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South Carolina QB Connor Shaw out 2-3 weeks after shoulder injury

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Dylan Thompson (left) has taken over for Connor Shaw at UCF. (USATSI)
Dylan Thompson (left) took over for Connor Shaw at UCF. (USATSI)
South Carolina had to come back on the road at UCF without its starting quarterback.

Senior Connor Shaw left the Gamecocks' game against the underdog Knights midway through the first quarter, with his team trailing 7-0. Shaw kept on a run up the middle, was hit in the shoulder, and immediately left the field.

Shaw was taken to the Gamecock locker room for evaluation. The team would announce that he had suffered a sprain to his right shoulder and would not return.

Per The State, Steve Spurrier said after the game that he expected Shaw to be out "two to three weeks."

The silver lining for Spurrier's team is that junior backup Dylan Thompson has plenty of experience filling in for Shaw, appearing in 11 games in 2012 and leading the Gamecocks to a road win over hated Clemson.

Against the Knights, Thompson hit 15-of-32 for 261 yards with an interception. He also ran for a score. And of course -- most importantly -- the Gamecocks came back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to win 28-25.

South Carolina's opponents the next three weeks are Kentucky at home, then at Arkansas and at Tennessee.

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