Pete Fiutak’s got a decent preview of South Carolina here. In his mind (and I agree), success in 2011 for the ‘Cocks is going to come down to one factor:
Key player to a successful season: Senior QB Stephen Garcia. After yet another issue and after another suspension, Garcia’s career is being defined as much for his off-the-field problems as he is for his on-the-field successes. South Carolina has the potential to win the SEC championship, and while Garcia doesn’t have to carry the team, he has to be good enough on a regular basis to keep Connor Shaw on the bench. There were times when Garcia was nearly flawless, like the 17-of-20 day in the win over Alabama, and there were times when he made too many mistakes. He threw 14 interceptions on the year and had five multi-pick games. The two against Furman were no big whoop, but South Carolina was 0-4 in the other four games against Kentucky, Arkansas, Auburn in the SEC title game, and Florida State. The team’s fifth loss of the season, the first matchup against Auburn, came partly because Garcia had problems holding on to the ball. With the one loss coming against the Tigers, USC was 8-1 when Garcia few fewer than two interceptions. [Emphasis added.]
That ought to be a relief for South Carolina fans. If there is one thing Stephen’s known for, it’s making good decisions.