Connor Shaw returned to the practice field Wednesday after missing two days due to illness and is penciled into South Carolina’s starting lineup for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.
“He didn’t take all the reps (Wednesday), but he took more than I probably thought he was going to today, so yeah he’ll be ready to go,” quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said. “He’ll go get a good night sleep and hopefully get a bunch of (the reps) tomorrow.”
Shaw, who came off the bench with a sprained knee to lead South Carolina to a 27-24 comeback win over Missouri, did not come to the team’s facilities on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday because he was at home resting, head coach Steve Spurrier said.
“He should be fine, but it is unusual you haven’t seen your starting quarterback since last Saturday night,” Spurrier said. “He’s had a bug that is hard to shake.”
The Gamecocks coaches sent copies of the team’s game plan to Shaw’s home on Tuesday for him to review, Spurrier said.
“Hopefully, he’s got an idea of what we’re doing,” Spurrier said. “He’s played an awful lot so he doesn’t have to practice too much.”
Shaw, who is seventh in the SEC in total offense with 237.1 yards per game, looked good at Wednesday’s practice, wide receiver Bruce Ellington said.
“He’s being the same Connor,” Ellington said.
Wilds in but out
Sophomore running back Brandon Wilds, who has missed four straight games due to a dislocated elbow, pronounced himself fully healthy Wednesday and ready to return to full action.
Running backs coach Everette Sands then said Wilds probably will have to wait another two weeks to see the field.
“At this point, he’s still an emergency situation behind Jamari (Smith, Mike Davis and Shon Carson),” Sands said. “Today was the first day he had any type of contact so I want him to have a couple more days of contact before we throw him to the wolves.”
Wilds rushed 30 times for 141 yards before injuring his elbow against Central Florida..
“This was the week I wanted to get back,” Wilds said. “I am ready to get back, ready to play.”
The Gamecocks have a bye next week, so Wilds will have to wait two more weeks if he doesn’t play against the Bulldogs.
Center Cody Waldrop is expected to return in time for the Nov. 16 Florida game, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said. Waldrop has missed six of the last seven games with foot and ankle injuries.
“He is moving around out here,” Elliott said. “He’s running in the pool.”
Elliott also praised right guard Ronald Patrick, who played on a sprained ankle last week against Missouri.
“I was really proud of him because he went out there and played his guts out on a bum ankle. It’s hard to do that up front,” Elliott said. “He is a lot better and should play much better this week.”
Other players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys Wednesday were: Gerald Dixon Jr. (ankle), Devin Washington (concussion), and Mike Matulis (shoulder).