05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Connor Shaw, South Carolina, 6-0, 206, 4.66...Born and raised for football, Shaw is the son of a coach, grew up next to Atlanta Falcons headquarters and loves to watch game tape. Coach Steve Spurrier calls him the best quarterback in the history of South Carolina, where he was 27-5 as a starter and set school record with 6,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Connor Shaw got the ultimate praise after leading South Carolina to a 31-17 win over Clemson. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, a former Heisman Trophy winner, called Shaw the best quarterback in school history. "He is the best quarterback ever," Spurrier said. "He's the best ever." Shaw has certainly put up numbers worthy of such praise. He has a school-record 26 victories and completed 158 of 259 passes for 2,135 yards with 21 touchdowns and one interception this season. Wisconsin's 3-4 defense, led by linebacker Chris Borland, is capable of slowing down Shaw. But Shaw's passing and running is going to stretch Wisconsin's defense. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2014 - South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw had a hand in all five touchdowns as the No. 8-ranked Gamecocks held off No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday afternoon. Shaw passed for three scores, caught a pass for a touchdown, but it was his 1-yard plunge with just under six minutes to play that gave the Gamecocks enough of a margin to claim their 11th win of the season. Shaw's rushing touchdown put USC up 34-24, but Wisconsin's Darius Hillary recovered a Gamecock fumble at the South Carolina 48-yard line. The Badgers quickly got the ball to the 16, but on third-and-one, backup quarterback Curt Phillips was intercepted by Skai Moore in the endzone to end the threat.
Phillips was in the game because starter Joel Stave was knocked out late in the third quarter. Stave was 9-of-13 for 80 yards and two touchdowns when he went down with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. He never returned. Shaw completed 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. He ran 15 times for 46 yards and had a 9-yard reception for a touchdown. Gamecocks wideout Bruce Ellington had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He was also responsible for throwing the 9-yard scoring pass to Shaw. - The Sports Xchange
12/04/2013 - South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game next month. Shaw said via Instagram that he accepted an invitation to the game that will be played January 18th in Los Angeles. Shaw is a senior who is the Gamecocks all-time leader in victories with a 26-5 mark as starting quarterback. That includes a 17-0 mark at home, where Shaw wrapped up his career at Williams-Brice Stadium with a 31-17 victory over rival Clemson.
Shaw has thrown for 2,135 yards and 21 touchdowns with just one interception this season. He's also rushed for 511 yards and five TDs. Shaw said in his posting on the social networking site he was grateful for the opportunity to play in front of NFL scouts. - AP Sports
12/01/2013 - Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as South Carolina won its record fifth straight over Clemson. The Gamecocks (10-2) won their 18th straight at home, extending a school record set earlier this year. For Shaw, it capped the senior's home career at a perfect 17-0 as a starter in the sweetest way possible.
The Tigers (10-2) had never lost five consecutive games to their rival in a series that began in 1896 - which they still lead 65-42-4 all-time. The loss also left record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd 0-for-4 against the Gamecocks. South Carolina put things away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break away from 17-all tie. Mike Davis had a 2-yard scoring run with 11:47 left and Pharoh Cooper threw a 26-yard TD pass to Brandon Wilds. - AP Sports
11/24/2013 - Eight players scored touchdowns as the No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks routed Football Championship Subdivision member Coastal Carolina 70-10 on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina (9-2) scored on its first six possessions in its first meeting with the smaller in-state foe. The all Gamecocks jumped to a 42-7 lead in the first half on touchdowns by sophomore wide receiver Shaq Roland, freshman running back Jamari Smith, senior quarterback Connor Shaw, junior receiver Nick Jones, freshman receiver Pharoh Cooper and sophomore running back Brandon Wilds.
Junior quarterback Dylan Thompson, Cooper and sophomore running back Shon Carson added second-half touchdowns for the Gamecocks. It was an opportunity for South Carolina to get everyone playing time a week before playing rival Clemson. Starting quarterback Shaw played less than a quarter, and starting running back Mike Davis, All-SEC defensive candidate Kelcy Quarles and All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney never saw the field. Davis and Clowney are battling nagging injuries and should be available next week. - The Sports Xchange
11/23/2013 - Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in less than a quarter of work and No. 12 South Carolina scored the most points in Steve Spurrier's nine seasons as coach in a 70-10 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks (9-2) scored on their first six possessions and surpassed their output from a 69-24 win over Troy in 2010. And it came with South Carolina resting several starters for rival Clemson next Saturday night, including defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles and the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher in Mike Davis.
