Updated 10:53 p.m. ET: In a post-game interview, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw said he reaggravated a slight fracture in his right shoulder blade. Shaw first suffered the injury in Week 1 against Vanderbilt.
Not that it affected the outcome of tonight’s game. The No. 8 Gamecocks took care of UAB, 49-6. Dylan Thompson played well enough in Shaw’s absence. The question will be if he’s used against Missouri next week. Steve Spurrier said after the game that he would use two quarterbacks if necessary.
South Carolina is taking care of business, leading UAB 21-6 at the half. It is not, however, taking care of its quarterback.
Connor Shaw, already recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 1 against Vanderbilt, was knocked to the ground on a pass to Bruce Ellington late in the first half against the Blazers. The pass was good and put the Gamecocks down inside the 10-yard line. Shaw? Not so good.
Shaw stayed on the ground and was eventually helped to the sideline favoring his right (throwing) shoulder. According to ESPN, WLTX and others, Steve Spurrier said that Shaw is done for the night. Dylan Thompson, who played well in a start last week against East Carolina, will play the second half.
Shaw was supposed to resume practice Wednesday so his shoulder could be re-evaluated. Given the opponent, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Shaw to be playing tonight anyway.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.