VIDEO INCLUDED: Marcus Lattimore passes pantone to another Gamecock great Connor Shaw
Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report
Coach Will Muschamp introduces former Gamecock Great with these words. “So I’d like to introduce somebody who needs absolutely no introduction.” with that said, Connor Shaw was officially back. The former Gamecock quarterback star made his public debut as South Carolina’s new director of player development on Wednesday, replacing another Gamecock great, Muschamp said that Marcus Lattimore, is leaving to study psychology in Europe.
Connor Shaw speaks. “I’m really excited to be back. I’m thankful to coach Muschamp, I’m thankful to coach (Ray) Tanner for offering me a chance to return to my alma mater,” Shaw said in his opening statement. “And it was kind of confirmed this past Sunday night in our first team meeting how much I really missed this type of environment, coach going through the goals and expectations, seeing guys take down notes, getting ready to work and compete. So I can’t wait to be a part of their journey. But as excited as I am, this is not about me.”
In his new role, Shaw will continue Lattimore’s work from the past two years helping players on the team developing on and off the field. He will not have an on-field coaching role. ,” Shaw added. “Every guy in that locker room chose the University of South Carolina, because they believed they would be developed into outstanding football players and get a great education and leave here as mature, respectable men. So when I look at my role ... building mental health, life skills, mentorship, you know, it certainly resonates with me, and to kind of dive deeper into that, looking at professional development ... helping them with decisions that set them up for success, and then developing a plan, while they’re student athletes of South Carolina, and that includes football, you know, I wouldn’t want to compartmentalize football and everything else, because we’re going to use football to accomplish what they want to accomplish outside of it all.”
Shaw plans to be at South Carolina “for a very, very long time.” Quick glance back: Shaw won 27 games at South Carolina from 2010-2013. He’s also the school’s career leader in completion percentage (65.5 percent), second in career passing touchdowns (56) and fourth in career passing yards (6,074). He’s the 22nd all-time leading rusher in school history with 1,683 yards on the ground.
He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with Cleveland Browns, starting one game in his NFL career but missed the 2015 season due to a thumb injury. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2016 but missed that season due to a broken leg and was waived by the Bears in May of 2017. After leaving the NFL, Shaw joined the Furman Paladins coaching staff as tight ends coach but left after spring practice in 2017.