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Connor Shaw’s ‘fine,’ will start for Gamecocks vs. Mizzou

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South Carolina won’t have one of its top players on the defensive side of the ball for the “Battle of Columbia,” but the Gamecocks will have a starter back on the other side of the ball.

Head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Tuesday that Connor Shaw is doing “fine” and will be under center when USC takes on Missouri Saturday.

Shaw originally injured his right (throwing) shoulder in a Week 1 win over Vanderbilt, and then sat out the next week’s game against ECU as Dylan Thompson got the start. ┬áHe returned to start the UAB game, but was knocked out after aggravating what had previously been diagnosed as a slight shoulder fracture.

Shaw practiced Monday and, wrote, “he looks fine throwing and running the ball.”

Spurrier also addressed the brouhaha that’s developed in regard to this weekend’s opponent’s starting quarterback. James Franklin sat out Mizzou’s game this past weekend after refusing to take painkillers for a lingering shoulder issue, leading some to inexplicably question the quarterback’s toughness and/or manhood.

As far as the Ol’ Ball Coach is concerned, Franklin did nothing wrong.

“That’s why you have other players,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think you ever force a guy to do anything he doesn’t want to do. It’s a personal decision, and after they make whatever decision you move on.”

The coach went on to explain that an unnamed Gamecock didn’t play in the second half of the UAB game because he refused to take fluids intravenously to take care of a cramping issue.

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6 Responses to “Connor Shaw’s ‘fine,’ will start for Gamecocks vs. Mizzou”
  1. woebegong says: Sep 18, 2012 1:43 PM

    I wonder how comfortable he will be after a few hits on the field. Stevie Five Chances Spurrier will do him just like he used to do Lattimore, prior to his knee injury. Ride the horse as far as it can take you before it collapses from over use. He wants to be an SEC champ so badly, he is ignoring the health of his players in his quest.
    I am sure I will hear a lot of flack for this, but I think he needs to ride off into the sunset, and S.C. will be a lot better off.

  2. rickyclark5 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:22 PM

    ^^^^ What an idiot.

  3. wabbitslayer says: Sep 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    Well, as much as I would love to see Mizzou’s introduction to SEC “old man” football painfully continue, that would require me to root for ol’ visor head. Just can’t do it.

    Go Tigers (I guess).

  4. sssjim7 says: Sep 18, 2012 5:40 PM

    SC should be ok… their backup has played well… and Marcus is well rested after not seeing a huge amount of playing time in the first few games.
    Carolina should roll over Missouri this week…


  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 18, 2012 9:11 PM

    Shaw will be fine. Really hate Swearinger is out for the game but it is what it is. I’m sure Woebegong despises Spurrier because W’s team beat them soundly every season….

    That being said…I missed the part where college football has turned into “The Hunger Games” (if you haven’t seen the movie you should…it’s great and if you haven’t you’re going to look like a dip$hit responding to my post).

  6. woebegong says: Sep 18, 2012 11:11 PM

    Surely you must be jesting. S.C. has beaten my team how much. No I don’t like Spurrier because his ego has over taken his common sense and his need to win the SEC , has caused him to disregard his players health in the past few years. He wasn’t that way when he was younger and coaching Florida. I used to respect him then, but that respect is lost now.

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