Shaw would take a break the next few weeks while he recovered but Shaw is a tough player and he would do anything he could to be ready to take the field this weekend. He played through pain for the majority of the 2012 season and would be willing to do the same if it meant helping the Gamecocks win moving forward.
How long Shaw plays will be anyone's guess. Spurrier mentioned Thompson coming in on the third or fourth possession for the Gamecocks and that means it could be early into the second quarter before Thompson takes over. Once in, will Shaw get the rest for the remainder of the game? It would be expected to see him have some limited repetitions in this game, especially if it's a blowout like it is projected to be.
What happens if Kentucky keeps it close? Expect Shaw to try and go the distance.
At any event, no one should question the will and determination of Connor Shaw. He wants to be on that field and wants to command the Gamecocks.
That's what being a leader is all about.