“He is the best quarterback ever,” Spurrier said after the embrace. “He’s the best ever.”
That’s a high compliment, considering some of the others who played quarterback at USC.
• Tommy Suggs (1968-70), who passed for almost 5,000 yards and was the quarterback on the 1969 team that won the Atlantic CoastConference, still the program’s only league championship;
• Jeff Grantz (1972-75), a pass-run threat who was a second-team All-American as a senior;
• Mike Hold (1984-85), a junior college transfer who helped lead the Gamecocks to a then-program record 10 victories in the “Black Magic” 1984 season;
• Todd Ellis (1986-89), who quarterbacked the Gamecocks to 25 wins and remains the school record-holder in passing yards with 9,953;
• Steve Taneyhill (1992-95), the program record holder with 62 touchdown passes and the quarterback who led USC to its first-ever bowl win in 1994.
Shaw’s numbers make a strong case. On Saturday, he broke Ellis’ record for the most victories by a quarterback at 26; he also holds the record for the best career winning percentage at .839.
This season, Shaw has completed 158 of 259 passes for 2,135 yards with 21 touchdowns and only one interception. He also has rushed for 511 yards and five touchdowns. Shaw’s career stats are also impressive. With onegame remaining, he has completed 458 of 708 passes for 5,762 yards with 53 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has rushed for 1,636 yard with 16 scores.
His accomplishments have come in the Southeastern Conference, the most talented league in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and that has other quarterbacks who have worn the garnet and black agreeing with Spurrier.
Edited by TrueGCFan, 04 December 2013 - 04:39 PM.