Saturday, September 8, 2012
Gamecocks hope to make do without Shaw
By David Helman
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw toughed it out and returned from injury in the Gamecocks' win against Vanderbilt last week, but he won't be able to replicate that feat.
Shaw won't start in today's matchup against East Carolina, according to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. In his place will go sophomore Dylan Thompson, who was an uninspiring 0-of-3 during his three drives of relief against the Commodores.
That has to be a bit of welcome news for East Carolina, since the Pirates' defense allowed a whopping 300 passing yards to FCS opponent Appalachian State in their season opener. Shaw wasn't exactly impressive last week, completing 7-of-11 passes for just 67 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. That said, the junior did contribute 92 rushing yards on a night that saw South Carolina total just 272 yards.
Thompson doesn't provide nearly the same threat as a runner, and his inexperience as a passer will undoubtedly lead to loaded fronts as the Pirates look to key on South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Spurrier didn't rule out the possibility of playing Shaw, but the Gamecocks would love to get out of this matchup without having to use him.