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October 1, 2013

Tough guy: Connor Shaw could play against Kentucky

By Monday evening, Steve Spurrier was wondering if Connor Shaw would start Saturday’s game against Kentucky.

On Sunday, Steve Spurrier was making plans to be without his starting quarterback for up to three weeks.

On Monday evening, Spurrier was wondering if Connor Shaw would instead start Saturday’s game against Kentucky.

“The trainer had him out two-to-three weeks. Yesterday, he threw a ball 60 yards. So I don’t know,” the No. 13 Gamecocks coach said Tuesday. “You need to ask the trainer how he made such a miraculous recovery. It wasn’t 60, but it was about 55, I would say.”

Plenty far enough to give Spurrier a decision to make. The Gamecocks probably won’t decide if Shaw or junior Dylan Thompson will start against the Wildcats until Thursday, Spurrier said.

“Looks like (Shaw) is going to be healthy now and able to play,” Spurrier said. “He obviously must have a lot of pain with the hit last game, because when he came off the field it looked like he was out for the season maybe.”

Shaw suffered a right shoulder sprain on the first series of South Carolina’s game against UCF on Saturday. Thompson came on and was 15-of-32 for 261 yards and one interception in a 28-25 win.

“Same scenario as always,” Thompson said. “I just have to be ready to play. Obviously, I expect to play more this week because of the circumstances. We will just see how it goes.”

Shaw, who did not speak to the media Tuesday, is 49-of-76 for 665 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions this season.

“Connor is about as tough as they come for a football player,” Thompson said. “He’s going to work his butt off to be back as soon as he can. I’ll just be ready to play. If it’s starting, it’s starting, if it’s not, it’s not.”

It doesn’t matter to the offensive line which quarterback plays, guard A.J. Cann said.

“It doesn’t matter who’s in the game, we are going to try to play our best,” Cann said. Shaw “is probably one of the toughest guys I have ever seen. You know he has a strong big heart, and that’s what we love about him.”

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