COLUMBIA — South Carolina sophomore Connor Shaw will start at quarterback against Kentucky this Saturday afternoon, Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier announced after practice Monday night.

Shaw, who started the season opener against East Carolina, will replace fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia.

“It’s Connor’s game,” Spurrier said.

In two games this season, Shaw completed 4 of 11 passes for 29 yards. Shaw played in nine games a year ago as a true freshman, completing 23 of 32 passes for 223 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

After throwing for more than 3,000 yards as a junior, Garcia has gotten off to a slow start this year, completing 61 of 118 passes for 844 with four TDs and 9 interceptions. Garcia threw four interceptions in a 21-3 victory over Vanderbilt, but was just 9 of 23 for 160 yards and two interceptions this past week in a 16-13 loss to unranked Auburn.

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