COLUMBIA -- After a suspension-marred offseason, Stephen Garcia can't wait for those first snaps against East Carolina on Sept. 3 in Charlotte.

"I think we're tired of playing against each other and hitting each other," South Carolina's fifth-year senior quarterback said Thursday after practice. "That game can't come soon enough."

Garcia remains the clear starter but USC head coach Steve Spurrier said both Garcia and sophomore Connor Shaw will see action against East Carolina.

Garcia said the real or perceived competition with Shaw "is what it is."

Not that Shaw is backing down. He has looked sharp in recent scrimmages, and exudes a fresh layer of confidence.

"Right now, I'm more relaxed and comfortable," Shaw said. "I feel like I've been here a few years."

Day to day

Defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney (bone spur in ankle) and Melvin Ingram (thigh bruise) didn't practice for the second day in a row after suffering injuries Tuesday. Both are considered "day to day."

Strong safety D.J. Swearinger sat out with a slight hamstring pull.

Wideout redshirts

Steve Spurrier Jr. , the Gamecocks' wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, said he wants to redshirt freshmen wideouts K.J. Brent and Shamier Jeffery (Alshon's brother). Steve Jr. also said his rotation would be seven or eight receivers per game, and that the order (below Alshon) probably will change week to week.