Connor Shaw Injury: South Carolina QB Replaced by Dylan Thompson After Hurting Knee
Late in the fourth quarter of the heated SEC contest between No. 11 South Carolina and Tennessee, the Gamecocks experienced a serious blow when quarterback Connor Shaw went down with a knee injury.
CBS captured the moment as it happened:
Connor Shaw is down on the field, holding left knee after a sack. Dylan Thompson in for South Carolina— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 19, 2013
Paul Myerberg of USA Today confirmed Shaw would miss the rest of the contest:
Connor Shaw with a left knee strain, per ESPN sideline report. Out for remainder of game.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 19, 2013
Before his injury, Shaw had completed just 7-of-21 attempts for 161 yards, one touchdown and an interceptions. It was easily his worst game to date considering he entered the contest with over 1,400 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Shaw's replacement was Junior Dylan Thompson, who coming into the game had only tallied 416 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions on the season. The offense quickly sputtered with Thompson and the unit gave the ball back only to watch Tennessee drive down the field and kick the game-winning field goal.
The offense without Shaw is clearly not as efficient, but a knee strain has an unpredictable recovery time at best. For now, Thompson is the Gamecocks' starting quarterback.
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