Clemson's Boyd, SC's Shaw on O'Brien list

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Clemson's Tajh Boyd and South Carolina's Connor Shaw are both on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award given to the nation's top quarterback.

The two were among 34 quarterbacks on the list released Wednesday.

Boyd is the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year after throwing for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns last fall in leading Clemson to an 11-2 record.

Shaw became just the second South Carolina passer ever with more than 3,000 yards passing and over 1,000 yards rushing. He helped the Gamecocks to an 11-2 mark and enters the season with a 17-3 mark as starting quarterback. He is in position to become USC's all-time winningest starting quarterback this season.

Despite his abilities, Shaw will likely be sharing time at quarterback again this season. At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier and Shaw indicated they expect to use a a two-quarterback system this season.

Backup Dylan Thompson performed exceptionally well in place of Shaw last season while Shaw dealt with injuries. Thompson led the Gamecocks to a victory over Clemson and posted career-best numbers against East Carolina. Thompson also stepped in late for Shaw in the Outback Bowl to deliver the game-winning pass to receiver Bruce Ellington.

At times, Spurrier suggested Shaw could even line up as a receiver while Thompson plays quarterback.

If the possibilities bother Shaw, it didn't show on Tuesday.

"It's (playing receiver) definitely gonna happen," said Shaw. "Coach Spurrier has handled two quarterbacks before and he can do it again."

Shaw is considered the more mobile quarterback, while Thompson is considered the more accomplished passer.

The Davey O'Brien list will be cut to 16 on November 4th with three finalists being named November 25th. The winner will be announced December 12th.