Shaw will start at QB on Saturday

dcloninger@thestate.comOctober 2, 2013 

Connor Shaw at Bright House Networks Stadium on Saturday

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

  • GAMECOCKS VS. WILDCATS

    WHO: USC (3-1, 1-1 SEC) vs. Kentucky (1-3, 0-1)

    WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium

    WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

    TV: FSC

    RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5

    SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius 135/XM 201

    LINE: USC by 21

It’s like he takes getting hurt personally.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start against Kentucky on Saturday, despite leaving last week’s game after one series because of a shoulder injury. Coach Steve Spurrier said he feared the quarterback might be lost for the year, but Shaw, as he’s had a habit of doing, has quickly recovered and is ready to play.

“Connor’s starting. Connor’s fine,” Spurrier said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s 100 percent, he’s ready to go. I guess it’s sort of a flukish thing. When he came off the field, I thought he was out for the season, the way he was in pain. Somehow or another, it popped out a little, it went right back in, doctors say really no problem. He’s fine.”

The injury looked bad on the field, and Shaw spent the rest of the game with his arm in a sling and a towel over his head. Spurrier said afterward that the trainers were telling him it was a sprain and that Shaw was out for 2-3 weeks. He said on Sunday that backup Dylan Thompson was starting against the Wildcats, and Shaw would maybe be able to play next week at Arkansas.

But Shaw practiced on Monday and was showing no sign of injury. He did well on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.

Just like last year, when Shaw played through the pain of a fractured shoulder and a bad foot to lead the Gamecocks to an 11-2 season, he’s overcoming anything thrown at him.

“I’ve seen him too many times in all the stuff last year,” quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said on Wednesday. “He’s definitely a tough kid. He’s a little bit of a throwback. You wish everybody had a little bit of that in there.”

Spurrier said Thompson will play, and might get into the game around the third or fourth series.

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