October 16th, 2013 01:45 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Credit Spurrier, Houston Texans, New Year Day, Won Lost
When Connor Shaw took over as South Carolina’s starting quarterback he was viewed as a run-first player. But his passer rating has climbed each season (from 148.3 to 158.1 to 172.8 this year). His yards-per-attempt line is up (from 7.70 to 8.58 to 9.24). His completion percentage has improved as well (from 65.4% to 67.5% to 68.5% in 2013).
“He’s an excellent player and he’s so much better as a passer. Anytime a quarterback can run like he can, the general thinking is he must not be a great passer because he can run so well, but his ball has gotten better this year and that’s because his foot is 100% healthy and he’s just played a lot more. He’s an excellent passer.
Connor is doing very well. I really believe he’s going to have a chance to play some pro football. All those pro teams hoping to have running quarterbacks, you can see the importance…
Connor is playing at a high level. All you’ve got to do is look at the statistics of how he plays. We were sitting in there talking (Tuesday), the Houston Texans have thrown a pick-six in five straight weeks. And I said, ‘Has Connor Shaw ever thrown one?’ I don’t think he has. We were trying to figure out the last pick-six we had.
Connor, he doesn’t do those kind of things.”
The most important statistic on Shaw’s football resume comes in the Won/Lost column. As a starter, the USC senior is now 22-4. He’s led Carolina to New Year’s Day bowl wins over Nebraska and Michigan. For those of you not up on your Gamecock football history, Shaw’s era is the winningest era the school has ever experienced.
Credit Spurrier. Credit Carolina’s defense. Credit the running of Marcus Lattimore and Mike Davis. But don’t shortchange Shaw. As his coach pointed out, NFL scouts likely won’t when next spring’s draft rolls ’round.
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