Garcia won't participate in spring practice

March 6, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says freshman quarterback Steven Garcia will not participate in spring practice, after being arrested twice in recent weeks.

Spurrier says Garcia is suspended from all football activities for the rest of the semester.

The coach says he hopes Garcia can improve his personal life and become a successful student athlete at South Carolina.

Garcia issued a statement Monday admitting he damaged a visiting professor's car and asked the victim and Spurrier to forgive him.

Garcia has been arrested twice since arriving at South Carolina in January.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with malicious injury to personal property regarding the car incident. He was arrested February 19th on charges of drunkenness and failing to stop for police.

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