Tampa Bay Adds QB Stephen Garcia

Jan 6, 2014 Tampa Bay Storm

Jefferson High School (Tampa, FL) standout joins the Storm

The Tampa Bay Storm acquired quarterback Stephen Garcia, announced vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.

“The Storm is always looking for local talent that can make an impact on our roster,” said Gooch.  “Stephen is from the Tampa Bay area and will help add to the level of competition at the quarterback position.”

Garcia (6-foot-3, 230 lbs., South Carolina), a standout at Jefferson H.S. (Tampa, FL), enters his first season in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm.  He began his professional football career in 2012 with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Prior to turning pro, Garcia played four seasons at the University of South Carolina, starting in 35-of-40 games.  He finished his Gamecock career with 7,597 passing yards, 77 rushing yards, and 48 total touchdowns.  Garcia would end his South Carolina career third on the all-time list in passing yardage (7,597), attempts (1,021), completions (589), and passing touchdowns (47).

Garcia prepped at Jefferson and finished his high school career having completed 506-of-821 passes for 8,081 yards and 83 touchdowns.  He would lead the Dragons to a playoff appearance in each season.  Garcia graduated as the all-time Hillsborough County leader in passing yards (8,081), completions (506) and touchdowns (83), and third in the state for career passing yards and sixth in touchdown passes.