January 5th, 2012 02:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Coach Steve Spurrier, Larry Fitzgerald, South Carolina, USC
On Monday, South Carolina fans were reveling in a rump-kicking of traditional power Nebraska and the school’s first-ever 11-win season. This morning, a little cold water got tossed onto the celebration.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery — the MVP of the Capital One Bowl — and cornerback Stephon Gilmore announced that they would be leaving Carolina early for the NFL. Gilmore informed USC’s coaches of his decision yesterday by phone. Jeffery released a statement through ESPN.com’s Joe Schad:
“I would like to thank the fans, my teammates, Coach (Steve) Spurrier, everyone involved for all the opportunities South Carolina has provided me. I am proud to say I will always be a Gamecock. I’m ready for the next step. I’m physical and can make plays in the red zone. I can make big plays in big games. I can work on my speed and get quicker. I want to be like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson.”
Jeffery is Carolina’s all-time receiving yardage leader with 3,042. He is also tied with for Gamecock Sidney Rice for the school lead in TD catches with 23.
Gilmore was a freshman All-American and a third-team All-American as a sophomore. He finishes his USC career with eight interceptions.
The Cocks are still waiting on a stay-or-go decision from junior defensive end Devin Taylor.
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