August 1st, 2012 11:48 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Connor Shaw, DUI, North Carolina, Stephen Garcia
South Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy has been arrested, charged with speeding, and charged with driving after consuming while under the age of 21 (that’s a lesser charge than a DUI, by the way). Per USC’s policy, McEvoy was automatically suspend as a result of his Sunday arrest in North Carolina.
This probably wouldn’t make major news outside of the SEC if McEvoy weren’t following in the footsteps of former Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia. Because he is, McEvoy’s arrest has gotten a bit more pub than one might expect. The “Garcia Curse” has already been mentioned by NBCSports’ college football site.
Personally, I think it seems a bit quick to jump to that conclusion. One arrest and suspension does not equal five suspensions. Same position, same team, but not the same person.
From a football perspective, McEvoy was expected to compete to be the #2 man behind Connor Shaw during fall camp. Depending on the length of his suspension, the competition he’ll get from others, and Spurrier’s view of his decision-making, his chances of landing that gig might have just taken a hit. Again, that depends in large part on how strongly Spurrier feels about the other signal-callers on his roster.
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