South Carolina has had a rough start in their game against UCF this afternoon. After UCF took the ball on the opening drive and went 75 yards down the field for a touchdown–a 1-yard Storm Johnson run–South Carolina took the ball on offense and apparently may have lost starting QB Connor Shaw.
Under some heavy pressure the entire drive, Shaw was using his running ability quite a bit. On what would be the final play of the drive, Shaw took off through the middle, was tackled which resulted in a fumble recovered by UCF and got up favoring his right shoulder.
We’ve just learned on the broadcast that it’s looking as if it’s a shoulder sprain that the veteran signal caller is dealing with. There was no word on whether or not he’ll be out the entire game, but for now backup Dylan Thompson has taken over the responsibilities.
Remember, South Carolina is already hindered by the absence in this game of their top wide receiver, Shaq Roland. Currently at the end of the first quarter, UCF leads the Gamecocks 7-0.
UPDATE: Per ABC sideline reporter Tom Luginbill, while South Carolina won’t comment on the extent of the injury nor the test results, Shaw is out indefinitely and will not return in this game.