Connor Shaw (Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC Head Coach Steve Spurrier has cleared up any confusion: Connor Shaw will start in the upcoming Missouri game.
Spurrier spoke to reporters Tuesday as part of his weekly news conference.
"Connor Shaw will play," Spurrier said. "He was throwing the ball around well last night...Connor seems to be fine."
Shaw bruised his shoulder in the team's opening game versus Vanderbilt, and sat out versus ECU. He started last Saturday, but came out the game after he was hit and fell on his shoulder again.
Spurrier, though, says team trainers kept Connor out for the remainder of that game because of the score. He said if he'd needed to, Shaw could have played the rest of the way.
Responding to some suggestions that backup Dylan Thompson may be a better passer, Spurrier said he feels Shaw hasn't show how good a thrower he is yet, but that he hopes he will soon.
Spurrier also responded to the SEC's decision to suspend safety D.J. Swearinger one game for a hit during last week's game.
During the UAB contest, Swearinger was called for a personal foul when he hit Blazers wide receiver Patrick Hearn while breaking up a pass. In the collision, Swearinger's helmet hit Hearn's facemask.
In announcing the suspension, the league called the hit a "flagrant and dangerous act."
"We're gonna live with it [the suspension] and DJ will be back with us next week," Spurrier said. "We're all for safety. We're trying to teach our players not to do that."
USC takes on Missouri at 3:30 p.m. in a game which will broadcast on CBS/WLTX. WLTX will also have an hour-long pre-game special before CBS coverage begins. That will air at 2 p.m. We'll also have a post-game program following the conclusion of the game.