Take a moment as you look ahead to Clemson, and South Carolina’s championship possibilities, state and otherwise, to appreciate what Connor Shaw accomplished on Saturday.
Three years ago, opening the 2011 season as the starter against East Carolina, Shaw was dreadful. He left the game trailing 17-0, and you could see a scenario in that moment in which he would never play another significant down for the Gamecocks.
Instead, he sits this morning as the school’s winningest quarterback, with 25 wins and five losses.
“In my opinion, he should be in New York in December,” backup quarterback Dylan Thompson said.
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Shaw will not be a Heisman finalist. He won’t even be the All-SEC quarterback or a second-teamer or a third-teamer, but his record in Columbia cannot be ignored.
After opening South Carolina’s 70-10 win over Coastal Carolina with three scoring drives and then taking his seat on the bench, Shaw has thrown 20 touchdown passes and one interception this season.
Shaw passed Todd Ellis’ 24 wins with his victory. Ellis’ career record was 24-16-3.
“Obviously, it’s pretty special to me,” Shaw said. “Just the way we did it today, too — our whole offense did really great, and it was fun to watch. It’s good that nobody got hurt, so it was an overall good day for us.”
“His record is a little bit better than Todd Ellis’ too, I noticed,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “I have to remind Todd. I didn’t know he had that many losses. Obviously, Connor played well, played very well there early.”
He has played very, very well for the most part for the past three seasons.