South Carolina dismisses QB Stephen Garcia

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Former starting quarterback Stephen Garcia has been dismissed from the South Carolina football team, the school said Tuesday.

COL FB: South Carolina 54, Kentucky 3

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Connor Shaw reclaimed South Carolina's quarterback job with a four-touchdown performance Saturday in the 14th-ranked Gamecocks' 54-3 rout of Kentucky.

COL FB: Auburn 16, South Carolina 13

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Barrett Trotter found Philip Lutzenkirchen on a go-ahead touchdown pass with 2:33 left Saturday, boosting Auburn to a 16-13 upset over No. 9 South Carolina.

COL FB: South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Marcus Lattimore scored twice on the ground and once through the air Saturday in 10th-ranked South Carolina's 21-3 win over Vanderbilt.

COL FB: South Carolina 24, Navy 21

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Marcus Lattimore was a one-man wrecking crew Saturday, rushing for 246 yards and three scores in No. 11 South Carolina's 24-21 win over Navy.

COL FB: South Carolina 45, Georgia 35

ATHENS, Ga., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Defensive end Melvin Ingram ran back a fumble for a 20-yard touchdown Saturday, sealing 12th-ranked South Carolina's 45-35 win over Georgia.

COL FB: So. Carolina 56, East Carolina 37

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Quarterback Stephen Garcia entered in the second quarter and sparked No. 12 South Carolina to a 56-37 come-from-behind win over East Carolina.

South Carolina suspends QB Garcia

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 6 (UPI) -- South Carolina senior quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended indefinitely, school officials announced Wednesday.

COL FB: South Carolina 29, Clemson 7

CLEMSON, S.C., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Stephen Garcia rolled up 227 passing yards and fired two touchdowns Saturday in No. 17 South Carolina's 29-7 defeat of Clemson.

COL FB: South Carolina 36, Florida 14

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Marcus Lattimore piled up 212 rushing yards and scored three times Saturday in No. 22 South Carolina's 36-14 win over No. 24 Florida.

COL FB: South Carolina 38, Tennessee 24

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A 70-yard touchdown catch by Alshon Jeffery broke a fourth-quarter tie and sent No. South Carolina on to a 38-24 win over visiting Tennessee.

COL FB: South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7

NASHVILLE, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Brian Maddox rushed for the go-ahead score and Stephen Garcia tossed a pair of TD passes Saturday in No. 20 South Carolina's 21-7 win over Vanderbilt.

COL FB: South Carolina 35, Alabama 21

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Stephen Garcia found Alshon Jeffery on a pair of touchdown passes Saturday and No. 20 South Carolina shocked top-ranked Alabama 35-21.

COL FB: Auburn 35, South Carolina 27

AUBURN, Ala., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- No. 14 Auburn's Cameron Newton found Philip Lutzenkirchen for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter Saturday for a 35-27 victory over No. 15 South Carolina.

COL FB: South Carolina 38, Furman 19

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Stephen Garcia tossed a pair of touchdown passes Saturday and 16th-ranked South Carolina rolled over Furman 38-19.
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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.

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