Gamecocks' Connor Shaw won't be able to practice in spring

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South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw will miss spring practice this year after having surgery on his left foot Friday.

Team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy says Shaw’s surgery for a left foot sprain was successful, but he would not recover in time to take part in spring workouts.

Shaw injured his foot in a victory over Tennessee on Oct. 27. After sitting out the final regular-season game against Clemson, Shaw played in the Outback Bowl and re-aggravated the injury in a 33-28 win over Michigan.

Guy says Shaw is expected to make a full recovery.

Freshman linebacker Cedrick Cooper had surgery on his left knee Friday. Guy says Cooper is also expected to fully recover and will also miss spring practices.

CLEMSON: Hired former North Carolina State assistant Mike Reed to coach defensive backs.

Reed spent the past six years with the Wolfpack. He takes over the Clemson position that opened up when Charlie Harbison left to join Auburn.

TULANE: Says it has received a national letter of intent from junior college quarterback Nick Montana, the son of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Hired Ron Turner as head coach.

Turner, who signed a five-year deal with a base salary of $500,000, returns to college football for the first time since he was fired at Illinois in 2004 after eight seasons as the head coach. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past season.

LEAVING EARLY: Fourth-ranked Florida is losing at least three underclassmen to the NFL.

Tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s leading receiver this season, declared for the NFL draft Friday. He joined safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Florida players skipping their senior season.

Louisiana State says safety Eric Reid will enter the draft, making him at least the second defensive starter to leave the Tigers.

Reid joins middle linebacker Kevin Minter.


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