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Shaw at Cleveland Browns training camp in 2014.
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|Date of birth:||September 19, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Flowery Branch, Georgia|
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Connor Shaw (born September 19, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football league (NFL). He played college football at the University of South Carolina. He was the starter for the Gamecocks from 2011 through 2013.
High school career
Shaw played at Flowery Branch High School in Georgia and played for his father Lee. He passed for 5,300 yards in 2 years as the starter and was a receiver his sophomore season having 1,200 yards receiving. He was considered a 3 star recruit and received offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, West Virginia and East Carolina his senior year.
After a loss to Auburn in 2011, Stephen Garcia was benched due to inconsistent play. Shaw then passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout of Kentucky. Shaw was named the SEC's offensive player of the week due to his performance. After missing his first pass of the game on September 22, 2012, Shaw completed his final 20 passes for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Gamecocks defeated Missouri 31-10 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
On October 26, 2013, Shaw was unable to start because of illness and a sprained left knee but came off the bench to lead the Gamecocks from a 17 point deficit to defeat the No. 5 Missouri Tigers 27-24 in double overtime. After leading the Gamecocks to a 31-17 victory over rivals Clemson on December 1, 2013, Shaw had the best record as a quarterback in Gamecock history, finishing with a 27-5 record as a starter, including a perfect 17-0 at home. On December 6, Shaw was invited to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
In his final college game on January 1, 2014 Shaw ran for a touchdown, threw 3 touchdowns and caught 1 touchdown and went 22-24 throwing for 312 yards in the Capital One Bowl. He was voted the game's most valuable player for his performance.
Shaw went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, and later signed with the Cleveland Browns following the draft. In his preseason debut he completed (8 of 9) passes for 123 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Washington Redskins. He was released on August 30, 2014, but re-signed to their practice squad the next day.
Due to injuries from Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer, on December 22, 2014, Shaw was called up from the practice squad to be on the active roster. Shaw was also announced as the starter for the season finale against the Ravens.
In his first career NFL start against the Baltimore Ravens, Shaw went 14/28 for 177 yards with 1 interception and 0 touchdowns, including a 49 yard pass to Taylor Gabriel after avoiding pressure. Shaw received mixed reviews from critics but praise from teammates such as Joe Thomas who was quoted saying "He's a quarterback that belongs in the NFL" and Taylor Gabriel who said "He had a lot of poise in the huddle."
- "Connor Shaw completes 20 straight passes, fuels South Carolina's rout". ESPN. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "South Carolina Stuns Missouri 27-24 In 2OT: Connor Shaw Leads 17-Point Rally (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Connor Shaw, No. 10 South Carolina beat No. 6 Clemson". ESPN. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Connor Shaw delivers dazzling final performance in Capital One Bowl". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Browns cut quarterback Connor Shaw". Fantasy SP. Retrieved October 14, 2014.