Mr. Reliables: Shaw and Thompson

Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson

For the first time in a long time, the Gamecocks appear to have two reliable quarterbacks.

Dylan Thompson was told on Thanksgiving day that he'd be the starting quarterback when South Carolina faced Clemson in Death Valley Saturday night.

"I wasn't nervous at all to be honest with you. Getting all the reps in practice this week, I was confident," said Thompson.

On Saturday night in Death Valley, Thompson's confidence showed. Playing for injured starter Connor Shaw, he threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

The game was Thompson's second start of the year. His first career start came against ECU, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

Given his performance as a starter, Thompson was asked on Saturday if he deserved to be South Carolina's starting quarterback.

"I'm not worried about that right now, we just beat Clemson four years in a row. I am going to celebrate this one," he said.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said he was proud of Thompson's performance against Clemson.

"For a guy who hadn't played much, he had a pretty good game. He likes playing, he's not afraid of playing. He wanted to stay in there and he was appreciative. Connor was actually able to play if we wanted to put him in there, but we thought Dylan was playing well enough that we wanted to keep him in there, let him finish it," said Spurrier.

While Spurrier sung Thompson's praises, he reaffirmed that Shaw would remain South Carolina's man under center.

"He (Shaw) should be ready for the bowl game. Wherever we end up he should be ready. Connor should be the guy ready to go," he said.

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