Former Gamecocks’ QB Takes Lighthearted Jab At Clemson

Stephen Garcia quarterbacked the South Carolina Gamecocks in some of the best years in program history. That includes a 2-0 mark against rival Clemson.

The former 4-star QB was a member of the Gamecocks’ 2007 recruiting class, and was generally considered a Top 100 prospect.

The former QB recently appeared on an episode of Crane and Company and with the Tigers having won seven straight in the series, Garcia was asked about his former teams chances against Clemson this season.

“I do think they have a chance this season,” Garcia said. “To be honest, I thought we had a chance last year but that obviously didn’t go as we thought. You never know.”

Garcia also sees a very bright future for South Carolina under the leadership of head coach Shane Beamer, who is about to enter his second season at the helm. Beamer was a member of Steve Spurrier’s staff when Garcia was in school.

“I think we have the opportunity to get to where Dabo (Swinney) is,” Garcia said. “I mean, he was having a Top 10 recruiting class every single year like Kirby (Smart) has been doing. Hopefully, Coach Beamer can do that. I think he’s capable of doing it. The powers that be are behind him, they like him up there. They love him in Columbia. Players want to play for him. I personally loved playing with him.”

However, the most interesting comments came when Garcia was asked about NIL, with the quarterback joking that Clemson, and possibly even the Gamecocks, were paying players even before it became legal.

“With that being said, I’ll probably catch a little s*** for this but I think Clemson got involved in the NIL a lot sooner than some of the other teams did if you catch my drift,” Garcia said. “I’m sure we even did it, who knows? I know I didn’t get any money, which sucked.”

Although, let’s be real. Considering how highly-touted Garcia was coming out of high school, it sounds funny to suggest others might have been paid, but not him. Either way, it makes for good conversation.

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