The Gamecocks won their record 17th straight game at home and Shaw improved to 25-5 as a starter, moving past Todd Ellis' wins mark. The news wasn't all bad for Coastal Carolina (10-2). The Chanticleers learned before halftime they shared a Big South championship and earned the league's FCS playoff bid. Liberty's 56-14 victory over Charleston Southern locked up the automatic playoff spot for the Chants, its second straight under coach Joe Moglia. For Steve Spurrier, it was his 75th win in nine seasons as Gamecocks coach and moved him to 48-0 against teams from outside BCS automatic qualifying conferences. - AP Sports
11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Connor Shaw, South Carolina, passed for four TDs and the 14th-ranked Gamecocks got five turnovers to defeat Mississippi State 34-16. - AP Sports
11/02/2013 - Steve Spurrier didn't like much of what he saw from South Carolina's offense Saturday. He was very pleased, however, that the Gamecocks defense looked like its dominating, old self against Mississippi State. Connor Shaw passed for four touchdowns, Mike Davis moved past 1,000 yards this season and the 14th-ranked Gamecocks got five turnovers to defeat the Bulldogs 34-16 for their school-record tying 15th straight home victory Saturday. ''We couldn't run it very well and we couldn't throw it very well,'' Spurrier said. But ''our defense played well and got the turnovers that sort of set us up.''
It had been a long time coming for a group that had been one of the Southeastern Conference's best defenses the past few years. The Gamecocks had collected only 11 turnovers its first eight games, but got five of them - four off Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott - to pull away in the second half. The Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) got 20 points off the turnovers, including 10 in the third quarter as they went from a touchdown up to a 34-10 lead. It had been a frustrating time for defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, who despite having the college football's top pro prospect in lineman Jadeveon Clowney, could not get consistent results from the defense. - AP Sports
11/02/2013 - Connor Shaw tied a career-high with four touchdown passes to lead No. 14 South Carolina to a 34-16 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Shaw threw touchdown passes of 14, 43, six and four yards. It was the second time in Shaw's career that he threw for four touchdowns, the other coming when against Kentucky on Oct. 8, 2011. The Gamecocks extended their home winning streak to 15 games, which tied a school record and is second-best active streak in the nation behind Michigan's 19-game home streak. It was the seventh straight victory in the series with the Bulldogs.
The victory also kept the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2) in the running for the SEC East title. Mississippi State's four-game winning streak against SEC East opponents came to an end. Coach Dan Mullen had a 9-3 record against teams from the SEC East before the turnover bug cost the Bulldogs dearly against the Gamecocks. South Carolina forced five turnovers, three interceptions by Dak Prescott and a fumble. The Gamecocks turned the miscues into 20 points and took control with a 17-point third quarter. Leading by seven at the half, the Gamecocks scored on its first three second half possessions. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina...Hampered by a knee sprain, Shaw was not expected to play, but with the Gamecocks' struggling to score, entered the game midway through the third quarter and led the Gamecocks to one of the greatest wins in school history...The Gamecocks trailed 17-0 on the road to the No. 5 Missouri Tigers in the fourth quarter when Shaw caught fire. He led Carolina to scores on each of their final five possessions, to pull out a 27-24 double overtime win...Shaw completed 20-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, including a strike to Bruce Ellington on a fourth-and-goal from the 15 in the first overtime period. - SEC football
10/27/2013 - Fifth-ranked Missouri's undefeated start to the season ended on a 24-yard missed field goal attempt by Andrew Baggett in double overtime that gave South Carolina a 27-24 victory on Saturday night. The 22nd-ranked Gamecocks (6-2, 3-2 SEC) staked Missouri 17 points by the time 6:45 remained in the third quarter. That's when senior quarterback Connor Shaw entered the game.
Shaw, cleared to play after a knee sprain suffered against Tennessee, spent most of the game on the sideline as backup Dylan Thompson sputtered and stalled through the first two-and-a-half quarters. Shaw led scoring drives on his final three drives of the fourth quarter as the Gamecocks scored 17 straight points. South Carolina tied the score on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Shaw to Nick Jones with 42 seconds in regulation. After one failed play, the Tigers (7-1, 3-1) opted for overtime. Again, Shaw's magic saved the day for South Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
10/20/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says quarterback Connor Shaw won't need surgery for his sprained left knee. But Shaw is unlikely to play when the 20th-ranked Gamecocks travel to No. 5 Missouri this weekend. Spurrier says Sunday that Shaw had on a knee brace and was walking some a day after injuring the knee in a 23-21 loss at Tennessee. However, Spurrier adds Shaw wouldn't practice for two to three days.
