Spurrier: Next few weeks key for Garcia

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier offered no new details on what actions got fifth-year senior quarterback Stephen Garcia suspended for the fifth time in his career. But Spurrier did give his opinion on what Garcia's next goal should be. Garcia's teammates also weighed in on life without Garcia.

Three days after quarterback Stephen Garcia was suspended indefinitely, head football coach Steve Spurrier offered no new details on what got the fifth-year senior suspended for the fifth time in his career.

But Spurrier did provide somewhat of a timetable for when to expect more information and what he believes Garcia's next goal should be.

"Stephen Garcia, his fate will not be determined probably anytime soon," Spurrier said after the spring game. "We will see how all of that plays out here, in the next maybe three or four weeks."

Spurrier was asked about apparent rumors that Garcia may transfer somewhere else for his final year of eligibility.

"The best thing for Stephen is he needs to graduate - He can graduate," Spurrier said. "He can graduate this May. If he passes everything he's got, he can graduate. He needs to graduate and keep all his options open and then go from there."

Spurrier declined to comment on any personal help Garcia may be in the process of receiving.

"I can't get into all his personal issues, but we're hoping Stephen is right back here on campus Monday going to class and finishing up. And we'll all look at it as we go here the next week or two or three."

On the field, Garcia's teammates have said all the right things about any potential distractions Garcia's fifth suspension could create.

"As a team we can't worry about that," running back Marcus Lattimore says. "We have to worry about winning all our games next year. I need to be a leader this summer when the coaches aren't around. I just need to step up and take over."

While Lattimore can step up as a leader, one of the young quarterbacks will have to also step up in Garcia's absence if he isn't on the team this Fall.

"Stephen's situation doesn't really faze me," said Connor Shaw, who will likely be the No. 1 QB entering the Summer. "It doesn't matter if he's going to be on the field or off the field, I'm going to compete to the best of my ability. If I'm called on to be a starter or play, I'm going to be ready to play."

Redshirt freshman Dylan Thompson has also made a push with his play this spring.

"Obviously he's experienced, but we're just taking it day by day and trying to get better," Thompson said. "Myself personally, I'm just trying to keep improving myself because Stephen has a ton more experience than I do. But I'm just trying to stay focused and worry about me."

Shaw says he spoke briefly with Garcia.

"Of course he's going to be discouraged and he's asking how practice has been going," Shaw said. "He's been trying to keep up with the team. I know he wishes he could be here." But there's no indication yet if Garcia will be back or what will be required of him to get back in good standing with Spurrier, athletics director Eric Hyman and President Harris Pastides.

"Whoever is at quarterback, I'm gonna take it and run with it," Lattimore said. "But yes I do hope that he comes back."

Many of Garcia's teammates came to his aid following the suspension by showing their support on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

But according to running back Kenny Miles that doesn't mean they always have agreed with his actions.

"Well regardless of the choices that he made -- We may not agree with the decisions that he made and the actions that he did," Miles said. "But we're still a family and we still work hard, and at the end of the day we're still all fighting for the same common goal."

Lattimore says he hasn't spoke with Garcia but did offer what his advice would be.

"Just keep your head up, you'll be fine," Lattimore said. "You get to come back [and] we'll take you with open arms."

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