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South Carolina QB Connor Shaw (virus) not practicing

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

A virus has kept Connor Shaw sidelined during practice this week. (USATSI)
A virus has kept Connor Shaw sidelined during practice this week. (USATSI)

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw had one of the best performances of the weekend on Saturday, battling through injury and sickness to come off the bench and lead the Gamecocks to a 27-24 double overtime comeback victory at Missouri.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said this week that Shaw is still suffering from a virus and did not practice Monday or Tuesday. Shaw is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Mississippi State, meaning Dylan Thompson could get the starting nod once again.

"If Connor can't make it, Dylan had a good practice [Monday night] and should be ready to go," Spurrier told reporters on Tuesday via 247Sports.

Shaw entered the game midway through the third quarter, when then-undefeated Missouri held a 17-0 lead on the Gamecocks. The senior quarterback -- who teammate T.J. Holloman called "Superman" on Tuesday -- completed 20-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in his limited action, earning multiple conference and national accolades for his performance.

With the win at Missouri, South Carolina is now in a great position to contend for the SEC East title and a ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Spurrier noted in his postgame remarks that the team would likely be out of the division race with one more loss, but now the Gamecocks (4-2) are right behind the Tigers (3-1) with only two opponents (Mississippi State and Florida) left on the schedule. Missouri still has Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Texas A&M to play, with no room for error thanks to losing the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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