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Garcia is on the mend; McCollum still ill

South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia is all smiles as the South Carolina defense holds Ole Miss 16-10 in the fourth quarter at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.
South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia is all smiles as the South Carolina defense holds Ole Miss 16-10 in the fourth quarter at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. Erik Campos/ecampos@thestate.com

South Carolina's starting quarterback is fine. His backup might be a different story.

Stephen Garcia practiced Monday with little limitation, after injuring his ribs in Thursday's game.

"He'll be all right. It's just bruised up a little bit," coach Steve Spurrier said.

But second-teamer Reid McCollum missed practice with the flu. The redshirt freshman missed the victory against Mississippi and might be out for Saturday's game against S.C. State too.

"He may be sick for a while," Spurrier said. "He may have the bad flu. We don't know yet. I don't know what kind he's got, but he's still sick. ... We keep him away from everybody when they get that kind of bug or whatever it is."

TV set for USC-UK. USC's game against Kentucky will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and will be televised by Fox Sports Network. South Carolina leads the series 13-6-1 and has won the past nine meetings, including a 24-17 win in Lexington last season.

Norwood honored. USC linebacker Eric Norwood, Georgia receiver A.J. Green and LSU returner Chad Jones were named SEC players of the week.

Norwood had 10 tackles, two sacks and a blocked punt in an upset of Mississippi to be named defensive player of the week.

Green earned offensive honors after catching eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State.

Jones returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown to open the fourth quarter of LSU's 30-26 win over Mississippi State.

The offensive lineman of the week was Florida tackle Marcus Gilbert, while defensive-line honors went to Georgia end Justin Houston. Alabama tailback Trent Richardson claimed freshman honors.

Crank up the Ford. S.C. State senior running back Will Ford finally got his first 100-yard rushing game of the season when he gained 104 yards and scored two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-10 victory against Winston-Salem State.

Ford, who had eight 100-yard games last season, when he totaled 1,499, had gained 72 and 75 yards, respectively, in victories against Grambling and Bethune-Cookman. The Travelers Rest native, a nominee for the Walter Payton Award, needs 203 yards to become S.C. State's all-time leading rusher.

Looking for the end zone. The Bulldogs' meeting with USC will be their fifth game against an FBS opponent. In 2007, S.C. State lost to Air Force and USC; last season, it dropped games to Central Florida and Clemson. In those four games, the Bulldogs have scored a total of six points, on field goals against Air Force and USC.

Eye on the prize. FCS schools such as S.C. State enjoy games against FBS schools, but the unbeaten Bulldogs understand their primary goal is to repeat as MEAC champions and earn an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Last season they went 10-2 in the regular season, 8-0 in the MEAC, before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Appalachian State on the road. It was S.C. State's first playoff berth since 1982 and its first 10-win season since 1994.

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