Spurrier is always hard on QBs has been for decades so I'm not too worried as it proves high expectations. I just hope we can find a good backup with the amount Shaw runs (and refuses to slide) he is bound to get banged up every once in a while.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Steve Spurrier just complained about his team’s offense, especially its passing game. Spring or fall, the Ol’ Ball Coach never lets up on his throwers and catchers. Connor Shaw, welcome to Stephen Garcia’s world.
Following practice yesterday in Columbia, Spurrier spilled his disgruntled guts:
“We had a sorry practice for the offensive guys. They looked pretty pitiful, pretty sad, couldn’t block anybody. As (linebacker) Damario Jeffery said, the defense whooped up. They whooped offensive butt out here in shorts today. Hopefully, we can get a little bit better on offense, but it was sad watching our guys try to play today. Maybe we’re practicing too many quarterbacks. They all looked pretty average. But anyway, it was sort of sad watching (the) offense attempt to play today…
I’m thinking about closing practices so you people don’t have to watch us try to throw and catch. I think we hit one out of 20 (in the passing skeleton drill with no pass rush). It was ugly. It was ugly. But anyway, I guess that’s why you practice. We’ve got to start throwing and catching better and see if we can look like a better passing team. I see why coaches lose practice now. They don’t want people to see how bad they are, I guess. But we were lousy throwing today and hopefully we’ll get a little bit better as we go.”
When quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed and tailback Marcus Lattimore was shelved by injury mid-2011, the Gamecocks had to refinagle their offense to better utilize Shaw’s spread-option talents. Over the final eight games of the season including a Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska, Shaw was able to rush for 485 yards and 8 touchdowns.
However, Spurrier pulled back the reins on Shaw the passer allowing him to attempt just 18, 25, 12, 18, 20 and 17 passes over the Cocks’ final six games… very Spurrier-like numbers. Call it the un-Fun-n’-Gun, but it worked as USC went 5-1 over that stretch (losing only the game in which Shaw put up 25 passes).
Carolina and Shaw will need to be better in the pass game in 2012 if they’re to contend for the SEC title.