Garcia's toughness not up for debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Stephen Garcia has had his ups and downs as South Carolina’s quarterback.

He’s been in Steve Spurrier’s doghouse, and he’s drawn the Head Ball Coach’s ire.

But the one thing you’ve never heard Spurrier (or anybody, for that matter) question about Garcia is his toughness. He played through a painful rib injury last season against Ole Miss and never quits competing no matter how hard or how many times he gets planted.

His 22-yard touchdown run Thursday was vintage Garcia. He took off when nothing was there and wasn’t about to go out of bounds. Instead, he put his head down and trucked Southern Miss safety Justin Wilson inside the 5 before diving into the end zone.