Connor Shaw, the senior quarterback of the South Carolina Gamecocks, has heard the talk for years. People tend to talk about all of the things that Shaw can’t do. Not really fast. Not a great arm. Not great size.
Despite his limitations physically, there is one thing Shaw has proven he can do – win. During his career in Columbia, Shaw is 26-5 as a starter. That’s the most wins ever for a South Carolina starting quarterback, surpassing the record of 24 previously held by Todd Ellis. Shaw was a perfect 17-0 in his career as a starter at Williams-Brice Stadium. His career winning percentage of 83.9 is by far the highest in South Carolina history.
And Shaw’s numbers are not appreciated as they should be. He currently holds the Gamecock record for completion percentage (64.7 percent), and will almost certainly hang on to that record. He’s also second in school history in passing touchdowns (53; behind Steve Taneyhill‘s 62) and is fourth in school history in total offense.
As a senior, Shaw, despite playing through injury, put up some impressive numbers. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,135 yards, with 21 touchdowns and just one interception. He also rushed for 511 yards and five scores.
His head coach, Steve Spurrier, called Shaw the best quarterback in school history, and while he may not be the prototypical signal caller, his ability to make plays and, above all, win games, earns him the right to at least be in that conversation.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.