Junior quarterback Connor Shaw will have surgery to repair his injured left foot today, and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier doesn’t think Shaw will be able to participate in spring practice, Spurrier told The State on Thursday.
“He’s got to get it fixed,” Spurrier said. “I don’t know what they call it. I don’t know if it’s a fractured bone. I don’t know if it’s tendons or ligaments between the bones, but every time he plants and twists or cuts or somebody falls on it (it hurts).”
Team physician Dr. Jeff Guy will take part in the procedure.
Shaw started Tuesday’s Outback Bowl victory against Michigan but had to leave during the game-winning drive after aggravating the injury. Sophomore backup Dylan Thompson came in and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington to give the Gamecocks a 33-28 win.
Shaw injured his foot during an Oct. 27 win against Tennessee and has been hampered since then. He was 18-of-26 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and had 96 rushing yards against the Wolverines, including a 64-yard run. For the season, he was 154-of-228 for 1,956 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 435 yards.
“I don’t know what he’ll be able to do (in the spring),” Spurrier said. “That’s only two-and-half months. I don’t think he’ll be able to.”
If Shaw can’t participate in spring practice, it will give sophomore Dylan Thompson a head start on the 2013 starting job, although Spurrier said Thursday that he plans to have both quarterbacks ready for next season.
“What we’re going to do with that is we’re going to have two guys ready to play,” Spurrier said. “We’ll see how it all works out. They’ll keep competing. We may have two quarterbacks ready to play all year. We’ll see how it works out. It worked out with no problems the other day.”
Thompson was 66-of-127 for 1,027 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 23 yards this season.
The last time Spurrier won an SEC title, during the 2000 season at Florida, quarterbacks Jesse Palmer and Rex Grossman each played in four conference wins, Spurrier said.
“The next year, Rex Grossman set all kinds of passing records, and we didn’t win the conference,” he said. “There are all kinds of ways to do it, as we know.”