by Aaron Wilson
August 30, 02014
The Cleveland Browns have cut former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, according to a league source.
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