That’ll be the word for the day Saturday in Starkville. Who will Mississippi State start at quarterback? And, how will South Carolina react to the dismissal of senior quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was no longer the starter, but, for better and worse, has been the face of the Gamecocks for several years?
Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen isn’t expected to name a starter until game time, but South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier thinks it’ll be sophomore Tyler Russell, who replaced senior Chris Relf last week and led a comeback.
Ellis Johnson, the Gamecocks assistant head coach for defense, isn’t predicting which will start but is preparing for both, he said.
“All you can do is keep practicing on what they’ve run on film,” Johnson said. “We can’t change all the calls. We can tilt it a little bit one way or another, but the game plan is what it is. They are going throw more if (Russell) is in there and they are going to run more if (Relf) is in there.”
The Gamecocks will stick to the game plan they used last week to beat Kentucky 54-3 behind new starting quarterback Connor Shaw, who will be playing in the shadow of Garcia even more now that Garcia is no longer on the team.
“I think it’s always hard when you lose a teammate,” Johnson said. “These guys have a lot of feelings for Stephen. It’s something you wish wouldn’t happen, but I think they have moved on. I think they are trying to focus on what is at hand and get ready for Saturday. It doesn’t matter how you feel about it, it is not going to change it. They are disappointed about it, but I think they have moved on.”
I think they will, but it may take two quarters. South Carolina 20, Mississippi State 13.