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Shaw Will Start Against Kentucky

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University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start against the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend – days after the school’s athletics department said he would miss between two and three weeks with a sprained shoulder.

“Looks like Connor is going to be fine,” Spurrier said. “He was throwing the ball very well today. It looks like he will be the starter and Dylan (Thompson) will probably go in about the third or fourth possession. They both deserve to play we think. We’ll send them both out there and go from there.”

Shaw sustained his injury during the first drive of the Gamecocks’ 28-25 win over Central Florida last week. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Flowery Branch, Georgia native has completed 49 of 76 passes this season for 665 yards and six touchdowns. A dual threat, he’s also rushed for 232 yards.

Shaw has a 20-4 record as starting quarterback for the No. 12/13 Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 SEC). All four of those losses have come on the road against nationally ranked SEC opponents (No. 11 Georgia this year, No. 3 Florida and No. 9 LSU last year and No. 8 Arkansas in 2011).

UPDATE: So we now know Shaw will start … but should he?