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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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,

IrmoGamecock

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.