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      USC's Shaw to start, Thompson to play vs Kentucky

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Just days after suffering what looked like a potentially severe injury, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is slated to start this weekend against Kentucky.

      After Wednesday's practice, head coach Steve Spurrier said Shaw is "100 percent" and has been throwing the ball well in practice this week despite suffering a shoulder sprain that sidelined after the first series of Saturday's game at Central Florida.

      It was first believed Shaw would be out of the lineup for up to three weeks.

      "He's ready to go. I guess it's sort of a flukish thing. Obviously, when he came off the field I thought he was out for the season the way he was in pain," said Spurrier. "But, somehow or another if it popped out a little, it went right back in. The doctors say really no problem."

      Shaw has a history of playing hurt. The quarterback injured his shoulder in the season opener against Vanderbilt last season and struggled through the most of the year with a foot injury that required off-season surgery.

      Despite his staying in the starting role this weekend, Shaw will still share time with backup Dylan Thompson.

      Spurrier expects Thompson, who played in relief of Shaw in Saturday's 28-25 win, to see action by the third or fourth offensive series against Kentucky.

      "They both deserve to play we think," said Spurrier. "So we'll send them both out there and go from there."

      The Gamecocks host Kentucky Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:38 pm.