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South Carolina QB Thompson looks to prove himself

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By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dylan Thompson doesn't believe he's done much to show he's South Carolina's starting quarterback, even if he's given the Gamecocks several special moments during his time as backup.

Thompson said Wednesday that last season he spent most of his time on the bench, throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions behind starter Connor Shaw. So with Shaw off to the NFL, Thompson says he's ready to prove he belongs in charge of the Gamecocks offense.

There are many fans who believe the senior long ago proved his worth. It was Thompson who spelled an injured Shaw in 2012 and led the Gamecocks to a 27-17 victory at rival Clemson.

Thompson was the super-sub again a month later with his last-second TD pass to beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

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