- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Steve Spurrier never ceases to shake things up.
A day after hinting that sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw might start over senior Stephen Garcia in the Gamecocks' opener, South Carolina's coach announced on his radio show Thursday that Shaw will start over Garcia. Shaw will play in the first quarter against visiting East Carolina, while Garcia will play during the second quarter.
Spurrier also said that he will decide who starts the second half during the game.
Sounds like his old days at Florida.
Garcia was suspended for a fifth time this spring and returned to the team to open preseason camp, but the consensus from his teammates was that he would be the guy.
That still might be the case for the long run, but for now, Shaw is the man, and the Gamecocks will have to trust him ... for at least a quarter.
This might be considered a mental game with Garcia, but Shaw outperformed him during camp. If he continues it this weekend, Garcia's starting spot could be in jeopardy for even longer.
However, the rotation of these two hasn't always been pretty.
The last time Spurrier rotated these two was against Auburn last season. In the game, Garcia was benched for Shaw, who threw two devastating interceptions late to seal Auburn's 35-27 win.
In that game, Garcia completed 15-of-21 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, while Shaw was 4-of-8 for 70 yards and two interceptions.
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