South Carolina Football’s GOAT Series: Top-12 greatest quarterbacks of all-time

Ranking the top-12 greatest quarterbacks in South Carolina football history

South Carolina football's all-time passing yardage leader, Todd Ellis, . Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Network
South Carolina football's all-time passing yardage leader, Todd Ellis, . Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Network /
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South Carolina Football’s Greatest Quarterback of All-Time:
Connor Shaw

Connor Shaw (2010-2013) is the best to ever do it. Period. The under-recruited and undersized quarterback took over for the suspended Stephen Garcia in 2011 and never looked back. He was an unthinkable 27-5 as the starter and a perfect 17-0 at home. He drove the bus for three straight 11-win campaigns and owns tons of records. His 1683 rushing yards are more than any other Gamecock quarterback, and his 74 total touchdowns are far and away the best number in program history for any position.

Shaw was a staggering 8-3 against Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida as the starter. He was also 12-1 against Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including an amazing come-from-behind effort off the bench against Missouri in 2013 while injured that is simply known as “The Miracle in Missouri.” He also owns the record for completion percentage, quarterback rating, and consecutive completions (21 against Missouri in 2012).

There was nothing about Shaw’s mechanics or build that would lead one to see what he’d be on the field. He didn’t have an overly strong arm, and he wasn’t very strong. But he refused to lose and was one of the best leaders to ever don a Block C on his helmet. Connor Shaw is the unquestioned GOAT.

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