2015 NFL DRAFT

Stephen Garcia, QB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lutz, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 218 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
41024-
2010 Season
Suspended twice in spring 2011, once for violating team rules before previous bowl game, then again after reportedly being drunk and belligerent at a team function. On the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award... eamed third-team All-SEC accolades from Phil Steele... started all 14 games... completed 64.2 percent of his passes, hitting on 224-of-349 attempts for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns... also rushed for six touchdowns, ranking second on the team behind Marcus Lattimore (17 rush TDs)... his 20 touchdowns tied for second in Carolina history in single-season TD passes... completed 16-of-23 for 193 yards in the season opening win over Southern Miss... also rushed for two touchdowns, including a 22-yard romp, in that contest, earning SEC Player of the Week honors by Rivals.com... completed 15-of-21 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season loss at Auburn... the three TD passes matched his career high... had what coach Steve Spurrier called "the best game of his career" when he was 17-for-20 for 201 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Gamecocks to a 35-21 win over No. 1 Alabama... earned national Offensive Player of the Week accolades by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, SEC Offensive Player of the Week and the ESPNU Impact Player of the Week for his performance... completed 20-of-32 passes for a career-high 382 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Kentucky... the 382-yard effort was the eighth-best passing total in South Carolina history... earned third-team Midseason All-SEC honors by Phil Steele and one of 10 quarterbacks added to the midseason Manning Award watch list... matched his career high with 31 completions in the win at Vanderbilt... was 31-for-39 for 355 yards (the second-most passing yards in his career), with two touchdowns... it was his second straight game of 350-plus passing yards... rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another in the win over Tennessee... had 54 yards rushing against Arkansas, including a long run of 19 yards... passed for two touchdowns and ran for another while playing only the first half vs. Troy, going 9-for-12 for 198 yards... improved to 2-0 as a starter vs. Clemson with a 14-for-20, 227-yard, two-touchdown performance, becoming the first Gamecock quarterback since Tommy Suggs (1968-69) to win his first two starts against the Tigers... passed for two touchdowns and went 16-for-28 for 170 yards in SEC Championship vs. Auburn... was 19-for-34 for 243 yards in the bowl loss to Florida State... caught his first touchdown pass in that contest.
2009 Season
Redshirt sophomore signal-caller who took every meaningful snap... started every game, the first Gamecock quarterback to get the nod in every contest since Dondrial Pinkins in 2003... earned fourth-team All-SEC mention by Phil Steele... ranked second in the SEC with 220.2 yards passing per game... was third in total offense, averaging 234.5 yards per contest... threw for 17 touchdowns and rushed for four more... logged four of the SEC's 14 300-yard passing games in 2009... was just the third Gamecock quarterback to log four 300-yard passing games in a season, joining Steve Taneyhill (6 in 1995) and Todd Ellis (5 in 1987)... recorded one of the top-5 single seasons for a quarterback in Gamecock history, ranking fourth in yards (2,862), fourth in completions (239), tied for first in pass attempts (432) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes (17)... completed 13-of-22 passes for 148 yards in the season-opening win at NC State... had the best day of his young career when he connected on 31-of-53 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns at Georgia... all marks were personal highs... the 53 pass attempts tied for the second-highest single game total in school history, while the 31 completions matched the fourth-highest mark... also was the team's top rusher in the contest with 42 yards on the ground. Completed 20-of-27 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown against FAU... outplayed Ole Miss's Jevan Snead while completing 16-of-34 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown despite playing most of the game with sore ribs... included was a 69-yard strike to Moe Brown... was 13-for-19 for 132 yards and two touchdowns against SC State... also had a rushing touchdown against the Bulldogs... accounted for all four touchdowns in the 28-26 win over Kentucky... passed for three (all to Alshon Jeffery) and rushed for another... completed 16-of-23 passes for 233 yards in that contest... completed 20-of-46 passes for 214 yards against Alabama, including a 52-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery... completed 22-of-33 passes for 312 yards and two scores in the 14-10 win over Vanderbilt... logged his third 300-yard passing game of the season at Tennessee when he completed 25-of-50 passes for 300 yards with a touchdown... had his third-straight 300-yard passing game when he completed 20-of-34 passes at Arkansas for a career-best 327 yards... included was the longest pass completion of his career, an 80-yard touchdown strike to Alshon Jeffery.
