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Steve Spurrier hopes to successfully juggle South Carolina quarterbacks

Connor Shaw, right, celebrating a TD with Marcus Lattimore, is set to take the first snap for the Gamecocks on Tuesday.

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Connor Shaw, right, celebrating a TD with Marcus Lattimore, is set to take the first snap for the Gamecocks on Tuesday.

TAMPA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier just wants to be fair with his two quarterbacks, both of whom have warranted Outback Bowl snaps with their 2012 performances.

But he's leery of fair regressing into frenetic.

Spurrier reiterated Saturday that junior Connor Shaw, the starter in 10 of the first 11 games before spraining his left foot, will take the first snap Tuesday. But Spurrier added that sophomore Dylan Thompson, who shined in the season finale against Clemson (310 passing yards, three TDs), also will play. After that?

"I don't know which quarterback will play most of the game," Spurrier said.

"I hope it doesn't turn into one of these, 'Well, you messed up, you go in. Well, you messed up, you go back in.' … But we just really believe both of these guys deserve a chance to play. … We plan on one guy playing most of the game."

SAYONARA, SPREAD OPTION: When the career of QB Denard Robinson ends Tuesday, so will the era of the spread-option offense at Michigan, veteran offensive coordinator Al Borges indicated last week.

Under coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines are gravitating to a more traditional offense (i.e. run to set up play-action pass). They have continued featuring the QB as a dual threat — a staple of the Rich Rodriguez era — because it suits their current personnel.

"We're a pro-style team," Borges said.

"I don't think (the quarterback) can be like a statue back there. He's got to have some athleticism and be able to improv when he's got to improv and do all that. But as far as being featured as a runner like Denard was, I think those days are probably passed."

ODDS AND ENDS: Saturday morning's inclement weather initially forced Michigan to delay its practice a couple of hours and book some time in Tropicana Field. When the skies cleared shortly before noon, the Wolverines opted to remain at Jesuit High. … Two of Spurrier's former assistants at Florida — ex-Gator QB John Reaves and current USF player personnel director Carl Franks — were among the visitors at South Carolina's practice Saturday. … Hoke said Robinson has been practicing with the return teams.

THEY SAID IT: "Every time I see (former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez) I say, 'I'm going to do what you did. When I end up my coaching, I'm not going to get fired.' So if it starts going bad, I'll resign or something. That's one of my goals, is not to be a fired coach, and not to take money for doing nothing. When I go out, I'm going to go out." — Spurrier


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