Gamecocks, Gators QBs ready to go

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Connor Shaw is feeling better, as is Florida’s John Brantley. It’s time to play football.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start today after leaving last week's loss with a concussion. Florida QB John Brantley is also expected to play.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start today after leaving last week's loss with a concussion. Florida QB John Brantley is also expected to play.

Fans on both sides have spent much of the week worrying about their banged-up quarterbacks, but both are expected to start today when No. 15 South Carolina (7-2, 5-2) and Florida (5-4, 3-4) close out Southeastern Conference play at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The status of Shaw and Brantley seemed very much in doubt after last weekend.

Shaw, a sophomore, sustained a concussion in a 44-28 loss to Arkansas, but was cleared by doctors to practice this week and play. Brantley missed two games earlier this season with a badly sprained right ankle and briefly lost feeling in his throwing hand after a fourth-quarter hit between his shoulder and elbow in the Gators’ 26-21 win over Vanderbilt.

Brantley, a senior, was back at practice Tuesday and has continued to prepare for this weekend’s contest.

“Having John back makes us that sort of offense that we want to be,” first-year Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “That’s where we’re headed and that’s what we’re looking forward to displaying there in Columbia.”

South Carolina had kept itself in charge of the SEC Eastern Division chase with a combination of strong defense and just enough offense to win tight games at Mississippi State and Tennessee. That formula fell apart against the Razorbacks, though Shaw’s second rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter drew the Gamecocks within 30-28.

Despite the loss, South Carolina still has a chance to return to the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship game. It must defeat Florida – something the Gamecocks have done just twice in 19 meetings since joining the SEC – and then hope Georgia loses to Auburn or Kentucky down the stretch.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/12/11 - 06:14 am
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I predicted Shaw would get

I predicted Shaw would get hurt. The way he HAS to scramble it was bound to happen with that smallish body of his. Garcia was big enough to withstand the hits. Anyway, Carolina should beat Floriday today.

UGA is going to the championship game though. They will easily beat Auburn and KY next week. The way they have improved they will test LSU. Who would have thought it after the 0-2 start when Richt was being slammed?

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rmwhitley 11/12/11 - 08:57 am
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Murray still needs to make
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Murray still needs to make better decisions.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 11/12/11 - 10:21 am
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River, I'll believe it when I

River, I'll believe it when I see it...and I'm talking about Georgia winning today. I'm sure Carolina will beat the Gators, but I wish they didn't. But you know what? That's why they play the game, right? One more thing, I'm suprised that they are allowing Shaw to play. Nowadays, the player who gets a concussion is usually sitting out at least the next week. But, I guess Spurrier had something to do with the timing of that. Hey, wait a minute....doesn't that sound alittle familiar?? Sounds like some of what people where saying about Richt rigging the timing of the drug tests!

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Riverman1 11/12/11 - 11:15 am
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JustMy, haha, about Shaw not

JustMy, haha, about Shaw not starting. Was there ever a question with Spurrier being his coach? You seriously don't think UGA will absolutely dominate Auburn? Let me ask you this, if they do, would that make you a believer they have a real shot at upsetting LSU?

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Riverman1 11/12/11 - 11:21 am
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I wonder if Garcia is still

I wonder if Garcia is still in school at Carolina?

There's a silly rumor on the internet that Garcia was shaving points because Carolina rarely covered the spread. I say that's crazy, the way any Carolina QB has to scramble for his very life, he ain't thinking about shaving points.

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Just My Opinion 11/12/11 - 11:33 pm
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River, I am obviously NOT an

River, I am obviously NOT an expert at college football, huh?? In answer to your second question, yes..I'm a believer! Should've had more faith. Go Dawgs! I'll be at the rest of the games, so I WILL be there to see it for myself. Make sure you do your part and keep my mind straight!

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