At least coach Steve Spurrier believes he could.
Shaw, who injured his shoulder Saturday against UCF, was expected to be out up to three weeks. But Shaw practiced Monday night and Spurrier said he watched the QB throw the ball about 60 yards. If his progress continues, Shaw could start when the Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) host Kentucky (1-3, 0-1).
Spurrier had no explanation for Shaw's quick return other than maybe the QB's injury was not as serious as initially believed.
"Our trainer had him out two to three weeks," Spurrier said. "You'll have to ask our trainers how he made such a miraculous recovery."
Shaw left the UCF game early, was taken to the locker room and returned with his right, throwing arm in a sling and ice on what looked like a badly damaged shoulder. But like several other times in the senior's college career, it appears that Shaw will shake off any pain and get back to work.
He had sustained an injury to the same shoulder in the 2012 season opener at Vanderbilt, yet returned late in the game to lead a go-ahead touchdown drive in South Carolina's 17-13 victory.
"I think we all know that he's the toughest guy a lot of us have seen," said backup quarterback Dylan Thompson, who was expected to start the next two games.
Thompson came in and led a second-half rally as South Carolina went from trailing 10-0 to grabbing a 28-10 lead. UCF almost pulled off a comeback of its own, drawing within a field goal with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Still, the Gamecocks missed Shaw. He is fourth in SEC pass efficiency and has thrown six touchdowns without an interception.
Spurrier said he wouldn't decide on a starting quarterback until later in the week after Shaw's had more time to work out. Shaw is 20-4 during his career as the Gamecocks' starter and is only one of two South Carolina quarterbacks (1970s-era quarterback Jeff Grantz is the other) to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a career.
The Gamecocks also will be without reserve receiver Shaq Roland for two more games for what the school said is a suspension for violating university rules.
In addition, No. 2 tailback Brandon Wilds dislocated his elbow against UCF and is out 3-4 weeks. Freshman David Williams, who the team had planned to redshirt, will likely see some action against Kentucky.