Stephen Garcia (born February 15, 1988) is an American football quarterback with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference. He is from Lutz, Florida and attended Thomas Jefferson High School where he had 8,000 yards passing and 83 touchdowns as well as 1,345 yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns. He also played basketball in high school. Through 2010, Garcia has a 17-13 record as a starter for South Carolina and his statistics are as follows: 6,753 passing yards (43 TD, 32 INT) and 606 rushing yards (12 TD).
Although a highly touted recruit, during his first semester on campus in the Spring of 2007, Garcia was suspended twice from practice after being arrested in February for public intoxication and, in March, for keying a professor's car. These charges were dropped after Garcia made restitution to the professor and completed a pre-trial intervention program. In March 2008, Garcia and two teammates were arrested and cited for underage drinking. That same evening, police were called to his dormitory where Garcia admitted to pulling a fire alarm and discharging a fire extinguisher after noticing sparks coming from his stove. Although no formal charges were filed, as a result of these incidents, Garcia was suspended from the university.After his reinstatement, as a redshirt freshman in 2008, Garcia started three games for the Gamecocks. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance in a 24-17 victory over Kentucky (169 passing yards and 1 TD in a half of play). Garcia finished the 2008 season with 832 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He added 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
In 2009, with Garcia as their starting quarterback, the Gamecocks had a 7-6 record and made an appearance in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. Garcia posted four 300-yard passing games (Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Arkansas) with victories over two Top-25 opponents (Ole Miss and Clemson). The Gamecocks victory over the Rebels was the second defeat of a Top-5 opponent in program history. In the regular season finale against arch-rival Clemson, Garcia passed for 126 yards (3 TD's, 1 INT) and rushed for 46 yards. For the 2009 season, he passed for 2,862 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, adding 186 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.