University of South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw sprained his right throwing shoulder on the Gamecocks’ first drive of Saturday’s game against Central Florida. He will miss up to three weeks with the injury.
Shaw – who fumbled on the same play he was hurt – was hit by a UCF defender and fell awkwardly into the turf at BH Networks stadium. He was immediately taken to the locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game.
If the outlook for Shaw holds, he would miss next Saturday’s home game against Kentucky as well as South Carolina’s Oct. 12 matchup against Arkansas on the road – and possibly an Oct. 19 tilt on the road against Tennesseee.
Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson took over for Shaw – as he did a year ago when the Gamecock starter suffered a shoulder injury in South Carolina’s season-opening win over Vanderbilt.
A 6-foot-1, 209-pound senior from Flowery Branch, Georgia, Shaw entered the game with 661 yards and six touchdowns this season – as well as 202 rushing yards.