COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had wanted to see improved production from his quarterbacks throughout spring practice.
The Gamecocks passers gave Spurrier plenty to watch as starter Connor Shaw and reserve Tanner McEvoy each threw two touchdown passes to highlight South Carolina’s spring game Saturday.
Shaw, the Gamecocks starter known more for his running ability than for throwing the ball, came out firing right away and found Damiere Byrd with a 70-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. Shaw added a 39-yard scoring pass to Riley Gallaher to put Shaw’s Black team ahead 14-3 en route to a 38-24 victory over the Garnet.
McEvoy followed Shaw and kept up the strong passing with a 12-yard touchdown throw to Drew Owens and a 63-yard scoring throw to D.L. Moore. Shaw passed for 128 yards hitting six of his seven throws. McEvoy finished with 132 yards on 8 of 12 passing.
And it wasn’t just those players. Backup Dylan Thompson got most of the work with the Garnet team and completed 15 of 20 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Spurrier said Thompson would most likely head into fall as Shaw’s backup.
CLEMSON: In Clemson, S.C., Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 229 yards and a touchdown as Clemson finished up spring football with its annual Orange and White scrimmage. The Orange team won 23-20 in double overtime.
Boyd hit 20 of 26 passes, including a 9-yard touchdown throw to DeAndre Hopkins. Boyd also threw two interceptions.
Cole Stoudt hit 14 of 23 passes for 99 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: In Statesboro, Ga. ,Jerick McKinnon led two third-quarter scoring drives as the Blue team beat the White team 16-6 in the annual Blue-White spring game at Paulson Stadium.
McKinnon finished with 83 yards on 14 carries and completed just one pass, a 75-yarder to B.J. Johnson for a touchdown.
ALABAMA: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., new running back T.J. Yeldon made a nice first impression. The freshman had 88 yards rushing and 91 yards receiving in the Crimson Tide’s spring game Saturday before 78,526 fans.
Yeldon led the White team to a 24-15 win over the Crimson.