Heading into this weekend's game, there was talk around South Carolina that there could be a full-blown quarterback controversy on Steve Spurrier's hands.
Connor Shaw's performance on Saturday should nix that talk as quickly as it started.
South Carolina's junior quarterback showed exactly why he is the unquestioned leader of this Gamecock offense with his exceptional performance on Saturday.
Shaw started off a bit sluggish for the Gamecocks, as did the offense, but quickly rose to the occasion for South Carolina. Shaw's final line of the night was 20-of-21 for 249 yards with two passing touchdowns. Shaw also carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards for the Gamecocks.
Connor Shaw started off for the Gamecocks with an incomplete pass to Marcus Lattimore on the Gamecocks' first drive of the game. He would proceed to reel off 20 straight passes for the Gamecocks to put himself in the SEC record books with the second-longest completion streak behind Tennessee's Tee Martin, who had 24 straight completions.
The impressive thing with Connor Shaw was his command of the offense and how comfortable he looked as the game went on. The concern had to be there with his shoulder injury considering how much it affected him in the UAB game. During last week's start, Shaw looked uncomfortable running the offense especially on quarterback runs. He seemed tentative and not the fearless quarterback we've seen over time.
This was not the case on Saturday.
While the Gamecocks failed to score in the first quarter, it clearly was not at the fault of the South Carolina quarterback. Shaw was 8-of-9 for 84 yards in the first quarter alone. He clearly had control of this offense early after the initial struggles and settled in well for the Gamecocks.
His strong showing continued for the rest of the game.
Shaw was 6-of-6 for 86 yards in the second quarter with one touchdown pass, 5-of-5 for 69 yards in the third quarter with one touchdown pass and 1-of-1 for 10 yards in the fourth quarter in limited action.
Steve Spurrier came out this past Tuesday and announced Connor Shaw as the starter right away, trying to avoid the quarterback controversy talk. It didn't quite squelch that talk this week.
Today's performance should let everyone know that the Gamecocks have a quarterback and his name is Connor Shaw.
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