Lee Shaw, the father of USC quarterback Connor Shaw, joined us on SportsTalk tonight to discuss his son’s start against Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Shaw is the head coach at Flowery Branch High School in Georgia. He has another son, Jaybo, who is the starting quarterback at Georgia Southern.
Lee Shaw said his son is more confident now then he was before his first career start against East Carolina earlier this season.
“Connor seems real confident. His psyche as a quarterback is really good right now because he feels like he has the backing of his teammates and hopefully the Gamecock Nation and of course his coaching staff, so he feels really good,” the elder Shaw said.
Lee Shaw said the one thing his son needs is experience. He compared Shaw’s situation to that of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
I kind of relate it to Clemson and what’s going on with Tajh Boyd,” he said. He started off kind of slow in trying to figure out to be a quarterback on Saturdays. Once he settled down, it is kind of evident that he’s got some things rolling as a quarterback.”
Coach Shaw said if his son makes mistakes Saturday it will stem from lack of experience, not lack of confidence.
“He brings a lot of confidence and he’s going to compete. He’ll compete down to the wire, but I think it comes down to being able to make play after play and be set in the situation where you can get comfortable.”