by Aaron Wilson
August 31, 02014
The Cleveland Browns have signed former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw to the practice squad.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier called Shaw the best quarterback in school history and he had a good preseason.
Shaw has run the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds with a 34-inch vertical leap, a 9-8 broad jump, a 4.33 short shuttle and a 7.07 three-cone drill at the NFL scouting combine.
Shaw is the winningest quarterback in school history with a 27-5 record as a starter and went 17-0 at home. He quarterbacked the highest-ranked team of all of the draft-eligible quarterbacks for the fourth-ranked Gamecocks.
The 6-foot, 208-pounder completed 63.4 percent of his passes last season for 2,447 yards, 24 touchdowns and one interception wiht a 162.94 quarterback rating. He also finished second on the team with 558 rushing yards and was named a permanent team captain. He was a finalist for the Unitas Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.
As a junior, Shaw was twice named SEC Offensive Player of the Week twice and completed a school-record 67.5 percent of his passer and finished third in the SEC with a 158.1 quarterback rating. He finished second on the team with 435 rushing yards and three touchdowns.As a sophomore, he completed 65.4 percent of his throws for 1,448 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 525 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun