South Carolina Gamecocks: Connor Shaw Will Not Start Against ECU

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

Shaw will not start against ECU.
Shaw will not start against ECU.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

South Carolina fans got a dose of bad news on Saturday morning when it was announced that junior quarterback Connor Shaw will not start in the team's home opener against East Carolina.

ESPN.com reports that Shaw, who suffered a deep bone bruise in a season-opener win at Vanderbilt, will dress for the game, but will not start. 

In pre-game comments, head coach Steve Spurrier addressed the quarterback situation.

"Our gameplan now is to start Dylan and see how it goes from there. Hopefully Dylan will play well and hopefully maybe Connor will not need to play," Spurrier told the SEC reporter Cara Capuano during pre-game warmups.

"But in warmups he'll [Shaw] be able to tell us if he's healthy or not and feels like he can play."

In his place will be sophomore quarterback Dylan Thompson. Thompson saw limited action in the 17-13 win in Nashville. He was ineffective going 0-for-3 with two sacks before being replaced by Shaw in the second half. 

It will be Thompson's first start at South Carolina and will come in front of a raucous crowd in Columbia.

The Gamecocks offense will be dramatically different without Shaw who is a dual-threat quarterback. East Carolina should expect to get a healthy dose of junior tailback, and Heisman Trophy Contender, Marcus Lattimore who led South Carolina with 110 yards on the ground and two scores last week.

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