Alshon Jeffery didn't exactly have his best season in 2011. As a junior, he hauled in 49 passes for 762 yards.
Not bad, but it was roughly half the production that Jeffery enjoyed as a sophomore in 2010.
It was good enough for Jeffery, though. He'll be playing on Sundays in 2012 while South Carolina is left looking for a replacement.
That search isn't exactly going well. Coach Steve Spurrier had some harsh words for his offense following Saturday's scrimmage:
"Connor (Shaw) must have had four sacks today in 10 passes.
"He's got to throw the ball somewhere and get it out of his hands a little quicker. The other quarterbacks were not real accurate at times, but we hit a few here and there.
"The receivers ran pretty good routes but had a couple drops. It was not all that encouraging as it could have been. The defense did some good things."
Ace Sanders caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Clifford for his only reception of the scrimmage. Those 30 yards led all Gamecock receivers.
The emergence of Connor Shaw as a legitimate dual-threat quarterback has made the search for the next receiving stud in Columbia a little less important, but someone still has to step up. There are certainly options.
Sanders has the experience, but at 5'7", 175 lbs, he's better suited to playing a hybrid running back/wide receiver role.
K.J. Brent, a 6'3", 185-pound redshirt freshman, shined in the first scrimmage of the spring with a 34-yard touchdown catch. Bruce Ellington has returned to the program after quitting last month to focus on basketball.
The 6-foot-5-inch D.L. Moore certainly has the stature to replace Jeffery; and he, Sanders, Shaq Roland and DeAngelo Smith will likely see playing time early in 2012.
Being one-dimensional in the SEC can get you beat in a hurry. It's a work in progress, and there's no need to worry just yet.
Someone has to step up to be the No. 1 target for quarterback Connor Shaw though, because South Carolina isn't going to be successful without a passing game to compliment Shaw and running back Marcus Lattimore.
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