Tough to observe too much tonight from outside the gates of the Gamecocks’ first closed practice of the summer.
But I did see this: Stephen Garcia and the other quarterbacks staying after practice to work on the snaps with the Gamecocks’ centers. This after Steve Spurrier had Garcia and Co. out at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds” 45 minutes early Monday for extra throwing.
At the end of spring practice, Garcia said he planned to be the first one to arrive and last to leave at the summer workouts. After a shaky first week that saw him overshoot a bunch of open receivers, Garcia is keeping the same schedule.
Asked what he and Garcia were working on, Spurrier said: “Trying to get him to throw a spiral and throw it accurately, that’s what we’re trying to do.”
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Spurrier made it sound simple, but it never is when the Head Ball Coach dissects a quarterback’s form. Spurrier is a stickler when it comes to proper footwork, ball position, delivery, etc.
Like a golfer thinking too much in his backswing, maybe that’s what plagued Garcia during the first week. And while Spurrier doesn’t want Garcia to get too robotic in the pocket, he also saw the results last year when the right-hander tried to improvise and rely on his athleticism.
The goal is to get Garcia to the point where his steps and throwing motion feel natural, while still allowing for some improvisation when the pocket collapses. There’s a happy medium there, and Spurrier and Garcia have four weeks to find it.