South Carolina Football: There Should Be No Quarterback Controversy...Yet

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2016

September 8, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) watches the seconds tick off the clock in the final moments of his start against the East Carolina Pirates in place of injured South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Dylan Thompson looked absolutely stellar in his first start at quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.  He looked poised in the pocket, read the field well and was accurate with most of his throws. 

However, he isn't and shouldn't be a threat to Connor Shaw's starting position just yet.

Keep in mind, Shaw was one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC during his last three games.  He decimated Clemson and Nebraska.  His legs are as dangerous as his arm.  While he had a bad opener, under the circumstances and because of previous play, he's earned a mulligan for that. 

When Shaw is healthy, he should return as the starting quarterback.  His legs give the Gamecocks an extra edge on offense, and he has the potential to be a great passer.  We've all seen Shaw make some of the throws that Thompson made on Saturday. 

ECU was a weak defensive team.  It was bad.  Could Thompson replicate that against a great SEC defense?  While the initial returns look good, and it seems promising that he could, you just never know.  Shaw is a known commodity and is the team leader.

Thompson could be the starter in a couple of  years, of this I have no doubt.  He looked polished enough to be a starter.  He got receivers involved, and if you are a fan of the sport, you have to love his moxie.  He was all over the field fist-pumping and going nuts.

He was having a great time, and we were having a great time watching him.

However, people have forgotten how good Shaw was last year.  Let's give Shaw a chance to play a normal, full game before we tar and feather him and cast him aside for one impressive performance by Thompson. 

Look on the bright side.  South Carolina really does have two good quarterbacks.