Garcia Back At Practice

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, November 3, 2008. (AP) -- South Carolina starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was back at practice and moving well after leaving Saturday's game against Tennessee with a knee injury.

Garcia jogged off the practice field Monday night at a good clip. He said he felt fine, despite hyperextending his right knee in the 27-6 victory over the Volunteers.

Garcia was on the ground grimacing after throwing a third-quarter interception. He walked stiffly after the game. But he had an MRI on Sunday that did not reveal anything more serious.

Coach Steve Spurrier says doctors told him Garcia could have returned to action Saturday if the Gamecocks needed him. However, the team was already ahead by double-digits, so Spurrier stuck with backup Chris Smelley in the game's final period.

Garcia is expected to start this week against Arkansas.

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