Breaking Down Connor Shaw's Passing Attack vs. Arkansas
As impressive as Bruce Ellington was catching the ball against Arkansas, Connor Shaw was just as impressive throwing it.
The senior signal-caller was all over the Arkansas Razorbacks secondary from start to finish as he passed for three touchdowns with no interceptions and 219 yards on 19-of-28 passing before coach Steve Spurrier called off the dogs midway though the fourth quarter.
Heading into this game, the No. 14 Gamecocks were widely considered to be on upset alert. The Razorbacks had lost three straight, but were 3-1 at home with the lone loss coming in a shootout against Texas A&M.
As it turns out, the Gamecocks had no reason to worry at all as Shaw proved again to be chronically underrated. His nearly flawless play led the Gamecocks to a blowout 45-7 over Arkansas.
Shaw's play is just the latest evidence that he may be the most overlooked quarterback in college football. He doesn't always put up the most glitzy numbers, but he gets the ball to his playmakers in space (see Ellington, Bruce) and impacts the game on the ground (37 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against the Razorbacks).
But most importantly, Shaw doesn't turn the ball over. He still has yet to throw a single interception this season and kept that streak alive against the Razorbacks this week.
Ultimately, Shaw will probably never get the notoriety he deserves sharing the SEC spotlight with the likes of Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray. But there aren't many quarterbacks in the country that you would rather have leading your team.
Especially a team as physical and gritty as this South Carolina squad.
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