He never lost a game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Connor Shaw went 17-0 as a starting quarterback in front of the home crowd and now he is beginning a second chapter involving Gamecock football.
Shaw was formally introduced Wednesday morning as the team's Director of Player Development. He replaces former running back Marcus Lattimore who is leaving to pursue other options including studying abroad.
Shaw won 27 games in his career with the Gamecocks before embarking on a brief NFL career that saw him play for the Browns and Bears. He was able to play two seasons but injuries cut short his career and he called it a career in September of 2017.
He was briefly the tight ends coach at Furman before deciding to resign so he could work in private business while running his popular youth football camps.
Now he returns to the program and while he won't do any on-the-field coaching, he does serve an important purpose by running the team’s Beyond Football program which is tasked with making sure players are ready to face the real world after their playing careers are over.
“I love what they’re building here. It’s very special with the staff he’s brought in and the guys he’s recruiting,” Shaw said.
“The first conversation we had was we don’t have a lot of bad guys character-wise. These guys want to learn. They want to be sponges and want to work hard. Those guys are easy to work with. It could have been two months ago, two months from now and I would have been ride or die.”
Shaw says he jumped at the chance to return to the University in this capacity.
“Regardless of the timing, it’s an opportunity to come back to the university that I love that invested so much into that invested in me,” he said.