2008 Season
Arrested for underage drinking in March 2008 at a campus dorm. Saw action in eight games including a trio of starts... got the starting nod in a loss to LSU, a win over Tennessee and an Outback Bowl loss to Iowa... completed 53.3 percent of his passes (65-for-122) for 832 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions... also has a pair of rushing touchdowns and was second on the team with 198 rushing yards... made his collegiate debut against Georgia, getting into three plays... entered the UAB game on the second series and played through the third quarter... responded by completing 13-of-20 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown with one interception... also carried the ball 18 times for a game-high 86 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard burst... it was the most yards rushing for a USC quarterback since Corey Jenkins rushed for 101 yards against Georgia on Sept. 14, 2002. Came off the bench to lead Carolina to victory at Kentucky... playing just one and a half quarters, he turned in his best outing, completing 10-of-14 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors and his first start against LSU... completed 14-of-26 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown against the defending national champions with one interception.... Also carried the ball 19 times, for a net of 15 yards, although he was sacked six times for 49 yards... earned his first win as a starter against Tennessee after completing 9-of-19 passes for 139 yards and two TDs... split time at quarterback with Chris Smelley in the win over Arkansas and in the loss at Florida... did not play against Clemson... made the start in the Outback Bowl loss to Iowa.
High School
Graduated from Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla. in December of 2006... completed 506-of-821 passes for 8,081 yards and 83 touchdowns as a prep signal-caller while leading his team to the playoffs each season, including a spot in the championship game as a sophomore... also rushed 263 times for 1,345 yards and 17 scores... graduated as the all-time county leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns and third in the state for career passing yards and sixth in TD passes... earned all-state honors as a senior after passing for over 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns and leading his team to a 9-3 record... played in the Offense-Defense All-Star Game held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. following his senior season... as a junior he passed for 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 700 yards and eight touchdowns... as a sophomore he threw for just under 2,800 yards with 27 scores... coached by Mike Simmons and Mike Fenton... ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's fourth-best dual-threat quarterback, the 12th-best player in the state of Florida and is a member of the Rivals100... is a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... was the 18th-best quarterback prospect in the nation by Scout.com... ranked as the eighth-best quarterback in the nation by PrepStar... was regarded as the third-best quarterback at the Elite 11 camp in the summer prior to his senior season... two-year starter in basketball... was an honor roll student.
Personal
Stephen Glenn Garcia was born Feb. 15, 1988... parents are Gary and Debbie Garcia... brothers, Brian and Gary, both played football at Harvard... uncle, Ernie Garcia, played football at Florida State... undecided on his major... hobbies are watching ancient war movies and collecting swords... considered Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss among others before committing to the Gamecocks.
 
Latest News
04/02/2012 - "It was a little weird coming into Columbia," said Garcia, who moved back to Tampa immediately after being dismissed. "But I went to lunch yesterday and a few people came up to me and said they really support me and wished me luck. The support here has been awesome. Everybody was cheering, and seeing the old guys was a pretty unbelievable feeling." While Garcia followed his teammates from afar as they compiled the most successful season in USC history, he admitted it was difficult. Football had always been a part of his life, and Garcia was in a quandary with no idea what direction his life would take. "I went home and I just looked in the mirror and said: ???What the hell am I going to do now?' I had no idea what I was going to do. I thought the dream of playing at the next level was over." Garcia, who played at 230 pounds, ballooned to 245 before coming to a realization. "Monday I called the guy I work with now and said: ???I've got to start training again,' said Garcia. "I've got to give it one shot.' I think it has paid off. I hope it has. "I have cut back drinking, really cut it out completely, truthfully. I've got a chef down there in Tampa who makes my lunch and dinners. I think that has really been the key - losing all the weight. I don't know if it has been the working out as much as the not drinking and the food." Garcia weighed in at 218 pounds on Pro Day, lighter than he competed for USC. - Willie T. Smith III, Greenville News

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