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


October 28th, 2013
9:46 am

Agreed. That was an impressive performance.


October 28th, 2013
10:18 am

Shaw-Shank Redemption is what its been called.

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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!

Max Sizemore

October 28th, 2013
11:24 am

Georgia recruits quarterbacks who fit its offense.

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.

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.


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!!


October 28th, 2013
12:33 pm

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

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 28th, 2013
1:08 pm


NM Dawg

October 28th, 2013
1:14 pm

Benching Murray would work wonders for future recruiting efforts, I’m sure. No QB besides McCarron has won an SEC title in recent times.

LowCountry Gamecock

October 28th, 2013
1:43 pm

This kid is all heart!


October 28th, 2013
3:08 pm

I’m going with the ga boy Connor Shaw.


October 28th, 2013
3:10 pm

I hope the falcons got this kid on their radar.


October 28th, 2013
3:27 pm

Connor Shaw is careless, sorry, I mean hairless.


October 28th, 2013
3:33 pm

Congrats to him from this Dawg fan. Great attitude and performance and it had to be refreshing for Sprurrier who has had to deal with Clowney all year, who really doesn’t want to be there. I can understand after JayZ probably made that big deposit for him knowing 10% of 50 mil is pretty nice down the road. What’s a couple of hundred grand to Jay Z.

John Galt

October 28th, 2013
4:49 pm

Typical Spurrier, play ‘em even if they are sick or hurt. Forget the pro’s, the kids don’t have anything left after college if they go to USCe. Want an example? Try Lattimore. A RB is only good for a certain number of hits before they are done. Lattimore used all of his up at SC because he was the only back and played nearly every down. Spurrier never got him any help.


October 28th, 2013
5:19 pm

John Galt you need to go check your facts pal. Lattimore’s injuries had nothing to do with over-use. They were freak injuries that could have happened as easily on play 1 as play 21. Go ahead now… go check the number of carries for him against other backs.

old school

October 28th, 2013
5:57 pm

He’s got my vote, and I’m a UGA guy

Buzz Off

October 28th, 2013
7:36 pm

This is total and absolute BS. Shaw consistently comes out of games with injuries…..and he miraculously reaapears the next week after sustaining life-threatening injuries!!! How many times in 4 years have you seen Murray come out of a game with injuries….. and he gets hit all the time due to suspect offensive lines. Whether you like him or not…..Murray is clearly the toughest, and Shaw is a mere hotdog who can’t take a hit. If those were real injuries then he is the first player in the history to recover that fast. Whimp, whimp, whimp is all he is……so why this BS building him up as a bad a$$.


October 28th, 2013
7:57 pm

Buzz Off, not sure if serious or bad troll…

If you’re serious, you should seriously get your head checked. Murray is indeed a tough QB, most quarterbacks have to be tough to start consistently. But to extrapolate from Shaw’s injuries that he’s somehow a ‘whimp’ [sic] is just ignorant.

It’s not Shaw giving the prognosis for his injuries, it’s the team doctor. You know, the highly educated person whose job it is to diagnose and treat these injuries? Yeah, that guy. When he says Shaw’s shoulder or knee should keep him out at least 2 -3 weeks, he’s not setting the stage for Shaw’s heroic return. There’s no conspiracy to make Connor look like a movie star tough guy. It’s a guy doing his job and another guy gutting it out anyway.

The fact is, Shaw is just a fierce competitor and is willing to play through a lot of pain. He knows he probably doesn’t have an NFL career ahead of him and he’s making the most of his last season at South Carolina. The guy is a flat out warrior. If you had seen the footage of both injuries he sustained this season, you wouldn’t believe him to be playing them up. Both looked brutal.

Props to the dawg fans willing to give a guy some deserved praise, and all the haters, you are a disgrace to your fan base.

UGA grad here!!

October 28th, 2013
9:42 pm



UGA, class of 71 & 73


October 28th, 2013
9:43 pm

To the poster who said Shaw would be on bench at UGA, that only explains the difference in Spurrier and Richt. Spurrier likes passing more than any coach in SEC, but still has tailored his gameplan to fit his talent. Richt still has same system he came to UGA with many years ago, and with all the top 10 recruiting classes should have already won a couple national championships. Spurrier is playing with less talent (so called) and winning just as many games as Richt. I watched Connor play four years at Flowery Branch and he was just as tough then as now at Carolina. Like him or not, he’s a tough individual, great team player, leader, and all us Branch people are very proud of him.


October 28th, 2013
9:54 pm

Dump Richt now. In your heart, you know it’s the right thing to do.

Redfern on Capella V

October 28th, 2013
10:09 pm

Spotrzfan sums it up very nicely. Georgia will never win at the highest level with Richt in charge.





Buzz Off

October 29th, 2013
6:04 am


I may be a stupid troll as you would like to imply, but I stand by my comments. I have never seen a QB come out of games with injuries more than Shaw. NEVER!!! He’ll be on crutches, arm in a sling, etc on the sidelines and then he starts practice again Monday. Have you ever considered the fact that no one recovers that fast from significant injuries….absolutely no one. That is the reason I question his toughness. By the way, several years ago when UGa lost to Oklahoma State on the road, AM was receiving IVs before the game because of a massive GI issue. He still played the entire game in almost 100 degree heat. Murray is easily tougher than Shaw….and a heck of a lot smarter and better looking, but who’s counting!!!

Buzz Off

October 29th, 2013
6:09 am

@UGa Grad@9:42pm

So what has Shaw won? Last time I looked “Mr Tough Guy” hasn’t even won the SEC East. So he doesn’t have the title or the “stats”.


October 29th, 2013
10:47 am

Georgia did recruit shaw. As a wideout!

Georgia recruited cam newton. As a tight end

Georgia recruited Aj Johnson. As a defensive end.

On and on. Do all schools “force recruit” or is it only Uga?


October 30th, 2013
4:31 am

Just the facts mam

October 30th, 2013
11:22 am

He will not play in the NFL because his plans include leading Marines as an Infantry Officer. Now tell me he is not tough.


October 30th, 2013
4:13 pm

I like Shaw and Murray because both are tough competitors and both are absolutely great young men, full of class and integrity who’ll never do anything to embarrass their respective universities. I’m proud of Shaw because he IS tough and always gives it 110%. He does very well in the classroom. Always stays out of trouble. Never brings attention to himself-it’s always about the team. Always gives God the glory. And is a throwback to a earlier age when you played through the pain, left it all on the field, and integrity meant something. I always thought Texas A&M was the integrity and ethics school with their Corp of Cadets and while their QB might win another Heisman and has stats galore he’s made a mockery out of what A&M is supposed to stand for. I’ll take Murray or Shaw any day. As an alumnus, I prefer to have my school represented by someone with class and integrity, not someone too hungover to participate in the Manning Academy.

Vampire Bill

October 31st, 2013
1:44 pm

Shaw is tough and a fine young man but I’ll go with Murray. Never missed a start, not sure he even missed a play? Ok, maybe 1 or 2 ???? Incredible endurance. DGD,

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