South Carolina Football: Connor Shaw's Recovery Means There Is No QB Controversy

Lee Schechter@@leeschechterContributor IIIJune 27, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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South Carolina's Connor Shaw has battled injuries, which has led to a quarterback controversy between Shaw and teammate Dylan Thompson.  Now that QB controversy can be put to rest. 

Shaw has recovered from foot surgery and will be South Carolina's starting quarterback for the start of the season despite missing spring practice.  

Shaw told Josh Kendall of GoGamecocks, "It’s all good now.  It was a long process. It was very frustrating during spring ball, but honestly it was probably a blessing in disguise because I was able to sit back and take everything in and watch it from more of a coach’s perspective."

Sitting on the sidelines is tough for most players, though Shaw has made the best of it and learned a lot through the process.  Through his observations, Shaw can now have a stronger grasp of the offense from a coach's perspective, which should bode well for the Gamecocks in 2013.  

All questions about Shaw's injury should be answered now.  The senior quarterback went skydiving recently, without notifying his coaches, and it should signify that his foot is back to 100 percent.

The skydiving aside, Shaw looks to be healed, ready to produce on the field and win football games.  That is what really matters from the quarterback position.

Both Shaw and Thompson are winners, but Shaw has the senior leadership for 2013.  Thompson is the more-than-capable backup quarterback who will come in as needed throughout the season, but this is Shaw's job.  Thompson also has one more season of eligibility after 2013.   

Head coach Steve Spurrier shot down the idea of a quarterback controversy, but in his typical open-ended fashion.

Spurrier told Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:

I think Connor [Shaw] will definitely be our starter, and we'll get Dylan [Thompson] in some every game. I don't know how it's going to play out. If one guy plays a whole bunch better than the other, then he'll be playing more than the other. They're both very qualified and excellent leaders. I can see them both playing a lot.

Spurrier clearly proclaims that Shaw is the starter, but he recognizes the supreme gunslinger talent of Thompson.  The head ball coach will utilize both quarterbacks, though right now his trust is in Shaw.  

According to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports, "He [Shaw] has taken part in all of South Carolina's summer workouts, including the 7-on-7 sessions."

While Shaw was expected to return around this time of year, it is still a positive sign to see him participating in full practice sessions and summer workouts.

Shaw's recent recovery and return to practice has struck down the QB controversy once and for all. Now the Gamecocks can focus on adequately preparing for Shaw to be at the helm of the offense for a majority of the snaps.