Should Shaw make it back in time, it wouldn't be the first time the senior overcame injuries to play. Three weeks ago, Spurrier was told Shaw would miss up to three games because of a shoulder injury against UCF on Sept. 28. However, Shaw was back at practice two days later and played the next week against Kentucky. - AP Sports
10/15/2013 - WEEK 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Connor Shaw, South Carolina, threw for 219 yards and accounted for four TDs to help the No. 14 Gamecocks dominate Arkansas in a 52-7. - AP Sports
10/15/2013 - Connor Shaw: best QB Steve Spurrier's had since. ... The gritty 6-1, 210 senior has a 10-0 TD-INT ratio, while completing 69 percent of his passes and also run for 319 yards this season. I floated the question to my Twitter followers and got a mix of best since Rex Grossman or Danny Wuerffel. I'll say since Grossman, who was the 2001 SEC Player of the Year. Also a nod to the Gamecocks' D, which took one drive Saturday to get locked in and completely shut down Arkansas on the road. The Hogs managed 64 yards on their opening TD drive but their next six series totaled all of 10 yards on 17 plays and produced zero first downs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/12/2013 - Even Steve Spurrier felt badly about ruining Arkansas' homecoming fun - at least a little bit. The South Carolina coach, however, wasn't about to complain about a complete-game effort in a 52-7 win over the Razorbacks on Saturday. Led by Connor Shaw's four touchdowns, the No. 14 Gamecocks (5-1, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth straight game after a loss to Georgia on Sept. 7.
They did so in convincing fashion, scoring the game's final 52 points and ensuring they didn't let a big lead slip away for a fourth straight week. The margin of victory was South Carolina's largest on the road under Spurrier, who earned his first win at Arkansas (3-4, 0-3) since 2005 - his first season with the Gamecocks. ''I do feel badly for Arkansas,'' Spurrier said. ''It's no fun getting your butt beat like this, at home on homecoming and all that.'' - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - South Carolina survived a late scare and extended its home winning streak to 14 games with a 35-28 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks opened the fourth quarter with a comfortable 20-point lead but twice saw the Wildcats pull within seven points. The Wildcats had two scores in a 1:53 span of the fourth quarter to trim the Gamecocks' lead to 27-20 with 11:50 remaining in the game. Jalen Whitlow threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Demarco Robinson on the second play of the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Whitlow hit Ryan Timmons for a 14-yard scoring toss to make it a one-score game.
The Gamecocks offense responded on their next drive by going 89 yards in seven plays. Quarterback Connor Shaw went around left end for a 2-yard scoring run with 8:05 remaining. The Kentucky defense, which came into the game ranked second in the SEC and 18th nationally in pass defense by allowing 175 yards through the air, was shredded by Shaw for 262 yards and a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/2013 - South Carolina's Connor Shaw will start against Kentucky...After South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw originally suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder against Central Florida last week, the original diagnosis from his coach was that he'd miss two to three weeks of action. Well it turns out that Steve Spurrier is a better coach than he is a doctor. Apparently, Shaw won't even miss a game as Spurrier announced that Shaw would start against Kentucky on Saturday. Spurrier said that Shaw was throwing passes during practice on Monday and that he's gotten better throughout the week.
Shaw's return is a good thing for the Gamecocks, because even though Dylan Thompson has plenty of experience and helped lead South Carolina to a come-from-behind win against UCF, Shaw has completed 49 of his 76 passes for 665 yards and six touchdowns without an interception. He's currently fourth in the SEC in passing efficency at 164.02 (ranked No. 19 in the country) and has also rushed for 232 yards. It was Shaw's rushing ability that also led to his injury. Shaw took off on a run up the middle in the first quarter on Saturday and suffered the shoulder injury after taking a hit. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
10/02/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says Connor Shaw will start at quarterback for the 13th-ranked Gamecocks against Kentucky on Saturday night. Shaw was knocked out of South Carolina's 28-25 victory at UCF in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines with his right arm in a sling and ice bags on his right shoulder. Spurrier said Sunday he was told Shaw might miss two-to-three weeks with a shoulder sprain.
