It’s a good thing the ninth-ranked Gamecocks have a two-week break from the grueling Southeastern Conference slate, because today’s most recent injury update on starting quarterback Connor Shaw doesn’t sound very promising.
In fact, two weeks without impact may be just the right amount of time Shaw needs to heal his ailing throwing shoulder.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Shaw is a “wait and see” for Saturday’s home opener against East Carolina during his weekly teleconference this afternoon despite MRI results coming back negative.
Shaw was injured and diagnosed with a deep bone bruise in Thursday’s win at Vanderbilt after taking a helmet to the shoulder after a run in the second quarter. After missing nearly an entire quarter, Shaw returned late in the third quarter and led South Carolina on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the final frame.
Spurrier said Shaw is “having trouble lifting his arm right now so it’s pretty hard to play quarterback.” South Carolina’s No. 1 signal caller who went 8-1 as a starter last season will be held out of practice until at least Wednesday according to his coach.
Sophomore Dylan Thompson would step in against the Pirates if Shaw can’t play. Thompson threw three incompletions in the third quarter at Vanderbilt and has limited game experience as a Gamecock.
He was about the only bright spot on a dreadful night for the Gamecocks’ offense according to the Head Ball Coach. South Carolina gained an SEC-low 272 total yards in Nashville, turned it over twice and converted just three times on third down. Gamecock receivers were open, but below average play from the offensive line and a run-ready quarterback resulted in just seven total pass completions for 67 yards, humbling an air-minded Spurrier.
“It was a little bit of everything,” Spurrier said. “As coaches, we’ve got to try and fix it. We’ll work on pass protection, we’ll work on our quarterback taking his steps and letting it go this week and see if it will help.”
South Carolina returns to SEC play against Missouri on Sept. 22. The Tigers scored four non-offensive touchdowns and 62 points in their season-opening win Saturday.