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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Garcia out for now as Gamecocks' quarterback

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Posted by's Chris Low

Steve Spurrier has seen all he wants to see of redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia this season, at least for now.

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 Coach Spurrier says quarterback Stephen Garcia still has a lot to learn.

So when South Carolina squares off against Clemson on Nov. 29, look for sophomore Chris Smelley to get most, if not all, of the snaps at quarterback.

Also, don't be surprised if the Gamecocks try to run the ball a lot more than they have this season, either.

Spurrier is just about over his club's inability to throw the football, whether it's the play of the quarterbacks, receivers not getting open and not being able to catch the ball or simply not being able to protect.

Spurrier isn't giving up on Garcia, but the Head Ball Coach doesn't sound real interested in seeing much more of Garcia on the field this season. Spurrier expounded on his comments from earlier in the week when he said it wasn't much fun coaching Garcia right now.

"He's got a long way to go to be an accomplished quarterback, but he is a redshirt freshman," Spurrier said. "His natural habits are to go back there and just run around. We've got to break some old bad habits he's got. He just needs a lot of coaching and a lot training.

"Hopefully, he's a good learner, because he's got a lot to learn about how to be a college quarterback."

Garcia has missed the last two spring practices because of off-the-field problems.