South Carolina Football: Ok...Now It's Time for a Quarterback Controversy

Alex RobertsCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 15: Dylan Thompson #17 of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks to throw during the second half against the UAB Blazers in their NCAA college football game on September 15, 2012 at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo By Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
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Last week, I wrote an article about South Carolina's QBs titled "There Should Be No Quarterback Controversy... Yet." 

Well, it's a new week, and I have a new opinion.  It's definitely time for some quarterback controversy. In fact, it may be time for a full-blown quarterback change.

I still believe that Connor Shaw is a very good quarterback.  He's hurting.  An apparent fractured shoulder has really been evident in his play.  The 2012 Shaw is nowhere near the 2011 Shaw.  His passes lack zip, and his running is hesitant. 

An injury can do that to a player.

Now, Dylan Thompson has a hot hand.  I realize that he has been playing sub-par opponents, but his passes are gorgeous.  They are right on the money.  He's poised and reads the field.  He is a traditional quarterback who has some athleticism. 

The offense is explosive with Thompson taking the snaps.  There is no denying this.  In two "real" appearances, he's thrown for 507 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

He isn't afraid to take shots down field.  He spreads the ball out.  In his first game, he threw to 11 different receivers. 

His percentage isn't as high as Shaw's.  While Shaw is completing 60 percent of his passes, Thompson is completing 52 percent.  This can be attributed to the length of the shots being taken.  Thompson is averaging 13.3 yards per attempt while Shaw is averaging 6.9 per attempt. 

That may be the most eye-opening number of all. 

So, at the end of the day, I was wrong in my initial assessment. Dylan Thompson has earned the right to start for the Gamecocks.