News of the day
Quarterback Stephen Garcia will miss about a week of practice with a sprained right ankle. What is less clear is how the redshirt freshman, recently reinstated from a four-month suspension, became injured.
“I may let him tell you. I don’t know. He said he did it in the scrimmage (Saturday). But he was OK ‘til he woke up Sunday morning,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said. “He thought he got hurt in the scrimmage somewhere. But anyway, he’s limping around.”
Garcia, who is said to be on a zero-tolerance policy following three run-ins with the law and at least one other university disciplinary incident, may not be able to tell reporters what happened. When he returned to the team Aug. 1, he released a statement saying he would not talk to the media until he played in a real game.
“He said he twisted it Saturday,” Spurrier added. “That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.”
Redshirt freshman Quintin Richardson is the stealth candidate at left tackle. The Spring Valley graduate is doing well in the competition with Jarriel King and Hutch Eckerson for the spot vacated by Jamon Meredith, out the first two games due to an NCAA eligibility ruling.
Garcia. However he got hurt, spending a week on the sideline will put the right-hander farther behind Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley.
Smelley (thumb) and C Garrett Anderson (shoulder) were back Monday after being sidelined a night. TE Jared Cook is full-go after missing more than a week with a toe injury. RB Mike Davis continued his running program and should be fine in a week, Spurrier said. LB Jasper Brinkley (ankle) and Meredith (ankle) remain out.
Quote of the day
“If we can get some people in the stands, I like that better than that empty stadium, to tell you the truth. Last week when we had our scrimmage with nobody there it just didn’t seem right. I like to see some people in the stands, see some sportswriters. See how the players play with a crowd around,” – Spurrier on his decision to open Wednesday’s scrimmage to the public.
C.C. Whitlock returned after missing Sunday’s practice to deal with “family issues.” … Special teams coach Ray Rychleski hopes freshman Ryan Doerr or walk-on Spencer Lanning wins the punting job, so Ryan Succop can concentrate on kickoffs and place-kicks. … Beecher likely will hold for kicks again because Rychleski does not want to disrupt the timing he and Succop have developed.
USC will hold a closed practice at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, but its 8 p.m. scrimmage Wednesday at Williams-Brice Stadium will be open to the public. Spurrier asked fans not to bring video equipment.
-- Joseph Person