Gamecocks look to challenge undefeated Tigers without Connor Shaw.
South Carolina will head to Columbia for a showdown with the SEC East-leading Tigers without their starting quarterback. Connor Shaw suffered a sprained right knee late in the Gamecocks' loss to Tennessee last Saturday and will be extremely limited in practice this week. Dylan Thompson isn't the average backup, however; as he does not lack in big-game experience. Thompson won each of his previous two starts and eclipsed 300 passing yards in each. He led South Carolina to a victory over Clemson in the 2012 season finale and also threw a touchdown against Michigan in last year's Outback Bowl.
Spurrier: "Dylan (Thompson) is definitely going to start the game and it'll be his game to go with."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 22, 2013
Steve Spurrier: "Connor Shaw is going to be able to maybe back up Dylan Thompson this week." Won't practice much if at all
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 23, 2013