Shaw is toughest QB in SEC

Connor Shaw is the toughest QB in the SEC.

Sick with a bad knee, Connor Shaw came off the bench to rally South Carolina to a win over Missouri. (AP)

Sick and with a bad knee, Connor Shaw came off the bench to rally South Carolina to a win over Missouri. (AP)

He went from doubtful to dominant in South Carolina’s amazing and stunning comeback double-OT win over Missouri on Saturday, showing a ridiculous amount of moxie in throwing the SEC East race into a huge mess.

Shaw wasn’t even supposed to play against the Tigers.

  • He has at least one bad knee and had a “flu bug or something,” or maybe a stomach virus, coach Steve Spurrier said.
  • He didn’t take any reps with the starters last week.
  • He was so sick Friday he didn’t hang with the team and could barely eat before the game.

Undaunted, Shaw, who played at Flowery Branch High, entered in the third quarter and injected life into the Gamecocks’ moribund offense in one of the guttiest performances in the SEC in years. With Shaw, South Carolina went from 17 points down to forcing overtime, to winning 27-24 in the second OT when Missouri’s short field goal attempt went awry.

“I wasn’t even supposed to be playing in this game,” Shaw said afterward. “I was considered out two or three weeks.”

Shaw has the guts of a QB from a past generation, someone who would put the team’s needs ahead of personal pain or gain.

With the balky knee, he didn’t take off running as much as he has in the past, staying put in the pocket to fire two fourth-quarter TD passes and another in OT, and prompting  this comment in typical Spurrier-ese.

“Maybe because his knee had that little light brace on it — maybe it made him stay in the pocket a little longer and throw the ball. Because he stood in there, bounced around a little bit, and made the throws. You know, the week before he took off running all the time. So maybe just having that little knee brace on told him, ‘Hey, make the throws.’ He can make all the throws. Anyway, that’s just my guess about why he played so well.”

And because of that, the door to the SEC Championship game was pushed back open for the Gamecocks, Georgia and Florida.

“Everybody’s still in the hunt,” Spurrier said.

Thanks to the SEC’s toughest QB.

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34 comments Add your comment

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 28th, 2013
1:08 pm



October 28th, 2013
12:33 pm

Shameful comments from all the dog fans, how are Erin Murray’s numbers doing for UGA?


October 28th, 2013
12:12 pm

Records?? Records?? Records?? (Playoffs?? Playoffs?? Playoffs?? – Jim Mora)

All those records & NO SEC title…

Too many picks & pick 6’s & fumbles too…

Puts the D in bad position (fumble on 11 yd line vs Clemson, for example)
He will not be a first or second rounder, (maybe not third). Good backup, maybe, toting a clipboard.

UGA needs to play Hudson Mason & prep for next year..
He’ll get his one year in the sun & hopefully do as well as other one year wonders (DJ – won SEC championship & T.Martin – won SEC & Natty) after patiently sitting behind mentors…

Go Dawgs!!

Desert Fox

October 28th, 2013
11:47 am

No doubt, he’s a tough cookie and deserves the title. Yet, if he was GA’s QB under CMR, he would never have seen the field against MO. I think Ron Courson, GA’s head trainer is the most cautious in all of college football. I guess Spurrier sees it differently.

NM Dawg

October 28th, 2013
11:37 am

I don’t know. Our 5-star, out of state, prettyboy QB with no loyalty to the program has not missed a start in 4 years while setting SEC records galore and came back for a 5th yr in the program despite being a decent round draft prospect.

Max Sizemore

October 28th, 2013
11:24 am

Georgia recruits quarterbacks who fit its offense.


October 28th, 2013
11:10 am

This feisty, hard-nosed QB was not even offered by UGA… & he was right under their nose!

UGA prefers the 5 ***** pretty boys from out of state that have no real loyalty to the program – outside of their 3 or 5 years on campus….

This coming from a longtime UGA fan – Connor, you have done the Branch community proud!

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October 28th, 2013
10:18 am

Shaw-Shank Redemption is what its been called.


October 28th, 2013
9:46 am

Agreed. That was an impressive performance.