South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the program, team officials announced Tuesday.
It seems like the Gamecocks will be better off. Although talented, the troubled fifth-year senior had an up-and-down career as Gamecocks QB. In five games Garcia had 844 yards passing, four touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Garcia was suspended on five different occasions, with his latest coming last spring.
Considering Garcia’s inconsistent play, it’s a miracle that the Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 SEC) are off to such a good start. Garcia has tossed two or more picks in three games. He threw a season high four interceptions in a 21-3 win against Vanderbilt.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier started Connor Shaw at QB against Kentucky last Saturday and didn’t miss a beat as the sophomore completed 26 of 39 passes for 311 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 54-3 thrashing of Kentucky.
The Gamecocks opened up their offense in a big way and racked up 639 yards.
Starting Shaw was the right move for the Gamecocks. With three straight road games over the next four weeks against Mississippi State, Tennessee and No.10 Arkansas, it’s important that Shaw gets a lot of game action.
South Carolina is tied with Georgia atop the SEC East standings, but the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs in Week 2 and would have the edge in any tiebreaker scenario.