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Shaw's dual-threat ability brings plenty of options.
The 2012 season was difficult for Connor Shaw, as he had to play through injury.
Shaw missed two games last season, including the regular-season finale against SC's rival, the Clemson Tigers. He had surgery on his left foot in early January and will miss spring practices.
Despite being banged up, Shaw played in the Gamecocks' 33-28 Outback Bowl victory over the Michigan Wolverines. In fact, he played exceptionally well, throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a team-high 96 yards.
With Shaw missing spring practice, Dylan Thompson will take the majority of reps at quarterback. Thompson filled in for Shaw when he was sidelined and was very efficient in doing so.
The 6'3" sophomore saw action in nine games, compiling over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. He, too, played in the Outback Bowl, completing seven of his 10 attempts for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Whether Shaw or Thompson gets the starting nod in the fall, the Gamecocks have two quarterbacks who have some serious talent.
Shaw can run effectively (435 rush yards in 2012) and is efficient in the pocket, completing 67.5 percent of his passes. Thompson also has a strong arm and topped 300 yards passing in both of his starts.
Either way, South Carolina will get major production from the quarterback position in 2013.