Two to three weeks. It was going to be two to three weeks. Connor Shaw was injured, and he was going to be unable to play for two to three weeks. And it was good news. Hours earlier Shaw was lying on the field of Neyland Stadium, and it looked like his career was over.
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon. Clear, but cold. It was always cold in Knoxville when the Gamecocks visited. The game wasn't going well. Carolina was desperately trying to make a one point lead stand up, but the offense wasn't moving the ball. Late in the 4th quarter Shaw dropped to pass and couldn't find a receiver. Like he'd done many times, he started to run. He was sandwiched between two defensive linemen and sacked. When the defenders rolled off the pile there was Shaw. He was clutching his right knee and writhing in that tell tale way athletes do when they tear their ligaments.
Gamecock fans should know. They've seen their fair share of knee injuries. Last season they lost their beloved Marcus Lattimore to torn knee ligaments, just like the season before. With Marcus gone, Connor was the offensive spark, the talented glue man that made the offense go. And like Marcus he was on the ground with an injured knee.
Always part of a quarterback controversy, first with Garcia and now with Thompson, Connor Shaw is underestimated. Somehow some people forget he is the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history. He is about to set the record for wins as a starter. He was anyway.