South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expects to have quarterback Connor Shaw on the sideline Saturday against Missouri but still doesn’t think he’ll be on the field.
“Connor Shaw is going to be able to maybe back up Dylan Thompson this week,” Spurrier said Wednesday morning on the weekly SEC teleconference. “He is not going to practice much this week.”
Shaw has won 22 games as the Gamecocks starting quarterback, two short of the school’s career record. He suffered a sprained knee last week in a 23-21 loss to Tennessee.
“He’s going to say he can play, but I feel like let’s give Dylan a shot and see what happens,” Spurrier said. “I think it’s time we let Dylan see what he can do and go from there. Dylan is ready. I don’t think Connor is going to be 100 percent, but he loves to play.”
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Starting defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, also recovering from a knee sprain, “could be available to play some,” Spurrier said.