Well that was quick. Injured in last week’s hard-fought victory at UCF, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw was expected to return to action in two or three weeks. Now it looks as though Shaw’s shoulder sprain might be well enough for him to be back in, oh, about three days.
According to The Charleston Post & Courier, Shaw “picked up a football and chucked it downfield, high and spiraling through the air like he had a healthy shoulder” after Monday’s practice. Running back Mike Davis took to Twitter and said, “Connor Shaw is the toughest football player I have ever been around.”
Shaw’s ability to fling the pigskin with a bum shoulder has led Steve Spurrier to say that he “should be ready” to play Kentucky this weekend, where backup Dylan Thompson was expected to start.
“The trainer had him out two to three weeks. Yesterday, he threw a ball 60 yards. So, I don’t know. You need to ask the trainer how he made such a miraculous recovery. It wasn’t 60, but it was about 55, I would say…
Who knows the pain factor? Nobody knows. So you just sort of guess that. But Connor is a very tough kid who wants to play, and he should be ready to play this week. He’s played very well for us. His record speaks for itself, percentage-wise the winningest quarterback.”
It’s entirely possible, of course, that Spurrier is engaging in a bit of gamesmanship ahead of his team’s visit from the Wildcats. If, however, Shaw does play versus Kentucky, his rapid recovery from what seemed to be a serious injury will make him even more popular across the Palmetto State.