Steve Spurrier confident in Connor Shaw

photo South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw


Camp start: FridayOpener: Vanderbilt in Nashville (Aug. 30 on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.)Fun fact: The Gamecocks were 0-12 against the quartet of Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson during their final three seasons under Lou Holtz (2002-04). They were 8-0 against that foursome the past two years under Steve Spurrier.

It took coach Steve Spurrier six years at South Carolina to win the Southeastern Conference's East Division football title. It took him seven years to set a program standard with 11 single-season victories.

It has taken him eight to trust a quarterback.

After suffering through the inconsistencies of Blake Mitchell, Chris Smelley and especially Stephen Garcia, the hard-to-appease Spurrier found signal-calling satisfaction late last season with Connor Shaw.