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Connor Shaw ‘doubtful’ for Mizzou game

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As Missouri looks to inch closer to securing a spot in the SEC championship game, the Tigers may catch a break against one of the stiffest tests left on the schedule.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw suffered what was originally feared to be a very significant knee injury in the loss to Tennessee Saturday.  Reports surfaced late Saturday night that, instead of a torn ACL as rumored, Shaw was diagnosed with a severely sprained knee.

Sunday afternoon, head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that no surgery would be necessary for Shaw.  The OBC also said that doesn’t necessarily mean his starter will suit up for this Saturday’s game against Missouri.

“Injury-wise, Connor Shaw is actually walking around a little bit,” Spurrier said according to GoGamecocks.com. “No surgery or anything. I’m not sure what his status will be later in the week.

“I would say yes, he would be able to come back.”

In that latter sentence, Spurrier was referring to this season, not necessarily this weekend.

If Shaw is indeed sidelined, Dylan Thompson would step in under center.  The redshirt junior started two games in place of an injured Shaw last season after spending 2011 as Stephen Garcia‘s backup.

Thompson has seen action in six of seven games in 2013, completing 29 of his 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns.  He’s also thrown two interceptions.

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9 Responses to “Connor Shaw ‘doubtful’ for Mizzou game”
  1. be4bama says: Oct 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    MIZZ will win no matter if Connor Shaw plays or not.

  2. sportsbastard says: Oct 20, 2013 10:34 PM

    Should be an interesting game, Thompson is an experienced backup at SC, Mauk looks like a future star at Mizzou. Clowney and Sam are the two best DE’s in the conference, Josey and Davis are both explosive RB’s, evenly matched everywhere other than Mizzou’s talent on the outside. DGB/Washington/Lucas will be the difference in a close game.

  3. thorshammer12 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:48 AM

    @be4bama – I’ll tell you like I told Gamecock fans last week. Don’t mortgage the outhouse and bet on the Mizzou Hello Kitties to win. Mauk is not the quality back-up milker that Dylan Thompson is and SC is way better than the Gators and seldom do the Gamecocks play badly twice in a row. It didn’t help that the officials were obviously biased….or’ at the very minimum, unqualified for their tasks.

    @John Taylor – Try to get this straight – Spurrier is the HBC, NOT the OBC. He has taken great pains to be gentlemanly about the continued misapplication of his nick-name.

    Having said this, I would like to state that I am NOT an SC fan. I will leave you all with this salute to the 2014 NCAA Football National Champions—–

    ROLL ‘NOLES!

  4. be4bama says: Oct 21, 2013 7:07 AM

    Hammer, get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

  5. thorshammer12 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:07 AM

    Naw, man. I just have a firm grip on reality. Of course a kindergartener can tell that the Ducks have a lock on the ugliest uniforms in college football.

    For what it’s worth I’m a Bama fan, too. That ROLL ‘Noles BS was by way of deception.

  6. thorshammer12 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:10 AM

    PLUS….I hate ill-informed sportswriters Alex Scarborough being a prime example.

  7. thegamecocker says: Oct 21, 2013 8:36 AM

    @thorshammer

    Thank-you for correcting Mr. Taylor about the “HBC” nick-name. He is indeed the Head Ball Coach and he knew in his heart that when he called those two-timeouts, he REALLY wanted to go for the 2 yards on 4th down. He didn’t listen to his instincts and I think that is why he didn’t get a good nights sleep. Kudos though to Tenn. as they played a tremendous defensive game and did enough on offense to secure the win. The catch that Marquez North made was incredible. He was well covered and it was just their day to win. We will be much better against Mizzou.

  8. Chris Ross says: Oct 21, 2013 11:05 AM

    The more things change the more they stay the same. Mizzou is getting all the breaks this year and has a comfortable lead in the SEC East, so do I believe in Mizzou?

    I want to believe in Mizzou, but did they get that much better in two years just because they are in the SEC? If so, what in the world is Mississippi State, Vandy, and Kentucky’s problem?

    I remember they used to win the Big 12 North too, just to get dominated by the South in the championship game. I have a feeling this trend will continue. They will win the East every now and again, but fall short against Bama, LSU, A&M, or Auburn

    I do want to believe though. It was bittersweet that A&M beat bama and shocked the SEC West in year one. If Mizzou outright wins the SEC in year two, it would be amazing. There is no way two middle tier Big 12 teams became 2 of the most juggernaut teams in all of college football just by changing conferences. If it was 5-6 years later? maybe, but that doesn’t happen in two years.

    Yes, the SEC is the best conference, but clearly the gap isn’t as wide as they would like you to think.

  9. thegamecocker says: Oct 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    Last year, Paul Feinbaum said admitting Mizzou to the SEC was a mistake! That they’d never be competitive; that they wanted to go to the Big Ten. I told him he was wrong and that Mizzou would make a fine addition both academically and athletically. They will continue to thrive and grow in the SEC. Apparently Mr. Feinbaum ONLY cares about how good a football program is and has little regard to the academic quality both aTm and Mizzou bring to the party. I miss listening to Paul Feinbaum on Serius Radio and hope he will return there as part of the SEC Network. But he isn’t always correct and this is one time when he was dead wrong!

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