COLUMBIA — Connor Shaw’s “miraculous recovery” took its final step Wednesday when Steve Spurrier said the senior quarterback will start Saturday night against Kentucky.
Shaw missed all but the first series of last weekend’s game at UCF after taking a hit and fumbling. A “sprain” to his right, throwing shoulder was supposed to keep him out two to three weeks.
Instead, Shaw returned to the field immediately, first practicing Monday night. Spurrier said Shaw was throwing the ball “very well” at practice Wednesday.
“Connor’s fine. He’s 100 percent,” Spurrier said. “He’s ready to go. I guess it’s sort of the flukiest thing. Obviously, when he came off the field, I thought he was out for the season the way he was in pain, but somehow or another if it popped out a little it went right back in. The doctor said it’s no problem.
“It looked bad, but it wasn’t that bad. It must’ve been some pain in there that went away.”
Spurrier said backup Dylan Thompson will play. Thompson is expected to enter the third or fourth possession Saturday,.
Spurrier didn’t even let the question finish Wednesday. The Head Ball Coach knew he was going to be asked about his decision to yank his weekly TV show off the Gamecocks’ athletic website.
Here’s what he said after practice:
“Well, I guess we don’t jerk a TV show too often, but I was way too negative afterward. And I said, ‘You know, I don’t need to be so negative toward some of our players or some of our coaches that coach secondary, including myself. I try to always include myself of not coaching very well. So we decided to just not show the thing. I guess they showed it two or three times. I didn’t even know it. I thought they showed it once, which I watched. I watched it Sunday morning, and it wasn’t any big deal. It was about like most of my shows I thought, but I was too negative in it.”