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Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 1:22 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Stephen Garcia left the first meeting between Auburn and South Carolina a little worse for wear, taking a knock to the head (though not one severe enough to be ruled a concussion) that helped prompt Steve Spurrier -- who said Garcia was "woozy" -- to turn to true freshman Connor Shaw for the game's final two drives. Shaw threw interceptions on both those possessions, ending any chance of a late Gamecock comback, so Carolina knows already it will have to have Garcia healthy and at his best to keep pace with the Tigers' SEC -best offense.

Unfortunately, Spurrier announced yesterday that may be a luxury they simply won't have:
Garcia hurt his right thumb in Saturday night's victory over Clemson when his hand struck a Clemson defender's helmet, an injury he addressed after the game. However, USC head coach Steve Spurrier revealed late Sunday afternoon that Garcia has a 'banged-up' left (non-throwing) shoulder as well.

As a a result, Garcia is not expected to practice early this week, but could join his teammates in workouts by the middle of the week.

"His right hand is very sore," Spurrier said Sunday during a teleconference with reporters to preview Saturday's SEC Championship game. "And his left shoulder got popped a little bit. He probably won't do too much the first couple of days this week, but hopefully by midweek or so he should be pretty close to full go. He's a little banged up right now, but he should be okay, we think."
If Spurrier's expecting him back at practice by midweek, Garcia remains likely to play in Atlanta. But if you're a Gamecock fan, "He should be OK, we think" can't sound encouraging, particularly given Auburn's penchant for knocking opposing quarterbacks (Ryan Mallett , Greg McElroy , Jarrett Lee , Garcia) out of the game. There's also been a credible report that Garcia's injury is severe enough to put his arm in a sling on Sunday. (For those of you interested in such things, Vegas has reportedly taken the game off the board in response to Garcia's status.)

When all is said and done, expect Garcia to suit up, take the field against the Tigers, and deliver the same kind of gutty effort that's always marked his tenure in Columbia. But if he's not 100 percent, Carolina's already long-seeming odds against the Tigers will get that much longer.


Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:53 pm
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Anyone who takes a cheap shot on Fairley will find theselves out of the game.

Hmmmm, I guess you are putting your faith in the SEC refs to eject players who committ intentional fouls intended to injure?  Don't go to the the bank on that.  The three obvious cheap ass punk shots didn't lead to a penalty, much less an ejection!  Oh, so you say they weren't penalties.  Kepp living in your basement Homer, your continued stupid arguments just proves the point.



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:23 am
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Hey Wayzup, Fairley doesn't wear #22. Did you even see the game.
wah wah wah!



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:20 am
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

So bring it on. The biggest difference between Auburn and Georgia is winning and whining. Anyone who takes a cheap shot on Fairley will find theselves out of the game. Try this instead. Block somebody.



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Another ignorant, uninformed, homer comment.  I gave three examples of blatant cheating.  Easily confirmed on video. 
Who said anybody was afraid of being hurt?  The cheating cheap shot artists that end players careers intentionally should be afraid of being hurt because, like Georgia did, real players will take it into their own hands when referee's won't.  Georgia this time, every other team from here on out will break his ******* spine if he continues that cheap a$$ chit.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Fairley plays football. It's violent sometimes. YOU play Madden. You don't know what you're talking about. If someone is afraid of getting hurt they need to find a different sport. That celebration call in the Bama game should put to rest all these myths that Fairley is getting a free pass. As for the naysayer, you guys are only jealous he doesn't play for your team. Get over it.




Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

What would you have Fairley do? Go half speed?  If the refs aren't calling his hits fouls, then they're not fouls.  You know they watch him like a hawk; did you see the BS excessive celebration penalty on him against Alabama?  It's his job to knock QBs down and he's good at it.  That's not being a thug, it's being good, very good. Sad state when people expect you to apologize for being good at what you do.

Nobody asks for an apology for good play.  Nobody asks for an apology for fair, competitive and extraordinary efforts.  That being said, an apology isn't enough for efforts that are cheap, illegal and intentionally inflicted to cause injury.  In the case of Fairley, an apology isn't enough. 

The bogus penalty for excessive celebration was a shot across the bow.  The refs were telling him that they will let him cheat all he wants against other SEC teams but he can leave that stuff at home when he faces Alabama.

There is no question that Fairley was intentionally attempting to take out Murrays knee.  The horse-collar tackle that ended Mallets game in the first quarter was juat as illegal but was disguised a little better by Fairley falling directly on top of mallet following the illegal tackle.  Even in the replay, however, you can see Fairley moving his grip from the side of the shoulder pads to the back collar.  I don't know the name of the running back from Ole Miss.  At 9:49 to go in the FIRST quarter(you can now throw away the excuse that the "other team was cheating on Fairley the whole game") Fairley is away from the play but nearly decapitates the Ole Miss rb (without the ball) away from the play with a clothesline tackle.

These are not isolated plays.  These are not "heat of the momemt" plays.  Fairley himself was quoted as saying that even if he gets to a quarterback late he still, sometimes, has to hurt him.  And when it happens over and over again it isn't just the player that's to blame, it then becomes the responsibility of the coach.



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:30 am
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

You must have been watching a different game than I was watching. It was obvious, as others have stated, that he took a "stinger" on his left shoulder at one point and grimaced with pain.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:30 am
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Are you kidding? Really? Go look at some of the videos he's created this season... There's been plenty of times he could have easily changed direction or position to eliminate or minimize a hit on another player after the play is done.  He's not finished even after the tackle is made.  Does it really take him to buck his head into someone's face/helmet after a tackle to get up?  The kid was down and he still forced his facemask into the Murray's face mask and ripped his chin open.

Border-line assault...




Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:21 am
 

Garcia ailing ahead of SEC title tilt

Wayzup,
What would you have Fairley do? Go half speed?  If the refs aren't calling his hits fouls, then they're not fouls.  You know they watch him like a hawk; did you see the BS excessive celebration penalty on him against Alabama?  It's his job to knock QBs down and he's good at it.  That's not being a thug, it's being good, very good. Sad state when people expect you to apologize for being good at what you do.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:54 am
 

Garcia

It isn't Auburn's penchant for knocking opposing QB's out of the game, it's the shady hits they constantly make that does that - all but the McElroy being put out by the well-known thug and unapologetic late hit artist Nick Fairley.  He's the second coming of Albert Haynesworth...great player who plays dirty when he doesn't have to.  Our OL has really played well for most of this season so hopefully they'll play their best game, Garcia will get the protection he needs and Auburn won't need a cheap, dirty hit to knock out a QB in order to win a game like they have multiple times this year.  Six games won by 8 points or less?  How many of those would they have lost had they not injured the opposing QB on a questionable hit?  One?  Two? 


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