Behind five touchdowns from Shaw, South Carolina claimed a 34-24 victory over Wisconsin (9-4) in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. The Capital One Bowl MVP accounted for 369 yards of offense, going 22-for-25 in the air for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns while also running for 48 yards on 16 carries and a score. Shaw also caught a TD pass for 9 yards. Shaw finished his Gamecock career in fourth on the career passing charts with 6,074 yards, while he holds the South Carolina record with 27 wins as a starting quarterback. The 312 passing yards ranks as the most during a single game in his senior season.
Junior quarterback who started 11 of 13 games... missed two contests due to injury... named SEC Offensive Player of the Week twice... completed a school-record 67.5 percent of his passes... ranked third in the SEC and 10th in the country in pass efficiency (158.1)... second on the squad with 435 yards rushing and three TDs... rushed 14 times for 92 yards in the season opening win at Vanderbilt... suffered a right shoulder injury in that contest and did not play in week 2 against East Carolina... earned SEC co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the 31-10 win over Missouri... set a school record by completing 20-consecutive passes and finished the contest 20-for-21 for 249 yards and two touchdowns... also carried a dozen times for 41 yards... completed 15-of-18 passes for 148 yards and two scores in the win at Kentucky... also rushed 19 times for 76 yards in that contest... completed 35-of-39 passes in the two game stretch against Mizzou and Kentucky... was 6-of-10 for 162 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 78 yards and a score in the Gamecocks' 35-7 dismantling of Georgia... earned a spot on Phil Steele's third-team Midseason All-SEC squad.Named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the win over Tennessee... completed 22-of-32 passes for a career-high 356 yards with three touchdowns... also carried 18 times for 33 yards and a TD... completed 14-of-22 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 10-yard TD run in the win over Arkansas... did not play in the regular season finale against Clemson due to a foot injury... was 18-for-26 for 224 yards and two TDs in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan... also rushed for 96 yards in that contest including a 64-yard burst, the longest of his career.
Sophomore signal-caller who completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,448 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions... also rushed 135 times for 525 yards with eight scores... became just the third Gamecock quarterback since 1971 to open his career with four straight wins, joining Steve Taneyhill (1992) and Chris Smelley (2007)... was shaky in his debut against East Carolina, completing 3-of-9 passes for 21 yards and rushing seven times for 26 yards in one quarter of action... second career start came against Kentucky and he responded with an SEC Offensive Player of the Week performance, completing 26-of-39 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns... the four touchdown passes were the most for a Gamecock quarterback since Blake Mitchell in 2006... completed 20-of-28 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and two picks in his first road start at Mississippi State... was 10-of-18 for 87 yards with one TD and one interception at Tennessee, but also rushed 16 times for 64 yards and a score... completed 16-of-25 passes for 128 yards with an interception and ran for two scores at Arkansas before leaving the game with a concussion... rushed for 88 yards on 16 carries against Florida.Had an efficient 16-of-18 performance, throwing for 217 yards and three touchdowns against The Citadel, and also rushed 11 times for 90 yards, including a career-long 60-yard TD run... named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and named the Ernest Brooks Offensive MVP award for his performance against Clemson when he completed 14-of-20 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns and ran 19 times for a career-high 107 yards... recorded his two longest completions off the regular season, a 49-yard TD strike to Bruce Ellington and a 55-yard bomb to Rory Anderson... connected on a career-best 78 yard strike to Alshon Jeffery in the Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska... also found Jeffery on a 51-yard "Hail Mary" as time expired in the first half... completed 11-of-17 passes for 230 yards and two TDs and rushed 19 times for 42 yards and another score in leading the Gamecocks to their first bowl win since 2006... over the last three games, completed 41-of-55 passes (74.5 percent) for 657 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception... scored a rushing touchdown in each of the last six games... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
True freshman quarterback who graduated from high school early to enroll at South Carolina in the spring... quickly worked his way up the depth chart and entered the season listed on the second team behind Stephen Garcia... played in nine games... completed 69.7 percent of his passes (23-of-33) for 223 yards... was the team's fourth-leading rusher, gaining 165 yards on 32 carries... completed 4-of-5 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown and had seven carries for 31 yards in his first game vs. Southern Miss... went 4-for-5 for 42 yards and rushed four times for 22 yards vs. Furman... entered the Auburn game in the fourth quarter and went 4-for-8 for 70 yards and two interceptions... went 2-for-2 for 20 yards and had four carries for 23 yards vs. Arkansas... completed a season-high 5-of-8 attempts for 36 yards vs. Troy... played most of the fourth quarter in the SEC title game vs. Auburn, going 4-for-5 for 23 yards and also rushing six times for a season-high 49 yards.
Dual-threat quarterback who threw for 3,100 yards and 30 TDs with just six interceptions as a senior at Flowery Branch (Ga.) High School, graduating in December 2009... also rushed for 800 yards and 17 scores... played for his father, Lee Shaw... squad finished 10-4 and reached the state semifinals... as a junior, passed for 2,200 yards and 22 scores while rushing for 941 yards and 11 TDs... team finished as the runner-up in the AAA division... had 1,200 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore wide receiver... considered a three-star prospect, the 19th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the state's 47th-best player by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 31st-best quarterback by Scout.com... regarded as a three-star prospect and the nation's 46th-best "athlete" by ESPN.com... also had offers from Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Stanford, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Connor Shaw was born Sept. 19, 1991... will graduate in December with a degree in sport and entertainment management... father, Lee, played football at Western Carolina and is a high school coach in Georgia... mother, Dawn, played basketball at North Georgia... brother, Jaybo, played quarterback at Georgia Southern.