There’s a chance that Steve Spurrier won’t make a decision on quarterback Connor Shaw until right before kickoff on Saturday.
During Wednesday’s SEC coaches call, South Carolina’s head coach said Shaw, who suffered a shoulder contusion in the win over Vanderbilt, will be evaluated Wednesday and Thursday. Doctors have said Shaw can play with his injury if it isn’t too painful, but Spurrier wants to make sure that Shaw can make all the throws before putting him out on the field against East Carolina Saturday.
Worsening the injury is a concern at this point.
“If he can throw it full-go tomorrow and he’s cleared by doctors then he in all likelihood will play,” Spurrier said. “He hasn’t done anything all week and we just have to wait and see.
“We don’t want him running around. Every time he gets hit he looks like he’s in deep pain. So, we’re not going to have that. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play or not. He thinks he is. He thinks he’ll be ready by game time.”
If Shaw can’t go, Spurrier said that redshirt sophomore Dylan Thompson will start in his place. Thompson doesn’t have much experience, playing in four games last fall and completing both of his pass attempts last season for 17 yards. He also carried the ball five times for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Regardless of which quarterback plays, Spurrier said he’d like to continue to run Marcus Lattimore as much as he can. In Lattimore’s first game since he suffered an ACL injury last October, he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
After the way East Carolina frustrated the Gamecocks last year, Spurrier would like to get Shaw on the field this weekend if he can. The hope is that Shaw will be ready to play, even if he can’t throw Wednesday or Thursday.
“He’s going to dress out, that’s for sure,” Spurrier said.