Spurrier said Wednesday that Shaw was throwing passes at practice Monday and has progressed strongly throughout the week. He says the senior QB looked good and would start under center against the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 Southeastern Conference). Shaw's fourth in SEC passing efficiency. He's thrown six touchdowns without an interception for the Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1). - AP Sports
10/01/2013 - South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw sprained his right shoulder in a 28-25 win over UCF, but coach Steve Spurrier is hopeful he'll be able to return within two weeks. Shaw left the game during the Gamecocks' opening series after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a run with 6:34 left in the first quarter. Shaw was dragged to the ground by UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer and fumbled. The Knights recovered the ball and Shaw came up holding his shoulder. He was taken to the locker room and replaced by backup Dylan Thompson on the next series. Shaw returned to the sideline wearing a sling and ice pack. - AP Sports
09/28/2013 - South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw has left the Gamecocks' game against UCF with a right shoulder sprain. Shaw landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a run with 6:34 left in the first quarter Saturday. Shaw was dragged to the ground by UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer and fumbled. The Knights recovered the ball and Shaw came up holding his shoulder. He was taken back to the locker room and replaced by backup Dylan Thompson on the next series. Shaw entered the game on one of his best starts to a season as the Gamecocks' starter, having thrown six touchdowns without an interception. - AP Sports
09/28/2013 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said that he is hopeful starting quarterback Connor Shaw will be back on the field in two weeks after being knocked out of the Gamecocks' 28-25 win over UCF Saturday with a sprained right shoulder. Shaw left the game during the Gamecocks' opening series after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a run with 6:34 left in the first quarter. Shaw was dragged to the ground by UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer and fumbled. The Knights recovered the ball and Shaw came up holding his shoulder.
He was taken to the locker room and replaced by backup Dylan Thompson on the next series. Shaw returned to the sideline wearing a sling and ice pack. The Gamecocks trailed 10-0 at halftime without Shaw, but rallied to beat UCF 28-25. "Hopefully, he'll be back in two weeks ready to go," Spurrier said. "He didn't see that guy. He was cutting back and just never saw the guy." Shaw entered the game on one of his best starts to a season as the Gamecocks' starter, having thrown six touchdowns without an interception. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Connor Shaw struggled with staying in the pocket early against Georgia, but got it together after that and had possibly his best game on the road. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 16 times for 75 yards. He suffered a key fumble at the Georgia 25 in the third quarter when South Carolina was driving for a go-ahead score. He is determined to lead his team out of the disappointment of the loss to the Bulldogs so it is ready for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. "That's the mindset we have to have," said Shaw. "We just have to bounce back after this one." - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: The 75-yard run by Mike Davis in the third quarter was the longest run from scrimmage by a South Carolina player since Bobby Wallace ran for 88 yards against Middle Tennessee State in 2006. Quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson also took advantage of their early opportunities, connecting for touchdowns in their first passing attempts. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina passing game: Senior quarterback Connor Shaw came out on fire connecting with sophomore Shaw Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on South Carolina's initial drive of the game against North Carolina. Backup Dylan Thompson appeared for only one play, but made the most of it, heaving a 29-yard touchdown pass to walk-on wide receiver Kane Whitehurst in the opening period. Shaw was unable to continue at the same pace, however, finishing the game with 11 completions in 20 attempts for 149 yards. That is considerably less than his career 66.8 percent average. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - OTHER SOUTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: QB Connor Show (6-1, 208, 4.64)...Shaw lacks the size and polished passing skills NFL scouts are looking for but gritty quarterbacks capable of extending the play with their feet are always going to get a shot. Shaw enters his senior campaign with a 17-3 record as a starter and a school record 66.8% career completion rate. He was held out of spring practice following post-season foot surgery but practiced this summer and is slated to start USC's opener against North Carolina August 29. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Connor Shaw entered the fall healthy following foot surgery which kept him out of action during the spring. He has suffered back spasm and injured his thumb during the Gamecocks final public scrimmage. While he now appears to be 100 percent, coach Steve Spurrier has not been happy with the progression of the passing game. Much of it has not been the fault of Shaw, or backup Dylan Thompson. Injuries to several receivers, including leader Bruce Ellington, has hurt. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Connor Shaw Sr. SOUTH CAROLINA 64.6,...Shaw stands among five SEC signal callers who made the 30-man list, which came from ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating from last year. The system measures a quarterback's contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and penalties), accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining and score) and adjusting for opponent strength. - South Carolina football
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Connor Shaw, South Carolina,...The current South Carolina leader in career pass-completion percentage, Shaw stands ninth in career pass completions (300) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (32). He enters 2013 with a 17-3 record all-time as a starting quarterback, ranking as one of two Gamecocks in history with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a career alongside Jeff Grantz. Twice a 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Shaw and the Gamecocks posted an 11-2 record last season, with the Flowery Branch, Ga., native setting a school record with a 67.5 percent completion rate. - South Carolina football
07/18/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Connor Shaw, South Carolina...Shaw comes into 2013 with a 17-3 record all-time as a starting quarterback, ranking as one of two Gamecocks in history with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a career, joining Jeff Grantz. Twice a 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Shaw and the Gamecocks posted an 11-2 record last season, with Shaw setting a school record with a 67.5 percent completion rate. The current South Carolina leader in career pass-completion percentage, the Flowery Branch, Ga., product also stands ninth in career pass completions (300) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (32). - South Carolina football
06/26/2013 - 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." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com