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Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:06 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

No one who watched South Carolina struggle to score just 13 points (at home) against an Auburn defense that had given up an average of 31 coming into last Saturday's matchup would think some kind of offensive shakeup wasn't coming. And this being Steve Spurrier, exactly how that shakeup would arrive wasn't hard to predict.

So no, it wasn't a surprise when Spurrier named backup Connor Shaw the Gamecocks' starter at quarterback for this week's home game against Kentucky.

"It wasn't that hard a call," Spurrier said. "At some point, we have to do something to shake up this offense. This is the first step. We’ll see how it goes."

That's despite Shaw looking less-than-assured in his only start of the season, in the Gamecocks' opener against East Carolina. The sophomore completed just 3-of-9 passes for 23 yards and failed to lead the team to points of any kind over three possesssions, leaving it to Stephen Garcia to lead the team back from a 17-0 deficit. For the season, Shaw is just 4-of-11 for 29 yards.

Spurrier admitted that he had lost some confidence in Shaw after the performance against ECU, but that he was ready to give him the duration of the Kentucky game to prove himself.

"That’s what we’ve got to do to see if we can get something going," Spurrier said. "He’s got to go do it on the game field. We all know that. Practice is just preparation."

If that seems like less than a ringing endorsement, it's likely because Spurrier preferred to have kept Garcia at the helm ... but was simply left with no choice given his senior's play. Garcia threw six interceptions over the last two games alone, giving him an FBS-high nine for the season -- one pick for every 13 passing attempts -- to only four touchdowns. Garcia ranks ninth in the SEC in passer rating, six points behind Chris Relf and only six ahead of Vanderbilt's erratic Larry Smith. According to Spurrier, Garcia "sort of anticipated" his benching after his performance against Auburn.

Spurrier will nonetheless have to make certain Garcia remains mentally ready to play the rest of the season, since there's no guarantee Shaw will improve on even Garcia's lackluster production. But Spurrier has no option other than to find out of if he can, before what was supposed to be a Gamecock dream season slips even further away.
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:07 am

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

Garcia should have been booted long ago - the guy has more arrests than touchdown passes.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:11 pm

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

This should come as no surprise.  This is so typical Spurrier that a 3 year old could have guessed this.  Spurrier has a talent when it comes to destroying the confidence in his QB's.  Garcia is just the latest victim.  South Carolina was overrated to begin with.  No SEC East team is a Top 10 team.  South Carolina fans may want to remember that Spurrier has never lost less than 5 games while at South Carolina.  With games at Miss. State, Tennessee, Arkansas, and home games against Florida and Clemson, plus a bowl appearance, it appears that this record has an excellent chance of remaining intact.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:09 pm

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

Furthermore, Spurrier plans to run Marcus Lattimore 45 times.

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:52 pm

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

I'm guessing the reason Garcia couldn't hit a receiver Saturday was because he was seeing double. Is is the left or right Jeffery..........(throws football)..........(Interception)................I guess it wasn't the left one.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:44 am

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

Gamecock fans .... I heard Texas QB Garret Gilbert is looking for a new home.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:34 am

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

War Eagle..from a Gamecock fan, you just nailed it. guys held in there and won a great game.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:43 am

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

There are not as many QB's to go around as there once was years ago, at the high school level. They now are putting in sometimes their Best athlete at QB, so they can either run or setup a pass by being elusive, this alone is hurting the college game. If you have a running QB, you learn less about the skill players, other than....can they block for the QB. Luckily, there are so many colleges, that there is still enough QB's to make it to the NFL. The Pro game is getting uglier & uglier, just like's about substance anymore. Druggies, bums, woman beaters, etc...used to get one chance and they were gone from the game for good if they continued to screw's win at not just "all" but "any" cost !!!

Shula dumped Mark Duper because of cocaine. Landry got rid of Hollywood Henderson for the same thing. Coaches used to run the teams. But, those were "Real" Head Coaches....Jimmy Johnson kept Michael Irvin around with all his issues....he needed the "playmaker" to win.

I was so glad UF got rid of Meyer and brought in a coach with substance......Meyer will coach next year, probably at either Ohio State, or ND

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:32 pm

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

Another opportunity to start Shaw and have Garcia come in and save the day a la ECU. I hope South Carolina never wins again.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:05 pm

Spurrier benches Garcia, names Shaw QB starter

So basically whether it's Stephen Garcia or Connor Shaw, the article is basically saying that Spurrier and South Carolina still have no quarterback. That's almost as sorry as watching the OSU Buckeyes quarterback fiasco. Apparently, there aren't enough QB's to go around these days.

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