AUBURN AL - SEPTEMBER 25: Backup quarterback Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks walks off the field after throwing an interception to the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Connor Shaw Returning From Injury To Start For South Carolina

South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw will retake his spot after missing Week 2 with a shoulder injury.

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Missouri Vs. South Carolina: Connor Shaw Returning From Injury

Connor Shaw will be the starting quarterback job for the South Carolina Gamecocks when they return to SEC play against Mizzou on Saturday afternoon.

After missing in time in the Gamecocks' opening win over Vanderbilt with a shoulder injury. Shaw saw limited time against UAB last week, and his back up Dylan Thompson has thrown for 507 yards and five touchdowns. Still, head coach Steve Spurrier is sticking with Shaw, the more mobile of the pair, for the time being:

"Connor Shaw was throwing the ball around very well'' Monday night, Spurrier said. "He'll start. He's fine. If there's a place for Dylan to come in the game and help us try to beat Missouri, we'll certainly consider that.''

"I hope Connor feels, `Hey, Dylan can play. If I'm not doing very well, if I'm hurting a little bit, Dylan can help us go in there and win the game,''' Spurrier said "So, I think both of them hopefully feel pretty good about each other. Maybe the team is a little stronger because we have two quarterbacks who can play.''

While Thompson might have stats that would make him the ideal Spurrier quarterback of old, Shaw's ability to run - he returned in the Vandy game after suffering a hairline fracture in his shoulder and ran the ball multiple times on a game-winning drive - creates more variety for the Gamecocks' offense.

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Dylan Thompson Starting Over Connor Shaw For South Carolina

South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw will not start Saturday, head coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.

Dylan Thompson will start for the Gamecocks against the East Carolina Pirates.

Shaw suffered a bruised shoulder in South Carolina's season-opening win at the Vanderbilt Commodores on Aug. 30. Thompson played in Shaw's place, but he did not complete a pass in three attempts. Shaw was 7 for 11 with 67 yards and one interception. Shaw also rushed for 92 yards in the 17-13 win.

Shaw was injured in the second quarter against Vanderbilt after taking a helmet to his throwing shoulder. After three series with Thompson under center, Shaw returned, visibly in pain.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Shaw could "barely lift his right arm" and would miss a few days of practice. The AP then reported Friday that a decision on Shaw would likely be withheld until just before kickoff, and Spurrier maintained that Shaw would not play if he were in any pain.

The Gamecocks kick off against East Carolina at 12:31 p.m. ET.

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Connor Shaw Injury Update: South Carolina QB Expected To Play Next Week

South Carolina Gamecocks starting quarterback Connor Shaw is expected to play next week against the East Carolina Pirates, as Heath Cline of 107.5 The Game reports. A staff member in the Gamecocks' athletic department expressed his optimism regarding Shaw's status after Thursday's season opener:

On Thursday, Shaw appeared to injure his shoulder in the team's opener against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The quarterback was forced to sit out temporarily while training staff treated the injury, eventually returning after Vanderbilt had taken the lead.

Even with the injured shoulder, Shaw managed to bring the Gamecocks back for a 17-13 victory, keeping the team's perfect season in tact through one week. The junior was noticeably uncomfortable with his shoulder even while leading the comeback, though, so the team will presumably be cautious.

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Connor Shaw's Injury Has Steve Spurrier's Team Looking So Unspurrier

Through three quarters, South Carolina is on pace to pass for 40 yards in an entire game. The Steve Spurrier we grew up on regularly administered multiple 40-yard passes per game. Yet here we are, watching injured quarterback Connor Shaw run tentative options stuff and checkdowns to Marcus Lattimore.

Lattimore doesn't quite seem 100 percent either -- there's got to be some explanation for the SEC's most renowned running back having only 14 carries so far, right?

Spurrier's had to adjust his style since re-entering the SEC, becoming pretty much a whimsical Nick Saban instead of a mad gunner. And Carolina's offense has certainly had its hideous games over the past few years, (including an 87-yard passing effort last year) and Lattimore's carried the entire show multiple times. But this ... this is something.

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Connor Shaw Injury: South Carolina QB Hurts Shoulder, Leaves Game

Connor Shaw left South Carolina's season-opening game with a shoulder contusion with less than two minutes remaining in the first half of Gamecocks' game against Vanderbilt. The injury initially appeared serious, and Dylan Thompson has entered the game at quarterback.

Shaw's arm was completely immobile as he headed to the locker room, and early reports indicated it was a shoulder contusion. Prior to the injury, Shaw was 2-for-3 for 19 yards, with one interception and no touchdowns. In the 2011 season he posted a 65.4 percent completion rating while racking up 1,448 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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