South Carolina Football: Connor Shaw to Start at Quarterback Against Kentucky

Adam Garrett@lifeofagamecockAnalyst IOctober 3, 2011

Connor Shaw named starter against Kentucky
Connor Shaw named starter against KentuckyKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

South Carolina has a new man in charge.

Head coach Steve Spurrier announced that Connor Shaw will get the start this Saturday against Kentucky over senior Stephen Garcia. Garcia has struggled for the Gamecocks this season as he's thrown nine interceptions in five games for South Carolina.

After practice, tonight, Steve Spurrier said that Connor Shaw is "our guy" at quarterback and he wants the fan base to support Shaw like they've supported the other players on the team.

Shaw will be given every chance to succeed this weekend, as the plan is for him to play the entire game barring any injury. Stephen Garcia will be the backup quarterback for South Carolina and there are no immediate plans for him to be worked into the game at this time.

Spurrier seems determined to give Shaw the chance. He wants to see what his young quarterback can do in an extended look, running his offense. You might remember that Shaw started over Garcia against East Carolina to start the 2011 season but was replaced by Garcia in the second quarter and hasn't been seen much from since.

This appears to be the right move for the Gamecocks.

It's been a tough road for this offense so far in 2011 and they certainly need to get back on track soon or else this season could get away from them. Shaw will do his best to run the offense and seems knowledgeable of the offense. Shaw is definitely a quicker threat on his feet than Garcia. He just needs to play within himself and not do too much. He's got the playmakers to make him successful.

Spurrier said Shaw had a great practice Monday night. Shaw spoke to the media and seemed excited about the opportunity.

Shaw has got the opportunity of a lifetime and it starts this weekend against Kentucky.