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.