USC quarterback Connor Shaw only played about a quarter against Mizzou Saturday night, but he still put together a performance worthy of SEC Player of the Week honors. Shaw was joined by a couple of the other key players in the Gamecocks’ comeback win, junior defensive lineman Kecly Quarles and freshman kicker Elliott Frye.
Here is the release from the SEC:
Senior quarterback Connor Shaw was selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week by the league office, the National and SEC Offensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports, the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week, and is one of eight quarterbacks named by the Manning Award as its “Stars of the Week.” Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pounder from Flowery Branch, Ga., came off the bench in the second half, shrugging off a knee sprain, to lift the Gamecocks to the come-from-behind win. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, leading Carolina to scores on each of its last five possessions to overcome a 17-0 fourth-quarter deficit. Included was a strike to Bruce Ellington on a fourth-and-goal from the 15 in the first overtime period.
Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was selected as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week by the league office, the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports, and the National Defensive Lineman of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Quarles, a 6-4, 298-pounder from Hodges, S.C., caused havoc all night in the upset win. He was credited with six tackles, including five solo stops. He had three tackles for loss, accounting for 22 yards, including a pair of quarterback sacks. Quarles ranks second in the SEC in both sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (10.0) this season.
True freshman placekicker Elliott Fry was selected as the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week by the league office. Fry, a 6-0, 150-pounder from Frisco, Texas, came up big twice late in the game to help the Gamecocks secure the win. He hit from 20-yards out with 5:03 left in regulation to pull Carolina within a touchdown, then converted from 40-yards out in the second overtime for what proved to be the game-winner. For the season, the walk-on is 8-for-10 in field goal attempts.