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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Garcia's handle on quarterback job a loose one

By Chris Low
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

South Carolina has another week to figure it all out before the Gamecocks play again, but it doesn't sound like redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia should get too comfortable as the full-time quarterback.

The Head Ball Coach insists he doesn't like shuffling back and forth between quarterbacks, but his history suggests otherwise.

Steve Spurrier is now saying that Garcia and Chris Smelley may end up sharing the snaps in two weeks against Tennessee. Garcia started and played in the 24-17 loss to LSU last week after rallying the Gamecocks a week earlier on the road in a 24-17 win over Kentucky. But Spurrier's not thrilled with some of the decisions Garcia made last week, particularly all the sacks he took, and is talking like Smelley is going to get another shot.

"Right now, Chris Smelley and Stephen Garcia both deserve to play some, and both have not secured the position," Spurrier said. "When you have two of similar talent, you play two. That's what LSU does."

As for Spurrier's philosophy on playing two quarterbacks, it's pretty simple.

"My experience is you keep trying a couple of them if one is not clearly your best," Spurrier said.

In other words, look for Garcia to start against the Vols with Smelley also getting a shot in the first half.