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South Carolina QB Shaw on injured foot: 'It's all good now'

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Connor Shaw has been cleared for full participation after successful offseason foot surgery. (USATSI)
Connor Shaw has been cleared for full participation after successful offseason foot surgery. (USATSI)

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw played with an injured left foot for the second half of the 2012 season, receiving pain-killing injections before games and receiving pain pills on the sideline. But after undergoing offseason surgery in January, Shaw is jumping right back into action.

He is also jumping out of planes.

In a conversation with The State's Josh Kendall, Shaw described the rush of skydiving -- an activity that he took part in on Saturday.

"I don't think [the coaches] know yet," Shaw told Kendall on Tuesday. "so we'll see how that goes."

Shaw suffered a stress fracture and damage to two ligaments in his left foot on the final play of the Oct. 19 game against Tennessee. Pain medication helped him play through the injury, but he was forced to sit out the regular-season finale against Clemson and the fourth quarter of the Outback Bowl. Shaw missed all of spring practice following his surgery but was cleared for full participation in practice at the end of May. He has taken part in all of South Carolina's summer workouts, including the 7-on-7 sessions.

"It's all good now," Shaw said. "It was a long process. It was very frustrating during spring ball but, honestly, it was probably a blessing in disguise because I was able to sit back and take everything in and watch it from more of a coach's perspective. I really learned a lot through that. i've been through three spring balls. It's not like a lot would have changed me going through it again."

While some fans might be expecting a quarterback controversy in Columbia, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier sees an opportunity. According to the Ol' Ball Coach, Shaw will likely begin the season as the Gamecocks' starter.

"I think Connor [Shaw] will definitely be our starter, and we'll get Dylan [Thompson] in some every game," Spurrier said at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla.. "I don't know how it's going to play out. If one guy plays a whole bunch better than the other, then he'll be playing more than the other. They're both very qualified and excellent leaders. I can see them both playing a lot."

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