Banged-up Shaw to start at QB for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There's no controversy for South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, not concerning the status of starting quarterback Connor Shaw or the Southeastern Conference's suspension of safety D.J. Swearinger.

Spurrier said Tuesday Shaw would start Saturday when the seventh-ranked Gamecocks face Missouri. He also didn't take too much issue with the league's one-game suspension of Swearinger for a helmet-to-helmet hit on UAB's Patrick Hearn last week.

"Five, 10 years ago, they would call that 'it's part of football,' but it's not," Spurrier said of Swearinger's hit.

Freshman T.J. Gurley will start for Swearinger, who had a 65-yard fumble return touchdown in the 49-6 victory over UAB.

"We're going to miss one of our brothers out there," Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson said. "But our defense is 11 people to the ball. We just have to go out there and be able to communicate, keep guys positive."

Shaw first hurt his right (throwing) shoulder in the opener against Vanderbilt, missed the East Carolina game, then returned only to take another big hit on his shoulder and leave against the Blazers. Shaw said afterward he had a hairline fracture in the shoulder.

Dylan Thompson has thrown for 507 yards and five touchdowns in relief of Shaw the past two games.

GEORGIA: Linebacker Jarvis Jones practiced and expects to play when the No. 5 Bulldogs host Vanderbilt. The junior sat out last week's 56-20 victory over Florida Atlantic, allowing him to rest a groin injury.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini said linebacker Zaire Anderson (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season. Anderson said he was hurt in practice last week but didn't know it at the time. He played with the injury and made his first start in Saturday's 42-13 win over Arkansas State.

PENN STATE: Acting athletic director Dave Joyner will hold that job at least until president Rodney Erickson retires in June of 2013 or 2014, Erickson said. Erickson said he expects the next president to conduct a national search for an athletic director, which was suggested in a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh in the aftermath of a child sex scandal that led to the ouster of former university president Graham Spanier and legendary coach Joe Paterno.

FENWAY FOOTBALL?: Connecticut and Notre Dame are reported to be negotiating to play at Fenway Park in Boston. The Day of New London and the Boston Globe, both citing officials, said the game would be played in 2014, and would be considered a home game for the Fighting Irish. The home of MLB's Red Sox has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history, but none since the then-AFL Boston Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-14, on Dec. 1, 1968.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas settled a lawsuit that accused him of failing to pay nearly $68,000 for jewelry purchased when he was with the 2010 national title team. Mike Bowers, the attorney for Rafaello & Co., said his client agreed to settle under confidential terms.

Banged-up Shaw to start at QB for South Carolina 09/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:10pm]

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