1. South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been painted as a tall, strapping mess of trouble almost from the day he arrived in Columbia four years ago. Head coach Steve Spurrier reinstated Garcia on Monday after the university suspended him for the fifth time in the spring. Garcia, despite his reputation, already has earned an undergraduate degree in sociology. He’s also started 28 consecutive games. Imagine what he might achieve this season if he truly matures.
2. South Florida guard Jeremiah Warren is not only the anchor of the Bulls’ offensive line, he’s also plays tuba in the USF Concert Band. He said there are similarities between reading music and reading a playbook. “If it’s Bach or Beethoven, it’s a lot harder than Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” he said. “If the play is an Iso, that’s no problem. But you get into a counter or a reverse, man…..” By the way, Warren ate seven lobsters at the Big East clambake on Monday night. Last I saw him, he was on the prowl for No. 8.
3. It turns out Stanford will not have a bushy-bearded Heisman candidate this fall after all. Quarterback Andrew Luck, who appeared at Pac-12 Media Day last week looking vaguely Amish, shaved his summer-long growth on Monday. Took a little off the top, too. “Shave and a haircut -- almost didn’t recognize him,” head coach David Shaw said. Luck cleaned up in preparation for the start of practice next Monday, a full seven weeks before classes begin. Stanford is one of the few FBS schools still on the quarter system.