South Carolina Football: Steve Spurrier Praises Connor Shaw

Steve Spurrier Gushes Over Connor Shaw After MVP Performance

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South Carolina senior quarterback completed 22-of-25 (88.0 percent) of his passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the Gamecocks’ 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday. Blog Photo - South Carolina Football: Steve Spurrier Praises Connor Shaw

The game MVP also added 47 yards and a score on the ground, while going back to his high school days as a wide receiver with a touchdown reception—giving coach Steve Spurrier a reason to feel all fuzzy and warm inside following team’s third straight 11-win season.

“I've had a lot of good ones, and Connor is right there amongst the best,” said Spurrier during the post-game press conference. “No question about it. We've won a bunch of games, 33-and-6 now in the last three years. And to finish like this, even all my years at Florida, we never finished like this.

“…I mean, not to lose in December, maybe haven't lost in November much the last three years either, but, yeah, it's because of guys like Connor,” he continued. “Connor can take care of the ball and make plays when the game's on the line. And the game was on the line a whole bunch of plays today.”

Shaw ends a very successful collegiate career with 2,447 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and just one lone interception, while also contributing 558 yards and six scores with his legs.

After returning from an injury midway through a Week 9 matchup with Mizzouri, he went 88-of-139 (63.3 percent) for 1,140 passing yards and 17 total touchdowns, posting a QBR of 84 or higher in four of the six games.

“Connor will play a lot more football,” Spurrier said of his star gunslinger. “I'm sure the NFL guys were watching today. They're looking for quarterbacks that can avoid the rush, move around a little bit and throw. And Connor can do all that. So I think he's got an excellent chance.

“I just now noticed Connor hit 22-of-25 today. I didn't realize it was quite that good, but a lot of guys can't hit that in warm-ups. That kind of completions, that really is something.”

Shaw is the 17th-best quarterback available for the 2014 NFL Draft, according to CBS Sports. With a smaller-than-ideal frame of 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and a lot of wear and tear, he’s not projected to be selected until the seventh round—if taken at all.

But like the Ol’ Ball Coach said, there’s a need for the ability to stretch the field and keep plays alive at the quarterback position in the NFL. Shaw is holding onto the hope that today’s performance and upcoming workouts will be enough to impress at least one professional organization this May.

“Obviously, I hope I get the opportunity, and guys like Russell Wilson, they give me hope,” Shaw told the media following the game. “Shorter guys that can move around the pocket. …I'm going to soak this victory in and have fun with the teammates, but I plan on going to Atlanta and training there.”

*All quotes were obtained first hand.


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