South Carolina QB spurred by coach’s criticism

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—Steve Spurrier challenged Stephen Garcia to work harder or risk losing his job as South Carolina’s starting quarterback.

Spurrier said after spring practice Garcia wasn’t dedicated enough. If things didn’t improve, Garcia would find himself on the bench behind 18-year-old freshman Connor Shaw, Spurrier told anyone who’d listen. Apparently, Garcia was among them.

“He was upset from the spring and I don’t really blame him because he was right,” Garcia said Sunday. “I wasn’t as committed as I should’ve been. I think I definitely changed this summer.”