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As stated previously Stephen Garcia has proved to the viewers that he is the starter at South Carolina. Now he must continue to step up and make the right decisions. Be it getting rid of the ball, scrambling for a few seconds or a few yards, or checking down and hitting the open receiver or calling an audible at the line.
One of the most accurate critiques of Garcia has been his decision making. Though he's usually criticized after the play has started. More critical however is the decision making before the snap. He hasn't had an offensive line that could allow him much more than three seconds in his tenure at South Carolina, though he was second in the SEC in yardage last season. He must make decisions before the play to benefit himself and the team.
Garcia has the ability to be a great quarterback. He also has the desire. He appears to have matured a great deal over the off-season. Now he must turn it into results. Not necessarily statistics, but slowing down, or speeding up the game to suit himself and the offense.
He leads the team, and in doing so can control the opposing defense. He simply must make that happen for the Gamecocks to be truly successful. The Gamecocks, like many other teams, rush to the line, get a look at the defense then turn to the sideline for the play call. Garcia must get the team to the line, get himself in position get the play call, and then let the play unfold.
There were a few times in their week one game where the team, including Garcia didn't look entirely comfortable. That's understandable, it's the first game of the season, and the first against an opponent in eight months. It is still an issue that must be corrected.