Shaw practices but his status uncertain for Clemson game

South Carolina junior quarterback Connor Shaw practiced Wednesday afternoon for the first time this week at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.”

Shaw and the Gamecocks, who are 9-2 and ranked 12th in the BCS Standings, are preparing for Saturday night’s regular season finale at No. 11 Clemson (10-1).

Shaw practiced for the first time since he aggravated a foot injury in last Saturday’s 24-7 victory over visiting Wofford. He also has a nagging shoulder injury he suffered in the season-opener at Vanderbilt.

“He threw it around a little bit tonight,” said Gamecocks quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus. “We’ll see how he does tomorrow. It was good he did move around a lot better today than he has. He’ll be ready to roll tomorrow.

“It’s one of those things. He’s had it every week. He tweaked it a little bit during the game against Wofford, so it’s taken a couple of days. I expect him to run around tomorrow, practice some, then we’ll see how he feels. It’s nagging stuff, but he’s a tough kid.

If Shaw is unable to go on Saturday, freshman Dylan Thompson would get the start. But that would not affect the game plan, according to Mangus, due to Thompson’s development through the season.

“Dylan’s a little sneakier running around than people give him credit for,” Mangus said. “Dylan’s gotten most of the reps the last couple of days. He threw it well today. Mentally he’s ready to roll. We’ll get him some more reps tomorrow and hopefully both of them will be ready to roll.”

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