Shaw’s heroic performance puts him in hardware hunt

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw’a comeback performance against Missouri earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week and the O’Brien QB of the Week award honors. Now many are wondering if the indestructable senior should be a candidate for QB of the year in the SEC and other national awards.

Yes, over Johnny “Football” Manziel at Texas A&M, A.J. McCarron at Alabama and Aaron Murray at Georgia. Shaw may not have the biggest numbers in the conference — though they aren’t all that bad — but he deserves consideration for all-SEC honors at quarterback for his heart alone.

Not expected to play because of the knee injury he sustained in the loss to Tennessee the week before, Shaw relieved junior Dylan Thompson in the second half and rallied the Gamecocks to a 27-24 overtime victory over Missouri Saturday night.

Entering the game with his team down 17-0 in the third quarter, Shaw completed 20 of his 29 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, including a big 15-yarder for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal in overtime.

“I went over and asked him if he could play and he said sure,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “I said we had to make the move now.

“Dylan was just a little off here and there. I thought he had a few guys open and he zinged them out, but he threw some good balls.

“It just wasn’t his night and Connor gave us a little sharpness in there.”

Shaw now has 14 touchdown passes against one interception for the season and has completed 64.4 percent of his attempts. He was injured late in the loss to Tennessee and also missed time earlier this season.

Getting past the first hit he got from Missouri’s defense was the key, Shaw said.

“I was grateful,” he said. “I wasn’t even supposed to be playing in this game. They said I was supposed to be out two-three weeks. I am thankful to be able to play in this game.”

With the win, the Gamecocks loosened the Tigers’ grip on the SEC Eastern Division race.

Though still in first place in the division with a 3-1 league mark, the Tigers saw their margin for error cut considerably.

The Gamecocks remained in contention with 4-2 SEC mark. They have Mississippi State and Florida yet to play in the conference and get both at home.

The Gamecocks now hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers if those two teams end up tied for the Eastern Division title.

Also joining Shaw on the honors roll were Gamecocks jJunior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles as selected as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and true freshman placekicker Elliott Fry was selected as the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The No. 14/16 Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will be back in action on Saturday, November 2, when they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2 SEC). Game time is set for 12:21 p.m.

Comments

comments

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach