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The Gamecocks entered this season with high expectations, and they expected plenty from experienced quarterback Stephen Garcia. The star-crossed Garcia entered the season with a chance to become the school’s all-time leading passer and has plenty of weapons to work with.
Unfortunately Garcia has stumbled out the gate, tossing seven interceptions over his first four games. He threw four against Vanderbilt and was benched for sophomore Connor Shaw in the fourth quarter.
Shaw actually started South Carolina’s first game, but was ineffective and eventually gave way to Garcia. Garcia didn’t start the first game as he was suspended during the offseason for violations of team rules.
Garcia should see the majority of action against Auburn, but it’s definitely a situation to keep an eye on. Despite their excellent defense and running backs, South Carolina’s season could be a disappointment if they don’t get more production out of the passing game.