For much of his career at South Carolina, Steve Spurrier has regarded QB Stephen Garcia as a large, rambunctious dog with a good heart but sometimes disastrous instincts both on and off the field. To use a film analogy: Spurrier is Charles Grodin in Beethoven, Garcia is the title character, and as in the movie, it ends with hugs for everyone.
"I stayed mad at him for the last two years, and it didn’t do any good," Spurrier quipped. "I’ve accepted that he’s doing the best he can. He’s just limited when it comes to some of the things you ask your quarterback to be."
"Awww, he's just a big ol' dog, y'all. You can't expect him to learn how to tie a tie, since he doesn't have fingers or thumbs, after all." Spurrier has gotten him to get a haircut, which is good for presentation and looks, but bad for his scooter riding, which Garcia still does helmetless because "he's just different." Garcia is a fifth-year senior this year both because he took a redshirt year and wants one more year to prove he's NFL ready, and because why rush it to the real world, man?