Dual QB system a real possibility again for Gamecocks

HOOVER, Ala (WACH) - Steve Spurrier may have an honest-to-goodness quarterback controversy on his hands, or he just might be having a little fun. You can never really tell.

On Tuesday, the University of South Carolina football program released its depth chart heading into the 2013 season. Connor Shaw was listed as the starter, and Dylan Thompson as the backup, as everyone expected.

But, when Steve Spurrier stepped in front of the microphone at SEC Media Days Tuesday to talk about his quarterback situation, things got a little murky.

"We're not sure how it's all gonna work at quarterback," said Spurrier. "Connor could line up at runningback or wide receiver. May have him and Dylan on the field at the same time."

Thompson saw considerable playing time last season while a banged-up Shaw dealt with injuries, and performed well, leading the Gamecocks to a victory over Clemson and posting 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.

If the talk about a dual-quarterback system or the possibility of lining up at receiver bothers 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 17-3 as a starter, and is in position to become USC's all-time winningest quarterback this season. He considered the more mobile quarterback, while Thompson is considered the more accomplished passer.

Spurrier pointed out both his quarterbacks are "capable" and added the last time he had a situation like this was in the 2000 season at Florida with Rex Grossman and Jesse Palmer.

The Gators won the SEC that season and lightning could strike twice.

"Hopefully it works," said Spurrier.