South Carolina QB Garcia to miss spring practice

Updated: March 6, 2007, 3:43 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, arrested twice in recent weeks, will not participate in the Gamecocks' upcoming spring practice.

Garcia was arrested Saturday and accused of damaging a professor's car with a key. Last month, the 19-year-old was arrested and charged with drunkenness and failing to stop for a police officer.

"Stephen Garcia will be suspended from all football team activities through the end of this semester," Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement Tuesday. "He will be expected to go to class and study hall but will not participate in any spring practices or team football meetings."

Spurrier said he hoped Garcia would make "an all-out effort to get his personal life in line with our other Carolina football players and eventually reach his full potential as a student-athlete."

On Monday, Garcia issued an apology to the professor, Spurrier, his teammates and fans.

The Gamecocks open spring practice March 20.

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