Steve Spurrier announced on his radio show Thursday night that he would start sophomore Connor Shaw at quarterback in the Gamecocks season opener against East Carolina Saturday. Shaw will play the first quarter and Garcia will enter the game in the second quarter.
Spurrier has complimented Garcia throughout the preseason for his newfound dedication and lifestyle changes. Shaw has performed well in the scrimmages and has put up slightly better numbers than Garcia in the preseason. The Head Ball Coach said earlier this week that he planned to play both this weekend but stopped short of naming a starter until Thursday night.
USC will play East Carolina at 7:00 Saturday night in Charlotte.