The Missouri Tigers take a trip to Columbia, S.C. to face the University of South Carolina on Saturday, and it appears the Gamecocks' starting quarterback, Connor Shaw, may be returning from injury. Shaw suffered a hairline fracture in his shoulder during South Carolina's season-opening victory over Vanderbilt. He played sparingly in the last game against UAB.
South Carolina's backup quarterback, Dylan Thompson, has done well against lesser competition in Shaw's absence. Thompson has thrown for 507 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. However, Shaw is the more accurate of the quarterbacks and has better mobility.
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier seemed confident that Shaw will be ready to go against Mizzou:
"Connor Shaw was throwing the ball around very well'' Monday night, Spurrier said. "He'll start. He's fine. If there's a place for Dylan to come in the game and help us try to beat Missouri, we'll certainly consider that.'' "I hope Connor feels, `Hey, Dylan can play. If I'm not doing very well, if I'm hurting a little bit, Dylan can help us go in there and win the game,''' Spurrier said "So, I think both of them hopefully feel pretty good about each other. Maybe the team is a little stronger because we have two quarterbacks who can play.''
Spurrier is no stranger to two-quarterback systems. The former Florida head coach was well-known for getting multiple quarterbacks in the game in his time with the Gators.
The Tigers and Gamecocks are set to play at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be televised on CBS.