Both starting quarterbacks for this Saturday’s game in Columbia, SC. are faced with the same dilemma. Can they withstand the pain in their shoulder to play when the Gamecocks host the Tigers at 2:30 CT?
USC head coach Steve Spurrier said since his team pulled away from UAB last week, and he had a reliable backup in place, there was no need to play Shaw, but if it was an emergency, he could have stayed in the second half.
AUDIO Spurrier on his QB situation (:15)
Shaw’s ability to run adds another dimension the Tigers must prepare for. In the season opener at Vanderbilt, Shaw ran 14 times for 92 yards. He sat out the next week against East Carolina and left in the UAB after aggravating his injury. Shaw has won 10 of the 11 games he has started.
James Franklin was ready to throw in practice on Tuesday, but the medical staff wanted to give Franklin one more day off, so he will make his first throws since testing his shoulder out last Saturday before the Arizona State game. Pinkel says that Franklin told him, he is just about symptom free.
AUDIO Pinkel on Franklin (:17)