Practice report: Garcia working on delivery

Coaches hope to make the QB look like more of a natural passer

semerson@thestate.comMarch 30, 2010 

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USC quarterback No. 5 Stephen Garcia warms up during practice. The USC football team had yet another spring practice at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The team held a scrimmage after a short practice.

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Stephen Garcia's arm strength never has been a question. His throwing motion is another matter.

Coaches are working with the South Carolina quarterback on his delivery, and the process will continue after spring practice. Garcia completed 55 percent of his passes last year, but the team hopes to help him develop a more fluid motion.

"We're changing a couple of things, and trying to work on a couple of flaws in his delivery, and seeing if that can't get worked out," quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said. "But that's going to take commitment all summer long."

Mangus said the aim is to get Garcia's shoulders "working more," and looking like "more of a natural passer."

"These are things that just take a lot of work and a lot of reps," Mangus said.

Up-down practice

The Gamecocks added extra conditioning at the end on Tuesday. Coach Steve Spurrier was unhappy with some things in Saturday's scrimmage, so he had the offense run at the conclusion of practice.

"The defense does up-downs on their mistakes in scrimmages," coach Steve Spurrier said. "A lot of times we've failed to do that, so we tried to double up with all of our mental errors and assignment busts and things like that. So we had a bit of conditioning for the offensive guys."

Snapping worries

The Gamecocks signed six offensive line recruits, though none of them are on campus yet. Once they arrive, they might each get a look right away at center.

Annointed starter T.J. Johnson, who played guard last year, had some poor snaps on Tuesday. His only backup is Ryan Broadhead, who also is a converted guard.

"We're trying to figure out if one of them incoming freshmen can snap because T.J. struggled snapping today," Spurrier said. "I don't know what happened. Maybe he'll be OK tomorrow or the next day."

Injury updates

Kenny Davis was in a yellow non-contact jersey, leaving the team with one healthy scholarship defensive tackle. Travian Robertson is sitting out spring practice, and Ladi Ajiboye is being held out after injuring his foot.

Strong safety DeVonte Holloman was back in action after hurting his left shoulder in Saturday's scrimmage. So was receiver Jason Barnes, who admitted the knee he hurt in the scrimmage still bothered him a bit.

"I tried to do as much as I could," Barnes said. "But when it started getting a bit sore I had to sit out because I didn't want to mess anything up."

Timing Day

South Carolina will host its Pro Timing Day on Wednesday morning. Seven players, including Garrett Anderson, Moe Brown, Clifton Geathers, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Eric Norwood, Gerrod Sinclair and Darian Stewart will showcase their talents for NFL scouts. The event begins in the weightroom at 10 a.m. and will continue on the Williams-Brice Stadium field at around 11 a.m.

Reach Emerson at (803) 771-8676.

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