University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start this weekend when the No. 12/13 Gamecocks welcome three-touchdown underdog Kentucky to Williams-Brice Stadium … but should he?
Seriously … what part of “three touchdown underdog” does head coach Steve Spurrier not understand? Wait, on second thought … don’t answer that question.
For those of you who don’t remember, Shaw hurt his shoulder in last year’s season opener against Vanderbilt and missed the Gamecocks’ next contest against East Carolina. When he played the following week against UAB, he took a brutal hit on his shoulder and did not return to that game.
This year’s injury – which also affected Shaw’s right throwing shoulder – was sustained on the opening drive of the Gamecocks’ 28-25 win over Central Florida. And while the play didn’t look especially serious … it knocked Shaw out of the game and was originally expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks.
We’re not going to second guess South Carolina’s medical staff when it comes to clearing athletes to play … and there’s obviously no questioning Shaw’s will to compete. But should Spurrier do the smart thing and let backup Dylan Thompson (who has proved himself as a starter) carry the load against the Wildcats?
More to the point … should Spurrier simply let Thompson feed the ball to tailback Mike Davis all night?
Seriously … South Carolina has the SEC’s No. 2 rusher going up against the next-to-worst rushing defense in the conference. Just “let the big dog eat …” and save your starting quarterback’s strength for a brutal three-game conference road trip that kicks off October 12 against Arkansas.
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