Steve Spurrier is a big fan of Connor Shaw. But that doesn’t mean he won’t gig South Carolina’s senior signal-caller. In fact, the Ol’ Ball Coach plans to give backup Dylan Thompson some action this week as that seems — in his view — to make Shaw play better:
“I told Connor yesterday, ‘We’re going to play Dylan. You play better when you know Dylan’s going to play. And he does. So Dylan’s going to play somewhere — first, second quarter — and we’ll see what happens…
He knows Dylan is going in first or second quarter, he plays better, seems like. His footwork was off last week. His steps were off. He was off balance throwing. I don’t know why. He can throw a lot better than he threw last week. Maybe having Dylan play a series or two will help him out.”
We’re not sure if some in-game competition will improve Shaw’s footwork, but it might just improve his focus (which in turn might help his footwork).
Shaw ranks fourth in the SEC in passer rating behind Johnny Manziel, Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron. He’s just ahead of Aaron Murray. But last week against Florida he was just 14-of-28 for 213 yards, one TD and no interceptions. Decent, but hardly the show he put on when relieving Thompson at Missouri.
South Carolina will play Coastal Carolina on Saturday, so it’s unlikely to matter who’ll be taking snaps at quarterback.