Spurrier could rotate QBs Saturday

The rotating quarterback could be back in Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced that he, well, hasn't announced a starter and that fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia could split time with sophomore Connor Shaw.

"I don't know how you can say one guy is the quarterback for the year when you've got two that are pretty close and one of them is struggling," Spurrier said. "I don't know how you tell the other guy he's not going to have a chance."

Spurrier, who made switching quarterbacks famous during his days as Florida's head coach, could be making this a mental game more than anything. This is an opportunity to create even more competition between the two with the goal of making both players better.

It makes sense that Spurrier wouldn't just want to hand over the starting reigns to Garcia, who is coming off of his fifth suspension as a Gamecock and was reinstated to the team right before preseason camp.

It's smart to make the troubled quarterback earn his spot back and make sure he doesn't take his position for granted.

This isn't the first time he's rotated these two, either.

Last season, Spurrier didn't announce the starter before the opener and he rotated them during the loss to Auburn last season -- a game in which Garcia was yanked and Shaw threw two devastating interceptions late.

When talking to players, they are all rallying around Gracia and are calling him the guy for the Gamecocks. They expect him to be the starter this season, and so do I. I fully expect him to take the majority of the reps during the opener and beyond.

Garcia wasn't reinstated to just sit on the bench.