South Carolina Gamecocks starting quarterback Connor Shaw went down with a shoulder injury early in today’s 28-25 victory over the UCF Knights, and The State’s Josh Kendall reports that head coach Steve Spurrier believes Shaw will be out for 2-3 weeks with an injury to his right, throwing shoulder. Shaw has a history of injuries, and he isn’t the only player on the South Carolina Gamecocks set to miss a few weeks. Brandon Wilds sprained his left elbow after fumbling, and the Gamecocks No. 2 running back is also expected to be out for the same time frame, per Spurrier via Kendall.
Shaw’s latest injury is worrisome for South Carolina, because it’s always of concern when a solid starting quarterback goes down with an injury of significance. Even though he had a rough day today, the Gamecocks are lucky to have a more than capable No. 2 QB in Dylan Thompson. He was only 15 for 32 with a pick, but he did average 8.2 yards per attempt and should do well while starting for Shaw over the next couple of weeks.
Wilds carried the rock for 31 yards on just five carries in today’s victory, while starter Mike Davis absolutely shredded the Knights defense to the tune of 167 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns. With Wilds on the shelf, Davis’s value only increases, and he’s easily one of the best running backs in the country with some elite vision. South Carolina is good enough to survive both injuries, and it’s good to hear that both players are only expected to miss a few weeks.