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Notes: Garcia has gaudy stats, but Spurrier wants more

Quarterback No. 5 Stephen Garcia talks with quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus before practice in this August file photograph.
Quarterback No. 5 Stephen Garcia talks with quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus before practice in this August file photograph. The State

The SEC's two leaders in passing yardage will be going up against each other Saturday: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is first with 2,104, while South Carolina's Stephen Garcia is 54 yards behind.

But Garcia's coach still believes his quarterback has a ways to go.

"He is much-improved from last year," Steve Spurrier said Sunday. "We still have hopes he can play a lot better. And I hope he realizes he needs to play a lot better if we're gonna win big around here."

Garcia threw for 300 yards in Saturday's 31-13 loss at Tennessee. But he also threw an interception and had a fumble, and only ranks 10th in the SEC in pass efficiency.

He has also been sacked more than any league quarterback, and Spurrier blames some of that on Garcia.

"Most times Stephen just can't find anywhere to throw it," Spurrier said. "So we're trying to coach him up a little better, and try to get him somewhere where he can throw the ball."

Matthews update. Defensive end Cliff Matthews (dislocated shoulder) wasn't in much pain when the team got back to Columbia after Saturday's game. But that didn't change Spurrier's assessment that the junior will miss the Arkansas game.

"He will definitely from what the trainers say miss this game," Spurrier said. "We'll go from there. He could miss the next one also."

Finding Alshon. After his eruption of the previous weeks, freshman Alshon Jeffery saw his production slip at Tennessee, catching four passes for 54 yards.

Jeffery continues to alternate at his outside receiver spot with Tori Gurley, who had four catches for 50 yards. Spurrier reiterated that the coaches will try to get Gurley and Jeffery on the field together in future games.

"(Jeffery) didn't have as many opportunities as we had hoped," Spurrier said. "Looking back we wish we had a couple a few more plays for him."

Chisolm to keep playing. Walk-on Garrett Chisolm saw his first action on the offensive line Saturday. It apparently will not be his last.

The Charleston native played the second half at left guard, and Spurrier said offensive line coach Eric Wolford was "very pleased" with how he played.

"(His man) didn't have a pressure or a hurry or anything," Spurrier said. "That was encouraging that we had a lineman in there that could hold his ground, didn't get knocked back down into the quarterback's face at all."

Out of the rankings. The Gamecocks fell out of the AP and coaches' polls after the loss at Tennessee. USC had been ranked since the beginning of October.

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