South Carolina had itself an interesting year in 2011.
There was a quarterback controversy to start the year, several injuries in the backfield, the dismissal of Stephen Garcia and an offense in turmoil.
Through it all, the Gamecocks became 11-game winners for the first time in school history. The driving force behind it was their quarterback Connor Shaw.
This year, Shaw is expected to take the Gamecocks to new heights, and USC will need its starting quarterback to reach a whole new level to get the Gamecocks where they want to be.
Here are a few reasons why.