Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw has one important supporter on offense -- wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Jeffery said Shaw, who will be making his second start of the season Saturday against Kentucky, has been throwing the ball "excellent" thus far in practice this week.

Right guard Terrence Campbell echoed Jeffery's sentiments.

"We support Connor, the whole offense does," Campbell said.

Jeffery said he was slowed a little bit this past Saturday against Auburn with a leg injury.

"I'm 100 percent now," Jeffery said after Wednesday's practice.

Ellington more comfortable

Bruce Ellington got his most extensive playing time last week against Auburn.

Ellington, who started in the second half, finished the game with three catches for 60 yards, including a 35-yard grab that setup the Gamecocks' second touchdown of the game.

The former Berkeley High School star said he's finally shaking off the rust from his two-year absence from the game.

"I'm finally getting used to playing football again," Ellington said. "I haven't played in two years, and I hadn't played receiver since my freshman year (of high school). I had to get used to catching the ball again. It's coming along good. I'm starting to feel it again."

Wildcats running back could play

Kentucky sophomore tailback Raymond Sanders practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and looked good, according to Wildcats coach Joker Phillips.

Phillips said he has been pleased with how Sanders has handled his rehabilitation following knee surgery. Sanders, who started the first two games at tailback before sustaining an injury against Central Michigan, might play against the Gamecocks.

"Raymond looked good today," Phillips said. "It is amazing how fast he healed. He did everything except for contact and looked good running. He took reps with the (first team), and if he doesn't swell, we expect him to go this weekend."

Sanders has 97 rushing yards on 21 attempts this season.

Spurrier said it

"Stephen (Garcia) is trying as hard as he can. It just hasn't worked out for him," said USC coach Steve Spurrier. "The other guy, Connor (Shaw), is getting his chance. That's about all I need to say about that."

Phillips said it

"I hope they shake it up and don't turn it over to No. 21 (Marcus Lattimore). That's the shaking up I'd like to see done," Phillips said.

Injury update

Defensive lineman Melvin Ingram remained in a walking boot at practice on Wednesday. Tackle Kyle Nunn has yet to return to practice after missing Saturday's game with Auburn.

Thompson not an option, yet

Spurrier said redshirt freshman Dylan Thompson wasn't given serious consideration to replace Garcia at quarterback.

Thompson got the first snaps of his career against Vanderbilt two weeks ago.

"(Thompson) gets a lot of throws in practice, so he's improved quite a bit," Spurrier said. "Right now Connor is clearly our guy to go play."