SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 4 Connor Shaw


SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 4 Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina (SR)

2013 stats: 180 of 284 (63.4%), 2,447 yards, 24 TDs, 1 INT, 558 rush yards, 6 TDs

Why he’s No. 4: Over the last two seasons, Connor Shaw was continuously the most underrated player in the league, and I’m here to give him his due. What you witnessed this past year was greatness from Shaw, and outside of Johnny Manziel, there wasn’t another quarterback I would have wanted on my team.

Shaw’s TD to INT ratio was absurd, and no other passer in the country played more efficiently. Shaw did nothing flashy, but he was a winner. He finished his career undefeated at Williams-Brice Stadium, a major reason why it’s currently the longest home winning streak in the nation.

Even coming into this season, several thought Dylan Thompson should be the starter, and through all the smoke and talk, Shaw emerged as one of the best players in the country.

The 90’s Steve Spurrier may have benched Shaw earlier in his career and never gave him the opportunity to be great. Shaw’s too short; he’s too mobile to be Spurrier’s quarterback. But Shaw won Spurrier over, too.

Here’s to hoping Connor Shaw continues frustrating the hell out of opposing fans in the NFL, where he will once again not be big enough, strong enough or fast enough. But he’s a winner, because that’s all he’s ever done.

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  • From a Mizzou fan, gutiest player I’ve ever seen at that position. Really remarkable abilities, I’d pick him on any team

    • Here’s another Missouri opinion: equation: good coach + cooperative good athlete – season ending injury long eligibility tenure = Conner Shaw at SC. Congratulations on a fine season and career.

  • Glad to see Connor finally get his due. The kid is a warrior who thrived in big game situations. If you’re a stat guy then you won’t like this pick at 4th best player in the SEC. But if you actually watch the game and see just how valuable Connor Shaw is then you can truly appreciate him. Gamecock nation WILL miss him dearly!

  • And other teams fans laughed when I said I wouldnt trade Shaw for Murray or McCarron. Connor By God Shaw.

    • Everyone loves their own! I wouldn’t take anyone over Aaron Murray, but there have been some really good QBs in the SEC lately. Conner is one of them! He always laid everything out on the field. I’m a Dawg, but he definitely has my respect

  • Probably sounding like a homer BUT….Undefeated at Home is all you need to know. Thats against some pretty good SEC teams. We will miss him in Columbia. God Speed CS

  • No, I wouldn’t take him over every QB not named Manziel, but I WOULD consider taking him over Manziel! He has my respect!

  • Yes, Connor Shaw is gutsy, talented, and a leader. But there is no way he should be ranked above Aaron Murray or AJ McCarron. Going undefeated at home is great, until you consider that he was 9-5 on the road. On the other hand, AJ did not lose on the road until his last two games of his career. McCarron and Shaw both had an SEC championship at the helm of their teams, but AJ was the starter on two national championship teams. He also won the Maxwell award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, all-American, and was MVP of the 2012 NCG.

    Connor Shaw was tough, gritty, and a great quarterback, but he was not even the third-best quarterback in the SEC in 2013, much less third-best player.

    • It took Aaron Murray until his senior year to beat South Carolina, and the year before, Georgia came into Williams Brice a 5 point favorite with Murray at the helm, and the Gamecocks won by 4 touchdowns. Murray was a nice young man but let’s face it, he had the tag he couldn’t win the big one, and he proved that tag accurate on many occasions.
      As far as AJ McCarron is concerned, he should have had great stats when he was playing on a team that had been in the top 3 recruiting for the past 6 years. As to head to head matchups, the only time during Shaw’s tenure that Alabama and South Carolina met, it was at Williams Brice, Alabama was #1 in the nation, and South Carolina soundly defeated the Crimson Tide. Shaw was not the starting QB during that game but it is the last time they have played.
      It was unfortunate what happened to Alabama against Auburn, as most felt the Tide was the better team. But with that said, they literally laid an egg in the Sugar Bowl. If I were on the Sugar Bowl committee, I would certainly remember that non performance.
      This article began by saying how Shaw was the most underrated player in the SEC. With your comments you are confirming the writer’s comments.

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