South Carolina Football

Alshon Jeffery Video: Watch Hail Mary Grab in Capital One Bowl

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2012

Alshon Jeffery can catch just about anything thrown his way. 

His Hail Mary grab right before halftime helped give the South Carolina Gamecocks a 16-13 lead against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl. 

The 51-yard bomb thrown by Connor Shaw could have gone either way, but Jeffery, listed at 6'4", 229 pounds, brought it down with ease. 

His football instincts immediately kicked in and he turned to dive right for the end zone.

Jeffery is viewed as one of the top wide receivers for the 2012 NFL draft, but as a junior, he still has to decide if whether or not he will actually declare. 

With four receptions for 148 yards in the first half of the Capital One Bowl, Jeffery's draft stock is sure to rise. Should he chose to leave, Jeffery will be battling Michael Floyd to be the No. 2 wide receiver selected. Justin Blackmon of the Oklahoma State Cowboys will be the first wide receiver drafted. 

Nebraska's pass defense ranked 17th in the country leading up to this postseason showdown, and Jeffery is showing everyone who's boss. His skills translate very well to the NFL, and he's likely to be a high pick given the number of teams that are in dire need of a wide receiver. 

Jeffery has until Jan. 15 decide if he'll return to school or play in the NFL, and given a drop in stats this season, he'd be wise to capitalize off an excellent bowl game performance and head to the NFL. 

UPDATE: Jeffrey has been ejected from the game for throwing a punch. He might have undone some of that momentum he gained for his draft stock. 

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