Shaw/Thompson: Greatest QB Duo in Gamecock History

By Rixon Lane

Next season, the Gamecocks will be replacing the most decorated single-season passer in school history.

However, South Carolina will also be moving on from the greatest two-year stretch the program has ever seen from two different quarterbacks.

Here's a look at what Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson managed to do as South Carolin's leading passers from 2013-14:

Wins - 17 (possibly 18)

Shaw and Thompson won 17 games as starters over the last two seasons. Only Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw combined for more victories (20) as the leading passers from 2010-11. 

Passing Yards: 5,727

Only four pairs of quarterbacks in Gamecock history had ever combined for over 4,000 passing yards in back-to-back seasons: Garcia/Shaw (2010-11), Chris Smelley/Garcia (2008-09), Steve Taneyhill/Anthony Wright (1995-96), and Mike Hold/Todd Ellis (1985-86). Shaw and Thompson became the only duo ever to top 5,000 yards. 

Passing Touchdowns: 48

Shaw and Thompson are the only two quarterbacks to ever throw for over 40 touchdowns in a two-year span, with each tossing 24 TDs. That breaks the mark of Steve Taneyhill and Anthony Wright, who combined for 37 touchdowns in 1995-96. 

Interceptions: 12

South Carolina has never gone from one quarterback to another and had fewer interceptions over a two-year stretch. The closest was Bobby Fuller and Steve Taneyhill, who were only picked off 14 times in 1991-92. 

Completions: 428

Shaw and Thompson topped the mark of 408 completions by Smelley and Garcia from 2008-09.