According to South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, quarterback Connor Shaw might start against the Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday.
Shaw injured his shoulder last week against UCF, and was expected to miss up to three weeks. Shaw practiced with the team on Monday and threw the ball about 60 yards Spurrier said. If he continues to show that he is healthy, you may see Shaw starting this week. The No. 13 (3-1) Gamecocks host Kentucky (1-3) at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Spurrier had no idea that Shaw would show this much progress this early.
“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 game early and was taken to the locker room, but later returned with his right shoulder in a sling with ice. It looked as if he was another fallen soldier in the SEC and his season was ending early.
For those who remember, Shaw injured his same throwing shoulder in 2012 against Vanderbilt in their season opener. Shaw returned late in the game and led the Gamecocks to the winning drive in their 17-13 win.
Spurrier said he will not be making a decision on who will start this week until Shaw practices more and see if he progresses more.
If Shaw does miss Saturday’s game, it will be a big loss for the Gamecocks. Kentucky gave Florida a small test last week and South Carolina will need to be ready.
Shaw is fourth in SEC pass efficiency and has thrown six touchdowns without a single interception.